In the aftermath of the battle, the team races to repair the heavily damaged Imber. Makoto returns with the Nebula, but she’s clearly unhappy with what happened. Back when she was in space, she had started attacking the Nubilum, but Azusa had forced her to save the Imber instead. With Haruka in the infirmary – still unconscious after having been treated – Iori gets furious over how Makoto doesn’t care at all. In her mind, Haruka is reliving the events of the battle and how the warning messages popped up on the Imber’s screen before everything went black. She finally wakes up thinking about the Imber and finds Azusa waiting at her bedside. Azusa explains that Haruka faced the Turiavita – the only other organization with an iDOL – and that it’s possible this was a trap. When Haruka sees the damage done to the Imber, she starts blaming herself and bawling. Even after the Imber gets fully repaired, Haruka can’t face the Imber without being reminded of her parents abandoning her.
The team has Haruka try to start the Imber again, but as soon as she touches the controls, the Imber powers back down. Azusa wants to try again, but Haruka feels that it’s useless and asks for some time off instead. She reveals to Iori that she thinks the Imber hates her – when she touched the Imber’s controls, they were cold. Haruka feels that once something hates her, it won’t turn back around again towards her. That night, Haruka pays one more visit to the Imber while everyone else is gone and tries to activate it. No response from the Imber confirms for Haruka that it really was her fault the Imber got hurt, so she decides to go home by train. Lying in a grassy field, she starts crying because she’s alone, but soon a shadow covers her body. Haruka turns around and is shocked to find the Imber floating behind her. Iori, who is hiding behind a nearby tree, had taken to the controls earlier after Haruka left and had tried to talk some sense into the Imber. The Imber now causes a gust of wind to blow upward, allowing a single flower to float down into Haruka’s hands. Holding it close to her heart, Haruka thanks the Imber.
I don’t know what to say. They took a perfectly good lead-in for the episode with the damaged Imber plummeting towards Earth and, well, took all the action out of it. I mean, they barely show the Nebula confronting the Nubilum before the Nebula had to head off, and we don’t even get to see any more of the blood that was shown last week inside the Imber’s cockpit. And then there’s Haruka’s angst. I’m not exactly sure what I was hoping to see, but this wasn’t it. I felt really unsatisfied watching the resolution at the end of the episode, and knowing that next week is the beach episode doesn’t help in terms of wanting more plot.