Dragonaut – 23
Although Gio assures Jin that Toa can continue living if she returns to Thanatos, he also reveals that she won’t be able to come back to Earth. Instead, she’ll be restarting a journey to the abyss of space, and Gio gives Jin one more day to spend with her. Gio then flies up to Thanatos where the Girouard fleet has lined up for an offensive. The Girouard ships’ attacks have no effect though, and Thanatos’ counterattack wipes out 28% of the fleet. Back on Earth, Sieglinde brings some medicine to Jin for Toa, but Amadeus hurries her out of the room because he knows that any human treatment will probably be useless, and he wants to give Jin and Toa some time together by themselves. Raina and Howling Star meanwhile get ready to head back into space so that they can tell Gio that there’s a future where humans and dragons can coexist. Both Itsuki and Sieglinde want to come too, despite Raina’s warning that they might not be coming back.
Up in space, as more of the Girouard fleet gets destroyed, Akira appears behind Gio inside of Thanatos and comments on how it’s futile for the humans. When Gio observes that she and Machina have fused with Thanatos, Machina also appears and notes that their old names don’t have any meaning anymore. Akira explains that they’re one of the countless number of spirits that are united as the soul of Thanatos, and as she continues watching the battle, she talks of how sad it is that humans can divert their fears only by fighting. Machina feels that it can’t be helped because humans are imperfect creatures who can only hate others, but she also says that, just as how humans learned a lot of things from dragons, dragons obtained something valuable too. That something is heart – when dragons engage in a Resonance with a human, the dragon understands for the first time what heart is. Gio realizes that this is true because it was due to coming in contact with a human heart that he was able to become how he is now and experience the feelings that he has.
That evening, Toa finally wakes up, and Jin takes her for a night of fun out on the town that culminates in Toa trying on a wedding dress. The night ends on a Ferris wheel with Toa wishing that time would stop. When Jin reassures her that she won’t die, Toa realizes that he knows, and it is at this moment that Gio arrives to take her away. Separating with Toa is painful for Jin, especially after she says that she wants to spend every last second at his side, but he nevertheless entrusts her to Gio who takes her back to Thanatos. Meanwhile, Widow realizes that she’s dying and so she suggests to a pissed off Kazuki that they end things. She thinks that he actually likes Jin and feels that he shouldn’t hurt himself any further. Her final words before disappearing express her regret of not being able to do a Resonance with him so that she could understand him better. Kazuki is shocked to see her gone, and the following day, he finds Jin standing out on the beach by himself. After Kazuki reveals that Widow died, Jin admits that he’s alone again too because Toa returned to Thanatos.
Angry and unstable, Kazuki charges and punches Jin while questioning why things became like this. Kazuki admits to having only wanted to protect Jin, and he thought that Gio gave him the power to do so. Nevertheless, with Widow dead, Kazuki feels like he’s lost everything, and he blames it all on Jin. Having taken enough of Kazuki’s punches, Jin finally strikes back and declares that he’s the one who’s truly lost everything because his entire family is gone – all he had left was Toa. Kazuki thinks that Jin is an idiot because Toa wasn’t human, but Jin feels that this doesn’t matter because he loved her. The two then rush towards each other with fists ready, but Kazuki ends up collapsing on his knees before either can throw another punch. He’s admits to having realized how big Widow’s loss was to him, but he can’t tell her his feelings anymore, and he doesn’t want that for Jin. As Kazuki apologizes and starts bawling, Jin looks up to the sky and remembers what Toa said about spending every last second at his side. Picking Kazuki up, Jin thanks his friend and declares that he has to go and be with Toa. A moment later, Sakaki appears on the beach, agreeing that it’s not over yet.
Meanwhile, the Girouard military is trying to take over the Avenir, but Ryouko, Saki, and Megumi stop them. Raina and the others arrive shortly thereafter, and Howling Star manages to get hit in the face by Megumi’s frying pan. Back on Earth, ISDA scientists are preparing the Annihilator warhead when Sakaki, Jin, and Kazuki arrive. After saving Laura, Sakaki sends Jin and Kazuki to get on the shuttle, but he then gets shot in the back by one of the scientists. Laura stops the scientist from firing again, and she also holds off all the guards that come while Sakaki helps launch the shuttle. After sending Jin and Kazuki off by urging them to find their own answers, Sakaki tells Laura that she’s free and can go wherever she wants, but an exhausted Laura chooses to remain by his side. Before losing consciousness due to blood loss, Sakaki cries over how Laura still calls him her father and tells her that he loves her. A moment later, Nozaki appears, absorbs something from them, and declares that he’s inherited the anti-Thanatos factor.
The Kazuki and Jin scene may have been the most ridiculous, contrived, and stupid scene I’ve seen in a long time. Never mind the fact that it included a creepy display of man-love, but here we have a character that has consistently been a villain (albeit a crappy one) reduced to tears because he’s finally realized his feelings. And then, just like that, he’s back to being Jin’s buddy again. What this really boils down to is how bad the writing of this series can be sometimes. They never really attempted to use Kazuki in any way other than as a one-dimensional character, and I suspect they intended to “redeem” him all along – there were only so many reasons for them to keep him alive, and this was the most likely one. The problem is that after spending 20-something episodes having Kazuki do things that make the audience hate him as a character (or at the very least think of him as a complete idiot), the writers just can’t change him like this and expect everyone to readily accept it.
Honestly, the Kazuki stuff killed the entire episode for me. It makes me think that they could also ruin Machina and Akira (characters who I actually liked a little) by bringing them back like this, but I guess we’ll have to see what role those two end up really playing. I get the sinking feeling now that Dragonaut is going to have some feel good ending where Thanatos merges with Jin and Toa or something, and then understands love, and finally everyone sings a song together.