「そして二人は」 (Soshite Futari wa)
“And The Two of Them…”
Episode at a Glance:
Now married, Wil and Allison are living together in a worn down apartment in the country of Ikstanko like they discussed back in Lillane. Having devoted his studies to history since the discovery of the mural, Wil gets invited to join the Secret Intelligence Agency of Sou Beil by Allison’s father, Major Acacia (i.e. Stork), who believes his talent is needed to help prevent arms proliferation which may lead to another war. However, by doing so, Wil would need to throw away his current existence as Wilhelm Schultz and more importantly, his life with Allison.
Stopping by Ikstanko for work, Benedict uses the opportunity to meet up with Wil and Allison, where he explains that Fiona’s busy raising the twins. Wil, who still can’t take very hot foods/drinks, is still undecided about what he wants to do after he graduates from university. After spending the rest of the day with Allison and pondering about what he should do, Wil is reminded about how Ms. Muto once told him to do what needs to be done once he’s found it. All that’s needed then would be the support of those around him.
Confused then, Wil seems to understand what Ms. Muto’s words mean now as he wants to protect Allison and maintain peace in the world, so the next day, he tells Allison that he plans to join the Secret Intelligence Agency of Sou Beil. While saddened at first, Allison realizes that Wil has found the path in life Ms. Muto talked about and supports his decision. Pleased to find out that he has her support, Wil asks Allison what she wanted to talk about, but she decides not to tell him that she’s pregnant as it may change his decision. Later on at the train station, Allison sees Wil off, who is finally able to clearly tell her how much he loves her. Back at home, Allison cries over a photo of her and Wil, but is able to smile at the end.
Some sixteen or so years later, Allison is living in the same apartment with her fifteen year old daughter, Lilliane Acacia Corason Whittington Schultz (リリアーネ・アイカシア・コラソン・ウェッティングトン・シュルツ), who isn’t quite sure where her amazingly long name came from, but does know that Lilliane is the name of a beautiful town that her parents once visited. Lilliane, or Lillia for short, believes that her father died in a train accident just before she was born. After waking up her mother, Lillia lets Travas in, who’s a soldier from Sou Beil and Allison’s current boyfriend. Upon serving Travas some tea, Lillia quickly finds out that he can’t take very hot foods/drinks.
「リリアとトレイズ」 (Riria to Toreizu)
“Lillia & Treize”
Wow time passes quickly in this series. While I’m not quite sure exactly how much time has passed between the Terreur incident or Lilianne and now, everyone is evidently older and it seems like Wil and Allison have been married for some time. Regardless, I felt this episode tugged on the emotional strings a bit as it was touching to see young Wil compare Allison to a fairy, be able to convey that thought to her years later, and then suddenly leave her side in life. The fact that neither of them expressed a lack of time together made me realize that they’ve been married for several years now, but as a viewer, it was only last week that they couldn’t even say how they felt about one another. Because of this, it took me a bit of time to adjust to the new context (i.e. to stop thinking, “but Wil, you finally got together with Allison!”) and to see Wil’s decision to join the Secret Intelligence Agency in a better light.
While I don’t comment on music much in my posts, I’ve grown quite accustomed to the soundtrack in this series, so the vocal track used during the scenes where Wil and Allison spent the day together made everything more bitter sweet, in the sense that it was nice to see them finally together, even though their inevitable separation was just beyond the horizon. It wasn’t quite enough to move me to tears, but it was moving nonetheless.
As for Lillia, it was a bit weird to hear her sound just like Allison, being played by Mizuki Nana and all, but it’s quite clear that we’ve moved on to the “Lilla” portion of “Allison & Lillia”. Episode thirteen also marks the halfway point in this series (i.e. 26 episodes in total), so it makes me wonder how much we’ll see of Allison and Wil from now on. In case it’s not obvious already, Travas is Wil’s new identity in Sou Beil, which may throw people off a bit since they casted Morikawa Toshiyuki to play his older version. (Wil is played by Kumai Motoko, a female seiyuu, so she probably wouldn’t sound old enough.) After seeing what Allison went through last time, I felt kind of bad for Lillia, who still believes that her father’s dead when he’s sitting right in front of her. I guess the redeeming feeling here is that Wil and Allison still get to be together though.
As for the older Allison, she’s played by Kuwashima Houko, who’s probably better known for her roles as Clare in Claymore, Flay Allstar/Natarle Badgiruel in Gundam SEED, Stellar Loussier in Gundam SEED Destiny, and Sakagami Tomoyo in CLANNAD.
For those who are wondering (or those who aren’t that good with names), Lillia’s full name is composed of Lilliane (the town where Allison and Wil finally got their feelings across), Acacia (Allison’s father’s surname in Sou Beil), Corason (Ms. Muto’s surname), and of course, Whittington (Allison’s surname) and Schultz (Wil’s surname).
Next time, Lillia & Treize!
– Allison / Lillia (アリソン／リリア) / Mizuki Nana (水樹 奈々)
– Wil (ヴィル) / Kumai Motoko (くまい まとこ)
– Benedict (ベネディクト) / Yamadera Kouichi (山寺 宏一)
– Allison (mother period) (アリソン(母親時代)) / Kuwashima Houko (桑島 法子)
– Travas (トラヴァス) / Morikawa Toshiyuki (森川 智之)
– Ms. Muto (ムート淑子) / Fujita Toshiko (藤田 淑子)
– Acacia (Stork) (アイカシア(ストーク)) / Tanaka Hideyuki (田中 秀幸)
– Radio voice (ラジオの声) / Konno Jun (金野 潤)
– Boy A (男の子A) / Sasaki Hinako (佐々木 日菜子)
– Boy B (男の子B) / Nishi Yuuko (西 優子)
– Hospital nurse (看護師) / Teratani Mika (寺谷 美香)