Angel Heart – 16
Ryo takes Tanya back to the shopping plaza where Shanin found her. After sending the girl off, Ryo confronts the bear handing out balloons, who turns out to be none other than Kurahashi Katsumi. Meanwhile, Shanin has been preparing to assassinate Kishimoto. But when the time finally comes, she’s unable to pull the trigger. Ryo shows up to tell her that it’s because her heart and body refuse. Instead, Ryo has taken care of things by exposed Kishimoto to the media with Lee Taijin’s help.
The two of them along with Tanya’s mother go to pick Tanya up from school. Ryo breaks it to Tanya that he’s not her father, but she already knew because she always had a photo of her real father in her bag. Of course the reason he’s telling her now is because he’s brought the man in the bear costume – her real father. Though the case is closed, Ryo still has something to take care of. Shanin has been feeling frustrated ever since she was unable to pull the trigger to kill Kishimoto. She angsts about being incapable of being City Hunter, but Ryo reminds her of how she’s similar to the kind-hearted Kaori. At home, Ryo finds Shanin asleep and touches her chest to feel her heartbeat. From it, he hears Kaori’s voice, and realizes that it was Kaori who stopped Shanin from killing. Kaori tells Ryo that although Shanin is very fragile, she’s got a strong heart. With that, Kaori leaves Shanin, who she calls their most important daughter, to Ryo.
They played 「Gloria」 (by Kanon) again! It’s such a good love song, and so fitting for this series. It’s my favorite song out of all the ones in this series so far, including the OP and ED. It’s a huge reason why I liked this mini-arc’s conclusion, and the episode, so much. Tanya being reunited with her father left me a little misty-eyed (the shot of the solitary bear standing in front of the school seemed perfect), but I liked the final minutes even more. I had predicted that it was Kaori who was still the driving force behind Shanin’s actions, but I really liked how they made such a bittersweet scene out of her leaving Shanin in Ryo’s hands. I hope Kaori’s character doesn’t disappear after this. It’s really the Shanin/Ryo/Kaori relationship that has me sticking with this series. *Goes to listen to Gloria a few more times*