Faldio recognizes Selvaria, aka. the Azure Witch, and Alicia realizes that the man with her is none other than Maximilian. When challenged, Maximilian concedes that this isn’t the Empire’s property, but he asserts that it’s not Gallia’s either. Instead, it belongs to the Valkyrur which includes Selvaria. Alicia tries to stop Maximilian from leaving and fires her gun, but Selvaria is able to cut and deflect the bullet. Maximilian and Selvaria are thus able to get away, and a huge tank arrives to pick them up. Maximilian has it fire at the building while Welkin, Alicia, and Faldio are still inside, causing the roof to come down on them. Welkin manages to save Alicia from getting crushed, but he gets separated from her and Faldio by falling rubble.
When Alicia regains consciousness, she finds Faldio with an injured leg, but he’s otherwise okay. They’re stuck for the time being, but Alicia remains positive and believes that Welkin will save them somehow, and that reminds Faldio of a story from his college days. Back then, Welkin had approached a beautiful girl that no one else did and had asked to sketch her because he was interested in her facial structure. She had slapped him at the time, but they became friends, and she became interested in him even though he didn’t see her as a woman. This leads Faldio to comment on how Welkin has a strange charm. Isara and Lamar meanwhile saw the tank and have come the ruins, and they find and help free Welkin. He reassures them that things are okay even though he can’t guarantee it, and he’s determined to save Alicia and Faldio.
Faldio is able to hear Welkin’s cries through the rubble, and they’re able to communicate their situation by yelling. Around this same time, a bunch of babysitter lizards show up inside the cavern that Alicia and Faldio are stuck in, and Welkin realizes that this means that there’s an exit somewhere. He eventually finds it thanks to some ragnite reflected light, but the hole isn’t big enough to fit a person through. Welkin, Isara, and Lamar thus get to work pulling away rocks, and Alicia and Faldio try to help from their side as well. While doing this, Faldio remembers how he and Welkin had gone to the wedding of the girl he told Alicia about earlier, and Welkin had felt that she did what was best and was confident that she’d be happy.
The group eventually manages to push the biggest piece of rubble out of the way, and Alicia is reunited with Welkin. To her dismay, however, once Welkin sees that she’s okay, his thoughts quickly turn to the babysitter lizards. The rest of their squads are happy to see them alive when they return to camp, but Faldio learns that the Empire took the city of Fouzen.
For an episode that didn’t really cover much ground, this was still pretty good. They spent most of it on Welkin, Alicia, and Faldio’s escape, but there was a surprising amount of character development for Welkin (as opposed to Faldio like last week‘s preview seemed to suggest). He’s a stronger, more mature male lead than I expected to see, and I really liked the dressing scene between him and Faldio, though that’s partially thanks to some great background music.
They also showed a glimpse of the huge tank that I’m guessing will serve as Maximilian’s mobile headquarters or something. I’m not sure if I can really call it a tank though – it reminds me more of the land battleships that you can find all over Gundam series. Regardless, I’d love to see the Edelweiss try to stand up to it. Speaking of overpowered, I think I understand now why Maximilian was confident enough to come with just Selvaria at his side. I wonder how ridiculously powerful she really is though and if she can, for example, stop a steady stream of bullets or even a tank shell. Maybe we’ll find out in next week’s episode since it appears to be focusing on her and a new Imperial character that looks kind of like Welkin.