So-Ra-No-Wo-To – 11
While on patrol one snowy day, Kureha and Kanata find an unconscious female Roman soldier and bring her back to the fort. When Noel sees the girl, she recognizes her and insists on personally taking care of her. The others meanwhile go through the girl’s items, which includes a horn, and they suspect that she’s a scout. For the time being though, Filicia is undecided about what to do with her. When the girl wakes up, she tries to attack Noel, but Noel stops her by grabbing her breast. Since none of the girls understand the Roman language, the only thing they’re able to figure out is that this girl’s name is Aisha. Aisha soon warms up to them though and impresses Kanata by playing Amazing Grace with Rio’s trumpet. Unfortunately, Naomi soon arrives with Yumina bearing news that the Helvetian military is moving in their direction, and she suggests that it might have something to do with Aisha’s appearance.
Luckily, Yumina is able to speak the Roman language and learns that Aisha is here to see the angel fossil which she thinks is the apocalyptic angel that destroyed the world. This is interrupted, however, by a horn signaling the arrival of a Helvetian army division led by a man named Hopkins who’s known as the demon god of Vingt. This causes Noel to go into a state of fear and shock because she remembers working with him in the past, and Filicia decides to hide Noel, Aisha, Naomi, and Yumina in the abandoned part of the fort. Hopkins, however, suspects that something is up and has his men search the place. While in their hiding spot, Yumina learns something about the flame maiden legend from Aisha, and Aisha then tries to find out Noel’s name. Having not been told it before, Aisha now recognizes Noel’s name as being connected to the invisible Shinigami, and this causes Noel to have another flashback and scream. She runs out of the room, so Aisha goes after her, but the two are found by Helvetian soldiers who open fire. Back in the main room, Kanata answers the phone and gets a message from headquarters informing her that a large Roman army has appeared at the Seize border of No Man’s Land.
Wow, talk about plot development and a nice cliffhanger. The preview from last week had me unsure about what would be happening this episode, so I was pleasantly surprised when it seemed like all of the remaining plot-lines came together here with the arrival of the German-speaking Aisha (and here I thought Rome might have spoken Latin or Italian). It’s very exciting because they appear to be building up to a great final episode that’ll include Noel’s past (which I had admittedly completely forgotten about), the fossil and legend, and the conflict with the Romans. The cliffhanger seemed to indicate that they might kill off Aisha or – heaven forbid – Noel, but it’s probably just a red herring or a flesh wound. I can’t imagine the girls being able to operate Takemikazuchi without Noel, and if Aisha died like this, it’d probably put Noel in too big a state of shock to get out of in just one episode. There’s also still more to learn about Noel’s past as a genius scientist and what she actually did – probably weapons development.
Arguably more interesting than that is how they’re working the flame maiden legend and the angel fossil back into the story. Along with the approaching enemy force, we’ve now got two potential sources of conflict, and I can imagine several scenarios where maybe the “angel” comes back to life and wreaks havoc until the girls stop it. Yumina learned something about the legend from Aisha near the end of the episode, and I’m sure that’ll come up in an important way in the finale. Regardless of what the conflict is, I’ve been looking forward all season to the girls using Takemikazuchi in battle, and the online preview hints that it’ll finally happen in next week’s finale.