「空に響く天使達（ウタヒメ）の声」 (Sora ni Hibiku Tenshi-tachi (Utahime) no Koe)
“The Angel’s (Songstresses’) Voices Resound in the Sky”
With the arrival of Chaos, the comedy takes a backseat this week and the emotion-filled drama unfolds in its place. Much like the first season, Nymph is the one who’s victimized again, as Chaos uses her strong emotions against her. After all the focus Nymph’s been getting since her chain was cut, I was really pleased with the way it culminated to this. That’s not to say that I enjoy seeing her getting abused though, but rather how her bottled up feelings about wanting Tomoki to be her master finally came to the surface. What’s more, it gave us a glimpse of the good side of Tomoki that the Angeloids see in him, which is easily forgotten amidst all his perverted high jinks but is his ultimate redeeming aspect. The amount of time Tomoki spends in his super deformed form usually indicates how serious an episode is, and this one only had him in that form at the very end.
As for the angeloids, I’m still trying to make sense of why Ikaros was smart enough to save Nymph by tossing her away yet still obeyed the fake Tomoki’s orders to destroy herself. What I figure is that her imprinting was fooled by Chaos’ advanced second generation technology and she couldn’t disobey his orders even when she knew better though. Whatever the case, Ikaros bought some time for Tomoki to help Nymph, and she eventually saw past Chaos’ underhanded tactics when she took her head-on with her Uranus System. On that note, it’s kind of freaky how Chaos possesses as much combat ability as the Uranus Queen and has a sadistic mindset to go with it. It did however lead to a pretty emotional battle in the sky, along with Ikaros’ heartfelt confession that the pain she feels in her reactor (i.e. heart) from seeing Tomoki with another girl probably means that she’s in love with him. She did so at a pretty crucial moment when she was taking Chaos to the bottom of the ocean with her, but it still retained much of the emotion-filled effect it was going for. It was nicely followed up by Ikaros showing the signs of an angeloid in love too.
While I highly doubt this is the last we’ve seen of Chaos, the real star of this episode had to be Astraea. She’s evidently not be the smartest out of the bunch, so it was pretty awesome to see how her simple-minded nature let her do what no other angeloid could have probably done — cut her own chain. When comparing that to the way that Nymph simply endured all the mistreatment given to her, Astraea proved that she’s not as dumb as she seems. She shook both heaven and earth after all, with the way she dealt with all the conflicting thoughts in her head from the Master in the Sky. She also showed exactly what she’s capable with her Aegis L shield and Chrysaor sword, after dealing a clean blow to Chaos’ scissor-like wings. With all the back and forth action, this was undoubtedly the best of Astraea seen to date, even in light of Daedalus’ inadvertent joke about Delta being an idiot. Overall, this was a really touching episode on various fronts, which left all three first generation angeloids realizing that they love Tomoki — something that Chaos will never quite understand herself.
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