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It’s like everyone just sensed trouble when the carriage with Garrard and Valentine passed by.

「嘘と真実」 (Uso to Shinjitsu)
“Lies and Truths”

Gauche or Noir? The conclusion of the last episode left me fairly convinced Noir was pretending to be Gauche, but I’m not so sure anymore when he saved Lag without anybody realizing. There were a lot of indications that he put up an act to fool Garrid and Valentine so that he can return to Reverse and allow Lag to escape, such as his insistence not to use a shindanjuu that may have revealed his true intentions. What his actions didn’t tell us is which side he’s leaning towards, nor if that was a clever way of infiltrating Reverse and rediscovering who he is.

The one thing I took away is that he’s clearly conflicted with the memories he recovered from Lag’s Letter Bullet, even though he hid it very well with his expressionless face. There’s no doubt Gauche/Noir puts up a good poker face, so much that Roda isn’t even sure who he truly is anymore, and he even claimed he was only pretending to like Sylvette’s disgusting tasting soup so that his cover wasn’t blown. However, my gut feeling tells me that at least the soup part was a lie, either in the sense that he actually likes it, or knows that it’s bad yet still likes it because Sylvette made it. Noir’s speech didn’t falter during his response, but his hesitation responding to Lag spoke volumes to me.

 

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Whoa, fan-service in Tegami Bachi. Hazel Valentine seemed to approve.

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I never thought Lag would have the balls to tell Sylvette to strip, but boy did he prove me wrong.

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Little did I know that he actually wanted to cross-dress again.

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Gauche/Noir’s true intentions are a mystery, though I suspect he’s returning to Reverse to do some soul searching.

At this point, I gather Roda’s not even sure who she’s dealing with, as the look she gave Noir at the end made it seem like she felt bad about his decision to abandon his happy life as Gauche. These recent episodes have shown Roda’s character in a drastically different light, suggesting that her loyalty lies with Noir first and foremost, so I’d even go so far as saying that if Noir decided to be Gauche again while keeping her as his dingo, she would happily abandon all activities with Reverse and stay by his side. That’s actually what I was secretly hoping would happen in the previous episode given all the signs that it might. After being teased a bit with the idea, I’m really looking forward to the day that happens. (It better happen!)

 

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Aria I could understand. Lag in drag on the other hand… What the heck Hazel?

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Niche’s creativity with her hair seems to know no bounds anymore. Concealing herself as a wheelchair? I was impressed.

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Gauche didn’t even flinch when he fired at Lag. If it was all an act like I’m thinking, that’s some crazy trust he has in Niche to protect him.

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As far as I’m concerned, Jiggy is already a Head Bee. He just likes his job at Yuusari Central.

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This is truly a happy bunch that lives in the moment if they’re all smiles about Lag’s return even after learning that their government’s been infiltrated.

In terms of the overall story, the most welcome development is Largo finally catching on to the fact that Garrard and Valentine are Reverse spies. They’ve been moving freely about the Bee Hive far too long (going all the way back to episode five), and I was starting to wonder if they would ever be exposed for who they truly are. It was bad enough that the Letter Bees go about their work without any knowledge of all the conspiracies going on within Akatsuki, so it was just insult to injury to see those two continue to deceive Lag and the others right to their faces. Now that their cover’s been blown, it opens the way to some further plot progression that deals with them. Jiggy Pepper gave me a good taste of that here, as his name instills fear even in the likes two “Bees” working in the capital. Evidently, he’s too badass even for the bad guys. All that reiterated to me is how the Bees should pull out all the big guns (i.e. Jiggy) and take the fight to Reverse.

 

Preview

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Zazie’s not quite as cool as Jiggy, but he’ll have to do as the Reverse troubles continue next time.

January 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm
11 comments »
  • January 29, 2011 at 10:39 pmSilivious

    Well, if the manga is any indication, then this is anime original from here on out, unless the author has let spill things.

  • January 30, 2011 at 12:08 amAnne

    A mix of anime original and manga stuff heh? Can’t say I like it, but it’s not worth disliking. Decent, actually. So far so good, Jiggy’s being awesome as usual, Lag was adorable ;-; and definitely can’t wait for the next ep!

  • January 30, 2011 at 2:07 ambelatkuro

    I preferred the first shot of Aria fanservice but that one works too.
    I also approve of it. (^_^)b
    And if Sylvette can move her legs, she would have kicked Lag’s balls for telling her to strip ^^

    So who is it, Noir or Gauche? So confusing.
    And Niche continues to surprise me with her hair.

  • January 30, 2011 at 2:16 amShadiic

    Whoot next week we get to see

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  • January 30, 2011 at 2:49 ambriex

    Wow, looks like from now on it will become much more interesting. Can’t wait to watch this episode.

  • January 30, 2011 at 6:05 amKarmafan

    I love Niche. She is one of the greatest characters in anime and its too bad more folks don’t know it. Disguising herself as a wheelchair? I didn’t see that one coming.

  • January 30, 2011 at 6:13 amfrubam

    Yeah, gotta love that Aria fanservice =03. Too bad we couldn’t see Sylve in her nightgown completely though.

    This ep got me thinking that he still was truly Noir the whole time, just that he is influenced by the powerful emotions of Lag’s memories. I’m actually glad he’s back as a villain, he just seems cooler that way. If only for a moment, Noir vs Jiggy was awesome, and I agree, the dude is like a Head Bee.

    Even if the rest is poor anime filler from here on out, this season has done such wonderful job of keeping things interesting that I don’t mind it at all =03.

  • January 30, 2011 at 10:35 pmAzure

    Hmm… the manga or the anime… I was really looking forward to see the story unfold like the manga so far. It seems that storywise the anime has passed the manga (while skipping some things ie) Gauche’s back in Bee attire save when Lag was about to fall of a cliff) Well I just hope that the anime turns out good. I hate it when an anime follows a manga and ends off ruining the ending ie) what happened to Claymore,

    • January 31, 2011 at 10:38 amKarmafan

      I still love Claymore. If you had never read the manga you would not have known the ending was different and you would have thought it was an amazing series. Its us manga readers that know there was a better ending out there to be made. I still read the manga now. They doing some amazing stuff and I would love to see it made into a 2nd season.

  • January 31, 2011 at 3:17 pmMisty17

    :)

  • January 31, 2011 at 10:13 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    jiggy is a beast, i wonder who his master is? and yeah, of course gauche is Faking it