「ベリタブリィー修道院」 (Beritaburii Shuudouin)
Even with Niche momentarily out of the picture, Lag continues to stumble upon some big things on his own. This time it’s a Reverse hideout, where Connor just so happens to be smitten by a girl at the monastery selling cookies. I can’t really blame him though, seeing as the girl is none other than Roda. It’s just too bad she’s a Bee’s sworn enemy and one that even eclipses Gaichuu. Leading up to that, the extra explanation that Lag received from Niche’s sister shed some light on the nature of spirit amber. “Dark secret” might be a better way of putting it, because even Zazie wasn’t aware that they were created from small insects on the verge of evolving into Gaichuu themselves. All the while, Reverse’s plans to make use of frozen Gaichuu in Maka’s “Garden of Spirits” proceeds steadily along. The one semi-reassuring thing is that it looks like Gauche has only released one for the moment, and not the thousands that Niche’s sister mentioned would be enough to wreck havoc on the world.
After seeing the flashback with Gauche leading the Gaichuu out of the cave with a trail of his own shindan, I’d say it’s likely that all the letters Reverse have been stealing from Bees will be used to try and lure the rest of them to a specific location once they’re freed. Akatsuki seems to be the most likely target if that’s the case, given that the destruction of the capital and all its human experimentation is what Reverse would want.
At this point, I can’t help but wonder what will happen when news reaches the Hive that there’s a Reverse hideout in the town of Lament. It’s kind of hard to predict what Largo has in mind, but part of me is hoping he’ll send in a cavalry of Bees to shut it down and collect as much information as they can on their activities. Granted, I don’t really know of many Bees outside of the ones that were already here. I could easily do without Moc, so Jiggy Pepper and Aria are the only other ones that come to mind. Not exactly much of a cavalry to say the least, though I’d welcome seeing those two in action again. Unfortunately, the likelihood of that happen is probably pretty slim to none.
The one thing I took away from Lag and Roda’s exchange is she happens to be another failed human experiment. With the whereabouts of Gauche’s original dingo unknown, that revelation raises the question as to whether or not this Roda was fused with her. It would explain her speed and agility, plus put new meaning on the name Gauche gave her, though I’m not so sure that makes sense without a spirit amber coming into play at some point. Whatever the case, I hope to learn more about Roda’s past sooner rather than later, since she just kind of showed up and became Gauche’s new partner out of the blue.