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With Emily gone, Sara chases after the garbage truck that went into the city. Lavinia contacts Lottie, who decides to gather the other pilots to help with the search. Sara eventually makes her way to a garbage facility and sees what appears to be a doll’s hand sticking out. This alone is enough to make her try to go over the railing onto the garbage conveyor belt if it weren’t for the fact that Carris arrives in time to stop her. Sara is so caught up on Emily that Carris has to slap some sense into her and point out that the hand she saw belongs to a different trashed doll. He promises to find Emily, revealing that he used to live here before he went to Basion, so he knows the place pretty well. He then heads to the central administration bureau to ask about a person named Donny. It just so happens that Donny walks up behind them and greets his brother with a big hug. Carris explains to Sara afterwards that Donny is actually his younger brother despite the older look because of the time dilation that goes with sub-speed-of-light movement. In any case, since Lottie and the others are currently looking for Emily, Carris takes Sara out to grab a bite to eat. By chance, the two pass by real Emily, and she follows them to their cafe table.
Meanwhile, Melchisedec and Carmichael are at a hidden computer access point above a bar and are comparing Sara’s body’s data with the database of the integration headquarters in order to find out more about her. Back at the cafe, Emily gets served a pasta dish, but chooses to eat a chili pepper first. When she gasps because of the spiciness, Sara gives her a glass of water to drink. Emily’s attention then turns to a man handing out balloons across the street, though Sara fortunately notices in time to save Emily from getting hit by a car. Along with Carris, the three of them spend the rest of the afternoon having fun while Lottie’s group continues the search elsewhere in the city. When Emily is resting her head on Sara’s lap later, Sara and Carris trade compliments on how they’d make good parents. The water fountain in front of them suddenly turns off, causing Carris to realize that it’s degauss time. It seems that since long ago, this town has accumulated magnetism, and if left alone, machinery will be of no use. That’s why every 24 hours, they discharge the accumulated magnetism in a fashion that lights up the surrounding air. Carris then gives Sara a present for Emily – a dress. When Sara asks why he’s doing all this for her, he claims it’s because they’re comrades and suggests that she stop speaking lowly of herself like that. At the right moment, the two almost kiss, but are interrupted by a call from Donny on Carris’ communicator. While he is talking to his brother, the real Emily suddenly wakes up after the doll Emily’s eyes start glowing in the dump where it has been deposited.
Carris’ brother tells him about the S35 area, but also warns of something going out at the outer wall there. Carris then notices that Sara is now gone – having been led off by Emily – but he can’t do anything about it because he gets an emergency return order on his communicator. The Libertad has been asked by the station’s forces to scout out some unidentified machines, so Lottie sends Carris and Jessie back to the ship while she goes to the S35 area. Lavinia initially heads back towards the ship too, but then has second thoughts and follows after Lottie instead. By this time, Sara has arrived at a garbage dump with Emily, who goes straight for a large mound and finds the doll Emily. Happy that her Emily has been found, Sara hugs both the girl and the doll, not knowing that they share the same name. Wiping off the doll’s face, Sara apologizes to it for leaving it alone. To her surprise, real Emily responds by saying that it’s ok because she believed that Sara would find her again. She had been scared, cold, and lonely in the dark place where no one came, but then Sara had found her, named her, and talked to her every day – that’s why she’s not lonely anymore. When a confused Sara tries to figure out what the girl is saying, the real Emily introduces herself as Emily and knows that Sara’s real last name is Werec. The real Emily then explains that the doll she had been searching for a long time is actually herself. Both she and the doll had been lonely, and with how nice Sara was, Emily came to see her.
At that moment, however, a male voice calls out to Emily from above. Sara is shocked to see her own brother standing at the top of the garbage mound. Carris and the other pilots meanwhile have found an infestation of Tumors and have engaged the enemy. Some Tumors happen to fall through a hole on the station’s side and explode, causing the ground to shake inside. Both Sara and Emily lose their footing as a result and fall off the mound. Fortunately, Sara manages to grab a metal bar and Emily gets saved by Ralph, though she drops the doll. Seeing her brother hold Emily in his arms, Sara realizes that the young girl is the same person Ralph took from the laboratory back on Glabella. When she tries to get him to stop so that he can finally tell her what all this means, Ralph responds in an icy voice telling her not to be concerned about him and to forget about him and Emily. He has something that he’s decided to do at any cost, and he doesn’t want her getting in the way. On that last statement, Ralph’s Gloire-type springs up behind him. As he boards it, Ralph tells Sara that he won’t show mercy to anyone who tries to stop him, not even if it’s her. Sara continues to ask questions about what happened to her brother, but he’s already launching off in his Strain.
Lottie, who had seen the Gloire-type appear, comes running with her gun firing, but stops in her tracks as she hears Sara yell out to her brother. Ralph flies up and out, coming through the hole outside the station right as Carris is looking at it, and in the process spearing through Carris’ Strain. The Gloire-type watches as Carris’ Strain explodes, and then it flies off into the darkness of space. Unaware of what just happened out there, Lavinia picks up the dirty Emily doll and hugs it as she notices a furious Lottie confronting Sara about Ralph being her brother.


Now THIS is what I’ve been waiting for: an episode with so much juicy stuff happening in the plot. I certainly didn’t expect that Carris would be the first one of this new group to die. Heck, he didn’t even manage to get that kiss, and this would be the second of Sara’s love interests that has been killed by Ralph. In fact, similarly to Sara’s previous three friends, Carris’ death happened so fast (literally in the last minute of the episode) that you barely had time to react before they returned to Sara facing Lottie and then ended the episode.
What I did expect what that Lottie would “turn” on Sara once she learned Sara’s brother is Ralph. Next episode looks like Lottie will have to come to terms with Sara being a Werec and will spend a lot of time pointing a gun at Sara. It’s noteworthy that the animation quality in the preview seemed rather high.
Incidentally, the real Emily is really cute when she’s running around having fun.

As another reminder, episode 09 of Soukou no Strain will air next week, but there will a two week break after that. Episode 10 is set to air on January 10th, 2007.

December 13, 2006 at 8:42 pm
  • December 13, 2006 at 8:52 pmAvisch

    Wow all the remotely cool male characters die (We are now with the nice female cast, Carris was the only hope for the male cast). The real Emilly does look cute.

  • December 13, 2006 at 8:53 pmXellos-_^

    Pyscho Loli’s FTW :D

    plenty of guts to build up Carris like this then off him. I am really likeing this director’s wok. Zone of Enders, KGNE and now Strain. A true diciple of Tomino’s school of Kill them All.

  • December 13, 2006 at 8:53 pmFuruba

    Whoa, first time seeing this blog for this anime, let alone the screenies. looks interestin, maybe i’ll start watchin it =]

  • December 13, 2006 at 8:59 pmAvisch

  • December 13, 2006 at 9:11 pmWaaaaa

    ZOMG Omochikaeri! This is one of those series I probably would have never watched had Omni not blogged it. Carris died alot faster than I thought he would. I was giving him at least one or two more episodes :(

  • December 13, 2006 at 9:16 pmZzz…

    …Carris…is dead…the rest…soon to be…except Lottie…who’ll die in the last episode…

    …*giggles like a 5 year old girl on a sugar high and runs around in a circle*…

    …*several people nearby give strange looks and/or moves away*…

  • December 13, 2006 at 9:23 pmAmbient Escape

    omg Carris is dead???!! DAMN I didnt expect that..

  • December 13, 2006 at 9:27 pmWanderer

    Carris… NO!

    …None of them are safe. None of them. Watching this is going to kill me…

  • December 13, 2006 at 9:29 pmGenestarwind

    I pity sara werec!!!

  • December 13, 2006 at 9:41 pmLetushim

    It’s Fafner all over again

  • December 13, 2006 at 9:46 pmRasmiel

    Sara has no luck in her love life whatsoever. She’s like a reversed Shinn Asuka…

    “Love me and die”

  • December 13, 2006 at 10:11 pmgyabooo

    Kinda saw this somberness coming after last week’s light-heartedness.
    Though I didn’t think Carris would go first.
    I thought this time around Sara would be given the chance to have a bit of a taste of romance before the interested party gets killed off and Sara faces more angst. Oh well…
    At this rate, I wonder if they plan on keeping anyone alive at the end of the series…

  • December 13, 2006 at 10:15 pmKaito

    I kind of anticipated Carris’ death. After all, he looks just like Cedric.
    Good they made a rebound from the slack plot progression for the past few episodes.

  • December 13, 2006 at 10:28 pmShinji103

    Holy god, NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

    This show just keeps getting better and better. Who would’ve though Carris would be the next to kick the bucket. @_@

  • December 13, 2006 at 10:31 pmShinji103

    But I guess we shouldn’t have expected less from a director who was part of the staff of Victory Gundam. /That/ was a bloodbathj, and it looks like we’re not getting anything short of that here. XD

  • December 13, 2006 at 10:37 pmWhitewash

    Well, they killed off Caris….

    First, Tetsu Shiratori, Tanaka Rie, now Souichiro Hoshi. I love how they’re killing off all the VAs that were involved in Gundam Seed/Destiny.

    In case no one noticed:

    Cedric = Sai
    Caris = Kira
    Isabella/Mary = Lacus

  • December 13, 2006 at 10:41 pmKaito

    Carris’ death just didn’t have the same effectiveness as Cedric’s death did. Maybe it was because of the timing..

  • December 13, 2006 at 11:05 pmWanderer

    They’re planning to murder everyone, I can see it…

    *hugs Jessie and Lottie* I won’t let you kill them! Nooo!

  • December 13, 2006 at 11:06 pmWanderer

    Just as a note, I would have included Sara too, but I’m counting on her main character immunity to save her.

    I did forget Emily, though. *hugs Emily (both) too*

  • December 13, 2006 at 11:33 pmKiri

    Emily is really cutee girl~:3 and the seiyuu is Nonaka Ai:>

  • December 13, 2006 at 11:36 pmKiri

    Emily is really cutee girl~:3 and the seiyuu is Nonaka Ai:> the seiyuu and the character is very cute:)

  • December 13, 2006 at 11:54 pmkurotsuki

    MoaR Angst ! need moar !

  • December 14, 2006 at 12:00 amLissa

    OMG nooooooo they killed him?!!

    now i am really gonna stop watching this. argh. no hope… all the guys who like her will all be killed off just trying to protect her.

    i’m still holding on to this shred of hope that he might just come back and that he didn’t die… nah. impossible :)

  • December 14, 2006 at 1:21 amPakxenon

    Translator for WinD went on vacation… -_____________-;;;;;;;;;

    Lol nobody saw that coming… USODA!!!!!

  • December 14, 2006 at 1:22 ammutio

    And what do we learn from that? Girls always make you trouble, in this case a person even died.. ;)
    Emily is just so adorable, hope they don’t kill her off as well. I’ve never seen a show where so much characters were killed off, except Basilisk maybe.

  • December 14, 2006 at 1:27 amShinji103

    Watch Victory Gundam and Zeta Gundam. Then we’ll talk. ;)

    Although at this rate Strain would probably score a higher kill-count then either of those series-es if Strain were as long. (50 episodes)

  • December 14, 2006 at 1:42 amDvo

    Yuri Action ftw! -.- they conveniently killed all the Y chromosomed characters…

    Good catch on the GS VA deaths Whitewash.

  • December 14, 2006 at 2:20 amKresnik

    I think Lavinia is going to be with Sara after all.. Considering they killed off all male characters.. Do they have something against male characters..?

  • December 14, 2006 at 7:35 amWanderer

    ALL the male characters? There should still be one male reasoner left, unless someone just decided that he didn’t rate a screenshot…

  • December 14, 2006 at 7:56 amRasmiel

    Has anyone ever thought that maybe, we’ll see some incest action? ;)


  • December 14, 2006 at 8:14 amwahahaha

    She’s look like Kamille Bidan in Zeta Gundam…. Four, Reccoa, Emma, Rosamia and Sara Gundam Girls whos involve with him will died.(Except Fa)

  • December 14, 2006 at 8:17 amShaun

    think sara is gonna die a virgin

  • December 14, 2006 at 8:19 amShinji103

    Hmm, I can’t shake off this feeling that Carris will show up still alive later. After that scene with him and Sara almost kissing, I would think that we would get some kind of “final moment” thing, where we would see his last moments where he thinks of Sara or something. Cedi, Colin, and Mary all had little scenes showing them blowing up with their mecha (in Cedi’s case he called out to Sara), but we don’t see this with Carris. Which gives me the feeling that he isn’t dead. Granted we didn’t get such a scene in Isabella’s death, but….it was /Isabella/. Why would anybody care about a “final moment” scene for her? ;)

    On the other hand, I wouldn’t be surprised if they /don’t/ bring him back. But I just get the feeling they will.

    Oh. and great news: THE OST IS COMING OUT ON JANUARY 24TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

    The OP and ED Single is coming out on December 20th, for those who care, lol. I personally am not a fan of either the OP nor ED. :heh:

  • December 14, 2006 at 9:01 amCassoult

    I kinda of agree with Shinji103 that it wouldn’t be too surprising if Carris came back. It’d be interesting to see if his death will affect Emily in any way since he was the only person other than Sara to have spent any time with her (greeting her in ep.6 and being with her and Sara in ep.8).
    OTOH, if he doesn’t come back, I’d pretty much take that as the indication that they’re all doomed (‘cept maybe Lottie and Melchidesec).
    Guess we’ll be finding out more about Lottie next ep, huh?

  • December 14, 2006 at 9:13 amtyllon

    will they follow victory G. ending:
    flag ship ram flag ship. (this story only got 1 each)
    only a handful or maybe 2 survived. (that’s why ending scene only got sara & emily)
    those that survived are the ones who don’t have to partcipated in the final showdown.

  • December 14, 2006 at 9:33 amMr.P

    I’d bet that the director love rollercoaster.
    He lure me with 3 peaceful episodes then……..

  • December 14, 2006 at 11:11 ambaka_otaku

    Did you know a with only penis is a sucker, so I have two of them.

  • December 14, 2006 at 3:12 pmmutio

    Not with THAT Nii-san..
    *shakes from the bad thoguths*
    I’m definetely for a yuri ending. Yuri ftw!!!

  • December 14, 2006 at 5:25 pmKazumi

    ZOMG. Carris…dead?! i can’t believe it!! >.

  • December 14, 2006 at 5:28 pmSonhex

    Shinji103 – I don’t see anyway that Caris could have survived. Ralph threw Caris’s Strain at Deacon, it disentegrated on impact. Deacon’s Strain was halved by the explosion and barely survived. Personally I’d feel cheated if Caris was in the infirmary next episode.

  • December 14, 2006 at 6:34 pmT_I

    He deserved to die for getting so many character death flags in one episode.

    Remember your survival tips, OR ELSE!!!

    I think Lavinia is next

  • December 14, 2006 at 9:02 pmShinji103

    His Strain didn’t /disentegrate/, lol. ^^b It blew up, but we couldn’t see what happened to the cockpit. For all we know, Carris is just out cold, although chances are more likely that he’s severely injured if he survived.

    But like I said, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is actually dead. And also as I said, the lack of a “final moment” scene with him thinking of Sara makes it feel like he’s not finished off yet. So I’m not putting my eggs in either basket yet.

  • December 14, 2006 at 9:52 pmShinji103

    I believe the Hibertad is getting forced out of port next episode or so because of the trouble with Deague. I doubt that the Hibertad will have the time to properly search the area where Carris’ Strain was shot down, so maybe the cockpit section of his Strain survived and was thrown into the junkyard and buried by other junk thrown around by the explosion. Later, either just before the final confrontation or after it, Carris comes to see Sara fresh out of the hospital, or Sara and co. (whoever is left ^^b ) receives word that Carris survived and is back on the colony. Carris’ brother was very affectionate for him ( no dirty thoughts, kids ^^b ), so I don’t think it would be that surprising if his brother makes it so the Hibertad isn’t informed of Carris’ survival after the scare with his near-death, but then Carris forces him to contact the Hibertad when he wakes up.

    But like I said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Carris is indeed dead. It just feels like he’s not.

  • December 15, 2006 at 2:07 amhoblisity

    i wonder what happens next after Lottie found out that Sara is Ralph’s sister.

  • December 16, 2006 at 2:27 amSherry

    Wait…they showed that Carris’s strain exploded, right?…they did not said “Carris is dead”…right…? T___T *Geez…what are the chances he survived the explosion…?*

  • December 16, 2006 at 3:06 amtyllon

    this time round, carris is not kira yamato… eh, Souichiro Hoshi huh???
    kira didn’t died in an explosion, but carris is in OTHER SPACE…

  • December 16, 2006 at 6:14 amPanda

    Sara’s strain (the borrowed one) in ep 1 also exploded and she survived. Speaking of which, it showed back then Sara was capable of linking with other people’s mimic. Also worth noting is that Carris from “A Little Princess” sort of did a revival too. I’m hoping he survived, maybe Carris will appear at the very end. =)

  • December 16, 2006 at 3:44 pmterelildevil

    Yes that’s right kill all of Sara’s male love interest and make way for the Yuri Whahhahahahaha!

  • December 16, 2006 at 4:29 pmShinji103

    Actually, what she did back in episode 1 was transfer her Mimic into the new Strain. When she goes into the research facility to chase after Ralph in episode 1, you can see she has her Mimic stored on a holster-like thing on her belt. It just didn’t show her pluging her Mimic into the other Strain.

  • December 18, 2006 at 8:10 amWanderer

    As someone mentioned, Carris COULD have survived with a disabling injury. That’s what the Carrisford in “A Little Princess” basically did. It’s not impossible.

    But don’t get your hopes up too high.