Soukou no Strain – 07
Sara finds herself surrounded by Lottie and friends all the time, though the one watching from a distance is now Lavinia who secretly has feelings for her. The Libertad is meanwhile decelerating into Gall space, and the pursuing Deague ship is doing so too. Ralph heads off with Medlock after telling Emily go back to her room, but she instead chases after him. The problem is that she doesn’t have the proper ID to get to certain areas of the ship, including where Ralph went with Medlock. And so, while Ralph is kissing Medlock and sleeping with her, Emily is wandering around the ship and finding that she can’t get anywhere. She eventually gives up and returns to her room feeling bored. Back onboard the Libertad, Melchisedec has made some improvements to Sara’s Strain that raise reaction speed by 10%. He and Carmichael run a simulation with Sara and Emily in the cockpit, but it ends in smoking failure that gets her all dirty. Lavinia, who happened to be passing by, sees Sara going to take a shower and thinks that this is her chance. She imagines herself offering to clean Emily for Sara while she’s showering and how grateful Sara would be, but this never comes to fruition because Lottie and Jessie come up to Sara first and Lottie offers Jessie to do the same thing.
Lavinia’s next plan has her going to the locker room and placing a thumbtack on the shower room’s access panel. She wants Sara to injure her finger on the tack so that she can arrive to lick Sara’s finger and apply a bandage. Sara does indeed hurt herself, but before Lavinia can make her entrance, Becky shows up and sees the bleeding, so she takes Sara to the doctor’s office. To make matters worse for Lavinia, she accidentally trips and falls on her box of thumbtacks. She doesn’t give up though and tries to catch Sara in the shower a bit later. Lavinia sneaks up on someone she thinks is Sara in the shower and kisses the girl, but soon realizes that something is wrong when she hears Lottie and the real Sara coming into the shower room. It turns out that the person Lavinia is currently kissing is actually Jessie. Because she’s so embarrassed from being caught by Sara and Lottie, Lavinia runs out of the room crying, though she doesn’t realize until she’s outside that she’s still naked. News of this incident spreads to even the instructors, and the ship’s doctor thinks that it’s not just Lavinia – the ship’s students are at their limit in terms of stress. They decide on allowing everyone some time off the ship at Gall, which makes the students quite happy.
The Libertad soon arrives and docks safely at the large Gall station. Some of the students run off the ship as soon as they’re allowed, though Lottie and company aren’t quite that rushed. Sara, however, will be remaining on the ship so that she can focus on her training. Learning this, Lavinia also decides to stay. Meanwhile, on the Deague ship, Emily is rummaging around the room and hides under the bed when Ralph comes back. Not noticing her, he dumps his jacket on the bed and goes to take a shower. Emily gets the idea to wear the jacket, and it allows her into those restricted areas, including the hanger room for the Gloire-type. But the vehicle she heads for is a small shuttle, and she launches in it, ready to go see someone. Barrow thinks that Ralph is the one taking off, but he realizes that’s a mistake when Ralph shows up on the bridge with Meadow. Back on the Libertad, Lavinia’s new plan is to hide Emily while Sara is away. This way, Sara will cry over the loss of the doll, and Lavinia can come make things better by pretending to find Emily. Thus, Lavinia goes and kidnaps Emily, placing her on the top shelf inside a storage room. However, after she leaves, the doll falls down into a garbage cart.
Everything goes according to plan for Lavinia, with Sara desperate to find Emily. Though Lavinia misjudges how much the doll means to Sara, who claims that Emily is her last hope, she goes through with her plan and takes Sara back to the storage room. The problem is that Emily isn’t there anymore because the garbage cart has been emptied and a truck has already taken away the ship’s garbage.
Wow, I didn’t expect that kind of nudity from this show, which I had thought would be fairly serious given how few episodes they have. And just to balance it all out, we got a Ralph shower scene too. Anyway, this was quite an amusing episode because of Lavinia and all her (failed) attempts to seduce Sara. And it’s not all just girl-on-girl filler either. Her accidentally causing Emily to be thrown away means that Sara will have to go look for the doll now. I bet that next week, Carris finds Sara searching through the city, and the two go on a date of sorts. They’ll probably encounter real Emily (as the preview suggests) and then Ralph will enter the scene looking for her. Not quite what I had thought would happen, but I guess it works. I’m looking forward to hearing the real Emily (voiced by Nonoka Ai) doing some more talking next week.