Romulus and Remus’ tensions have made their way into the council, where the representatives get into a heated argument. Even in the school, the girls are affected since Yayoi is from Romulus and Miya is from Remus. Arika, however, seems to still be caught up in her lovesickness and dismisses the situation as something trivial. Miya blows up on Arika for that comment, and even Nina says that Arika is wrong. But Nina has also noticed that Arika is acting strange though Arika says that it’s nothing. Meanwhile, Haruka wants to go beat some sense into the fighting Otome, but Yukino stops her. Mashiro, on the other hand, has been in a rut ever since Takumi left because she feels incapable. The source of the current conflict, however, seems to be Nagi and John Smith, who had been experimenting with Slaves out on the border of Romulus and Remus.
Arika continues to angst about Sergay, remembering how happy Akane and Kazuya were, but also her vow to become an Otome. Erstin, who has figured out that Arika likes Sergay, comes to comfort her even as Arika desperately tries to deny those feelings. After Arika stops crying, the conversation shifts to her mother and then to the Sapphire of the Azure Sky. Arika is surprised to find out that Erstin knows about Rena being the previous owner, so she has Erstin tell her all about the former Otome.
With Shizuru still gone, Natsuki ponders that maybe Aswald is responsible, which elicits a shocked face from Yohko. Shizuru is actually still on the scene, investigating the destruction, when she notices the tracks on the ground. A voice behind her, Miyu’s, confirms that those were left by Slaves. Rather, these are of a new form that are more like CHILDs. Miyu also warns that the sealed-off black power has begun to move. Always the cautious one, Shizuru rushes at Miyu, but Miyu simply disappears in a flash.
That night, Tomoe, who had been listening in on Erstin explanation, asks for another favor from Miya. Erstin had told Arika that Rena had defended Vintoblum for ten years, but had one day suddenly removed the stone because she had found love. Then in the attack 15 years ago, Mashiro and Rena’s own child had both disappeared. Erstin says that Rena was one who had both realized her dream and obtained love, words which resonated with Arika. She is thus now rushing off to confirm her true feelings with Sergay. Speaking of which, Sergay is led to the home of a woman who was there during the attack fifteen years ago. As she tells him, Rena handed off her own child and put the sapphire around the neck of the princess, meaning that the person with the sapphire now (Arika) should be the real princess. But it so happens that Arika has gotten caught in a trap by some thugs who intend to have their way with her.
Another plot heavy episode that answers some questions, but introduces even more. We now know what happened fifteen years ago in terms of the baby switch, and they seem to be telling us that Arika is the real princess. I still have my doubts about her being the princess – it’s possible that there was another switch sometime or that the sapphire got transferred – but it does seem unlikely now that Arika is Rena’s daughter, which had been another previous theory. In either case, Mashiro’s not the real princess, though I still have a slight hunch that Nina might be.
Have I mentioned how much I love how they keep us guessing about basically everything? No, I’m not being sarcastic; I think it shows a high level of story planning when we the audience are so caught up in trying to figure out the series’ mysteries: who the five pillars are, where Mai is, what the deal is with the Harmonium, what’s with Miyu, the list goes on and on. Oh and speaking of Miyu, she still seems too good to be true. She’s technically on the “good guys” (Arika’s) side, she knows what’s going on in the world, and she seems to be at least on par with Shizuru’s power level. I like what they’ve done with her character, but of course I wonder what her ultimate role is. I guess I’m stuck in the mindset of Miyu being a “bad guy” of sorts.
I also have to say again that I’m quite opposed to the whole SergayXArika thing. It just seems so wrong, especially when he could be her father (I mean age-wise, but who knows, maybe he is her father). The preview doesn’t help at all, because it shows Arika and Sergay getting pretty close and maybe even kissing.