Blue Drop – 09
One morning, Mari finds Michiko sleeping in at her desk and realizes that she had been working all night. Because it’s so late, Mari wakes her up by yelling, though Michiko remains drowsy on the way to school. A curious Mari eventually convinces her to reveal what she’s written, so Michiko describes her story for the entire class. In it, an ordinary girl wakes from being burnt in a fiery dream and finds herself in a dark jail cell. This was the cell that a holy girl named Jeanne d’Arc – who had been labeled as a heretic – was thrown in the Middle Ages. The girl who had suddenly appeared was called a servant of the Devil by Jeanne, and this created some bad feelings between the two. Lots of people came to visit Jeanne who was to be executed soon, and the girl had desperately tried to get them to save her. However, the people saw the girl as Jeanne and did not see or hear the real Jeanne. In learning about Jeanne, the girl started to understand Jeanne’s lonely heart. Jeanne up to that point had been unable to reveal her own feelings to anyone and carried all the pain and sorrow by herself, but she started opening her heart up to this carefree girl. She had despaired and given up, but had now refound something precious to her. Michiko’s moral is that everyone can have hope, so continuing to believe without giving up will definitely lead to something changing. She feels that the future shouldn’t be feared, and hope shouldn’t be abandoned.
To Michiko’s surprise, everyone in the class loves this story, and Mari is even moved to tears. Hagino then leads the class in beginning preparations for the play. Back on the Blue, Azanael and Tsubael are watching Hagino’s class activities via a surveillance bird, and Tsubael calls it biological research on the humans for their exploration mission. Azanael thinks that Hagino’s playing around, but Tsubael feels that Hagino’s has her own point of view. On the Novaal, Shivariel hasn’t heard back from Azanael but remains confident that Azanael will carry out her mission. Hagino and Mari meanwhile rush to board a train so that they can go to the nearby city to buy some stuff for the play production. On the way there, Mari admires a cruise ship in sailing parallel to the direction their train is moving, and it reminds her of the big thing she saw at the harbor. She realizes now that it was Hagino’s ship, but she mentions that she doesn’t think it’s the first time she’s seen it. Hagino doesn’t react specifically to this and instead asks if Mari wants to see it. Mari’s excitement surprises Hagino because she thought humans would be afraid of aliens, but Mari then admits that it’s not just the ship – she feels that she’s known Hagino for a long time too.
Once they get to the city, Hagino tries to buy the supplies they need, but Mari easily gets distracted by all the cool stuff. At the end of the day, Mari convinces Hagino to join her in a Ferris wheel ride, and it is during this ride that Mari suggests they walk back to school instead of taking the train. She claims she wants to because she hasn’t been getting much exercise lately, and to her surprise, Hagino agrees. Watching the two girls walk back while chatting happily, Tsubael mentions to Azanael that she thinks Hagino might be searching for something. When Azanael asks, Tsubael confirms that Mari is related to that incident and may have special abilities. Unfortunately, Mari slows down when the blister on her foot breaks, and it puts her in great pain. To make matters worse, it starts raining heavily, so the two girls are forced to take shelter in a nearby abandoned restaurant. Mari also accidentally leaves one of their bags behind, and it gets soaked in the rain. She blames herself for all this and curls up in a ball, so Hagino pulls out a sheet to cover the both of them. Hagino then starts talking about her own planet and how there are only women. Reproduction is still possible, but her people realize that they’ll be finished if they don’t do something about it – that’s why they came to Earth.
Mari doesn’t hear any of this because she’s already fallen asleep, but that doesn’t stop Azanael from reacting to how Hagino is giving away military secrets. Tsubael, however, still believes in Hagino and parallels it to how Onomil believed in Hagino too. Shortly after Hagino falls asleep, the Blue detects a change in her brain wave pattern, and Azanael associates it with telepathic contact. Hagino is actually dreaming about the night of the incident when she had surveyed the death and destruction on Kamiokijima, all while the Blue’s Emil Force drive had been acting up. Hagino had rescued a girl who was drowning – Mari – but an explosion had enveloped the Blue shortly thereafter. Mari sees this same dream and wakes up with the realization that it was Hagino who saved her. This quickly moves her to tears, and she hugs Hagino because of how thankful she is. Onboard the Blue, however, Azanael is simply shocked to find out that Hagino had saved Mari and had thus left Onomil to die without helping.
This episode is finally bringing to light both why Hagino’s people are here and what happened during that incident. I assume Hagino saved Mari because she was the only survivor left (as opposed to specifically because she knew Mari had special powers), and Hagino felt guilty about all the death. I’m still not entirely clear, though, on where Mari’s special powers come from, and there’s still some mystery about how all that death came about, so hopefully those will get explained later. Regardless, none of this will make Azanael feel any better, and if her reaction is to be believed, then this’ll probably drive her to try to do something rash to Mari or Hagino in retaliation. She’ll likely get her chance next week when Hagino apparently brings Mari onto the Blue.