「地球最後の夜」 (Chikyuu Saigo no Yoru)
“The Earth’s Final Night”
Episode at a Glance:
Having made his presence known across the globe, Gid is attacked by the local army, so he displays his ability to destroy the planet in a blink of an eye if he wanted to. With the army not wanting to provoke him, they decide to back off. On board his spaceship, Gid reminds Lala of the promise he made with Rito about becoming the universe’s greatest man, but Lala asks him to not bring a normal earthling up to his standards. Gid then sends Zastin out to convey a message to Rito about his test—a game to see if Rito can reach his ship before sunset tomorrow. In support of Rito, Zastin goes on to explain that there will likely be obstacles in Rito’s way, and should he fail, Gid will destroy the Earth. With Rito pondering this predicament and ignoring phone calls, Mikado surprisingly comes by saying that Gid always does what he says he will, and asks Rito to give the test a shot since she likes Earth. After receiving some encouragement from Saruyama and his parents, Rito gets a phone call from Haruna and decides to meet her at the park later on.
Meanwhile, Lala continues to try and talk her father out of this, but he claims he gave Rito a chance to save Earth and that he has to make him take responsiblity for laying a hand on his daughter. Meeting with Haruna, Rito finds out that she believes he’s been charmed by Lala after hearing his confession to her; however, he tells her that’s not the case and tries to confess to Haruna, seeing as tonight might be the last night on Earth. Unable to do so, Rito tells Haruna that he’ll run for everyone’s sake tomorrow and will convey his true feelings to her if he can pass Gid’s trial. Happy to hear this, Haruna encourages Rito, which helps calm his shaken nerves.
The next day, Rito sets out as part of the Gid’s game with everyone in the world looking on. Determined to change, Rito runs towards the Deviluke spaceship. During this time, Yui seeks Mikado’s help after noticing a loophole in Gid’s conditions for the game. While Rito is feeling physically capable in light of Haruna’s encouragement last night, he finds himself under the attack of plants fired from Gid’s ship. Mikado however then comes racing along with Saruyama and Yui, the latter of which reveals that Gid never said Rito couldn’t be helped to the destination. With Rito relieved about the support, the four of them continue onwards through Gid’s obstacles.
Wow, that was a surprisingly touching episode of To LOVE-Ru. While not overly moving, I would have never expected something like this given how things have gone so far. I couldn’t help but feel bad for Rito literally having the weight of the world on his shoulders, with its destruction pending should he fail to pass Gid’s game. With all the quiet scenes from everyone’s perspectives, I got swept into that depressing feeling going around, so it was nice to see supporters in the form of Mikan and Saruyama give some words of encouragement.
The big scene in this episode though had to be the one between Rito and Haruna. Seeing as they already know how they feel about one another, I find it “frustratingly amusing” that the Rito opted to say that he’ll convey his true feelings if he can pass Gid’s game instead of confessing on what might be the world’s last night. Now is it just me or was that an implicit confession in itself? While it makes the other person want to give more support so that they can hear what they already know, it always bugs me because there’s still the possibility they’ll just end up bottling up their feelings inside. Or in this case, just dying flat out! This bit is used in dramas as well, and always seems to make me want to pull my hair out when I hear it.
Mini rant aside, the ending gave a sense of hope with Yui noticing a loophole in Gid’s challenge and deciding to help Rito since the Deviluke ruler never said it wasn’t allowed. The next episode shows a Ren and Yami getting involved as well, so it looks like all of Rito’s friends will pull together in a hope-filled finale. The preview doesn’t sound very promising though, with Lala bidding farewell to everyone and shown crying, so there’s still a possibility that things won’t go well. With that said, I don’t know how I would take a conclusion where Lala has to leave everyone after the Earth is saved. On one side, it would be good because it’s unexpectedly sad, but on the other side, it would just be a bad ending period. If things do end this way, I’d consider it the most surprisingly ending out of the shows I’m currently covering, but I really don’t think they’d leave us with such a depressing conclusion. In any case, they’ve done a good job with the preview to keep me guessing.
– Yuuki Rito (結城 梨斗) / Watanabe Akeno (渡辺 明乃)
– Lala Satalin Deviluke (ララ・サタリン・デビルーク) / Tomatsu Haruka (戸松 遥)
– Gid Lucione Deviluke (ギオ・ルシオン・デビルーク) / Nakamura Hidetoshi (中村 秀利)
– Zastin (ザスティン) / Koyasu Takehito (子安 武人)
– Sairenji Haruna (西連寺 春菜) / Yahagi Sayuri (矢作 紗友里)
– Saruyama (猿山) / Yoshino Hiroyuki (吉野 裕行)
– Kotegawa Yui (古手川 唯) / Nadzuka Kaori (名塚 佳織)
– Mikado Ryouko (御門 涼子) / Jou Masako (城 雅子)
– Momioka Risa (籾岡 里沙) / Yuzuki Ryouka (柚木 涼香)
– Announcer (アナウンサー) / Yuzuki Ryouka (柚木 涼香)
– Yuuki Mikan (結城 美柑) / Hanazawa Kana (花澤 香菜)
– Peke (ペケ) / Arai Satomi (新井 里美)
– Pilot (パイロット) / Konno Jun (金野 潤)
– Pilot (パイロット) / Nakanishi Naoya (中西 尚也)