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Michiko is still having trouble coming up with her script, yet when Mari asks her about it, she claims that it’s almost done. The more she thinks about it, the more pressure she builds on herself, and she continues to get nothing accomplished. She distracts herself by helping with the gardening on the school grounds, and when Hagino and Mari just so happen to pass by while she’s working, she overhears them wondering what her play will be like. It doesn’t help that Hagino mentions that there was television coverage last year, nor does it help that Yuuko heard from Mari that the script was almost done and brings Michiko some cake as refreshments. Hagino meanwhile has made the decision to release Azanael – despite Tsubael’s objects – because she feels there’s no reason to keep her locked up. They don’t let Azanael back onto her own aircraft in order to prevent her from getting away, but they do let her move around the ship. The first place Azanael heads to is Onomil’s room, and it is there that she watches a hologram of herself and Onomil from the past.

That afternoon, Hagino and Mari discover that Michiko is gone and realize that she hasn’t actually written anything yet. Nearby is a note from Michiko apologizing to everyone and asking them not to look for her. Despite this, Mari checks Michiko’s parents store to see if she’s there, but when Michiko hears Mari coming, she runs away again. Onboard the Blue, Azanael visits the engine room and finds the emergency use control area in shambles. Tsubael claims that it was something that couldn’t be helped, and when Azanael gets angry over why Hagino and Tsubael are still alive despite everyone else being dead, Tsubael has the Blue play back the recording of what happened back then. Ignoring orders to get out of the engine room because the engines were going out of control, Onomil had used the emergency controls because she felt she had to protect Hagino’s ship. She had figured out the problem, but the nearby explosions had then consumed her. Knowing all this doesn’t make Azanael feel much better, and she asks to be left alone.

At the school, Michiko shows up to apologize to Yuuko and to say that she can’t write the script even though she really wants to. She faints in the middle of this and wakes back up a little later in the infirmary. Staring out the window, she sees Hagino, Tsubael, and Mari walking along the road talking and laughing, and this inspires a story to develop inside of her. By the time Yuuko returns from making a phone call, Michiko is long gone. She rushes straight back to the dorm and starts writing. Back on the Blue, Azanael continues watching the hologram of herself and Onomil, and she also stares at the pendant that Onomil left behind.

Well, I liked how the episode somewhat started and ended with Tsubael’s observations about the humans and how she starts to understand Hagino’s feelings. That wrapped the episode up nicely. However, I didn’t find myself very interested in Michiko’s character or this whole script plot, even though Michiko’s reimagining of Mari, Hagino, and Tsubael was kind of amusing just because that style was rather unexpected. With Michiko, we get to see someone who’s under a lot of pressure, but I just don’t see as much potential in her story without a deep relationship with another character (à la Mari and Hagino or Azanael and Onomil) to go with it. That’s why I’d much rather just see more of Hagino and Mari getting closer to each other, and from the preview, that’s what next episode will feature.

November 20, 2007 at 5:05 pm
  • November 20, 2007 at 5:34 pmGloranor

    Wow. Best episode so far.

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  • November 20, 2007 at 5:38 pmGloranor

    Oh, and since they blush a lot less, Tsubael is taking care of the kawaii-quota.

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  • November 20, 2007 at 5:45 pmmutio

    So back from the rather lighthearted stuff last episode to the core story I’d say.

  • November 20, 2007 at 5:50 pmSyaoran Li

    Damn it, where is my RAW provider…

  • November 20, 2007 at 5:53 pmquex

    TsubaelxMicchi OTP!!!! LOL
    And yes, she was writing a MariHigi slash! I saw it coming from afar! XDXDXD

  • November 20, 2007 at 5:56 pmquex

    And,man ain’t Ekaril just a tad over-confident? Leaving Azanael at loose in the Blue? I could feel sorry for her, but I don’t she pulled a gun at Commander. Unforgiveable!!!

  • November 20, 2007 at 6:48 pmMentar

    Huge hilarity moment: Tsubael running into the Hagino fan club during her observations, and seeing them fawn over PIN-UP-SHOTS (!!!) of her Commandah. ^_^

  • November 20, 2007 at 6:52 pmGermanguy

    Looks like you must have an open heart to see, Tsunabel’s image…

  • November 20, 2007 at 9:49 pmquex

    Come on, Micchi went as far as animating some characters, how can you not love her? The people who make this show are having a field day here.

  • November 20, 2007 at 10:00 pmSin Ansem

    Wow, Tsubael is getting strangely more epic as the show goes on. Could she have Ensemble Dark Horse potential?

  • November 21, 2007 at 3:21 amDop

    Michiko’s imagining is very Rose of Versailles. except maybe a bit less sparkly, going by that screenshot.

  • November 21, 2007 at 4:40 amDio

    I thought so too Dop, that pic seems very much like Riyoko Ikeda’s classic shojo manga, which often have yuri: The Rose of Versailles, Oniisama e., Claudine etc.
    Lets hope Micchi’s story ends a bit more happier than those works did though heh.

  • November 21, 2007 at 5:24 amexpected

    ok….is this really yuri? are we going to get some?

  • November 21, 2007 at 5:25 pmGloranor

    yuri[jap], n: romantical and/or sexual attraction between to females.

    And if you’re not seeing teh yuri here, you’re blind ;-P

  • November 21, 2007 at 7:41 pmquex

    I believe he wants to see ecchi. I’d recommend Bible Black, for one.XDXDXD

  • November 21, 2007 at 10:30 pmGloranor

    quex: I know what he means. However, a.) yuri doesn’t imply ecchi even though some think it does (which is a minor nitpick) and b.) inappropiate (eg., when it doesn’t fit the relationship/story (yet)) ecchi is one easy way to ruin a good story. Nothing against appropiate ecchi (Kannazuki no Miko’s scene worked well… because it made sense both from the character aspect and from the story aspect. As did the scenes in Canvas 2 and School Days.) – and if they consumate their relationship at a later point, great. But their relationship isn’t anywhere near this atm, and rushing that development because some people, who clearly have mistaken the series for something else, want to see TEH ACTION would be a great disservice to it. The need of the story and the flow of teh relationship should dictate that, not aforementioned “we need to have a sex scene here”…
    It’s the same when someone who should’ve stayed with some Illusion title plays a game like Seinarukana, Tsukihime, Tsuyokisu etc.pp. and then complains they need more sexscenes…
    Which is a pet peeve of mine ;-)

  • November 22, 2007 at 1:26 amSAT

    Does Canvas2 have yuri scene? Between which characters?

  • November 22, 2007 at 1:30 amquex

    I know. I love BD because it has no fanservice whatsoever. It’s driving loser fanboys insane. LOL I post BD on veoh and they bitch and scream about that. I have nothing against ecchi but if doesn’t further the plot and narrative, it’s annoying and distracting and makes poor fiction. BD is a great story, so well played, wonderful characters and character development there’s no need of gratuitous elements. And honestly, it was about time that Yuri got a decent fictional treatment. It’s just about the first Yuri show that I can watch without being aggravated. My point was go look for ecchi elsewhere. BD is great fiction.
    It can be read at so many levels, it has so many metaphorical elements. I could go on and on blabbering about how great it is. We losers don’t need to see Hagino in the bathtub. The only person who needed to see that, saw it. I thought I was simply genius from the authors. Yes!