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Summary:

With Petruchio’s passing, Romeo goes through his stuff and finds some colored rocks that Petruchio had wanted to give his siblings. Romeo vows to bring these to Petruchio’s siblings and is visibly affected by the death, so Giovanni tells him that death here is something that happens daily. A frustrated Romeo is later working in the mines and thinking about how powerless he is when an earthquake causes some rocks to dislodge from the ceiling and almost crush him. Romeo manages to escape unscathed, and afterwards, Giovanni tells him to go back to Neo Verona or else he’ll die. Meanwhile, Hermione pays a visit to Romeo’s room to decorate it with roses. When she finds a sole iris sitting on his desk, she pulls off a petal and then falls to her knees in despair. Inside the city, Cerimon’s search for Juliet brings him to the house of some commoners with a daughter. However, after breaking down the door and entering, he finds only the body of a girl who had died after her cold got worse. Her father is angered by her death and confronts Cerimon about how this kind of thing didn’t happen during the time before girl was born, but Cerimon just knocks him out of the way. Cordelia happens to be part of the crowd that has gathered outside the house and speaks out against Cerimon, but when the soldiers come after her with their swords drawn, it’s Benvolio who pulls her away to safety. With the help of a tavern owner, they are able to escape, and Cordelia becomes embarrassed afterwards over how Benvolio had been holding her hand.

During dinnertime at the Gradisca mines, Romeo is looking at the handkerchief Juliet gave him when one of the laborers snatches it away. The others throw it around while Romeo tries to get it back, but when Giovanni gets his hands on it, he returns it to its rightful owner. The next day, Juliet and the others in the Capulet group stop at a river bank on their way to Mantua. Juliet becomes captivated by a large tree and suddenly experiences flashbacks of her encounter with Escalus and Ophelia which cause her to collapse. At the same time, a huge earthquake hits the Gradisca mines, causing more rocks to fall from the ceiling. Romeo once again manages to get out relatively unhurt, but the others are not so lucky. The man closest to Romeo – who happens to have been one of the men who picked on him earlier – has his leg trapped, so Romeo tries to get the rock off. However, it is ultimately Giovanni who provides the brute strength that lifts the rock up long enough for the man to get pulled out from under it. Outside the mines, Romeo finds numerous hurt laborers being helped by their fellow men, but the officer in charge of the mines Paolo is more worried about the collapse of the mining operations. Not caring about the injuries, Paolo tries to order the men back to work, but Romeo overrides this by declaring that the mine will be abandoned. He feels that the laborers here have atoned for their crimes and announces that everyone is going back to Neo Verona. When Paolo tries to object, Romeo reminds him who’s in charge and then starts issuing orders to the others.

After helping free more people from the rubble, Romeo learns that there is still one more person missing. Not wanting anyone else to die, Romeo goes searching for this missing man named Pietro and eventually finds him stuck on a ledge above a dark hole inside another cave. Pietro has hurt his leg, and the ledge is crumbling, so Romeo starts to climb down to get him, but he’s stopped by Giovanni who provides a rope to lower him down with instead. Romeo allows Pietro to grab onto his back and then starts climbing back up, but yet another earthquake strikes and causes Romeo to lose his grip. He and Pietro are saved only by Giovanni’s strength holding onto the rope, and it is Giovanni finally who pulls them up. In the aftermath, the wounded get treated and Giovanni brings Romeo his soup dinner. When he finds Romeo digging through the rubble looking for the bag with everything Petruchio had left behind, Giovanni questions if Romeo can really return them to Neo Verona since they are prisoners who probably won’t be let back into the city. Romeo suggests that they’ll live in a new land somewhere and explains his promise to create a world where they can all live together – he doesn’t want a world where someone has to make a sacrifice. Giovanni laughs at the idea because it’s a dream, but he says that he doesn’t hate it. The men who picked on Romeo earlier now also find him, and after thanking him and apologizing for the handkerchief incident, Pietro shows that he also has a ring that he wears on a necklace. It reminds him of a person precious to him, and everyone here has someone like that. As Romeo runs off to join them for dinner, Giovanni thinks to himself that the world Romeo is aiming for is down a long and rocky path.

ED2 Sequence

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ED: 「Good bye, yesterday」 by Mizrock
Watch the ED2!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2
I wasn’t expecting a new ending this week since we’re already past the halfway point, so this was a welcome surprise. The ED sequence consists of a single shot of the Red Whirlwind’s gear blowing in a field of irises, and I really like the way the Mizrock song sounds. I think it fits this series a lot better than the first ED, which was a good song on its own, but it didn’t suit the mood at all.

Preview

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This whole Romeo-at-the-mines arc seems rather unexciting to me because while he’s learning all these lessons about loss and leadership and making new allies, it doesn’t feel like it’s contributing very much to the overall storyline. In other words, I think they’re spending more time than they need to here unless these men are going to become part of Romeo’s private army or something in a rebellion against his father. More interesting for me was how Juliet seems to be reacting to and affecting the environment and how that will ultimately change the classic story. That and this scene also made me wonder if Neo Verona being an aerial city will come into play in terms of the Escalus being intertwined with the land.
This episode also makes it look like Benvolio X Cordelia is becoming more likely to happen. The two still seem like an odd couple to me, but that’s largely because I see Benvolio as someone Romeo’s age whereas I see Cordelia as like a mother to Juliet. In any case, maybe at least they will end up happily together even if Romeo and Juliet have their tragic end. Next week’s episode is focused on Hermione though, and she doesn’t look all too pleased in that preview.

July 11, 2007 at 8:26 pm
31 comments »
  • July 11, 2007 at 8:34 pmSakura

    Did I mention that I’m starting to dislike Hermione more and more? Tch, rich spoiled girl who can’t take a rejection. Maybe she’s never been rejected before in her life.

  • July 11, 2007 at 8:34 pmanimelollipop

    Looks really good. CAn’t wait until sub. Hope that they don’t died at the end

  • July 11, 2007 at 8:37 pmShiningNinja

    Ooh… I knew Hermione was going to crack…. i just didn’t think so soon ;D
    this ep seems kind of uneventful though >:(

  • July 11, 2007 at 8:47 pmmangaka-chan

    Why does Hermione have to end up as the jealous-bitchy-rejected-fiance character! ;_; It feels so predictable and cliched.

  • July 11, 2007 at 8:49 pmTimoshi Huang

    ooh Cordelia is creeepy!

  • July 11, 2007 at 8:50 pmkandidy

    Hermione looks so scary >

  • July 11, 2007 at 9:07 pmYen

    OMG, last screen shot.

    Anyway, I guess we won’t be having our Romeo X Juliet Anytime soon.
    Might as well go with Benvolio X Cordelia here xD

  • July 11, 2007 at 9:27 pmcitrus

    oh…look surprise about ED2 ^o^ and Thanks for sharing ED Theme ne :D

  • July 11, 2007 at 9:36 pmJunJun

    YAY! Cordelia X Benvolio! so cute. Lol…Hermione next week looks like shes been through a hard time. XD

  • July 11, 2007 at 9:56 pmFisherman Horizon

    great! new ending theme. IMO the 1st ending theme is so lame, especially compared to the OP theme.

  • July 11, 2007 at 10:00 pmKirakun85

    enough of the mining T_T

  • July 11, 2007 at 10:12 pmDeadlyrain

    I said around 5-7 episodes ago that Cordelia X Benvolio would happen. & woot. Now what I suspect is that Hermione will be the one to attempt to kill Juliet while she is with Tybalt. Tybalt will then kill Hermione a few minutes before Romeo will arrive to see Juliet in Tybalts arms again as she cries. Romeo will see Tybalts blade tainted with Hermione’s blood & get agitated seeing Juliet in Tybalt’s arms.

  • July 11, 2007 at 10:29 pmdward

    Oh nooooo….someone just incurred the wrath of Hermione….

  • July 11, 2007 at 11:10 pmmango

    w00t! ^__^ benvolio and cordelia =

  • July 11, 2007 at 11:11 pmandi

    when the hell did miz chance her name to mizrock? it sounds freakin stupid.
    but i can’t deny she’s a rockin chick. ah, sweden.

    excited to see that one chick go nuts in what will hopefully be ophelia-esque manner.

  • July 12, 2007 at 1:05 ammewmew

    i was hoping hermione will be slightly more…err…not too upset with the situation, but i guess the likes of juliet taking “romeo sama” away was too much ^^;

  • July 12, 2007 at 1:35 amTokki

    Sigh, they could of finished\summed this plot in 13 epi’s instead of dragging it out. Trusted me I read and watch the old and new version of Romeo and Juliet.

  • July 12, 2007 at 3:34 amtg

    Well, Hermoine is definitely going to look might fiesty in the next episode. Wonder if Romeo will gather up a rebellion army. And poor Juliet. Knew this series is going to really have an environmental theme going through it.

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  • July 12, 2007 at 4:28 ammoondoggiebuicuit

    Hahahahhahahha! Way to go Romeo!
    Rebellion eh? Like “Romeo of Rebellion”?

  • July 12, 2007 at 7:19 amTyper

    RxJ fails to keep me interested. I don’t know what you guys see in it :S

  • July 12, 2007 at 9:51 amGP

    This just keeps pushing the idea that the show will have a totally different ending than the original. I hope this is the case though, it’s different enough at this point, with the tree and Juliets tie to it and so on.

  • July 12, 2007 at 11:58 amMidou

    If they die or not is fine for the ending, (though I’d prefer it be like the original.

    If there is not a Tybalt and Mercutio fight, it’ll be 10x worse then however they do the ending.

  • July 12, 2007 at 1:49 pmAurora

    Hermione looks dang scary in that 4th screencap. It’ll be very interesting to see her on crack. What the heck happened to Mercutio’s eyes in the preview? I’m expecting something very surprising from Hermione or what not.

  • July 12, 2007 at 4:25 pmJoelle

    Now I realize that the show has taken many liberties with the original Romeo and Juliet story however, I still have to admit that I love it. The role reversals, the imported characters, everything. It adds a fresh twist to the original story while still carrying on the key points. Also, I think that Romeo’s journey to the mines has had a certain amount of symbolism to the story and added a new level. Now, I’ll admit, I do agree that the mine episodes were perhaps a bit predictable or boring at times, but as I watched them, I came to notice a change in Romeo. He’s moved on from being the pampered son of the Duke into an independent individual. A few episodes back, he couldn’t even tell the difference between a potato and a rock. Now, he has begun to fully work, and has come to realize the true scope of his fathers evil. What’s more, he has finally asserted himself as a leader. While he spoke against his father before, he didn’t really take any actions that fully asserted himself as an individual. This time though, he has clearly pointed out that he is a leader, and he is making his own choices. He won’t go crawling back to his father apologizing anymore. (Or, at least, thats what I’m thinking.) This episode also helped show that there is a definite bond between Romeo, Juliet, and Escalus as Juliet felt Escalus’s pain when Escalus’s roots were causing the earthquake in the mine where Romeo was. My last quick note is that there is definitly a hint of destiny and prophecy written in this story as Romeo and Juliet are almost always seen together under an image of the goddess or with Escalus’s roots. Also, when the doors of Escalus’s chamber are shown, we can see both of the family crests present as well as on a side wall, the image of a man presenting a woman with long flowing hair, what appears to be an iris.
    Hmm…Sorry again. One other last note. Just saw the comment about Tybalt and Mercutio. Gosh thats got me thinking. If Tybalt is a lost Capulet, perhaps he could end up getting killed in which case, Juliet may find herself questioning her love for Romeo as in the play? Could this also mean that Mercutio has potential to still show his alliance to Romeo? Or perhaps Hermione shall become a seperate source of evil from Montague?
    Okay, I wrote way too much! Sorry! I apologize for any writing errors!

  • July 12, 2007 at 10:52 pmAlice

    Am I the only person still not feeling the whole Benvolio/Cordelia thing? It’s just… I don’t find it cute or interesting. :/

  • July 13, 2007 at 8:58 amAurora

    ….or maybe that’s Hermione in a Mercutio disguise?? XD About the Benvolio x Cordelia thing, I find it cute and odd at the same time; I also agree to the fact that it’s odd of how Benvolio seems to be around Romeo’s age and Cordelio as a mother/nurse-figure for Juliet and also, isn’t Cordelia slightly taller than Benvolio???

  • July 14, 2007 at 12:40 amstephanie

  • July 14, 2007 at 3:28 amSyaoran Li

    Hermione needs to kick some asses…

    They need some time to take us thought the next and probably final stage of the story; the fight against Montague and then, if everything goes as planned, Romeo and Juliet will die. I’m still routing for the classic ending, you’ve to honor one of Shakespeare’s greatest works.

    This new ED was so-so for me; maybe the monotone animation didn’t help to much. Still, a good episode; next week, someone is going to be kicked.

  • July 16, 2007 at 9:57 amUnknown

    Well, doesn’t Hermione look unpleased. Juliet definitely make a better choice for Romeo anyway.

  • July 23, 2007 at 9:50 ammamata

    i like romeo and the new story of romeo x juliet

  • November 14, 2008 at 1:06 amannika

    i really like all william shakespear works-
    and i’m really fun of japanese culture-
    romeo x juliet was something to remember forever, 8 was a heart breaking anime series-
    =annika=