KIDDY GiRL-AND – 14, 15
Q-feuille recently has been experiencing lapses in her memory, so she goes to the data archives and looks up her past. Hiver finds her there, and it turns out that Eclipse gave birth to Q-feuille seven years ago but gave up her life in the process. Q-feuille didn’t have a partner until she met Ascoeur, and Q-feuille recalls how they first met when she was on a mission to investigate oppression on a planet. Ascoeur was a girl on the street and already had the ability to teleport, so Q-feuille handcuffed them together, and the two bonded as they escaped from the military police there. Thanks to the abilities of Tweedledee and Tweedledum, as well as Ascoeur’s ability to teleport small objects, they were able to stop the leader of the military police from blowing up the city. Afterward, the two girls became partners since their abilities had good compatibility. Back in the present, Q-feuille remembers everything, and Ascoeur and Di-air come to get her to show her that Tweedledum and Un-ou have recovered.
Ascoeur recently has been experiencing some vivid dreams involving her friends and colleagues, including one where she and Q-feuille are in their school’s drama club. What she doesn’t realize is that Shade is responsible for them and has been probing her mind while she sleeps. Based on this, Shade is able to report to Geacht’er that Ascoeur has lost her memories of the past after some accident in space. Geacht’er then heads down to the planet and tries to talk to Ascoeur, but she sees him as the enemy and attacks immediately. None of her attacks have any effect on him though, and he reveals that he has the same birthmark on his neck that she has on her leg. What’s more, he calls Ascoeur his little sister Lieselotte and explains that she had escaped from a research laboratory where they had been kept. Geacht’er now wants her to join him, but Ascoeur refuses and tries to run away. Geacht’er, however, has the power to mess with time and easily catches her, and he names himself Ascoeur’s true partner. Fortunately for her, Q-feuille and Di-air show up, and Ascoeur calls upon a huge amount of power to try to bring Geacht’er down. Geacht’er is able to avoid her attack, but he decides to give Ascoeur some time to say goodbye to her friends, and he departs for now.
In terms of character and plot development, these seemed to be two key episodes, though episode 14 was much less so than episode 15. It was certainly nice to see how Q-feuille and Ascoeur met, and after the latter episode, it’s clear that one of the subplots they’re building is the strength of the two girls’ friendship and who the right partner is for Ascoeur. That former episode did make me wonder though if Q-feuille having lapses of memory was something of great concern or was it just a vehicle to show us the past, including the fact that Eclipse was Q-feuille’s mother and is dead now.
I also wish that they hadn’t spent so much time in episode 15 on the dream sequence. It was cute and amusing to see everyone in a school life environment, but having it go so long set the wrong tone for the seriousness of the rest of the episode. They could have easily accomplished the same in half the time and left much more for the Geacht’er stuff. As for the big revelation that Geacht’er is Ascoeur’s brother, it’s an interesting (but not hugely shocking) twist, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Ascoeur does indeed join him at some point and if it’ll be up to Q-feuille to save her with the power of their friendship or something. More intriguing was how Geacht’er was completely overpowered with his supposed manipulation of time, and him being immune to everything Ascoeur could throw at him reminded me of what’s going on in Bleach’s manga right now – I’m not sure if that’s a good thing. Anyway, I’m hoping the series focuses on the main plot from here on out and has a few more good plot twists in store.