In the dark of the night, Mao and Okamura wander around the estate where Saya and Diva faced off. Mao accidentally touches a tree with a blood stain on it, which leads them to discover a trail of blood. They also find the broken katana blade on the ground. Meanwhile, on the Red Shield ship, Saya and company are watching over an unconscious Riku. Kai is relieved that Riku is alive, but Saya wonders if she did the right thing. David then calls Saya into a strategy meeting with Joel and Collins. After updating Joel on Riku, Collins reports about an attack on the research facility in Iceland. This facility was providing genetic data to a company that wasn’t the Cinq Flèches Group. Joel then asks Saya about the Shifu, but she’s unable to provide much information. After the meeting is over, Joel and David meet privately. Joel brings out the diary and explains that each generation of Joel writes in it, but there’s a blank for the day of the zoo tragedy. As a result, Red Shield was created back in 1883. The one who gets the Goldschmidt inheritance takes on the name of Joel and the role as head of the Red Shield. It is because of the Joel of six generations ago that Chiropterans have spread across the world. And it turns out that David and Joel are the only two people in Red Shield whose families have served two or more generations; David’s father died in Vietnam.
Saya almost runs into Kai looking into Riku’s room, but hides herself before he sees her. Talking with Hagi, she is still wondering if she did the right thing. Hagi says that Riku will become Saya’s Chevalier and will be able to live a long time with his feelings only towards her, just like Hagi does. Meanwhile, Julia reports to Collins about a base (as in the chemistry term) that she’s discovered in Riku’s blood. As it turns out, Julia used to be a student under Collins back when she was in college. When Collins returns to his room, he gets a phone call from Van Argeno. Van wants Collins’ cooperation and suggests that they meet in Paris in seven days. Back on the deck of the ship, David approaches Saya. She’s made up her mind not to run away until the fighting is over, until Diva is defeated. Hearing this, David presents Saya with her new “fang” – a katana with a red gem at the base of the blade. This crystal of the Chiropteran is for the sake of never forgetting everything; Saya’s crystal is from George. Saya confirms her determination to defeat Diva and Hagi pledges to carry out her wishes until that time comes. Meanwhile, Okamura has stayed up all night reading and finally connects the Goldschmidt and Solomon Goldsmith. He decides that they need to go back to Paris to investigate. As morning dawns on the Red Shield ship, Riku wakes up.
As I had predicted, this is a slower-paced story development episode. We learn a lot of Red Shield, and Saya even joins the organization. I’m a bit cautious when it comes to Joel and Collins though because I can see both of them becoming bad guys sometime in the future. Especially Collins, who the producers haven’t really given any reason to like as a character. And if he goes to meet Van Argeno, who knows what’ll happen.
I loved the scene where Saya gets her new sword. It’s been a while since a scene has been accompanied by such a rousing song. And Saya’s new sword looks really cool, though the reflection from the crystal may be a bit extreme. It’s also interesting that the sword has a connection to George through the crystal; it probably means that this is the weapon Saya will carry through to the end of the series.
Riku wakes up at the end of this episode and next week seems to be about him realizing his new powers and about an attack by the Shifu. I wonder how long it’ll be before we get to see Riku in action…