Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ – 26 (END)
Oh no you didn’t just troll me after 26 episodes Bee Train.
First off, let’s talk about the actual episode. As you can probably tell from the action-packed screenshots, shit went down between Scythemaster’s new assassins and Reiji/Elen. Seeing as the girls were wearing really sexy backless dresses, a mask, and seemed to be completely devoid of emotions, I was really hoping Reiji would have a field day with them. That discussion (along with Scythemaster’s bottle of oil) will have to be saved for another day though. While it was pretty much six on two, it almost seemed too easy for “Zwei” and “Ein” to dispatch their counterparts. I mean, those rookies let the enemy get behind them way too many times. Granted, Reiji and Elen showed some ridiculous superhuman movement speeds this episode, but hey, so did those girls. That said, the part where Elen caught the knife and threw it back was still pretty absurd.
Anyway, Shiga’s blurb about of how Scythe’s plans won’t always go according to plan and will eventually bite him in the ass was basically the precursor for things to come. Elen was smart enough to realize that Scythe wanted to test out his new “work” on her and Reiji and dropped her gun when she confronted him. Pretty bold move right after declaring that she’s going to kill him. Regardless, she managed to knock one assassin out and kill the other fairly easily in hand-to-hand combat. Similarly, Reiji finished off the remaining two and felt bad about using Cal (as a decoy) even now.
With all his pet subjects down and out, Scythe was surprisingly confident that Elen wouldn’t shoot him if he wasn’t a threat to her so he dropped his gun. Boy was he wrong though, because she shot him right after letting him say his spiel, claiming she won’t forgive anyone who hurts Reiji. (Yea! He’s finally dead!) After all this time, it was surprisingly still hard for her to kill that manipulative bastard. Elen actually teared up both before and after firing. She also told him to go to hell first and that she’ll join him after spending a bit more time with Reiji. Seriously, what the hell is wrong with this girl? Mio on the other hand was happy to know that the two of them escaped and was confident they’d meet again someday.
So, pretty sweet ending huh? I guess it would’ve been better if they managed to save Cal as well, but wait. Let’s get to the epilogue.
Timelapse to six months later. This time around we don’t have to deal with any ridiculous character growth. Reiji’s looking into Scythemaster’s past for possible leads into Elen’s. This leads them to Hong Kong and eventually Mongolia, where Elen and Scythe apparently met five years ago. Some old man on the street tells them that if they’re from Mongolia, they would never forget the sky and clouds after seeing them again. They trek out there, Elen gazes at the sky and claims she has memories of this place. (She’s Mongolian!?) As the sun sets, Elen reveals that she’s content with just learning this much and is happy about Reiji giving her a name. Reiji on the other hand is committed to making Elen smile her real smile again. All is well…
…Until this inconspicuous cart comes strolling along, you hear a silenced gunshot go off, and Reiji just curls over. He just got fucken shot! Why the hell is Elen smiling!? Is this her “real” smile, because I could care less at this point! Is she still not aware what happened as credits are rolling? Oh yeah, you lie there in the field like you’re on cloud nine. You’re so going to commit suicide when you turn around and realize that Reiji’s fucken dead! UGH, was this necessary in the very last minute of the episode!? Good god. I get the whole yeah, we’re phantoms, ghosts that can’t exist anywhere and have no identity blah blah, but did they have to really take it full circle on that notion? I can do without this “requiem for the phantom”!
AAAARGHHH!!! My one step up from Noir assassin anime ruined with this ending! Let the raging begin.
After watching that scene a few more times, I’m edging closer towards the idea that Elen did kill Reiji and commit suicide with the poisonous flowers afterward. She looked pretty lifeless while she was lying there. Zero Requiem? Phantom Requiem I guess.
The alternative of course is that Reiji was assassinated by Inferno, but it makes you wonder why they wouldn’t kill Elen as well then. If that is the case though, it’s hard to say how much time passed between Reiji getting shot, the credits, and then finally Elen lying on the field. She may have noticed that Reiji was dead within that time and then killed herself (something that Inferno was banking on?) or maybe she’s still alive and saw this coming. Which one is it? Pick your own interpretation.