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Summary:
The AIs report that the parts of Ryoko’s data which were destroyed have been repaired. Dita says that it’s not a restoration, but rather a transplant, as if Shin transferred some of herself into Ryoko. Shima is worried, but the AIs report that no dangerous programs were buried inside Ryoko. Kyo is excited about Ryoko returning to normal, but an emotionless Fosetta warns that the area where Ryoko’s feelings are formed is still left in the apparition buffer of the Altair. When May-Yen wonders why Shin helped, Fosetta suggests that it might have been good will. Chris, however, doesn’t believe that Shin is human and has those types of feelings. In the server world, this is the day Shizuno transfers into Kyo’s school again. After class, Mizuki sees Ryoko reading a book about scenarios and tries to strike up a conversation about movies. Ryoko stays silent through it until Mizuki gets called away by a friend. Kyo then walks home with her and tries to act excited about her restoration. He asks if there’s somewhere she wants to go play, but Ryoko simply tells him not to over-exert himself. She says that she has memories and thoughts, and is able to act through logic, but she doesn’t feel anything. Kyo doesn’t let that get him down, asking where Ryoko wants to go or what she wants to eat. The only thing Ryoko seems remotely interested in is the video rental shop across the street from them.
The two end up watching movies for the rest of the day. Even as it’s getting late, Ryoko doesn’t show any signs of being tired and continues to pop in more DVDs. She doesn’t understand if they’re interesting, but keeps watching because she’s sure she likes them. During the next action flick, Kyo starts thinking about Shin’s assault on the Oceanus. As if she were responding to his thoughts, Ryoko said that she really wanted to know the reason they fought. Ryoko recalls how she had said that she had something irreplaceable she didn’t want to lose. She then asks Kyo about the swim club, reminding him that Shizuno transferred in today. Kyo remembers how he had met Shizuno last time and the kiss they had underwater. His gaze now wanders to Ryoko’s lips and he leans in as if he were about to kiss her. Ryoko closes her eyes, but Kyo backs off and laughs unnaturally. He goes and puts in a Robin Hood DVD, mentioning the shooting of the apple story in an attempt to change the subject. Ryoko seems still caught up on a moment ago, so Kyo tells her that it was nothing and that she should forget about it. She tells him that he made a mistake: it was William Tell who had shot the apple.
Back on the Oceanus, Minato wakes Shima up from what appears to have been a nightmare. Getting philosophical, Shima says that they who are illusions have dreams that are illusions. Do the people in the dreams also have dreams? Giggling to herself, Minato says that perhaps they are being watched as part of someone’s dream. Shizuno walks up and suggests that perhaps it really is that way. In a sense, they are the dream that the quantum server sees. Shima then has Minato leave the room so that he can speak privately with Shizuno. He tells her that time has not stopped and that things are happening faster than he thought. Shizuno asks if there’s a chance of success, but Shizuno says that it depends on her and Kyo. Shizuno reports that Kyo’s fighting potential is sufficient, but this still leaves the problems with his mind. Shima doesn’t care about private problems as long as Kyo is able to fight. Sometime later, the Altair is finishing up another patrolling mission, and Kyo and Ryoko feel that their time together is too short. Ryoko compares Kyo to a bird, able to fly freely with the strength of his wings. But sometimes, he comes back to the roost where she will always be waiting for him. She causes him to blush by proceeding to call him an idiot for forgetting that that was a line from a movie they watched. Ryoko then asks why he stopped the kiss yesterday. She teases him about it as he tries to deny that it was going to be a kiss. In the end, she thanks him for being together with her and gives him a kiss on the cheek right before she transfers out.
At school, Ryoko is reading in the library when Mizuki runs in looking for a place to hide. Mizuki notices that Ryoko has started writing her movie script, but it seems that she’s jotted down two titles: “The Memory of the Rainbow” and “The Place Where The Sky Meets The Earth.” Ryoko isn’t sure about the title yet, and Mizuki can’t stick around to chat because she gets discovered by her teammates. Kyo meanwhile is resting on a park bench thinking about this created world when Tomigai comes looking for him, worried because he skipped school. Kyo doesn’t want to hear about it and instead changes the subject to yakisoba bread. Walking on the street alone later, Kyo sees Kawaguchi, Ushio, and Hayase come out of an arcade. At first, Kyo tries to ignore their insults, but then he tries to justify himself, eventually getting angry and telling them that their lives are illusions and that everything is a fake. Kawaguchi doesn’t understand but gets ready to hit Kyo anyway. Kyo notices that Ryoko is now watching them, but then he and Kawaguchi start fighting. It’s later in the Altair that Ryoko scolds Kyo for fighting with his friend. In her view, he should take a happier approach since he gets to repeat the same thing many times. With her urging, the two then land the Altair in a field of white flowers.
At that time, the Oceanus is flying over West Australia. Shima enters the bridge and orders the ship towards Japan as soon as the Altair returns – they are headed for the Maihama server. Lu Sheng and Chris voice their concern because doing so means that the enemy might discover the server. Shizuno tells them that they have to do maintenance on the server, and then she has Fosetta explain that the error rate on accessing the Maihama server has gone up. Lu Sheng stares at the emotionless Fosetta, but when she notices, he says that it’s nothing. Back at the flower field, Ryoko tells of a story about two lovers who were separated. In her pain, the woman’s body became a lily flower. Kyo recognizes this as a Caucasus legend and he also knows that there’s more to the story. Since the woman who turned into a flower needed to be watered, God turned the man into a rain cloud. Thus, in order to continue being together, the two stopped being humans. Kyo then asks Ryoko if they’ve already become not human and wonders what’s truly real – this “real” world that the Celebrants see or the created world inside the server where everyone else is. He remembers the fight he got into with Kawaguchi and how it wasn’t painful. Actually Kyo thinks that he just can’t feel anymore.
Ryoko tries to touch a white lily nearby and her hand passes right through it. She tells him that everyone is a fake, and that what’s real are the people who touch these flowers, the people who live in this real world – people like Shin. Kyo starts cursing and trying to scatter the flowers around him, eventually falling to his knees and asking what they are. It is at this point that the two get attacked by a group of Gards-orm ships. The Oceanus gets alerted and Shima orders the Garuda and the Hraesvelg to scramble. However, Kyo yells for them not to come. He also yells all sorts of things about how he doesn’t believe that they are the fakes and the Gards-orm are the real ones. He takes his frustrations out on the enemy by destroying every single one of them, but in the process of doing so, he lights the field of lilies on fire. Afterwards, Kyo vows that although it might be impossible right now, eventually the day will definitely come where they can return to being humans, the day where they can touch these flowers. He reaches out towards one of the lilies, but it floats right through his hand before completely burning up.

First things first – ARIKA!!!! She’s pimping the Zegapain DVDs! Good job Sunrise lol.
Anyway, there was a lot of Kyo angst this time, set off partially by how Ryoko supports the notion that they are fake and the Gards-orm are real. Makes you wonder if Shin’s transplant really did have some sort of effect on Ryoko past just repairing her. Who knows, maybe Shin likes Ryoko so much that she’ll come back and kidnap Ryoko sometime. I can just imagine the angst we’d see if Ryoko joined the Gards-orm and Kyo had to fight her. Also changed this episode is Fosetta, who the credits now list as Fosetta II (still Okada Junko voicing her). They either really wanted to show that Fosetta is different after the reinstall or perhaps there’s something more to it than meets the eye.
I get a bad feeling about how Shima and Shizuno are plotting what appears to be a final strategy and not telling anyone else. There’s so much that we don’t know about them that I can’t help but be suspicious. And since it was Shima who announced that they were headed for Japan and Shizuno who backed him up, it’s possible they have an ulterior objective for heading to Maihama. That’s certainly implied from the preview, where it looks like Maihama server will indeed come under attack and Lu Sheng confronts Shizuno.

August 7, 2006 at 6:14 pm
22 comments »
  • August 3, 2006 at 2:18 pmmangamaxx

    hmmm. is Ryoko’s personality different in the server world compared to the real world now? Her expressions look way different in the 2 worlds, or maybe it’s the screencaps that make it look that way………

  • August 3, 2006 at 2:28 pm*Chi*

    What a beautiful animation! 7 raw middle screen.
    I still didn’t start watching Zegapain. Guess eventhough it’s a good series the story and setting is just not my thing. But it’s interesting to observe.

  • August 3, 2006 at 2:35 pmKaito

    Ryoko’s expression in the server world looks a little more stern… Those things at the end, aren’t they the same gards’orm robots at the end that took out the previous incarnation of Kyo?

  • August 3, 2006 at 2:53 pmDonzax3

    wouldnt it be funny if they made the zegas skip on the field of flowers with nice classical as background music!?

  • August 3, 2006 at 3:24 pmT_I

    Kaminagi is off key

    very off key

    something’s not right with her

  • August 3, 2006 at 3:42 pm*Chi*

    Arika is doing WHAT??! Was Mai Otome done by the same studio, come on Omni, tell us q.q
    Just happy to see Arika again *-*

  • August 3, 2006 at 4:32 pmBlade

    thinking fixed but not fixed…

    t-10 mins to watch…

  • August 3, 2006 at 4:46 pmkurotsuki

    who is fosetta II ? O_o

  • August 3, 2006 at 4:47 pmOmni

    Version II of Fosetta :P
    She did have to get reinstalled after last week. I just wonder why they made a change to the credits.

  • August 3, 2006 at 4:58 pmClamp-X

    what i find funny is Hajime Yadate’s name is on the credits one a movie Ryoko’s watching.

  • August 3, 2006 at 5:18 pmShinji103

    I /knew/ it. While Ryoko may not have the whole trojan implant thing I speculated, I knew that Shin couldn’t just completely restore Ryoko’s server world self. That would for the most part cancelled out the tragedy.

  • August 3, 2006 at 5:24 pmBlade

    The bittersweet soap opera that zegapin continues… sux Fosetta ver 2… kinda like Ryoko lol…

    Good news is she retains her memories in the Zegapain from server world, the sad thing is she’s a robot there. Looking forward to a strange ending… Celebrants get new real bodies aka Gards-Orm only to end the series there and pave the way for Zegapain 2… ! ok so I’m delusional…

  • August 3, 2006 at 6:13 pmManOnDaMoon

    The final battle at the end of this episode is really awsome. The music is also great. Wow…

    I’m quite sad for Fosetta, she was very “human” for an AI, and now she looks like the server’s Ryoko.

  • August 3, 2006 at 7:39 pmRickaZ

    what’s real are the people who touch these flowers, the people who live in this real world – people like Shin.
    WTF?! gotta watch the expression of Kyo when she says that! *goes to download the episode*

  • August 3, 2006 at 8:11 pmthenightsshadow

    What’s up with Arika…

    That sure was interesting.

  • August 3, 2006 at 8:37 pmEld

    and he eat’s another fist

  • August 3, 2006 at 9:48 pmkurotsuki

    ok…what ..if…..Shima was non-other but…Naga himself ?…or…what if…hum..Eiru was non-other but Naga’s daughter ? all i know is that those two are closer to the Guard-orm them they make us think .

    but..the real “what if “…is…”what if ” the Guard-orm are the Real good Guys ? and the Celebrant non-other but the bad guys ?

  • August 4, 2006 at 4:50 pmT_I

    All we know that she’s not quite normal, is possibly affiliated with Gards Ohm in the past, was Kyo’s previous partner, and her other name is Iel

    but yes, she’s a walking plot twist :)

  • August 7, 2006 at 11:10 pmlady-c

    God!! it pains me to see Kyo and ryoko all over each other jeezzz Im rooting for Shizuno and kyo all the wayyyy But I also wouldnt mind Shizuno and Lu sheng lol like that’ll ever happen..:(

  • August 8, 2006 at 12:35 amSorael

    I keep getting the feeling that Shizuno is the only real-live human left as the Gardsrom Sin seemed to recognize her as some sort of an equal in the previous episode. Perhaps she is the Maihama server and the ‘resistance’ is just her dream.

  • August 8, 2006 at 2:42 pmRickaZ

    @______@
    wow that would be a total SHOCK Sorael

  • August 11, 2006 at 3:30 pmNidema

    NOOOO. I was for Shizuno and Kyo as a couple and the recent 5 eps or 6 eps completely destroyed all my fantasies.

    Shizuno is definitely getting more mysterious and perhaps even dark?