Before leaving to go save Charlotte, Teppei first meets with his grandfather. Isshin tries to endow upon him the wisdom that a fortune is worth the same as a way of life, and he equates those riches to a sword. Seika then sees Teppei off at the airport, but before he goes, she tries to ask him if he’d come save her if she got kidnapped. She gets embarrassed saying this though and just hugs him instead, but Teppei still answers that he would. Sometime later, he arrives in Sylvia’s home country and stays with her and Vincent. He’s surprised to find out that she’s the leader of a cavalry unit there and that Vincent is holding a party that night. Sylvia explains to Teppei that night that her father has always held parties when times were serious, ever since her mother died. She also shows him the locket with her mother’s picture, and Teppei embarrasses her by observing that she resembles her mother. He then reminisces about how it was at a party where he first met her, and that prompts her to invite him to spar again like they did back then. Teppei knows that he has to talk with her about Charlotte, but she takes the initiative and wins the fight first. She ultimately decides that, since she likes strong men and since he’s lost to her twice, they should void the engagement. This doesn’t, however, stop her from giving Teppei one last kiss.
The next day, Teppei works together with Alfred and Sylvia to attack the train. Alfred boards first by leaping from his motorcycle, and he starts taking out the guards at the back of the train. While this is going on, Teppei jumps in one of the front cars and slows the train down enough for Sylvia’s cavalry unit to board. In response, Hartmann sends Josephine to the front of the train, and she takes Charlotte with her so that she can keep Teppei from doing anything stupid. Once she gets control of the train again, Josephine decides to shoot both Teppei and Charlotte, but before she can, she gets shot in the back. The person who shot her is none other than Hartmann, and he quickly finishes her off. Hartmann then reveals to Teppei that back when he was a boy, he was poor and had been a pickpocket at a hotel. He had been caught when he tried to pickpocket Teppei’s grandfather, and Isshin had shamed him so much that he still carries a grudge. Hartmann had vowed to rise up in the world and get back at Isshin, and he now detaches the rear cars of the train so that Alfred and Sylvia can’t come help. Knowing that he has to do something, Teppei tries to attack Hartmann, and although Hartmann’s bullets don’t hit him, they do cause electrical wiring to come loose near Charlotte. She almost falls off of the train due to this, but Teppei grabs her just in the nick of time. Unfortunately, Hartmann then shoots him off the train and pulls Charlotte back in.
Well for starters, it’s obvious that Teppei isn’t dead. I didn’t think it was a very good cliffhanger because a series like this would never have the death of the main character – and if it did, it wouldn’t be because of something like getting shot off a train. If I had to guess, I’d say that the wad of bills that his grandfather gave him stopped the bullet (even though I’m pretty sure it’s technically impossible, but this is anime, so who cares about science). I’m more curious about how the hell Charlotte got back onto the train after Teppei fell off, if this is how they were positioned prior to him getting shot.
As for the person who did the shooting, I laughed when Hartmann killed Josephine, and I thought Hartmann’s motivations were about as silly as that random soldier guy at Arima Hills a few episodes ago. At this point, I just want Hartmann to die next episode and for them to wrap up all the loose ends nicely. Along those lines, it’s good at least to see them resolve the engagement thing with Sylvia, so now there’s really nothing stopping a Charlotte ending (not that there was any doubt since they didn’t really develop this as a love triangle story). I do wish Sylvia and Yuu had gotten more character development, but oh well. Next week is the finale, and hopefully it won’t be too bad.