KIDDY GiRL-AND – 20, 21
Q-feuille joins Letuchaia and Pauki on a trip to the hospital to visit their grandmother, but things quickly turn sour when various people mention how Q-feuille replaced Letuchaia as Geacht’er’s little sister princess. This confuses Q-feuille because her altered memories tell her that it’s only ever been her, and in frustration, Letuchaia tells Q-feuille the truth about her GTO ES-member origins. This leads to Q-feuille remembering Ascoeur and Di-air, but her hair ornament causes her to lose consciousness. Shade and Torch then take her back to her room, and Shade makes her forget all about this incident. Meanwhile, over at GTO headquarters, Ascoeur and Di-air decide to move out to go get Q-feuille back, and this time Hiver lets them because she’s also ready to act on the frozen time space. After saying goodbye to their friends, Ascoeur and Di-air take the Mistral to G-Society’s Erde Meteor and sneak onboard while their ship keeps the defense forces occupied. On the way in, Ascoeur gets the feeling that she’s been there before and experiences several flashbacks, including one of her brother. The girls soon get attacked by Q-feuille who’s there with Geacht’er. He calls Ascoeur by the Lieselotte name, but she declares that she’s Q-feuille’s partner Ascoeur.
As Ascoeur tries to convince Q-feuille that she’s being deceived, the Erde-Meteor suddenly initiates warp and starts moving towards the frozen time space. Geacht’er then tries to have Q-feuille capture Ascoeur, and the other Shadow Workers surround the girls. Once Q-feuille freezes Ascoeur, Geacht’er leans in to kiss her, but Di-air stops it with her power, and Ascoeur uses the opportunity to teleport both her, Di-air and Q-feuille away. Di-air’s power further grants Ascoeur the chance to try to talk some sense into Q-feuille, but Q-feuille isn’t happy since she now knows that Ascoeur is Geacht’er’s real sister. Before anything major can happen, Geacht’er finds them again and wants to kiss Ascoeur to make her remember her past. Ascoeur tries to escape again, but the other Shadow Workers tie her up to stop her. Seeing Ascoeur in so much pain and calling out to her causes Q-feuille to start crying again, and Ascoeur eventually loses consciousness.
This allows Geacht’er to kiss her, and that in turn restores in Ascoeur the memories of how her parents sent her away to be a test subject so that she could survive and how she had found her brother there. The experiments he had been subject to had affected his sanity, but she had promised to be with him forever and had kissed him. That caused a reaction that blew up part of the research station they were on, and the two got separated when it appeared that Ascoeur got buried under some debris. In truth, she had teleported to safety and had escaped in a pod, but she lost her memories in the process. Geacht’er had also escaped and had vowed despair and pain on the universe for all that happened to him. Back in the present, Ascoeur has regained her memories, but Q-feuille then instinctively attacks Geacht’er, so he orders her to be dealt with. Saphir has no qualms about doing this, but Ascoeur saves her partner and kisses her. Even Geacht’er’s power can’t stop this, and Q-feuille returns to normal.
As expected, a lot of plot got fleshed out in these two episodes, though mostly in episode 21. Episode 20 comparatively felt a bit more dragged out because I could barely stand the angst and melodrama between Letuchaia and Q-feuille and because it seemed like it took Ascoeur forever to leave GTO headquarters. But she did eventually get to Erde-Meteor (past the G-Society’s laughably bad defenses) and got to confront Q-feuille in the latter episode.
I was amused by the idea that kisses restored memories because it meant that we saw an incest kiss and a girl-on-girl kiss in the same episode, but it did serve as a catalyst for plot development each time. The one between Geacht’er and Ascoeur led to us finally learning what happened in the past and why Geacht’er seems to want to destroy the galaxy, and the one between Ascoeur and Q-feuille led to Q-feuille finally remembering her true self (that scene, incidentally, was the first time I actually noticed and liked the soundtrack). With all of the problems that kisses solve, including all the past situations that Di-air helped the girls through, maybe all that Ascoeur needs to do to stop her brother is to kiss him. I say that jokingly, but sadly I could actually see that happening. For the time being though, it looks like the story has finally returned what I consider to be the overarching plot with the space where time is frozen, and I assume that’s what the final three episodes will be all about.