Xam’d Lost Memories – 09
Around the same time that the Zanbani leaves port with Raigyo now onboard, the Sentan Island military ship departs as well. Haru’s mind is still on Akiyuki and how he said he couldn’t come home yet, and so she forgets that she has the water faucet running until Furuichi turns it off for her. On the Zanbani meanwhile, Raigyo hands out presents and starts to get reacquainted with the crew. They are all happy that he’s back, and Nakiami brings him to see Madame Tenshin. Raigyo’s response to Tenshin’s question of what the Xam’d seeks is an explanation of what his journey taught him, but he still doesn’t know the exact answer. He then goes to see Ishu and hears about her plan to attack the north. Akiyuki meanwhile wakes up thinking about Haru, and when Raigyo comes around, he gives Akiyuki advice on how to make his arm feel better. Raigyo also tells Akiyuki not to be afraid and reveals that he’s a Xam’d as well.
Meanwhile on Sentan Island, Haru and Furuichi are part of the group welcomed into the Far East Autonomy as Mainsouls by Kakisu. During lunch later that day, Furuichi decides that he and Haru should go home separately from now on because they’re no longer childhood friends. He claims that he’s devoting himself to protecting the island, and he reminds Haru that they are now both soldiers. At around the same time, Dr. Kanba and Kakisu are discussing the creation of anti-Humanform weapons with the green soulstone from Tsumebara Pass and the Hiruko from the test-type Xam’d. Haru is later brought in front of Kakisu because he wants to confirm Furuichi’s account of what happened at Tsumebara Pass. She disagrees with Kakisu’s assessment that Akiyuki isn’t human anymore, but she can’t support her statement and gets dismissed with the advice that she should follow Furuichi’s example. After Haru leaves, Prois tries to warn Kakisu about Haru, but he finds her very interesting. Prois notes that she’s actually personally more interested in Haru’s little sister.
Back on the Zanbani, Akiyuki finds himself being forced to attend to Raigyo’s needs, and after a very long time in the bathtub, a clean-shaven Raigyo emerges for dinner. Akiyuki is not happy about all the things he has to do, and it doesn’t help that Raigyo won’t let him eat until he brings dinner to Ishu first. Everyone ignores Akiyuki upon his return, and when he loudly offers to bring Ahm dinner as well, they take him up on it and then continue ignoring him. Akiyuki’s opinion of Raigyo doesn’t begin to change until he hears Ahm talk about how Raigyo left Nakiami two years ago to travel the world. He ends up spending his time on the deck of the ship with one of Haru’s letters, and Akushiba eventually recruits him to spy on Raigyo and Nakiami. Akiyuki remains a little depressed over how he would not have been able to survive without Nakiami whereas Raigyo was able to live two years by himself, so Akushiba cheers him up by explaining that Akiyuki and Raigyo are similar – Nakiami had to take care of them both after she first picked them up.
Inside Nakiami’s room, Raigyo meanwhile presents her with a photo of the Sun-Maned girl named Kujireika who is leading the Tessik people. Raigyo doesn’t understand the rumors about the Tessik wanting to retake the Holy Land from the Northern Government because his experience at the Tessik village led him to believe that they wanted peace. He suspects that something happened to Kujireika, and he suggests that it’s finally time for them to do something, but Nakiami feels that she can’t go back. Raigyo then points his camera on her and comments on how two years have passed and how objects captured on film are always only in the past.
This episode feels like its setting up for the next arc, which is probably exactly what it was doing given that last week had something like a climax with Akiyuki and Haru being briefly reunited. I didn’t really like all of the time they spent on Akiyuki being jealous of Raigyo, but it’s probably necessary for Akiyuki’s character development. Regardless, I don’t see Raigyo sticking around because it’d be too overpowered to have two Xam’d together for any extended period of time. Maybe he’ll leave again or turn out to be a bad guy or something.
As for the two diverging paths the story is taking, Akiyuki’s is interesting because the ship is headed north and presumably towards battle with the Northern Government. The Sentan Island side of things also has a lot developing (like Prois’ mention of Haru’s little sister), however the thing I really care about is Haru getting the chance to punch Furuichi in the face. I don’t hate Furuichi yet as much as I did, say, Kazuki from Dragonaut, but he gets closer with every asshole-y thing he says. Speaking of Haru though, it looks like she’s finally cutting her hair. My first reaction was that she should have kept it long, but after looking at it, it’s better than I thought it’d be – very edgy.