After what happened with Azanael, Tsubael brings Mari back home and tries to explain that the accident was unavoidable. She asks Mari not to blame Hagino, but Mari runs off without saying anything. The next day at school, Hagino is absent, and Michiko has to take charge of students during the rehearsals for the play. Hagino remains on the Blue, crying in Azanael’s room because of what happened. To her surprise, Onomil suddenly appears behind her and greets her. Onomil actually doesn’t know why or how she’s there, but Hagino uses this chance to try to apologize for letting her and the landing team die. Hagino feels that she couldn’t do anything back then and repeatedly tells Onomil that she’s sorry. Commenting on how Hagino is still the same as she used to be, Onomil thinks that this is a good quality of hers. She then disappears as suddenly as she appeared, and her parting message for Hagino is to not burden herself too much.
Back at the school, rehearsals are going fine despite Hagino’s absence, but since Mari’s mind is still on Hagino, she misses several line cues. That leaves Akane and Hiroko to improvise, but Michiko gets really angry because she feels the pressure from how little time there is left until the festival. When Mari goes to Yuuko to tell her what happened with Michiko, Yuuko notices that Mari is looking rather down. Mari ends up asking Yuuko to tell her how her parents died, and though Yuuko isn’t clear on the details, she explains what she knows about the investigation. Over on the Novaal, Azanael returns while Shivariel is having a Mega-Bomber aircraft prepared. Seeing what’s going on, Azanael wants it stopped, but she then learns that Shivariel ordered it. When she goes to protest its deployment against the Blue, Shivariel quiets her and makes her get some rest instead.
Mari meanwhile is feeling better and goes to find Michiko who is beating herself up over what happened. She drags Michiko to the auditorium to show her that everyone is now working as hard as ever to make the play a success. Touched by the outpouring of support, Michiko apologizes to everyone, and rehearsals resume. Towards the end of the afternoon, Hagino appears in holographic form and meets with Mari privately by the pool. Mari had learned from Yuuko that her parents were found on top of each other by the cape as if they had been protecting something. She now knows that this something was her. Hagino then tries to apologize to her, but Mari angrily says that she doesn’t want such an apology. Their argument – which was observed by Yuuko – is interrupted when the Mega-Bomber and several squadrons of fighters suddenly fly over them. Since Hagino realizes that she has to leave, Mari makes it clear that they’re not done talking yet, and Hagino promises to return.
While her classmates continue practicing the play through the night, Hagino is faced with a life-or-death battle. The Mega-Bomber soon launches a huge bomb, and in this most inopportune of times, the stability control system of their cannon isn’t working. Right before the bomb hits though, the system recovers, and the Blue is able to fire its third cannon, creating a huge explosion. The Blue survives, and afterwards, Tsubael wonders why the system suddenly recovered. Looking over at the other control station, Hagino sees Onomil disappear, and this causes Hagino to smile. Meanwhile, on the Novaal, Azanael is shocked to find out that the implosion of the Blue’s Emil Force Drive created a substance that condenses thought waves.
Alright, things got kind of confusing with Azanael’s last lines, but as I understand it (thanks to Mentar for connecting things for me): the implosion of the Blue’s Emil Force Drive caused a reaction that condensed thought waves. This can mean that people’s thoughts and thus fears were materialized, and that’s what led everyone on Mari’s island to kill each other. I assume Azanael will explain this further sometime in the next two episodes. In fact, with the way Shivariel is acting, Azanael will probably end up helping the Blue and Hagino or even joining them.
As for the episode itself, I found it interesting that they combined the battle scene with Mari’s lines in the play, making it into a pretty effective mix of action and emotion. They’ve chosen not to put a lot of focus on the battles so far, but the ones that have been shown haven’t been that bad. My question now is what will happen during the actual invasion (which will take place sooner or later given what the first episode and the manga have shown). And what are the odds that neither Hagino or Mari survive…