-Karl’s still not happy that he’s not allowed to go after Saya.
-Diva and James go to the opera house where Nathan is waiting.
-David learns from Okamura and Mao about the connection between the performance and the Cinq Flèches Pharmacy and the Goldsmith Holdings. There’s a specific link to food business in London, and Okamura produces some photos of the research facility along with a photo of Van Argeno.
-David infiltrates the place with a fake ID. He discovers a large tank filled with Corpse Corps soldiers being grown. He also finds Julia and she tells him about her research into Riku’s special abilities. They get interrupted by Van who is accompanied by soldiers.
-Saya and Hagi attack the opera house but find no one there. The curtain goes up onstage, revealing that the scenery for the opera mirrors the Goldschmidt estate and ruins that Saya and Diva were raised in.
-Nathan Mahler introduces himself with his full name, shows that Diva is also here and that James Ironside (who is already in his Chiropteran form) is their opponent for today.
-At the research facility, when Van offers David a candy, David grabs Van’s arm and pulls him in, using him as a hostage with a pen. He’s able to make his escape this way.
-Living up to the name, James’ armor seems impenetrable, and he’s able to easily handle both Saya and Hagi. Diva leaves because this is boring. Kai, who followed them in, enters the battle and temporarily slows James down by shooting some lighting fixtures onto him. Saya refuses to run away and charges James instead. She can’t break through the armor and James throws her against the far wall. He’s about to stab her, but Nathan stops him.
-Nathan says that this isn’t the appropriate stage or the suitable scene for the bride to die, and intimidates James into backing off. Nathan leaves, promising to meet Saya on the next stage.
-Kai sees close in on Hagi’s neck. She notices him and pauses, but then continues on to bite Hagi’s neck for his blood.
-Kai and David both return to Lewis’ car and Lewis comments on how the two of them are really alike because their faces show that they both lose something important.
And here I thought the first half of the episode was a little boring, but the rest of it was filled with juicy little bits. For starters, Nathan seems capable to intimidating James, or at least James seems to know that he can’t kill Nathan. We haven’t really seen much of these two Chevaliers compared to Diva’s other three, so it was (and still kind of is) hard to gauge how much relative power they wield. Still, it’s pretty obvious that they are both still stronger than Saya, meaning that as things stand, Saya will die when and where they want her to.
I laughed when I saw the nerdy version of David. He didn’t lose his touch though, and was able to escape by taking Van as a hostage with only a pen. Julia, meanwhile, didn’t look surprised at all to see him, nor did she act like she wanted to get out of there. That kind of dashes my hopes for a DavidxJulia outcome at the end. Still, there’s a good chance for her to come around and join Red Shield again just like there’s a good chance for Saya to do so – basically both David and Kai regaining back the important things that they lost.
Though the images didn’t really show it, Karl’s voiceover for the preview and the title for the episode (“Until Going Mad”) imply that something is going to happen with him next week.