KIDDY GiRL-AND – 24 (END)
Ascoeur finds herself surrounded by enemies, but luckily for her, when Shade tries to use his powers on her, Torch stops him. Ascoeur then questions if they’re okay with everyone dying as a result of Geacht’er’s plan, and Torch reveals that he isn’t. He confronts Geacht’er about the meaning behind all this, so Geacht’er explains that it’s the universe that’s meaningless, and he orders Shade to kill Torch. When Shade refuses, Geacht’er uses his power to plant a deadly rose on Torch, and Torch falls out of the hole that the Mistral created when it crashed into the Erde Meteor. Shade jumps down into the abyss after him, but he first provides Ascoeur with some help by using his power to blind Geacht’er. Rubis also saves Q-feuille from falling through the hole, but the bigger problem is that the Erde Meteor has started to break down. Tweedledee sends Letuchaia and Pauki to help the civilians escape, and the two successfully lead everyone to an evacuation ship, but they aren’t able to launch because the ship is still tied down to the Erde Meteor. Q-feuille and company want to go help, but Geacht’er has Saphir stop them, leading to her facing off against Rubis again. Fortunately for Rubis, Q-feuille saves her from Saphir’s ice spikes and then freezes Saphir.
Although the others then go to help Letuchaia and the civilians, Ascoeur opts to stay behind with Geacht’er because she remembers her promise from long ago to stay with him. Even without Ascoeur, Rubis is able to free the evacuation ship, allowing it to launch as the rest of the Erde Meteor disintegrates. Ascoeur and Geacht’er meanwhile are flung into space, and Ascoeur grabs her brother. It is now that he finally reveals that he didn’t care about everything else and just wanted to be with her. Her presence makes him happy, and he admits that he loves her. As he begins to disappear, Geacht’er tells Ascoeur that all of her belongs to him and all of him belongs to her, and Ascoeur gives him one last kiss. In doing so, all of Geacht’er’s power transfers to her, and Ascoeur decides to try to stop the Galactic Genocider on her own. Seeing this from the evacuation ship, Di-air kisses Q-feuille and sends her to where Ascoeur is, and Q-feuille arrives just in time. The two girls reunite with a kiss and then combine their powers to move and disarm the Galactic Genocider. In the aftermath, the two are picked up, still holding hands, by Mi Nourose, and life returns to normal.
I’ll be blunt here: I did not think very highly of this finale. Yes there were some ES Member cameos and more of Éclair and Lumière, but the progression of the plot was so stupid I was groaning through pretty much the entire episode. For starters, it made no sense why it took Torch (and Shade) this long to question what Geacht’er was doing and turn against him, especially not since they knew of his plan. Geacht’er then appeared to kill Torch with a rose, and both he and Shade went falling towards the Galactic Genocider, so I thought that at the very least Torch was guaranteed to be dead. But no! Torch was very much alive in the epilogue, and that raised the question: if he could survive, why the hell couldn’t Trixie and Troisienne?
While we’re on the topic of surviving, why did they bother making it seem like Rubis got incinerated if she was just going to show back up in the epilogue? After all, as expected, all of the good guys survived in the end. The worst part of the episode, however, was what Geacht’er told Ascoeur when they were finally alone together. They tried too hard to redeem his character at the last minute, and the result of it is that all of his past actions were made pointless because his entire motivation boiled down to just wanting to be with his sister. It made me think that Ascoeur could have prevented all this if she had just kissed him earlier in the series. I mean, if there’s one thing that this series has taught me, it’s that kissing is the solution to everything.
While individual episodes might have been decent and the production quality was relatively good, looking at the series as a whole, I can’t say I really enjoyed it. I stuck with it hoping that it would get better, but there was never really a high point in the series because the characters never became dynamic or compelling enough (Di-air was a walking plot device and Ascoeur’s was just plain annoying), and the story never matured in the right way. Ultimately, I find it very difficult to recommend this series to all but the most hardcore of Kiddy Grade fans.