Maria and Yunyun are saved from Natsume by Alphard, and Alphard lets them go. Alphard knows everything about Natsume, including the fact that she’s after the Borner research data, and Alphard decides to hand it over. Even though Alphard herself has no interest in continuing the research, she doesn’t mind if someone else does because the only group who would be able to stop those weapons would be her own. Natsume then leaves, and Alphard does too after setting the place on fire. Minoru meanwhile wakes back up outside with Canaan, and although Hakko has disappeared again, they’re soon reunited with Maria and Yunyun. Canaan senses however that there are Black Hawk helicopters coming, which are the special forces that Natsume called, so she sends everyone back to the car while she alone goes to look for Hakko and for the medicine for Yunyun. Since Maria isn’t content with just waiting, Minoru suggests that her goal should be to take Canaan’s picture when she returns.
Inside the facility, Liang Qi has been arming herself to defend against the assault, but she’s paid a visit first by Alphard and Cummings. Alphard wants to see Cummings’ love, so Cummings tries to appeal to Liang Qi to go back together with them, but Liang Qi doesn’t want to hear it and smacks him around instead. After Cummings gets knocked down, Alphard decides to attack Liang Qi with a knife, and this time it’s Liang Qi who gets beat up. She enjoys it and wants more, however Alphard doesn’t finish her off and leaves it to Cummings. It drives Liang Qi nuts that Alphard is still more concerned about Canaan – who is at the moment running through the place fighting the special forces troops – and that prompts Liang Qi to run to a back room to do something desperate. Alphard and Cummings follow her there and realize that Liang Qi has actually consumed some of the experimental medicine that would make her similar to Canaan.
The transformation bleaches Liang Qi’s hair and turns her eyes bloodshot while causing her much pain. Alphard takes this opportunity to bring out the letter from Siam that she got, which she knows is actually from Liang Qi. Liang Qi’s plan had been to let Alphard get captured by the CIA by using Siam’s name so that she could then go save Alphard. What really drives Liang Qi crazy now is Alphard revealing that Siam didn’t call her Alphard, he called her Canaan. Liang Qi then looks into the mirror and sees Canaan, and she tries to get Cummings to kill this Canaan. He agrees only on the condition that she loves him, and after she agrees, he shoots her in the chest. She dies in his arms, and Alphard leaves Cummings to cry by himself, feeling that love is troublesome. Alphard does acknowledge though that she’s caught up in the ghosts of her own past, which is not her true self. Elsewhere in the facility, Canaan finds Hakko naked with Santana’s corpse, telling him that she loves him. Hakko gives Canaan the medicine that she’s looking for, but she wants to stay there with Santana’s corpse, and Canaan has no choice but to leave her since the building has started to collapse.
When Canaan returns to the car, she gives Yunyun the medicine, and Maria takes her picture. Maria then hugs Canaan and welcomes her back.
Well I think it’s pretty safe to say that Liang Qi was the star of this episode. The crazy, batshit insane star, but the star nonetheless. It was fun watching her masochistic attitude, and I was almost sad to see her go like that…almost. It was a fitting end regardless for someone who hated Canaan so much, and that entire scene was pretty intense. Maybe not the same kind of intensity as episode seven, but it was like watching a Liang Qi trainwreck that you just can’t turn away from. I do wonder now though if Cummings survived (since obviously Alphard got away) or if he died there with her after the building collapsed.
I’m also appreciating Alphard more as the story goes on because there’s a lot of complexity to her character, and she’s not the typical villain. Maria, on the other hand, is getting more and more annoying. As the plot has progressed, her role in it has dwindled, and her character is pretty useless at this point. I mean, I can see that they’re heavily focusing on the themes of love and friendship and that Maria is essentially Canaan’s love, but that’s not where most of the recent plot development has been. I can only hope and assume that they’re going to work her in more in the final two episodes.