After the Geacht’er incident, Ascoeur hasn’t told Q-feuille the truth, but Q-feuille has also been hiding her memory problems from Ascoeur. For the time being, the two are informed that Saphir has apparently defected from the G-Society and has taken refuge on an ice planet. The girls decide to go out to get her, and when they arrive, they find Rubis there too. After a brief battle, Saphir manages to make Rubis retreat, and she’s soon able to gain the girls’ trust. Saphir’s plan is to wait until nighttime so that Rubis can’t pursue them, but this is a trap in reality, and she makes it so cold that the girls want to sleep. This was all part of Geacht’er’s plan to capture Ascoeur, however Q-feuille now complicates things by being re-energized from a Di-air kiss and freezing Saphir. Di-air also kisses Ascoeur, but Ascoeur isn’t able to do anything after getting poisoned by Rubis. Q-feuille ends up freezing Rubis too, but this is too much strain on her, so she has TAMA carry Di-air and Ascoeur back to the ship to escape without her. In the aftermath, Ascoeur wakes up back at the GTO, and Q-feuille wakes up in an unknown place.
Knowing that Q-feuille has been captured thanks to a recording made by Typhon, Ascoeur is determined to go rescue her. Q-feuille is actually being treated quite well right now by her captors, and part of that is because she has no memories of who she is. She spends the most time with Rubis and Saphir who reveal to her that they used to be assassins for the government. That changed when the Nouvlesse period ended, and their new masters tried to torture them into obedience. They were luckily rescued from this by Geacht’er. Q-feuille also meets the other Shadow Workers and learns what her own name is, and while she still has no memories of who she is, the name Ascoeur stays in her head. She goes as far as to write Ascoeur’s name down on her mirror, however Shade pays her a visit the next day and implants memories in her to make her think that she’s Geacht’er’s little sister. This changes her and makes her forget the name Ascoeur.
There were some interesting plot twists these two episodes. It wasn’t shocking that the whole Saphir thing was a set-up, but it was nice to see that instead of taking the more obvious path of having Ascoeur join Geacht’er as his little sister, the writers took the opposite approach by having it be Q-feuille. It makes sense now too why Q-feuille’s earlier memory lapses were important, and I wonder if Shade’s brainwashing will become undone when she invariably meets Ascoeur again. Of course, none of this would have been necessary if Geacht’er had just kidnapped Ascoeur himself and moved on with his plans since he’s clearly proved himself capable of getting through all of GTO’s defenses.
That brings me to a bigger issue though: this all feels like an extended digression from the Eclair and Lumiere destruction of the galaxy stuff that was explained back in episode 12. I found myself wondering during episode 17 if we were ever going to get back to that since right now the focus seems to be on Geacht’er and his attempt to build a harem of little sisters. I joke, but the preview for episode 18 makes it look like they’re going to spend an entire episode on the new Q-feuille and her relationships with Geacht’er and Letuchaia, complete with a bath scene for the girls. I’m still waiting for Geacht’er to enact his ultimate plan…