After returning from the factory, Canaan, Minoru, Yunyun, and Maria find a place to stay in a nearby town. Canaan is plagued with thoughts of how everyone has been hard on her and how so many have died, and Maria is the only one able to make her feel a little better. The next day, they find that the car has broken down, so Minoru decides that the girls should go ahead by train. A short time into the train ride though, the train stops, and Canaan hears gunfire and goes to investigate. She still remembers how Siam died on a train like this, and much to her surprise, she finds him sitting in one of the cars. In fact, all the people who have died so far are there, and they imply that it was Canaan who killed them all. One of them, Hakko, even appears to get a bullet to the head after blaming Canaan. Siam tells Canaan not to avert her eyes and rely on strange senses, but to instead fix her eyes on the truth.
The train then starts moving again, and Canaan realizes that the car is full of passengers who have been killed, triggering what Siam claims is Canaan’s fear of death. Back in the car that Maria and Yunyun are in, Alphard suddenly shows up and cites how Canaan is the strongest when she has a light to protect. Alphard wants Maria to be the detonator that awakens Canaan’s true power, and Maria agrees under the condition that she can take Alphard’s picture. Moments later, Canaan hears a gunshot and runs back to the car that Maria and Yunyun were in. When she gets there, she at first sees Siam, but once she remembers his advice, she sees Alphard instead. On the nearby seat is Maria’s blood, and the trail leads out of the back of the car.
As it turns out, Alphard had shot Maria in the side and had locked her and Yunyun in a car with some timed explosives nearby. This gives Canaan very little time to fight Alphard, but she has no choice but to do so. All during the fight, Alphard taunts Canaan with how she’s also Canaan and how she and Siam are the same. She also claims that Siam wouldn’t have died on that train if Canaan hadn’t appeared and that Canaan is like a baby with a very straightforward love. When she forces Canaan against a wall, she explains that she doesn’t want to kill Canaan – she wants to kill the despair that Canaan represents since that’s how Siam had felt towards those like her. As those two continue to fight, the timer on the bomb continues to tick down, and Maria decides to have Yunyun leave their car and detach it from the rest of the train.
This was a good episode, but I had to watch it a couple of times to really understand Alphard’s motivations. I think part of that is because they kept switching between her and Maria’s scenes, so it was a little confusing to follow the first time through. Canaan seeing Siam and the others who have died was a little confusing as well, but I’ll chalk it up to her having the cross of a mental breakdown and an introspective moment. In any case, I still like that Alphard is a complex character who you can’t just call a villain, and this episode showed how it’s the despair that Canaan represents that she’s trying to overcome. I actually came out of this feeling that Siam is as much to blame for what’s happening as either of the girls thanks to how he influenced them.
Of course, the most consistently great thing about this series is the action, and P.A. Works once again wonderfully animated the battle in this episode. It was much longer and not nearly as one-sided as Canaan and Alphard’s previous encounter, and it was really just a lot of fun to see the fight choreography. Since the bomb hasn’t yet gone off, I’m hoping for some big bangs in next week’s finale too. I don’t think they’ll kill off Maria, but you never know…