With the Zanbani having arrived at a port, Akiyuki has to work as a scribe of letters for the locals as part of his Xam’d training. He notices that all of the letters being sent are addressed towards the Northern Government – which should be their enemy – but Akushiba thinks nothing of it and points out that the refugee children from the north would be their enemies as well using that logic. Anchored next to the Zanbani is the Tessik ship, and some of the Zanbani crew worry what they’ll do if Nakiami returns to Tessik with that group. Nakiami actually stays in her room for a while before eventually walking across the dock to the Tessik ship and meeting with its captain Zeygend. He had already heard that she had picked up something interesting from Sentan Island, and he thinks that it’s in accordance with what’s written in the Ruikon scriptures. In response to this, Nakiami wonders if Sannova is alive, and Zeygend answers that they believe she is. He goes on to reveal that the one controlling Tessik right now is a young woman known as the Sun-Maned, and she is convinced that the chaos in the world is guidance from Sannova. Zeygend feels that Sun-Maned’s plan to recapture the Holy Land is suicide for their people, and he urges Nakiami to return to Tessik Village since their homeland will be gone if nothing is done and since she should be Chief. When Nakiami feels that there’s nothing she can do, Zeygend pulls out a walnut-shaped Ututu seed and offers it to her.
Meanwhile, Haru and Furuichi are helping with the cleanup that’s still taking place on Sentan Island despite the rain. Finding a ragged teddy bear only serves to remind Haru of how many people died, and she feels that they must not forget. Furuichi, however, thinks that not forgetting means always suffering. Elsewhere on the island, Dr. Kanba shows Kakisu the result of an experiment on the first volunteer – Haru’s classmate Shidara – who has been administered a re-sampled Hiruko gotten from the giant Xam’d. Kakisu is angry at what Kanba did, but Kanba feels that they’re already going to be war criminals, so they should do what they can to end the war. Back at the port where the Zanbani is docked, Akiyuki sends Akushiba running after a mail collection truck so that his letter to Haru can be sent. While Akushiba is away, Akiyuki finds Ishu watching over the Tessik ship, and, in talking about her relationship with Nakiami, Ishu reveals that she originally gave Nakiami her name because of how Nakiami used to cry all the time. Nakiami doesn’t emerge from the Tessik ship until later that night, and she’s accompanied by Zeygend who warns Ishu that Nakiami will leave the Zanbani one day. For now, he releases Nakiami and tells her not to come again, but he does let her have the Ututu seed. The Tessik ship then takes off for the north, and Nakiami reboards to the Zanbani. Upon her return, Akiyuki gives her some advice he learned from his parents: the more time passes by, the harder it is to apologize.
Over on Sentan Island, Furuichi surprises Haru by admitting that he’s considering taking the military’s Mainsoul Exam so that he can pilot an ASP Suit. On their way home, the two encounter Shidara on the street, and when Haru tries to approach her, Shidara transforms into a Humanform weapon. She goes after Furuichi, and he’s saved only after a pair of ASP Suits appear. The ASP Suits take Shidara out, and Kakisu himself arrives on the scene to finish her off. The Zanbani meanwhile leaves port after Akushiba returns from having successfully brought Akiyuki’s letter to the mail collection truck. Sometime later, thanks to Akiyuki’s advice, Nakiami leaves Ishu a letter, but since she can’t write, she simply encloses a sunflower.
Well, this episode didn’t exactly answer as many questions as I had hoped, but at the same time, it didn’t raise too many new ones, so I feel better about the series as a whole than I did after last week. The first half of the episode was a little slow, and I generally wasn’t very keen on the Ishu/Nakiami quarrel, but I did find the Nakiami’s conversation with Zeygend rather interesting. Nakiami being the rightful leader of their people gave me Return of the King vibes, but perhaps more importantly, it led me to notice that each of the Tessik have different body markings/tattoos, yet the ones on Nakiami’s face closely resemble those on Sannova’s – there might be an important connection between the two. More of this will probably come to light when Nakiami returns to Tessik Village or when she gets involved in this plan to recapture the Holy Land (whatever that entails).
I have to say though that I currently prefer the Sentan Island half of the story. Even ignoring the fact that all the action this week took place on Sentan, Kakisu is turning out to be a much more interesting character than I would have thought, and I liked the imagery and contrast with the rainbow in the background when he was shooting Shidara’s Humanform weapon. Haru and Furuichi potentially joining the military also raises the possibility that the two halves of the story might reconverge with them being on the opposite side of Akiyuki. That could make for some good drama if it happens, but even if it doesn’t, it’ll mean that Haru gets more screen time, and I wouldn’t mind that since I rather like her character (second only to Akushiba). I just hope Haru won’t meet the same fate as Shirley…