Blue Drop – 10
Michiko has finished her script, and copies of it – called “The Girl of Orleans” – soon arrive for the class to read over. Yuuko puts Michiko in charge of producing the play, but luckily Michiko has Hagino helping her organize the class. The girls of the dorm spend the night working on costumes, and while she’s sewing with Mari in their room, Hagino raises the subject of what if the Kamiokijima incident hadn’t happened. Mari feels that if so, then she wouldn’t be here and wouldn’t have met Hagino, and she’s glad for that much even though she doesn’t remember the island. She then notes that it’s thanks to Hagino saving her that she is now able to prepare for the festival and get along well with everyone. Hearing this, Hagino feels that she has to tell Mari something, but she isn’t able to say it and instead cuts herself with her scissors. Sucking up the white blood off Hagino’s finger, Mari suggests a bandage, and Hagino is wearing one by the time she brings Michiko some tea later that night. Michiko is having trouble deciding on the cast because she feels the people in their class don’t quite fit, so Hagino tells her it’s okay to use other people. Michiko thus recruits Hiroko and the three girls who always fawn over Hagino to participate too. Of course, the lead role of the girl still goes to Mari and the role of Jeanne goes to Hagino. The cast soon starts rehearsing together, and they find that Mari isn’t the greatest actress, but Hagino manages to wow everything.
Hagino later invites Mari to go to the Blue since she had promised to, and Mari is thrilled to be able to ride in Hagino’s ship when the time comes. Upon learning that Mari is coming, Azanael goes to her room and activates her own ship’s computer via Onomil’s pendant. It starts to mess with the Blue’s computer, but no one other than her notices yet. Hagino meanwhile shows Mari the bridge, and introduces her to the ship, Tsubael, and Azanael. She then brings Mari to the upper deck of the Blue and allows Mari to see all of the seagulls flying alongside the ship. The Blue even dives underwater and performs several jumps to allow Mari to experience everything. Afterwards, Mari thanks Hagino for bringing her onboard, and Hagino decides that it’s time to tell Mari the truth. Before she can say it however, the ship starts acting erratically because the computer has gotten scrambled. While Hagino deals with the problem from the bridge, Azanael takes Mari to the living quarters of the ship. Specifically, she brings Mari to her own room. When the ship lurches at one point, Mari accidentally activates the recording of Azanael and Onomil and wonders if this is Azanael’s lover. Hagino isn’t aware of any trouble until live video of Azanael’s room suddenly starts being sent to the bridge, and this causes Hagino to rush to the living quarters area.
Azanael tells Mari about how a superior officer let Onomil die, yet Onomil was calling out to this person even at the end. She blames this same person for killing a lot of innocent people on Kamiokijima. On that day, a team had been sent to research humans, but there was an engine accident with the Emil Force Drive that affected the nearby humans, and it led to everyone dying. The one survivor of the slaughter was Mari. Azanael finishes by identifying the person responsible for everything, including Mari’s parents being part of everyone killing each other, as Hagino. Mari’s eyes become dead the moment she hears this, and when Hagino and Tsubael finally succeed in forcing their way into Azanael’s room, Azanael pushes Mari towards Hagino and uses the chance to escape. In doing so, she activates the bombs that she’s set all around the Blue, and as it sinks, she escapes in her own ship.
I wonder how Mari would have reacted if Hagino had actually been able to personally tell her the truth instead of her learning about everything like this. Azanael’s description more or less poisoned Mari’s mind against Hagino, but if Hagino herself had said it, then I doubt Mari would have gone dead-eyes and might have even forgiven here right there. Instead, Hagino’s probably going to have to spend at least next episode getting Mari over this (assuming Hagino conquers her personal demons first), and even after hearing Hagino’s side of the story, Mari might need Hagino to save her again or something in order to win her back over. Since there are only three episodes left, I imagine there’s a good chance that the series will climax during the school festival.