Tegami Bachi REVERSE – 18
「喪われた心弾」 (Ushinawareta Shindan)
“Lost Heart Bullet”
Surprisingly, there was an updated opening sequence this episode, though it would probably more correct to call it the actual second opening sequence since the other one was a collage of scenes shown before. Along the same lines, this new one doesn’t really foreshadow what we’re in store for in the upcoming episodes, but it’s oh so pretty to watch. It gives off a surreal feel with all the green heart fragments taking the place of the snow after Lag fires his shindan, and provides an interesting contrast to the story itself that’s become a lot darker lately.
I attribute that primarily to the glimpses into human experimentation, such as at the research facility ridden with corpses seen this episode. While I still don’t find the Amberground conspiracies all that creepy or disturbing since the depictions aren’t as graphic as they probably could have been, the implications behind it and the twisted artificial sun do give off that darker feel.
There wasn’t much in the way of actual progress to the overall story, but Zazie’s fight with Jeel is one of the better ones I’ve seen in this series. It’s probably the first time a character’s been absolutely pounded upon too, as Zazie got bloodied up pretty nicely while he was on the ground. Had Jeel not been as composed and rational as he was, he would’ve easily been the closest thing to an ultimate antagonist. Watching those two go at it was the highlight of the entire episode, and the conclusion to their fight with Zazie varying the source of power behind his shindan will be the thing to watch for next time.
As for Lag, the sudden loss of his own shindan quickly answered my question on what the episode title was in reference to. However, it felt rather abrupt for him to lose it when he didn’t seem emotionally unstable after Gauche showed his supposed true colors, so I wasn’t really buying into Lawrence’s explanation that he’s begun doubting the government he works for. Whatever the case, I haven’t ruled out the possibility that Lawrence might be playing mind games with Lag, especially when he’s young, innocent, and far too trusting. At this point, I’m just wondering if it’ll affect Lag for some time or if he’ll regain his ability the very next episode. I’m hoping for the latter, given how unnatural it was for him to lose it in the first place.