「偶然の旅行者たち」 (Guuzen no Ryokousha-tachi)
Episode at a Glance:
Practicing for the dance party with her friend Meg, Lillia figures she could’ve made Treize go as her partner if he were a student at her school. At home, Treize is on the phone talking to Allison about spring break plans, when Merielle comes along asking if he’s really marrying Matilde when he turns twenty. Treize explains how that’s only the case if he can’t find his own fiance by then, but Merielle wants him to marry Matilde right now, thinking that he can’t possibly meet someone else that suits his stature. However, Treize thinks that’s not definite yet, making Merielle suspect he likes “that Lillia Schultz girl”, so she hopes things won’t go well between the two of them. She does ask Treize if he really likes Lillia though, but he’s unable to answer her.
At the Special Intelligence Bureau, Travas informs his team that they’re to escort princess Matilda to Ikstova, so he provides everyone with codenames for the mission. Elsewhere in a dark mansion, a mysterious man gives a prisoner the option between killing someone for him or dying here, so he accepts the obvious choice. At home in Ikstova, Benedict talks to Fiona about Matilda’s arrival and how meeting with Treize and returning home with him in a few days time is a secret. Afterward, Benedict teases Fiona a bit about buying yet another camera, making him wonder how many she has now. In Roxche, Lillia receives a phone call from Allison, who informs her about plans for an observation trip over the spring break and how they can save on travel expenses by taking a fighter plane part of the way.
After Maltida arrives in Ikstova, Merielle is overjoyed to see her again, even though she spent a fair bit of time with her not too long ago. She then meets Treize for the very first time, and together with everyone else, they spend the next few days sightseeing in Ikstova, even stopping by the royal treasure valley. On Matilda’s trip back home, Treize accompanies her as planned and Merielle stops by to see them both off, telling Treize to get the marriage settled before the last stop. Merielle also asks Travas (who she refers to as “Mr. True Hero”) to take care of Matilda and give Treize a good beating on her behalf if he misbehaves.
During this time, Allison and Lillia transfer to a train from their fighter plane ride, where Allison reminisces about her time with Wil in the very same station. Unbeknownst to them, Matilda’s train makes a momentary stop there afterwards, where Treize wants to take a picture but recalls that he can’t due to Travas’ job. This reminds Treize of how Lillia’s grandfather entered the Secret Intelligence much the same way that Travas did, so he wonders if he should also put the well-being of the world above his own happiness. Surprised to hear this, Travas says it’s really up to each person, but mentions that Treize still has some time before he has to decide.
When their train departs, Axe stops by Matilda’s room and informs her that her bed and change of clothes are ready. Using this opportunity, Axe also mentions how it’s an honor to serve Matilda, much like her Graz ancestors always have. When this mission is over, Axe says she plans to take some time off and return home to her country, where she was hoping to report her service of the royal family to her late father, who rests at a “cemetery of heroes”. Reminded of how her father was loyal and devoted to his mission until the very end, Axe explains that she inherited that sentiment, making Matilda think that Travas has some wonderful subordinates.
Meanwhile, Allison and Lillia’s train breaks down, making the passengers want to board the next train. However, the train conductor explains that the next train is full and can’t even accomodate the twenty or so passengers they have here. Before long, Matilda’s train arrives and everyone notices that it’s completely empty. Confused, the train conductor asks about it and finds out that Travas and his group have booked every single ticket. After being informed that there are no suspicious people in the group though, Travas decides to let the other passengers on, but stipulates that they can’t go beyond the dining car. Axe informs Matilda of this, who decides to leave things up to Travas’ judgment.
Lillia on the other hand is wondering why Travas is here, which Allison casts off as him going on a trip after finishing up his work. Upon boarding the train though, the two of them run into Travas and Axe, who are surprised to see them here. Lillia somehow convinces herself that Allison planned this “coincidence” from the very beginning in order to go on a date with Travas, so Allison decides to go with this false assumption. Allison does point out how the train conductor didn’t call Travas by his real name, so she convinces Lillia to avoid doing so as well by saying that Travas is probably in the middle of a job right now. Allison then decides to stop by the dining car for some tea, where she runs into Treize doing the same. Allison however notices that Lillia is taking a while and starts to wonder if she ran into Treize. Shocked to see one another, Lillia interrogates Treize as to why he’s here.
「列車大作戦」 (Ressha Daisakusen)
“The Great Train Operation”
So as expected, this appears to be the beginning of the last mini arc to the series, and nostalgically, it takes place on the same train that concluded Allison and Wil’s arc. Talk about reliving your parents’ memories, or more correctly, their mishaps. There were quite a few scenes to remind of of the Allison and Wil’s experiences too, which included Allison’s flashback and Travas talking to Treize about Lillia’s grandfather serving in the Special Intelligence Bureau before. On the plus side, at least Allison and Travas are on the train as well, so things shouldn’t be so bad even though Travas inadvertently let the hitman onboard their train. While watching this episode, I was waiting for the moment Lillia would bump into Treize, wondering what their reaction would be like. Luckily for me, it didn’t disappoint one bit with all the pointing and screaming, followed by Lillia trying to get answers out of Treize.
Other than that, I mentioned back in episode eighteen that Axe shares the same surname as Captain Graz (right in pic), who passed away when the mural was discovered, and was wondering if there was any relationship between the two. Well interestingly enough, they revealed that she’s actually his daughter and that Captain Graz served the Vezero royal family (i.e. Matilda’s) in the past. While not earthshattering by any means, I still find it nice how everything in this series seems to tie together at some point. It looks like the action should pick up next time and I really like the teaser preview shot of Treize’s two destined women.
On a blogging note, I realize that this series isn’t nearly as popular as many of the others on the site, so I’m starting to contemplate whether or not it’s worthwhile to summarize in as much detail as I do. Seeing as the subs have fallen fairly far behind, I figured it would be helpful for those who want to keep up with the series by watching raws as well. However, as you can imagine, it takes a fair amount of time to write up a summary such as this, so if there isn’t much of a demand for details, I’m planning to be much briefer in my next few posts. Given how I have four shows to cover on Thursdays, it would also give me a lot more time to get to the other shows sooner (and not lose any sleep over it). Anyway, if this concerns you, please let me know what you think.
– Lillia (リリア) / Mizuki Nana (水樹 奈々)
– Trieze (トレイズ) / Yoshino Hiroyuki (吉野 裕行)
– Allison (アリソン) / Kuwashima Houko (桑島 法子)
– Travas (トラヴァス) / Morikawa Toshiyuki (森川 智之)
– Benedict (ベネディクト) / Yamadera Kouichi (山寺 宏一)
– Fiona (フィオナ) / Noto Mamiko (能登 麻美子)
– Matilda (マティルダ) / Fujimura Chika (藤村 知可)
– Axe (アックス) / Toyoguchi Megumi (豊口 めぐみ)
– Ozette (オゼット) / Hoshino Mitsuaki (星野 充昭)
– Izuma (イズマ) / Nishi Rintarou (西凛 太郎)
– Uno (ウーノ) / Kobayashi Toshio (小林 俊夫)
– Ed (エド) / Konno Jun (金野 潤)
– Weasel (ウィーゼル) / Kawashima Tokuyoshi (川島 得愛)
– Besser (ベッサー) / Fukumatsu Shinya (ふくまつ 進紗)
– Merielle (メリエル) / Saitou Chiwa (斎藤 千和)
– Meg (メグ) / Takagaki Ayahi (高垣 彩陽)
– Betner train conductor (べトナー車掌) / Ogata Mitsuru (小形 満)
– Coen train conductor (コーエン車掌) / Miura Hirokazu (三浦 博和)
– Waiter (ウェイター) / Asou Tomohisa (麻 生智久)