With Haruka still missing, an almost belligerent Makoto is itching to go back out to prove herself with a victory. Haruka is currently inside the Imber trying to contact the base camp, but to no avail. With her is Chihaya who still remembers seeing the Imber’s core when she was young. When Chihaya points out that the Imber isn’t able to move, Haruka explains how she feels that it’s just sleeping because she knows the Imber would feel cold otherwise. She then decides to tell Chihaya all about the Imber because she wants everyone to like it. Back at base, Joseph receives orders from headquarters instructing him to recover the Hiemus as soon as possible. Despite Ami’s concerns about her and the Nebula, a determined Makoto gets onboard and launches without permission. She refuses to become like her sister Azusa who she feels got abandoned by her iDOL and lost everything. Azusa still tries to get Makoto to stop, but Joseph suggests that they believe in her. Makoto herself remembers how Azusa had been brought back after losing a battle and was unable to pilot the Nebula from that point forward. This is the mistake that Makoto now refuses to make.
Getting tired of hearing Haruka talk about the Imber, Chihaya claims that Haruka doesn’t know anything about the Imber. Pointing her gun at Haruka, Chihaya explains that the Imber hates the color pink and likes the color white instead – pure like the Imber’s heart. When Haruka questions why, Chihaya finally reveals that the Imber used to be hers, and she wants it back. The ground under them then suddenly starts shaking, so Chihaya decides to use the chance to make a run for the Imber’s cockpit, but she doesn’t make it before the shaking tosses her off the iDOL. Makoto meanwhile comes under attack by the Epimetheus with R.I.F.F.A under similar orders from Karasu to retrieve the Hiemus’ core. The Nebula is still no match for the Epimetheus, and with Makoto desperately trying to do something so that she doesn’t lose, the Nebula shuts down. To make matters worse, the simulations show that Iceland could sink, and if they want to save Makoto and the population, they have to give up on the Hiemus.
With Joseph’s approval, Ami has Haruka use the Imber to slam down on the mouth of the volcano. Chihaya in the Nubilum tries to get in the way, but the Imber blows right past her and finishes the job, saving everyone. Unfortunately, R.I.F.F.A succeeded in getting the Hiemus’ core, meaning that it’s in Turiavita hands now.
You know, by all accounts, this should have been a key episode: Chihaya confronts Haruka, Makoto goes a little crazy, all with an iDOL core on the line. However, it once again fell flat for me. I didn’t really care to hear Haruka blabber on about the Imber, and it’s starting to feel like they’re pushing the Makoto aspect of the story too much (in other words, I’m getting sick of seeing Makoto act like this again). I’d really like them to introduce more plot twists because the story as it stands just isn’t interesting enough or progressing fast enough. I’m quite frustrated with this show at the moment and would say that I’m considering dropping it, but there’s nothing in particular I’d like to replace it with this season or next, so I guess for now I’ll continue watching.