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Some higher being deems mankind a foolish species and decides to kill us. That’s definitely not a first.

「ひとりぼっちの200年」 (Hitoribocchi no 200 Nen)
“200 Years of Solitude”

Just like the preview hinted at last time, we have a full-out fight between Niche and her sister after the latter decides to kill Lag along with the foolish townsfolk. With the sheer amount of action involved, it was an episode very unlike the usual ones. What I really enjoyed was how it touched upon Lag and Niche’s past and finally made the memories of the main characters the focus for a change, plus there was Lag stepping in to save Niche as well. For those reasons, this arc covering Niche’s past have quickly become some of my favorite episodes to date.

 

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I wouldn’t have saved the mayor given how he was carrying on the lie from his ancestors all this time, but Lag is clearly the better person.

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Niche stands fearlessly in front of her sister’s attack and makes it clear she’s going to protect Lag!

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Not only do her attacks completely overshadow Niche’s in terms of power and creativity, they have a very artistic touch in their designs as well.

Quite frankly, I had no idea what Niche was really supposed to do against someone like her sister, whose ability to control her hair was as amazing as it was artistic. She could even fire off a bunch of her hair as arrows, something that goes well behind Niche’s ability to use them as swords. If Niche ever matures to the point that she has that much control as well, Lag will have the most powerful and beautiful dingo among all Bees, hands down. On a separate note, it was kind of surprising to see Maka indifferent about killing Niche for siding with humans and just let its two daughters fight amongst themselves.

 

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It won’t cause her to explode like a Gaichuu, but Lag’s Akabari is effective in its own way.

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Maka may not care, but Lag clearly does when it comes to Niche.

It was only two episodes ago that I was questioning where Lag would be today without Niche by his side, so it was nice to see him show otherwise even though he feels the same way. One of the best parts of Lag’s character is he’s a very emotional kid who wears his earnest feelings on his sleeve at all times and doesn’t seem to have an ounce of arrogance in him. As such, when push comes to shove and he actually has to stand up for those he holds dearly, he looks pretty darn cool even though he was unable to hold back the tears from his overflowing emotions. The flashbacks were a nice touch for nostalgia sake, as I really enjoyed the episodes when Lag and Niche first met.

 

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There really is no limit to things she can shape her hair into is there?

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For a moment, it looked like Steak was going to eat Niche with the way he carried her off by her head.

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Despite the costliness of using own one’s heart, continually firing shindans looks pretty cool.

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Don’t be fooled. These are manly tears that overflowed from Lag’s inability to understand how anyone could kill their own sister.

I have no idea how Lag managed to dodge that massive spiked ball and chain, but he somehow managed to do so with Niche in his arms too. Niche’s sister sure lost it when she learned that Niche was siding with Lag, which I have to agree is pretty foolish on her part. Niche was mistreated by lots of humors after all, but never held a grudge against the entire species that would’ve prevented her from opening up to Lag. Looking at how inseparable the two of them now, I sometimes wonder how they ever managed to get by without one another. In any case, the first round of flashbacks didn’t tell enough of their story to get through to Niche’s sister.

 

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Lag’s pleas go unanswered and Niche is about to be killed while still unconscious. Luckily Lag has something to say about that.

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“Dodge this.”

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A point-blank shindan right into the heart. If this didn’t get his feelings across, I don’t know what would have.

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I don’t know if he intended to simply buy time or actually get Niche’s sisters to reconsider her actions, but all Lag had on his mind was Niche’s safety.

The sight of Lag rushing through all of the attacks and getting a point-blank shot was undoubtedly one of the coolest things he’s ever done in a fight. I’d really like to see him show that same kind of skill and reliability in future Gaichuu encounters. In reality, it was probably more reckless abandon as he did whatever he could to save Niche though. Either way, it was pretty awesome in my eyes.

 

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The sight of Lag getting separated from Niche at Love Someone Down reminded Niche’s sister of the same pain she felt 200 years ago. Also, it looks like the one who had her eyes closed was Niche after all.

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It looks like breathing underwater for years isn’t a problem. There was mention that they survived on water alone too, so perhaps all the exposure to it is what led to her body’s growth.

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As Niche’s sister reflects on her own past, Maka decides to attend to Niche’s injuries.

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Finally, some “real” proof that they’re related!

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I wonder if the townsfolk really left the selfish mayor for dead. Lag on the other hand learns the truth behind the Gaichuu frozen in ice.

After seeing Gauche release frozen Gaichuu from their icy prisons and having the mystery surrounding that floating about for the past while, it was nice to finally get some answers. I’m admittedly a bit confused by what was implied by Gaichuu undergoing a metamorphosis when they’ve “lost” all their heart though. From the sound of it, it would appear that Gaichuu transform into an upgraded form when they’ve consumed enough heart to shed their skin. The confusion only really stems from the whole “lost” part, since one could easily interpret that as meaning that Gaichuu shouldn’t be allowed to starve themselves and fall into this state. It goes against the whole idea of evolving however, hence why I’m inclined to believe it’s the former for now. Whatever the case, it doesn’t change that Reverse is releasing highly destructive Gaichuu into Amberground — the very ones that Maka had sealed away to protect the land.

 

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Lag’s underwear almost looks like it’s big enough to double as a one piece outfit on Niche. Maka’s mysterious water won’t make anyone live for a thousand years, but it does heal wounds.

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All it took was a similar painful past to connect these two and a salute to seal the deal.

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The first words from Maka in a long time declare that Lag is the “light”. I’ll be looking forward to what that means just as much as they are.

Preview

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It’s good to know that Zazie is fine, though word about his run-in with Gauche probably won’t sit so well with Lag.

November 28, 2010 at 4:07 am
18 comments »
  • November 28, 2010 at 4:28 amDuh

    Amazing episode, I would have loved to see more of Niche’s sister as so far, she’s probably the best character I’ve seen in this show. The way she used her hair was pretty awesome. Even though she said her emotional outburst caused her to mature, I can’t see Niche doing the same, unless they draw out the plot a lot further (I don’t read the manga so I don’t know if this has happened yet).

  • November 28, 2010 at 5:04 amKirino

    If Lag was slightly older and was more of an adolescent, I’d wonder if he would be able to approach a near naked woman and put his gun to her breasts?

  • November 28, 2010 at 5:09 amClaire Phoenix

    So touching to see Niche and her sister reunite for this 200 years. I hope Niche recover and joins back with Lag as his Dingo soon.. :)

    Thank you so much for the screencaps and summary~ :)

  • November 28, 2010 at 5:46 amKarmafan

    These 2 episodes arc was amazing. Probably the best of the entire series so far. There is still lots of good stuff to come (I do read the manga).

  • November 28, 2010 at 5:46 amEliteF22

  • November 28, 2010 at 7:17 amPoiira

    Erm, Divine: Niche was mistreated by lots of –>humors<– after all

    Aww, Niche and her still unnamed sister were so cute! It'd be cool if she could pick up a few hair shaping tips while she's there and knock some sense into Roda the next time they meet. I still think humanRoda and RodaRoda look way too similar for it to just be a coincidence.

    • November 28, 2010 at 8:16 amAlec

      Both Rodas are completely different.

    • November 28, 2010 at 12:59 pmDthiswhtuseek

      It’s not

  • November 28, 2010 at 7:35 amfrubam

    Yeah, this episode was AMAZING!!! The Lag action was by far the best there is since ep 7(during his Bee test), and the emotional moments were powerful. This is the best TB has offered yet.

  • November 28, 2010 at 10:27 amShiny

    Any idea who Niche’s elder sister’s VA is? She has a unique voice that I dont recognize.

    • November 28, 2010 at 12:46 pmTC-man

      Niche’s sister’s seiyu is Koyama Mami (Balalaika in Black Lagoon, Vermouth/Chris Vineyard in Detective Conan, Eva Heinemann in Monster, Fujiwara Chiyoko in Millennium Actress).

  • November 28, 2010 at 4:28 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    FORGET millia rose! DISREGAURD yami of darkness! and just plain’ol SHUN eve “i think that was her name” from black cat!!! Niches sister IS THE REAL DEAL!!! this episode was soooo goood!

  • November 28, 2010 at 4:36 pmChalryn

    “There was mention that they survived on water alone too, so perhaps all the exposure to it is what led to her body’s growth.”

    I was under the impression that the intense emotions of sadness and loneliness over an extensive length of time were what led to her growth, which seemed to be how she explained it.

    • November 28, 2010 at 7:49 pmDivine

      That sounds like a much better explanation, but I found they were pretty vague about the actual reason. She just mentioned that she just found herself grown up after all that time.

  • November 28, 2010 at 10:23 pmrandom viewer

    I really enjoyed this Maka arc too. I didn’t expect Niche to win that battle with her sister, but I liked how Lag finish it for her. Near the end I was just thinking when Lag will know when to come back for Niche? And is that Roda with Connor in the preview? I can’t wait till next episode. <3 TB-R

  • November 30, 2010 at 8:43 amIchi-san

    This series has become rather good, though it still needs more attention from the public.

  • December 6, 2010 at 3:09 pmAzuma

    After watching the episode, they’ve got so many ways of handling Niche now. Since I haven’t read the manga this may sound kinda dumb so bare with me :P

    Niche will grow up and become more powerful during the series. She could grow out of sight, during some training + healing with Onee-sama, or it could be some kind of heart felt clutch moment with Lag.

    I absolutely love Koyama Mami’s voice. The scene where they were poking each other’s face was adorable! I wonder what shampoo and conditioner Niche’s sister uses. I hope she gets a name soon…