「ブルー・ノーツ・ブルーズ」 (Buruu Nootsu Buruuzu)
“Blue Notes Blues”
One two-cour season and eight episodes later, we finally earn a bit more about Niche’s past as the Child of Maka. Up until now, there hasn’t been a whole lot about where Lag’s faithful dingo came from, so when the preview last time indicated that she would be reunited with the legendary creature and another gold hair, blue eyes, woman with claws for hands, I was expecting big things this week. Much to my pleasant surprise, this episode unraveled some of those mysteries and raised new questions as well, such as whether or not Niche was truly born 200 years ago. The true story behind why Maka no longer shows itself to humans seemed to suggest that it was closer to 20 years, given how it’s the same mayor of Blue Notes Blues that threw both Niche and her twin sister off a cliff because the entire town thought they were cursed. A more likely possibility is that he drank the water from the Blue Notes Scale lake in the holy cave where Maka resides, and has lived all this time due to its rumored effects of extending one’s life to a thousand years. In either case, the bigger surprise was that Niche has a twin sister (Koyama Mami) and that she grew up much differently from her. It was eye-opening in the sense that the two of them are the same age and that Niche may end up in a similarly grown-up body at some point, and also left me wondering why her growth was stunted to begin with. As adorable as Niche is in her child form, her nameless sister is really something else in her adult one. She takes the idea of having hair covering just the right places to a whole new level.
Incidentally, there seems to be quite a discrepancy in their intelligence as well, as Niche’s sister’s speech and mannerism reflect an age-level similar to appearance. From her story about the truth behind what happened 200 years ago, it would appear that the tear Maka shed for a woman named Celica (Ueda Kana) (whom the townsfolk were thinking of sacrificing for the land) is what led to the birth of Niche and her sister. Leading up to that, the revelation that Lag isn’t human seemed to suggest that he’s the result of a successful human experimentation conducted at Akatsuki. The fact that he has a spirit amber as his left eye supports that idea, and probably means that he’s an example of someone who was able to become a spirit. Details aside, it looks like Niche isn’t the only unique existence in this Bee/Dingo combo. Other than that, Gauche was no where to be seen this episode, though Lag did stumble upon the frozen Gaichuu in the cave that was freed by his shindan. Nothing was shown of Zazie either, who’s the one everyone should be more concerned about after the battered condition he was left in. For now, it looks like both of those will continue to take a backseat to the ongoing story about Maka though. The preview actually shows Niche fighting against her sister, plus Lag using his Akabari to do what he does best — bringing people around with the truth. Overall, this was a very good plot-oriented episode, and quite possibly the best one thus far this sequel.
How did they grow up to look so different?
I’ve been waiting AGES for this part to be animated. I like how they essentially told the same story twice, but the Mayor distorted it in a way to make him seem like the victim. Ugh, what horrible people, throwing poor Niche and her sister off of a cliff T.T
Now that we know about Niche, all that’s left is to learn about Lag’s past…
“With their trust in one another stronger than ever, the dynamic duo bursts into action!”
Shouldn’t it be trio? ;D
Nah, Steak is an emergency ration. 🙂
F-FUTAGO!!?!?!? Now you have me putting Letter Bee back on my to watch list Divine O_O Second Season looks so much better!
I seriously want to watch Letter Bee again as well. Divine has piqued my interest.
Aaaah. I really loved this part in the manga. Glad to know it’s already up to this point in the anime.
And let the Older-Niche fanartasm begin….
And awwww, they were so cute!! Especially holding hands in the preview!
my 2nd fav part of the manga
I didn’t expect Niche’s sister’s voice to sound like it did…
But I’m not disappointed by it either xD
My guess is that Niche is the baby with her eyes closed since she doesn’t remember any of this. I’m thinking having longer hair will give Niche’s sister the upper hand in this battle.
But in the end, the good guys always win 🙂
You will be surprised how it turns out.
Resemble Guilty Gear’s Millia Rage much???
wait a sec; I don’t think that’s the same mayor as 200 years ago that threw them off the cliff. The lake itself doesn’t provide longevity like is proclaimed in the stories, but Maka’s tears that do so. I think that it’s just that the true story has been passed down from mayor to mayor, and that’s how he knows the true story.
Yeah, I honestly don’t know which case it is, but it’s worth noting the credits don’t list another seiyuu for the village chief.
are you going to blog the air gear ova divine?
I haven’t read the Air Gear manga, so I won’t be covering it. I asked the other writers who have read some of it to blog it, but they didn’t want to. :\
i wish they remake it as anime again soo bad i love that show im not a big manga reader but i think im goin to start off with this manga
Man there are a lot of anime/manga that constantly use the scheme of horrible people making themselves look like the victims while making the victims look like the villains, such as the legend of legendary heros, Naruto, Superior, Tales of Syphonia. Ect.
I find Niche’s twin to be hot. I’m guessing she would be like that when she’s Lag’s wife. Though Frubam has a point. The manga got a little curved though. Either way, it’s still enjoyable.
I love Niche’s sister! She’s so beautiful!
I do agree with Unrelated it does resemble a little with Guilty Gear’s Millia Rage.
This Episode was Epic, Visually extremely good.