Arriving at the same time as the submarine in the harbor is a convoy of trucks much like the convoy Hei tried to ambush. As it turns out, Hei had attacked a decoy which was carrying Shizume Genma, and Misaki and Norio’s mother were with the real convoy. This means that Hei has to fight the armored Genma while back at the harbor, the real goods are getting loaded into the submarine. Genma reveals to Hei that the goods are actually Izanami, a certain Doll. At the harbor, Suou is okay with destroying with whatever is in the container, even if it’s a person, but she and July first have to escape from Hazuki Mina who had earlier spotted them in the distance. July has figured out by now that the person inside the container is none other than Yin, but Suou is still determined complete the mission. She takes up a sniper position, however right as she’s about to fire at the container, Hei arrives and causes her to miss. Hei had managed to escape from his fight and rode a civilian car all the way here, and he now instructs Suou, July, and Mao to retreat. He then tries to chase after the loaded and departing submarine, but he isn’t able to do anything without his Contractor powers.
While waiting for Hei at the rendezvous point, Mao tells Suou that Yin was someone Hei had a past with. Shortly thereafter, the three are attacked by Norio’s mother, and she wants Suou to come with her. Suou refuses though and brings out her rifle. The shot she fires misses, but a moment later, Norio’s mother loses control of her own power, and July notices Yin’s observer spirit in the water nearby. Norio’s mother ends up becoming surrounded in a sphere of water and drowning, and to make things worse, Norio arrives on the scene just in time to see her die. Norio thinks that Suou is to blame for this, and Suou doesn’t get a chance to explain what happened because she has to escape. Hei meanwhile calls up his employer, Madame Oreille, and she confirms that she knew that it was Yin. Hei feels that he can’t trust her anymore, but Madame Oreille points out that she should the one be saying that after Hei couldn’t kill Yin like he said he would. Since the submarine was headed for Tokyo, Hei takes Suou and the others in that direction, and they take up residence in an old house.
Suou ends up thinking a lot about Norio and how he probably hates her now, and she wonders what it means to like someone. That reminds her of how Hei had called out her name when he had caused her to miss her shot earlier, and she finds him now cooking. She complains about the canned food and lack of vegetables, so Hei pours his alcohol into the pan to take care of the first problem. He also tells Suou not to shoot anymore because she isn’t suited for it, and she proposes a deal: if he doesn’t drink anymore, she won’t shoot anymore. Hei doesn’t give her a direct answer, but he does reveal that he’s going out to buy some vegetables, and Suou decides to go with him. Unbeknownst to her, Norio is currently grieving over his mother, and his father is trying to comfort him. On their way back from the store, Suou sees Yin’s observer spirit suddenly appear and get close to Hei before disappearing again, but he doesn’t seem to notice.
Well that was certainly an interesting episode, but not surprisingly, there were as many new questions as there were answers. The big thing of course is that Yin is back, and it looks like Hei’s original intent was indeed to kill her, but obviously he can’t because he still has feelings for her. It also appears that she’s capable of a lot more than she used to be, and she’s either able to control water now or turn Contractors’ powers against them, along with being able to project at long distances. The really big question though is how they got into this situation. I have a hard time believing Yin will be an antagonist, and my suspicions fall on Misaki’s new organization or the Syndicate.
It’s worth noting here that the second DVD/Blu-ray volume coming out at the end of January will have the first of four special episodes bridging the gap between this series and the first one – commercial for it here and a longer version on the official site – so it might be a while before we get a complete picture of what happened (the last DVD isn’t due out until July 2010).
Anyway, the Norio and his mother stuff this episode was fairly good too. I wouldn’t call it emotionally powerful, but Norio’s father had some good lines, and I originally didn’t really expect anything meaningful out of Norio at all, so it was a pleasant surprise to see a subplot like that. I do wonder though if it has any future repercussions since the story is shifting to Tokyo now, other than the impression it made on Suou. Speaking of which, it looks like her feelings for Hei are growing really quickly, and the epilogue part of the episode even shows her jealous. Maybe there’ll be a Suou and Yin rivalry…