Dragonaut – 12
Two years ago, Kiril had led a memorial service for the families of the victims of the shuttle accident, and as Jin grieved with everyone else, he had wondered if it was all his father’s fault. Unbeknownst to everyone there, Nozaki had been watching from afar and had surprised himself by shedding a tear. Back in the present, the remnants of the Lindworm Unit respond to the appearance of the fourth original dragon. However, before they can take any action against it, the dragon blinds them with light and disappears. Meanwhile, Nozaki is telling Yuuri to stay put on Tartarus to watch over Gio and Widow, and he ignores her urgency over getting the Album back. What he doesn’t tell her is that he thinks that is safer for her. On Tartarus, Gio demands to be let out so that he can go save Toa, but Yuuri knows all his attempts to escape from the room she’s imprisoned him in are useless. She finds it strange that Gio and Widow don’t show signs of losing control like Nozaki had mentioned, and because she suspects he’s hiding something from her, she decides to leave the island by boat.
Back at the ISDA, Sakaki, Nozaki, and Kiril are discussing the new dragon that they call Ostolm, and Kiril wants to know why it disappeared. Nozaki suggests that Ostolm didn’t disappear but instead became a Communicator. When Kiril panics over whom Ostolm performed a Resonance with, Nozaki says that he doesn’t know, but he points to how original type Communicators aren’t bound to the orders of their masters. Knowing that this is a bad situation, Nozaki proposes evacuating everyone in the city. A little while later, the only people on the streets of the city are the ISDA forces, including Kazuki who has to drive around in a car. Jin and Akira are meanwhile holed up in a building under construction, and Jin can’t hear or sense Toa. He knows that Toa has some objective, but he feels that he doesn’t know anything about her. Machina then comes running to inform them that the fourth original dragon has appeared.
Around this time, Ostolm is discovered by two ISDA soldiers, and he incinerates them, thus alerting the ISDA to his position. Kazuki is frustrated that he can’t join Laina and Sieglinde in the coming battle, but he then remembers what Sakaki had said about not hating his courage, and that gives him an idea. Ostolm meanwhile appears at a spot where civilians are being evacuated and proceeds to kill everyone. After he turns back into his Dragon form, Sieglinde and Raina arrive on the scene and attack with their respective dragons. It quickly becomes clear that they’re outmatched though, and Akira and Jin watch from a distance as Ostolm shoots down Howlingstar. Feeling that she can’t leave her friends like this, Akira decides to join the battle. Before she goes, she urges Jin to find Toa, and he thanks her for what she did. To Jin’s surprise, the reporter Yonamine Kou is waiting for him and takes him to Tartarus. Machina ends up joining the fight just in time to douse Amadeus with water to counter Ostolm’s flames.
On the boat to Tartarus, Jin questions why Kou is helping him, and Kou reveals that it’s for the sake of someone precious to him. Upon getting there, Jin notices that someone has arrived just ahead of them, and he rushes towards the nearby building. However, Jin then gets ambushed by Kazuki who is still obsessed about Gio being his property because he created Gio. Jin responds by declaring that that Gio’s not a thing. Still being held in the adjoining room, Gio becomes alerted to the fact that the two boys are fighting, but he can’t reach them to help Jin. While Kazuki is momentarily distracted by the sight of Gio, Jin tackles and knocks out Kazuki. He then enters the holding room to check on Gio, and Gio tells him about what happened to Toa. Before they can do anything though, Kazuki wakes back up and activates the controls for the room, sending Jin falling towards the fiery pit below. Back in the city, Machina’s water isn’t stopping Ostolm, and he proceeds to blind everyone before flying to the ISDA base.
With this new development, Sakaki orders Phase 7 of their plan, and the control room ride an elevator to the bottom of the base. Ostolm creates another huge explosion as he returns to his communicator form and enters the base. Yuuri has also come back to the ISDA base and confronts Nozaki on why he didn’t tell her about the appearance of the fourth original dragon. Instead of answering Yuuri, Nozaki talks about a certain female sleeping, and Yuuri realizes that he’s referring to the original dragon sample in the giant tube in front of them. She comments on how it’s not like him to speak like that, and as Nozaki thinks about this, he presses a few buttons that drop the tube into a fiery pit below. This causes Yuuri to fall to her knees in despair over the research subjects that have been taken from her, but Nozaki advises her not to rely on such things. Ostolm then appears in the chamber and directly questions why Nozaki has sided with humans. Nozaki replies that it’s because of his own will, and hearing this gets Ostolm mad.
Nozaki then protects Yuuri from the Ostolm’s blinding light, and at that same moment, back on Tartarus, Gio’s eyes suddenly glow red and he’s able to transform into a dragon. It happens just in the nick of time too because he had been falling into the fiery pit with Jin after being shot by Kazuki. In his dragon form, Gio now has enough power to break free of the barrier over the island and flies off with Jin. Nozaki and Ostolm meanwhile have started battling in their dragon forms, and Yuuri recognizes Nozaki’s dragon as Atolm – the wounded dragon she had discovered two years ago that had subsequently disappeared on her.
Noooo Widow, why did you have to save Kazuki from that falling debris! We could have been rid of him forever!
Anyway, if I’m understanding all the clues correctly, then Yuuya is the one who resonated with Ostolm and thus allowed him to take Communicator form, though it’s still not 100% clear to me what actually happened to Yuuya in the end. There’s too much story potential with Itsuki just to let him die like that I think. Yuuri also appears to be the one who resonated with Nozaki, maybe during their initial encounter, and that would explain why he had his eye on her in the flashback scene and why he protects her now. I’m not sure I understand Nozaki’s other motives though, like why he allows the dragon sample to fall into that fiery pit, or why he stopped Toa from getting the eggs two episodes ago. Maybe it’s all part of him knowing what’s best to help humanity.
As an added reminder, there is an episode next week, but none on January 2nd. Episode 14 airs on January 9th, 2008.