A young woman is walking through the dark streets of Ekaterinburg when she’s surrounded and attacked by three cloaked figures. They drink her blood and then move on in their quest to find Saya. In the morning, Saya, Hagi, Riku, and Elizabeth check into their hotel even though David and the others still haven’t returned. While taking a shower, Saya talks to herself about her dreams. Elizabeth comes in and asks her about them, so Saya explains about the Russia dream (episode 17) and about her visions of killing Chiropterans and people in Vietnam. Meanwhile, driving back to the hotel, Julia advises David that a person cannot live by their strength alone after David thinks that he’s gotten weaker.
In the hotel’s dining room, Saya is eating with the rest of the group. Elizabeth doesn’t join them because she doesn’t want to eat anymore than necessary and she doesn’t eat for pleasure. According to her, a person eats to live, just like how a Chiropteran has to drink blood to live. Elizabeth starts questioning Saya on what she knows about her enemies, but Saya can only say that she fights them in order to protect people. Elizabeth counters by asking if Saya is really doing what she truly wishes to do, and mentions that there’s something else that she has to do. Riku breaks the thick tension by collapsing on the table with a high fever.
In Riku’s room, Elizabeth continues her psychological assault by saying that Saya doesn’t know the meaning of fighting, doesn’t understand the other side, etc. Saya starts to get angry at the weird behavior, but Elizabeth then starts talking about how no one will tell her the truth of her past. Furthermore, all that Saya herself has remembered up to this point has been fighting. And whether it is in Vietnam or Siberia, every day her hands are dyed with the color of blood. Saya collapses from the mental stress, but Hagi rushes into save her. The imposter finally shows her fangs and admits to having killed the real Elizabeth. Her last question for Saya asks who she lives for and what her own wish is. Saya answers that she defeats Chiropterans for the sake of the people who need her. Upon hearing that, Elizabeth knocks Hagi, whom she identified as a Chevalier, out of the window and then almost crushes him. Saya comes out with her sword, but Elizabeth feels the need to continue to educate her. This time, she reveals that Saya isn’t human and is actually one of their comrades. In other words, Saya is also a Chiropteran.
Seeing Hagi struggle to stand up, Elizabeth accuses him of knowing everything but not telling Saya. He tries to hit her, but she easily gets behind him and impales him with her hand. After seeing her companion thrown across the snow, Saya goes into her battle mode and charges with her bloodied sword. But even she is no match for Elizabeth who announces that playtime is over and then breaks apart Saya’s blade with a sonic attack. Elizabeth says that Saya has a genuine family with a younger sister named Diva. Thus, Red Shield had wanted her to kill her own sister and everyone had known, including David and Hagi. Elizabeth instructs Saya to go to the zoo if she wants to learn more. At this point, the imposter notices the three cloaked figures watching them from the woods. Those three, who she identifies as Shifu, retreat because of the Chevalier in front of them. Elizabeth herself then departs after bidding Saya goodbye (in Russian).
Sometime later, David’s group has returned to the hotel and is taking care of Riku. David finds the broken sword and a note that has the word “gomen” (sorry) crossed out so that it only reads “usotsuki” (liar). Meanwhile in the interior of an aircraft carrier, the door to Diva’s container is open. A bare foot steps out on a floor stained with blood.
Though the episode is slow paced until the last several minutes, there’s certainly a truckload of revelations they dumped onto us, even if most of it has already been hinted at. At the center of it all, we learn that Saya is indeed a Chiropteran. And even more surprising, she’s Diva’s sister. But Saya is less distraught about learning this than and more about how everyone knew but didn’t tell her. I guess as the saying goes, “it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up.” It’s interesting that she had started to write an apology for running away, and then crossed it out and simply put “liar” instead. I also assume that she took Hagi’s body with her since David only discovered the broken sword in the hotel courtyard.
As for the bad guys, Elizabeth’s imposter is a lot more powerful than either Hagi or Saya. She, or he as the case may be, is basically toying with Saya for the entire episode, turning her against her family and friends. And then there’s the Shifu. They appear to be a third faction not related to Diva or the Chevaliers, and it’s not really clear what their ultimate objective is aside from the fact that they’re also after Saya. The OP shows ten of them, but we’re introduced to three this episode; the ending credits identify them as Moses, Kalman, and Irene.
Next week, it looks like we’re getting the Chevalier’s point of view.