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Summary:

Unaware that Juliet still thinks that things aren’t over yet, Romeo bows down to her and gives her the throne in place of his father. Declaring that she’s the Duke of Neo Verona now, Romeo asks her to help the people and says that he’ll return to his village to restore the life to this land. He thinks that they’ll definitely get back together someday, but Juliet just silently walks past him and says goodbye to him in her mind. As Conrad has red Capulet flags raised across the city, much to the joy of all its citizens, Juliet walks through the castle by herself clutching her chest in pain because she can feel Escalus calling to her. Romeo doesn’t know about this and heads to his father’s final resting place where he’s paid a visit by Tybalt. After Tybalt comments on how Montague had a fittingly miserable death, Romeo remembers how his father had uttered a name before he died. This leads to Tybalt revealing that it was the name of his mother and that Montague was also his father. When Tybalt changes the subject to how Romeo’s going back to his village, Romeo explains that he doesn’t want to get in the way of Juliet becoming Duke. What’s more, Romeo recognizes the importance of getting back the strength in the ground.

Since Tybalt is his brother, Romeo asks him for a favor and pulls out the colored rocks that Petruchio wanted to give his siblings. Tybalt, however, slaps away the rocks and tells him to leave other people alone because what’s more important is what Romeo himself wants to do. He then proceeds to tells Romeo about Escalus being connected to the Capulet daughter Juliet and how she plans to sacrifice her own life. Romeo is shocked to hear that according to legend, Juliet will experience eternal pain and suffering in place of Escalus. He wonders if there’s another way to save Neo Verona, and although Tybalt doesn’t know, he does say that the only person who can stop Juliet is Romeo. It is at this point that Romeo remembers how the old man had said that the great crimes that man has committed won’t disappear but will instead die with the land. The old man had also told him to shoulder Juliet’s fate if he opposed this, and Romeo now understands what the man meant. Because of this, he decides to go after her.

As Romeo and Tybalt run through the underground passageway, the violent shaking around them causes a segment of the ground to collapse, leaving Romeo on one side and Tybalt on the other. Romeo goes on ahead and soon catches up to Juliet as she’s walking across a bridge. He tries to ask her why she didn’t tell him about the stuff with Escalus, but Juliet yells for him not to come towards her and says that it has nothing to do with him. Romeo feels that it does because of the oath they took, and even after Juliet claims that she’s forgotten about it, he still intends to stop her. He feels that it’s wrong for a peaceful world to be built upon her suffering alone, however Juliet rebuffs him by declaring that fate is unchangeable and that it’s her fate to protect this world and the people of Neo Verona. Though she really just wants him to go back because she doesn’t want him to get dragged into this, Juliet pulls out her sword to indicate that she’s willing to fight him if he tries to obstruct her. After a moment of silence, Romeo tells her that he wants to save her from eternal suffering. If going against fate becomes her sin, he is willing to kill her now and take on all of her sins. Pulling out his own sword, Romeo proclaims that he’d happily fall to hell for her sake.

As the two lock swords and begin to fight, Juliet remembers all the time they’ve spent together. It was because she loved Romeo that she decided to go alone and break their oath. The reason she had kept silent about Escalus was because she wouldn’t have been able to go if she had told him. Right as Juliet is thinking that she really does want to live and be together with him, Romeo knocks away her sword. He then drops his own sword and walks up to her to kiss her, but this is broken up when the shaking ground suddenly collapses the pillars lining the bridge, and part of the ceiling falls down. Conrad, Curio, and Francisco had been looking for Juliet, and they now find her after they fly through the hole in the ceiling. However, everyone gets separated from Juliet when giant roots emerge from the water and cut the bridge in half. As Ophelia’s voice announces that it’s time for the contract and time to sprout, the top part of Juliet’s armor breaks off as huge wings emerge. She calls out to Romeo as she’s pulled toward Escalus’ room, but before Romeo can go after her, Tybalt – who had arrived moments earlier – stops him briefly to give him his sword and to urge him to save Juliet with his love.

Romeo charges into Escalus’ room to save her from Ophelia, but he quickly gets swatted to the ground by a root. He can thus only watch as Ophelia gives Juliet the kiss of death and causes her to fall unconscious.

Preview

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The episode turned out to be quite good overall due to the story developments plus the musical choices for some of the scenes (such as what plays after Romeo learns from Tybalt about Juliet and Escalus and then later during the sword fight). The animation quality was noticeably worse in several parts compared to last episode, but it was still about on par with the rest of the series. The story is still proceeding as expected, but I was a little surprised to see the normally calm Ophelia act like this. There’s nothing like having Ophelia be incredibly creepy to make me oppose the entire sacrifice-yourself-for-Neo-Verona idea.
Next week is the conclusion, and while I still think both Romeo and Juliet will sacrifice themselves, it’ll be interesting to see how it happens. I suspect it’ll be William who gets the final lines of the series. Incidentally, for those of you wondering what happened to Hermione, she got a brief 3-second cameo this episode.

September 19, 2007 at 2:55 am
39 comments »
  • September 19, 2007 at 3:06 amtanuki

    Wow, Tybalt’s there too. But I’m wondering if

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    Ophelia looks pretty crazy. Why does she kiss Juliet? :(

  • September 19, 2007 at 3:10 ammiaomiao

    can’t wait for the episode summary!!!

  • September 19, 2007 at 3:16 ammutio

    Wtf Wings? Hä??? *?*
    And she lost herself completely I guess:
    http://randomc.net/image/RomeoXJuliet/RomeoXJuliet%20-%2023%20-%20Large%2024.jpg
    Psycho..
    Next week is final. I think at least one of them or both will die, however this is already so much different from the original Romeo and Juliet, who knows that they’ll do..

  • September 19, 2007 at 3:22 ammoondoggiebuscuit

    Ophelia is a plant? And Juliet grew wings, damn it!
    This is really a very wierd and far from what I expected…

  • September 19, 2007 at 3:43 amdward

    Never give up Romeo!

  • September 19, 2007 at 3:56 amSakura

    That picture of Ophelia…just creeped me out…completely. Now I’m going to have nightmares! X3

  • September 19, 2007 at 3:58 amSakura

    Oh, I forgot to write this:

    If Tybalt really did mention to Romeo that he’s his half-brother, I wonder if the conversation went along the lines of this:

    Tybalt: Romeo, I am your half-brother!
    Romeo: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO–wait, say what?!

    And then when Romeo sees [I think] Juliet being kissed by Ophelia, he must wonder why the one he loves is either being kissed or hugged by someone else. :)

  • September 19, 2007 at 4:22 amMayuna

    Tanuki >>>> Show Spoiler ▼

    Wowh, that fight between R and J was kinda cool XD Not that much to see though.

  • September 19, 2007 at 4:30 amMayuna

    Sakura >>>> Show Spoiler ▼

    I LOVED the BGM when Romeo goes after Juliet *after the wings-growing-thing XD* with the voices XD And I really think they’re both gonna be absorbed by Escalus :p So that third screenshot from the preview is their last moment of peace together ;_; XD

  • September 19, 2007 at 4:33 ammeromero

    Agree with everybody, Ophelia looks so creepy! Just seeing the preview I feel that Juliet actually dies but it’s so different to the play that maybe she just banishes and reincarnates on the Escalus tree, with Romeo killing himself to be the other one, lol. Just kidding! (but the possibility scares me! O_O). And yay more Tybalt! Wanna see if he tells Romeo about he’s his half-brother. Poor Romeo, he’s gonna have a trauma for all of this.

  • September 19, 2007 at 5:18 amKandidy

    No>

  • September 19, 2007 at 5:24 ammewmew

    ever since ophelia’s hand looked wooden/rotted a few eps back her character became more demonic than mystical (when she first appeared). lol.

    the excitement continues~

  • September 19, 2007 at 6:44 amAurora

    This is the first thing I thought when I saw Ophelia kissing Juliet: Aw crap what the hell. XD That is so going to make certain fans develop slash fics/pics. Ophelia looks damn scary. Yay, there IS a fight between Romeo and Juliet! I was beginning to think the ending would suck without one. Hm I wonder if Tybalt told Romeo that he’s his half-bro (I’m just more surprised that there won’t be a fight between them after all. Which means Tybalt lives! :D)

  • September 19, 2007 at 7:51 amJo

    I can not wait to see this :O

  • September 19, 2007 at 9:48 amMayuna

    Nyuu noone reads my spoilers ;_; XDDD I guess you all want to see the real thing yourself :p

  • September 19, 2007 at 2:40 pmSakura

    Mayuna => I read them! XD Hahahaha, thanks. :3

  • September 19, 2007 at 4:31 pmYamanote

    omg ophelia on crack

  • September 19, 2007 at 5:09 pmJo

    I just saw this… omg i need to see that last episode…
    when is the last episode showing?
    Wikimedia says tomorrow… is that true?

  • September 19, 2007 at 5:20 pmJo

    nvm they changed it…
    guess we’re gonna have to wait one more week… I dont know if i can :P

  • September 19, 2007 at 5:57 pmMarie

    The new piano music was so beautiful!
    Ah, the sword fight almost made me cry.
    And its clear that Ophelia spent too much time in Montague’s company, as she picked up his crazy eye look.

  • September 19, 2007 at 8:54 pmJenn-Jen

    OMG!!! NOOOO It’s gonna end… T.T No….. I don’t want it to be sad….. o.O Ophelia is really, really creepy… lol

  • September 19, 2007 at 11:00 pmKandidy

    Hah! WHo would have thought that last boss will be Ophelia.
    Maybe that old man is the soul of the dried Escalus.

    Romeo is rock!! Duel and kiss XD!!

  • September 20, 2007 at 9:13 amForever

    lol juliet got kissed by a plant. but really sad tht itz gonna end! bleh

  • September 20, 2007 at 3:40 pmAlice

    HOMG Ophelia kissed Juliet! 8DDDDD
    That makes me way happier than it probably should. Despite it being the kiss of death. I cheer.

  • September 20, 2007 at 6:19 pmmango

    tybalt tybalt tybalt

  • September 20, 2007 at 8:15 pmDanie

    I think that maybe Juliet is going to be like Ophelia because the seed of Escalus is inside her Ophelia is like part of the tree so while Escalus dies she starts dying and maybe Romeo will be like the old man because its like if he knew everything but he didn´t die when the second tree died because he wasn´t part of it just like Romeo that doesn´t have any Escalus seed so maybe when Ophelia dies the old man will also die.
    And I think that the one who´s going to be the Great Duke it´s going to be Tybalt because he is part of both families so then the families get united just as the end of the original story

    I don´t really want them to die they must live to be happy

  • September 21, 2007 at 12:04 amMiso and Soup

    I kinda hope that Romeo saves her, Juliet hardly deserves the fate of eternal suffering. I like his idea of killing her and taking on her burden, that shows how much he loves her. I really don’t want either of them to die…why does the continent have to die without a human sacrifice?!

  • September 21, 2007 at 1:03 pmDaniel Lind

    Sorry for my english ~_~

    Minna…
    We all know, there were two ways up till now, right?
    1) Everyone dies, but Juliet and Romeo stay together… for a while
    2) Juliet saves the world and then there comes despair and grief for our poor Romeo.

    But spoiler for 24 on the official website made me remember something.
    That we all forgot about.
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    23 was just… awesome. Show Spoiler ▼

    was more than enough to shock me. That was something I never expected. Who knew, back in April, that the story of love and revolution will turn into some kind of epic fantasy? ^_^

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  • September 21, 2007 at 6:37 pmMEEE

    OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH =D it’s almost over.. hehe =d

  • September 21, 2007 at 7:02 pmWeird

    ;_; Is this the last episode?

  • September 21, 2007 at 8:28 pmTensai Otaku

    DEATH NOTE BY TENSAI MOMMENTS:

    Hey I´ve heard that Miyawaki Wataru the vocalist from the band 12012 that sings the ending music of this anime ( Cyclone ) was arrested because he tried to strangle a neck from a female friend!!!
    Hey wait a sec!!!…. you ask me :

    ” THIS ANIME IS NOT THAAATTT VIOLENT!!?? ”

    ;D :D

  • September 22, 2007 at 1:52 pmSyaoran Li

    They’ll die for sure, they have to…

    Really impressive how GONZO has managed to handle very well until now this series; hoping for the tragic ending involving those two. If they do that; I’ll respect them a little more. If they screw it, I’ll hate them even more.

    Shiawaze nano desuka?

  • September 22, 2007 at 7:03 pmtg

    Ophelia really does look creepy. O.o

  • September 24, 2007 at 5:27 pmasdas2/0

    wait…

    this didn’t happen in the play

  • September 25, 2007 at 4:34 pmCroft

    OMG! This anime is Amazinngg!! Even though we all pretty much knew how it was gonna end, its gonna be a tear jerker

    The final episode aris tonight. I cant wait to see whats gonna happen!!^___^

  • September 25, 2007 at 5:10 pmAnimeFreak4evr

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO i dont want them 2 dye. :((
    Y!!!!!!? n i was hoping that the ending would b differnet. But…
    :((

  • September 25, 2007 at 5:11 pmAnimeFreak4evr

    Srry i meant die not dye. hehe
    but i dont want a sad anding….:(
    but Ophelia IS CREEPY!!

  • September 26, 2007 at 11:31 pmEruruu

    the episode was so cool!!!!!!!!!XDDDDD wow it was weird when juliet grew the wings ! :3

  • July 25, 2009 at 11:43 pmBetty

    I think Ophelia is beautiful (:
    and i love how her eyes are a variaty of green and blue ^____^