In the aftermath of the attack, Commander Kakisu – a famous survivor of the Battle of Barador – is put in charge of Sentan Island. Meanwhile, aboard the international postal ship Zanbani, Nakiami offers Akiyuki a drink to calm down what she refers to as the Hiruko, but it smells too horrible for him to stomach. He claims that he’s okay and tries to remove the wrap around his arm, however Nakiami instructs him not to touch it because the Exsanguination Needle is keeping him alive by inhibiting his Xam’d awareness. Akiyuki tries to insist that he’s not a Xam’d, but their conversation is interrupted by crew member Akushiba who tells Nakiami that the captain wants to see her. In the meantime, Akushiba takes Akiyuki to the mess hall where he and the others demonstrate their Ruikonist etiquette by saying grace before eating. What alarms Akiyuki is how Akushiba tells him that there’s work to do and that he’ll get used to being a postal worker in half a year. Akiyuki wants to return to Sentan Island, and since it’s their captain Ishu who has the right to decide that, Akiyuki heads to see her.
At that moment, Ishu is questioning Nakiami about what she intends to do because this isn’t the first time Nakiami has brought a Xam’d onboard. Ishu doesn’t want the ship to be targeted for it and thinks that Akiyuki will turn to stone regardless. When Nakiami leaves Ishu’s room, she finds Akiyuki standing on the deck with Akushiba, and Akiyuki still wants to see the captain. Nakiami advises that he greet the captain and bow his head, but when Akiyuki meets Ishu, he goes straight to saying that he’s returning to Sentan Island. Ishu responds by punching him in the face since he didn’t even introduce himself, and she also questions if he’s thanked Nakiami since he’d be dead without her. This angers Akiyuki and causes him to say that he didn’t ask to for help, and – much to Nakiami’s dismay – he removes wrappings around his arm. Nakiami knows that the Xam’d will attract Humanform weapons, and as if right on cue, the Zanbani’s alarms start blaring. In the clouds above them, another ship releases a flying Humanform weapon, and it lands on the Zanbani and grabs Akiyuki, The creature stores Akiyuki in its own body before flying off, and that leaves Nakiami no choice but to get on her Beat Kayak aircraft to chase after it.
Flying in front of the Humanform weapon, Nakiami fires her gun back at it and causes part of its front to turn to stone, however the creature is otherwise unfazed and tries to fire back at her. Because of this, Nakiami chooses to get on the creature’s back instead and digs Akiyuki out from under its skin. Seeing that Akiyuki’s eyes are closed, Nakiami tries to wake him and reminds him that he had said that he wanted to live. This causes him to awaken, and Nakiami is able to pull him out once he grabs her arm. Since the creature is no longer responding to Akiyuki because the Hiruko isn’t active, he and Nakiami are able to get off unharmed, and Ishu subsequently blows up the creature with one of her heavy guns. Once he’s back on the Zanbani, Akiyuki recounts how the white-haired girl had told him that he’d be fine, and though Nakiami doesn’t understand this, she advises that he nevertheless think about it because thinking is the only way to live in a symbiotic relationship with the Hiruko. Akiyuki then takes the chance to thank Nakiami for saving him again, and he finally drinks the special tea she prepared him.
Over on Sentan Island, Haru meets with Akiyuki’s mother to tell her that she still believes Akiyuki is alive. Akiyuki’s mother thinks so as well, and she starts crying when Haru asks for the responsibility of returning Akiyuki’s armband to him. When Akiyuki’s mother say that it’s a hundred years too early for Akiyuki to be making a girl worry, Haru reveals that Akiyuki’s father had said the same thing when she ran into him earlier as he had been searching for his son. Akiyuki’s father had of course never found Akiyuki, and he returns home and digs up some old materials in his cabinet that remind him of the Battle of Barador. Meanwhile, Commander Kakisu receives a report on the bus explosion and discovers that the one missing passenger is the son of the doctor who served at Barador. Back onboard the Zanbani, Akiyuki sleeps in the ship’s hanger and notices that there are large scratch marks on the walls. After Akushiba reveals that it was the doing of someone named Tsunomata Raigyo – a Xam’d – who had gone berserk, Akiyuki inquires about where this person is now, however Akushiba doesn’t answer because he’s already asleep.
Okay, so I’m a bit less keen on this episode than I’ve been with the first two. Akiyuki gets introduced to the various crew members this week, and they’re the usual motley assortment (and of course the bratty kid hates him). Their job is delivering mail, so they appear to be a bit less rogue than Gekkostate from Eureka Seven, and so far only the captain Ishu and Nakiami have been shown to be particularly interesting. Certainly there are still a lot of interesting elements being developed in other parts of the story – Akiyuki’s father’s past; how the other Xam’ds went berserk – but the central focus this week of Akiyuki getting to know everyone and subsequently needing to be rescued wasn’t as compelling. It was all a way of getting Akiyuki to come to terms with and accept his new surroundings, and while that’s probably necessary for the story in the long run, I hope they don’t dwell on it for too long.
The question I have from all this is how the events in Sentan Island will go along with what’s happening on the Zanbani since those appear to be on two diverging paths at the moment. More specifically, I’m curious to see what role Haru will play and how she will be reunited with Akiyuki (assuming she eventually will be). And of course, there’s also a side of me wondering if Nakiami is a romantic possibility for Akiyuki instead of Haru. I doubt any of that is going to be answered anytime soon, but certainly those are things I’ll be watching for as the series continues.