KIDDY GiRL-AND – 11, 12
While Ascoeur, Q-feuille, and Di-air are getting briefed on the G-Society’s various Shadow Workers, over in the G-Society, Letuchaia and Pauki are visiting their hospitalized grandmother who is getting special treatment thanks to their status. Letuchaia reveals to their grandmother that she’s been collecting information on their fellow Shadow Workers by sending in a maid as a spy. This maid learned that Rubis eats a lot, tries to live life without waste and regret, and finds Letuchaia and Pauki bothersome. Saphir, on the other hand, keeps a messy room and returns home with hickeys on her chest. The maid also learned that Torch is a bit of a womanizer in his free time, but he and Shade are close and used to be on the galactic police force together until they switched sides to the G-Society. It turns out that Letuchaia gathered all this information because Geacht’er asked her to, but what she doesn’t know is that Geacht’er also had Saphir and Shade spying on their fellow Shadow Workers. Back at the GTO, Sommer informs everyone that the G-Society is trying to replace the GTO, and they’ve got some powerful allies. The GTO thus needs Ascoeur, Q-feuille, and Di-air to fight for them, but first the girls need to know about the time freeze incident from 25 years ago.
As Hiver and the others explain to Ascoeur and Q-feuille, there was a planet which was made up of a powerful energy ore, and Geacht’er tried to ignite it 25 years ago. In order to prevent the destruction of the galaxy, the ES members of GOTT had tried to protect the planet, and although they were ultimately unsuccessful at that, Eclair and Lumiere had managed to use their powers to freeze the explosion. This had the side effect of trapping both of them as well, and Trixie and Troisienne were supposed to be the key to stopping the explosion. Hiver now wants Ascoeur, Q-feuille, and Di-air to go with A-ou to that frozen space and confirm the situation there. For this, they are given the ship Mistral, but before they take set off, Ascoeur suddenly starts feeling dizzy. A-ou also senses something, but none of them see Geacht’er hiding in the shadows. The group eventually arrives at the location and stops at an unmanned station there, and A-ou reveals that, although everyone who approaches the spot gets frozen, there is an opportunity approximately every three years. That time is coming up soon, but Trixie and Troisienne are now dead. A-ou then heads out to get a closer look on his own, and while he’s gone, another ship arrives carrying a man who sends out a wreath in memory of the mother he lost. The man calls himself Che, and that the mother was none other than Eclair. He wonders if he can see her again in his lifetime, so the girls reassure him that he will and that they’ll protect everyone.
Episode 11 was interesting to the extent that it revealed a lot about the Shadow Workers and showed Geacht’er manipulating them against each other. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if that came back to bite him in the ass. I did found it curious that Geacht’er seemed especially interested in Ascoeur, mainly because I had thought that Di-air was the real key to the trio. Regardless, it was overall a decent episode that was mostly character development with some comedy mixed in. I didn’t want to blog it on its own though because it led into episode 12, which was where a lot of the overarching plot got revealed.
And boy did they clear up a lot, including what happened at the beginning of the first episode, confirmation of where Eclair and Lumiere are right now, how Hiver and Sommer are actually Mercredi/Pfeilspitze and Armbrust, and so on. It even had baby Chevalier all grown up, though it felt a little weird to have Wakamoto Norio playing two roles in the same scene. The ending of the episode was also a little on the cheesy side, but I didn’t mind too much since the girls now have some more motivation. Anyway, I assume Ascoeur and Q-feuille will have to be ready now to take Trixie and Troisienne’s place for the once-in-three-years event coming up, probably near the end of the series. Episode 13, however, looks to be a relatively lighthearted swimsuit episode.