Sabrac returns to Seireiden after having lost the previous battle, but Bel Peol doesn’t mind because the given objective was achieved. After Sabrac leaves because his job is complete, Bel Peol looks at the silver armor and suggests that the rest of them get started. Back in the human world, Keisaku tries to call someone, but he hangs up before he can finish dialing the number. When Margery catches him doing this, Keisaku explains that he’ll do anything to work for Outlaw, including using whatever or whomever it takes. Marchosias figures out that Keisaku is actually trying to contact the father that he hates and admires how Keisaku doesn’t give up. Seeing that her threats have had no effect, Margery just calls Keisaku an idiot. Meanwhile at school, Ike notices that everyone has changed in some way, especially Yuuji, and he decides that he has to change too. After class, Yuuji and Shana are heading home when they run into Yuuji’s father. He wants to speak with Yuuji privately, so the two take a walk.
Kantarou reveals that he came home this time because of urgent business related to Yuuji’s mother, and he cites that his motto has always been to lend an ear to anyone troubled. When Yuuji asks about what his mother is troubled by, Kantarou clarifies that he didn’t mean it in a bad way – Chigusa is merely troubled by how to explain something. The real reason Kantarou came back home was to get Yuuji’s consent to use the character for the number three in his little brother or little sister’s name. It takes Yuuji a moment to realize the implication that his mother is pregnant, but when he does, he’s quite shocked. Kantarou also explains that Chigusa is troubled because there’s something that she has to tell Yuuji. It goes back to how they got married young due to their baby, but her first childbirth hadn’t gone well, and the doctor told her that she couldn’t have another child. This of course turned out to be the wrong diagnosis, but for them at the time, only two children had been born – one who lived through birth and one who didn’t.
They had given Yuuji his name based on how he was the second child – the “ji” in his name – and on how they wanted Yuuji to have a life long enough for both him and the brother who didn’t make it – the “yuu” in his name. For their next child, they thus want to use “san” (three) in the name to show that the child came after Yuuji and his brother. Yuuji has no problem with this and thanks his father for talking to him about everything. On the way home, he thinks about his family, including the new life that is coming, and how he wants to protect the world. Shana meanwhile meets with Kazumi and immediately gets to the point by asking Kazumi to teach her how to make babies. She had heard about Chigusa’s pregnancy and had wanted to know how to do it, but no one will tell her. Kazumi explains that the reason for that is because asking about this topic in the presence of other people is more embarrassing than showing herself naked. Realizing what this means because of her firsthand experience with the latter, Shana stops asking about it.
Shana then tells Kazumi about how she feels that Yuuji is getting stronger and how he’s looking straight ahead. In light of this, she wants to settle things concerning him with Kazumi tomorrow – Christmas Eve. The plan is for the two of them to wait in different places and have Yuuji choose which of them to go to. Kazumi takes Shana to a shop for some stationary, and the two inform Yuuji via written letters that he’s to choose one of them by going to either the north or south exit of the train station. Afterwards, Kazumi is headed home when she happens to run into Ike at a crosswalk. Ike had earlier gone to Keisaku to talk about what he wanted to do, and Keisaku had urged him to do it. Thus, Ike now asks Kazumi to meet him tomorrow so that he can tell her how he feels about her, and he even agrees to do it earlier in the day so that it doesn’t conflict with what she and Shana have planned with Yuuji that night. This leaves Kazumi a little troubled because she never suspected Ike’s feelings, though her thoughts later that night eventually go back to the Hougu that Pheles gave her, and she wonders if she can use it for Yuuji or Shana’s sake even if Yuuji doesn’t end up choosing her.
The following day, Shana reveals to Wilhelmina that she’s going to tell Yuuji she loves him. When Wilhelmina voices her opposition to this because she foresees trouble if things don’t turn out well, she and Shana get into an argument that ends in Shana storming out. Afterwards, Tiamat helps Wilhelmina realize that her negative reaction is a projection of the fear that she had experienced in the past. Because of this, Wilhelmina pays a visit to Shana’s room to mend their relationship and to help Shana decide on what clothes to wear. That night, Ike meets with Kazumi and confesses his feelings. He lets her give him her answer by either walking towards him or going the other way, and after bowing, Kazumi heads the other way. As planned, she goes and waits at the south exit of the station while Shana waits at the north one, and Yuuji soon arrives there. Before he can make his decision though, a blue field surrounds him and Hecate suddenly appears to pull the Reiji Maigo out from inside of him. Hearing Yuuji’s scream, all the Flame Haze in the city realize that something is happening.
For an episode that I had some doubts about coming into it, this didn’t turn out to be so bad – pretty good even. I was afraid that the writers might waste these final three episodes because there’s only so much that can be covered in that time span, but the appearance of Hecate and the stuff that hinted at in the beginning with Bel Peol and the silver armor show promise in terms of progressing the story. The scene with Yuuji’s father talking about Chigusa’s pregnancy and the origin of Yuuji’s name was also pretty enlightening, even if it probably doesn’t have much impact on the overall plot other than to motivate Yuuji to protect the world even more.
I do, however, wish that they’d stop with the Yuuji-having-to-decide-between-Kazumi-and-Shana stuff. After a while, it starts feeling like a rehash of the same things over and over, and given that he was interrupted by Hecate’s arrive, I doubt that he’ll have chosen either of them by the end of this series. I also suspect that Kazumi will end up using the Hougu that Pheles gave her, and that’ll probably just complicate things further. What this all means is that I think this series will very likely leave things open enough for a third series, but I guess we’ll see what happens.