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Sylvette’s soup might just be the secret weapon for taking Cabernet down. It looks like a pipe bomb.

「ロレンスの野望」 (Rorensu no Yabou)
“Lawrence’s Ambition”

I’ve been hoping there’d be something about Reverse’s radical means of revenge that would make Noir think twice about cooperating with them, and this recent revelation on did just that and more. It’s probably safe to assume that Roda is one of the motivating factors for him to stop the government’s human experimentation, so I have no idea what Lawrence was thinking when he was going to sacrifice her along with all the other people who couldn’t become a spirit. I mean, if he wanted to piss Noir off, mission accomplished. Even if he still didn’t trust Noir after he regained his memories and was planning to get rid of him at some point, did he really think he’d obediently obey his orders once he found out he fed Roda to Cabernet? I would’ve figured it’d be smarter to keep Noir in the dark for as long as possible and use him to the full extent, but I’m no leader of some anti-government organization so maybe this wasn’t such a stupid move and I’m overlooking something. Just maybe.

 

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It’s time to bring out the Tegami Bachi cavalry. Wait a second… this is it?

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Like I’ve been suspecting, Roda wonders if Noir would’ve been better off returning to his former life.

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Signal and Signaless reveal the dark truth to Noir and he’s not the least bit happy about it.

If I had to make a guess, I’d say that Lawrence knew Noir wouldn’t be okay with sacrificing the very victims he thought they were fighting for, hence why he hasn’t told Noir any specifics about his plan. Much like Noir, I was already uneasy with the idea that Signal and Signaless would readily sacrifice themselves to try and take out the artificial sun, so good to see him draw the line on tricking unsuspecting victims into taking part in his cause. That level of deceit and self-sacrifice more or least changed my image of Reverse as a resistance group to a terrorist group too. It was a pretty eye-opening turn of events, considering that Reverse has been looking more like a righteous organization as of late while the government’s been shaping out to be the real antagonists. Now I know otherwise, in that both sides are corrupt and up to no good. The only ones in the right are the Bees earnestly delivering people’s letters and the government’s victims who haven’t done anything wrong.

 

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Lawrence is turning out to be the ultimate antagonist of this sequel.

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Noir at odds with Lawrence? Could this be the return of Gauche?

Caught in between it all is of course Noir. It doesn’t look like he’s going to be returning to Reverse anymore after Lawrence tried to kill him, though I doubt he’ll return to his life as Gauche either. After all he’s been through, I can’t imagine him simply settling for the lesser of two evils. The only thing I can picture him doing is stopping Lawrence’s plan and saving Roda. Before that happens, the preview seems to suggest that Noir will be doing some soul searching by talking to Sylvette. Let’s just hope he doesn’t give up on the world completely, especially when people like Sylvette want to see him return him.

 

Preview

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Sylvette gets a chance to speak to Noir but is left in tears. I get the feeling he’s going to help stop Cabernet from feasting on Roda and the others though.

February 26, 2011 at 11:30 pm
10 comments »
  • February 26, 2011 at 11:41 pmDan

    I was half expecting Gauche to get shot in the leg or something before jumping in.

    • February 27, 2011 at 8:07 amFallenrock

      Same, Dodging a hailstorm of bullets is pretty amazing but when he literally does it for like 3 seconds straight i’m starting to think that hes some sort of super human.

  • February 27, 2011 at 1:22 amRika

    I wonder what happened to Roda. Maybe she got infected by something. I was waiting for Signal and Signaless to be released, but not for something like that. Lawrence being the ultimate antagonist could be an understatement when it comes to using others, but I agree. Good thing Noir is faster than the speeding bullets; hope he’s a good swimmer too. Looking forward to seeing if Sylvette can bring back Gauche next week.

  • February 27, 2011 at 2:11 amStereoman

    I’ve wondered why Lag hasn’t grown taller. /totally random

  • February 27, 2011 at 3:15 amShadiic

    Like this ep and post. There isn’t much to say about it cos I’m really interested in the siblings meeting up.

  • February 27, 2011 at 4:09 amClaire Phoenix

    Thank you so much for the screencaps and the summary~

    Wow, Noir really hate Lawerence plan. I wonder will he join hands with Lag.. :P

  • February 27, 2011 at 5:58 amKarmafan

    Good episode (and good review by Divine) and the sides are finally taking shape. Its getting very exciting. I wonder what the Head Bee is up to? I’m guessing he is going to come help his Bees in some fashion. Its possible he could be a bad guy as well but I don’t get that vibe from him.

    Still no ED single yet. I get a kick out of Lag and Niche and that style of animation during the ED. Reminds me of older video games and the song is great.

  • February 28, 2011 at 9:46 amKarmafan

    Its really a shame this amazing series gets so few comments.

  • February 28, 2011 at 1:08 pmCharles

    ill comment then

    love this show and the direction its going in XD
    and Connor is awesome!

  • March 2, 2011 at 6:17 pmPoiira

    Gauche: I will save you.
    And right on cue, Roda gets sick. Damn it, Tegami Bachi! Don’t do that to us!