While on a train, Suou and July draw the attention of Kiko and her friend because Suou looks similar to an anime character. Since Suou is sick, they decide to take her and July in, and they clothe and feed the two. When Suou mentions wanting to go to Ikebukuro to find her mother, Kiko decides to bring her to Gai, and Gai takes the case after Suou presents him with the money that she’s saved up. Elsewhere in the city, Misaki has found a hidden message from Amber, and it leads her to the Mitaka documents which tell a story of Izanami and Izanagi and the consequences of them meeting. Her job is made harder though by the fact that her organization is hiding the location of Izanami from her and Genma. Gai meanwhile finds the spot where Suou’s mother took one of the photo’s in her book, and while he and the others are downstairs talking with the manager of the building, Suou looks at the gate wall through her camera.
To Suou’s surprise, an unfamiliar woman – Madame Oreille – suddenly appears and, knowing who Suou is, informs her that her mother is flying in that night to Haneda Airport. She also questions who Suou really wants to see, and while Suou is thinking about this, Madame Oreille disappears. Nevertheless, Suou tells Gai and Kiko about the new lead, and they take her to the airport. Also at the airport are Youko and Mina, and Youko gets lured away by Hei. Genma and Misaki have realized that something is up, and they arrive just in time to see Hei carrying an unconscious Youko away. Hei manages to get away from them and knocks out Mina in a brief battle, so he’s able to escape with Youko. Back inside the airport, Suou is reunited with her mother, and Gai and Kiko decide to leave since they’ve completed their job. Suou’s mother is happy to see her child, however she thinks that Suou is actually Shion. Suou waits until she’s in the car with her mother to tell her who she actually is, and this shocks her mother because she thinks Suou died eight years ago.
So the twist at the end of the episode was nice. Well, not necessarily the twist itself (which didn’t surprise me as much as it made me yell because I could see it coming as soon as Suou’s mother stopped the car), but definitely with how they built up to it by ending the episode on a cliffhanger and then using the epilogue segment to cliffhanger again. It made me wonder if the eight years ago number corresponds with any major event, like the disappearance of Heaven’s Gate, or it was just some accident. Either way, the preview seems to hint that Suou is going to find out that everything about her life was a lie, and I wouldn’t be shocked if her father’s research or Shion’s power had something to do with how she’s alive now.
What I didn’t expect to see was Amber’s continued involvement in the plot (partly because I had completely forgotten what her powers were), and her brief reappearance was sort of creepy. The whole Izanami/Izanagi thing is much more foreboding too now, and I’m curious to see what Shion is planning. As a whole, the episode was a lot heavier on plot than I thought it’d be, though Gai and Kiko (and Mao and July) were still the source of some amusement. It’s good to see that they’re not wasting too much time, however I do wonder if the Mina stuff they brought up this episode is going to lead anywhere. In any case, there are only three more episodes to go, so I imagine things are only going to keep getting more exciting.