Arika’s scream is heard by a nearby Sergay, who comes in time to stop the thugs. When they go after him instead, he pulls out his gun and scares them off. Unfortunately for them, Nao and her striped group are waiting around the corner. After tying them up, Nao sees Sergay comforting a crying Arika. As Arika cleans herself up, Sergay remembers the letter Nagi wrote to him telling him that they need to find the true princess and that it’s ok if Sergay seduces her. Back at school, Miya is packing frantically because she knows that she’s done for. But the Trias, which Nao is now a part of, come knocking on the door. Tomoe, who is thinking about Shizuru and the Sapphire of the Azure Sky, sees Miya being led away by the Trias and calls her worthless trash.
Sergay takes Arika to the top of the building with a view of the city. Looking at the blue star above, Sergay recites some poetry said to be left by the first sailor who reached the star. Thinking about that guiding blue star, Arika is reminded of her sapphire and in turn is reminded of obtaining her love and her dream. On the subject of love, Sergay starts to say something, but Arika stops him. Sergay puts his hand on her cheek and she gets ready to kiss him as he leans down. In the darkness, we can only see their bodies pressed together.
The next morning, Arika energetically wakes up Erstin and Nina. Just as Nina is asking about the night before, Chie shows up in their room looking for Arika. Apparently Miya confessed to what she did during the uniform and the field trip exam incidents. If the girls decide to press charges, then Miya will be referred to a disciplinary committee. Arika doesn’t feel that it’s necessary, but Shiho interjects that if Arika ever wants to realize her dream of becoming an Otome, she needs to get rid of her rivals. To everyone’s surprise, Arika explodes on that comment, but Miss Maria and Natsuki arrive to tell them that Miya is going to withdraw from the school.
Coming from that meeting, the girls are walking together when Arika runs into a pillar. Even she notices that Arika is out of it, Nina leaves to go see her father. After she’s gone, Erstin tries to raise the topic of the night before, but Arika avoids it and makes her escape. She eventually encounters Aoi, who asks her to go see Mashiro. Mashiro eventually tells her what happened, and Arika figures out that Mashiro must like Takumi. When Mashiro talks about not understanding feelings between men and women, Arika starts to cry because she’s reminded of Sergay.
On the previous night, Sergay had come close, but pulled away before he kissed Arika. He rejected her because she was still on her way to becoming an Otome, and he told her that playtime was over. Before they parted, Sergay mentioned that everything about Rena obtaining love and her dream was a mistake and blames Rena for what happened to the King and Queen. In response, Arika slapped him and said that she hated him. After hearing Arika’s story, Mashiro also starts to cry. Meanwhile, Sergay has his subordinate turn away Nina at the door by saying that there was urgent business. He recalls Nagi’s letter and how Nagi had said that the true princess is necessary for their dreams to come true.
Mashiro and Arika eventually calm down, and regain their resolve – Arika in becoming a Meister Otome and Mashiro in becoming a queen who makes everyone happy. The graduation battle ceremony soon arrives, and the chosen one there is guaranteed to be promoted to a Pearl. Mashiro intrudes on the event and yells at Arika not to lose.
I breathed a large sigh of relief when Sergay turned Arika down. I really didn’t want the story to go in that direction. Fortunately, to make sure that she doesn’t try again, Sergay had to make Arika hate him, so he said those negative things about Rena and shot down Arika’s own dreams. Makes me wonder if there wasn’t just a bit of spite in his voice (about Rena). He’s showing lots of signs of conflicted emotions; ultimately, I bet Nagi will be evil, but Sergay won’t be able to follow him.
Also of interest from that rooftop scene is the blue star, which I suspect may have a role now, much like the HiME star in the first series. It’s even more intriguing when you consider that the Sapphire of Azure Sky could be connected to the blue star. The other big developments include Miya withdrawing from school and Arika & Mashiro becoming buddies. Concerning the former, I doubt that this will be the last we see of Miya. I personally hope she shows up again and gets revenge on Tomoe. And as for the latter, the two’s relationship seems to be getting set up so that Arika really can become Mashiro’s Otome and they can continue with the contract they made before.
The preview doesn’t reveal much, which probably means that big things will happen next week. At the very least, I think next episode will be all about the current competition to choose someone to become a Pearl.