After escaping from Baticul, Luke and company are reunited with Jade’s group and the Albiore. Natalia is still depressed over what happened, so Guy and the others make her understand that the people support her and that her father is just confused. For their next move, the group heads back to Belkend to figure out how to prevent land that falls to Qliphoth from sinking. There, they find out that the source of the Qliphoth’s liquefaction problem is the vibrating of the core of the planet caused by Planet Storm, the artificial planetary fuel supply mechanism. They can’t simply stop the Planet Storm, but they do discover a way to stop just the vibrations with a certain fon machine, so they pay a visit to a pair of researchers that Guy knows and is able to convince to help them. To get started, these researchers give them a device to measure the vibration frequency, and the plan is to put this device through a passage ring to a Sephiroth Tree. They need the location of a Sephiroth though, so they decide to head back to Daath and the cathedral there.
Before leaving Belkend, Guy is passed a message and meets with Van secretly. It turns out that Guy used to be Van’s master, but is opposed to Hod being restored now as a replica and doesn’t want to join Van. Since the two don’t agree, Guy refuses to meet with Van again, and the two part ways, not knowing that Jade was watching from the shadows. Guy then rejoins the group and they make their way to Daath. While heading towards the cathedral, they run into Anise’s mother and then get attacked by Arietta and her ligers. One of the liger’s lightning attack almost hits Ion helping an innocent child, but Anise’s mother protects the two with her own body. Ion’s subsequently stern attitude towards Arietta causes her to run away with her ligers, and Anise’s mother turns out to be okay. Seeing Anise’s mother get hit though causes Guy to remember his past, and once the group reaches the cathedral, he reveals how his sister and servants protected him and died on top of him. That led to his fear of touching women.
Jade takes this chance to question Guy about his meeting with Van, so Guy admits that Van used to be his guardian. Guy used to want revenge for what happened, but he claims that he’s different now, and Luke is the first one to voice his trust in him. Further into the cathedral, Ion examines the Closed Score to find the location of a Sephiroth. In doing so, the group finds some discrepancies between what the Score says and what actually happened, and they suspect that Luke’s existence as a replica messed things up. As for their immediate goal of finding a Sephiroth, Ion points them to Tataroo Valley. Shortly after they get there, Anise notices a butterfly worth a lot of money and chases after it, but a minor earthquake causes her to lose her footing off the side of a cliff. Guy is luckily there to catch her and pull her back up to safety, and afterward, they realize that Guy has overcome his fear. The group then proceeds to the passage ring and find it inactive, meaning that they can’t get their measurements. However, Tear suddenly experiences something that leads to the passage ring reactivating, so they succeed after all. Noticing Tear not looking well, Luke checks up on her, but she doesn’t tell him what’s wrong.
How is it that the group can just waltz back into Daath and the cathedral? Especially after the latest escape from Baticul and given how Mohs is so intent on capturing or killing them, you’d think that the entire place would be on the lookout for them. I thought that they’d at least have shown the group fighting or sneaking their way in. I guess this is that problem again of having to jump around to too many different places to satisfy the original RPG story, and the Sunrise staff just doesn’t have the time to create transitions to all those locations, leaving things like this up to our imagination.
Complaints aside, I was surprised to learn about Guy and Van’s connection, but that didn’t turn out to be a major source of contention since Luke trusts Guy so much. A good portion of the episode ended up being about Guy, but things appear to have wrapped up pretty quickly, and now that he’s even gotten over his fear of women, there doesn’t look to be much left about him to develop. Given how he comforted Natalia though, maybe there’ll be something between those two…
There is no episode of Tales of the Abyss next week, and it’s currently unclear which channel episode 15 will air first on. Normally all the channels take a break together, but TOKYO MX was originally a couple episodes behind in airing the show compared to MBS, and without a break, it might end up being ahead. TOKYO MX’s schedules haven’t updated yet, but if this ends up being the case, then the earliest airdate would become Fridays, and episode 15 will be on Friday, January 9th, 2009. If TOKYO MX does take a break though, then MBS retains the earliest airdate distinction and episode 15 will be on Saturday, January 10th, 2009.