KIDDY GiRL-AND – 18, 19
With GTO set to be dismantled, its ES-members are being sent elsewhere, leaving just Ascoeur, Di-air, Hiver, and Sommer. Ascoeur really wants to go save Q-feuille, but Hiver and Sommer stop her and make her reveal everything that happened with Geacht’er. Q-feuille meanwhile remains brainwashed and her acting lovey-dovey with Geacht’er really pisses off Letuchaia. Letuchaia thus tries to get back at her, but her attempts fail and Letuchaia instead finds herself becoming Q-feuille’s friend. Back at GTO, Hiver has Ascoeur learn more about Q-feuille from the database, and Ascoeur finds out that Q-feuille was part of an ES-member duplication plan that was in response to the time freeze incident. Trixie and Troisienne were the third generation and Q-feuille was the fourth, but Q-feuille didn’t get a partner because Eclipse died. Hiver explains that Q-feuille had been lonely for a long time, so she was happy to have Ascoeur and had thus wanted to save her. She also thinks that as long as the two girls have their deep bond, they can call out to each other and will meet again someday. This occurs sooner than anticipated because Q-feuille, Shade, and Torch suddenly arrive at the GTO headquarters and come face to face with Ascoeur.
Ascoeur thinks at first that the Q-feuille in front of her might be an illusion, but she soon realizes that that’s incorrect. It only gets Q-feuille angry, and she forces Ascoeur to fight her. Ascoeur tries to reason and talk instead, but an annoyed Q-feuille just freezes Ascoeur. However, after seeing Ascoeur’s subsequent suffering, Q-feuille herself starts crying and doesn’t understand why. When Q-feuille blames Ascoeur and takes it out on her, Di-air’s powers activate, turning her a golden color, and she saves Ascoeur. Nothing Q-feuille does is effective against Di-air, and it turns out that Di-air is able to control both space and time. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Torch and Shade save Q-feuille and retreat back to the G-Society headquarters. Upon learning about what happened, Geacht’er orders the capture of Ascoeur and the elimination of Di-air. Afterward, Torch confides to Shade that he doesn’t like the idea of partners fighting each other. It reminds them of the police corruption that at first had pitted them against each other and had then set them both up to be killed. What had saved them had been Geacht’er, but this memory had triggered doubts in Shade about if he could kill Torch if ever ordered to. Back at the GTO, Di-air is given some rest, and Hiver explains to Ascoeur that Di-air used up all her power at once, powers which she inherited from Eclipse. When Di-air does finally wake up, Ascoeur suggests that they go get Q-feuille together.
I thought that episode 18 didn’t have too much substance until the last part where we learned about the ES-Member plan. The episode did end with a nice cliffhanger thanks to the arrival of Q-feuille at the GTO headquarters, but the majority of the stuff prior to that with her and Letuchaia was like watching Wile E. Coyote trying to catch Road Runner.
Fortunately, episode 19 had a fair amount of plot development. It wasn’t too hard to predict that Ascoeur or Q-feuille (or both) would get emotional if they had to fight each other, but I didn’t expect that Di-air would finally do something there. I probably should have known that there would be something more to her, but I had assumed that she didn’t have any more powers after that experience in episode 10 where she had been in so much danger and yet had needed Ascoeur and Q-feuille to save her. As for the rest of the episode, it was good to see Torch and Shade get some more back-story, tied into the theme of partners and complete with plenty of boys’ love undertones, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is foreshadowing for them betraying Geacht’er or something.
Yes I know I’m still way behind on this series. Hopefully I’ll be able to get caught up by the time the finale airs in a couple of weeks.