「光、闇を照らす」 (Hikari, Yami wo Terasu)
“Light, Illuminate the Darkness”
With a lot of the immediate loose ends tied up in this episode, this could have very well been a precursor to a finale next time. Had I not known better, I’d be inclined to believe that the producers planned for a possible one-cour sequel just to be on the safe side. Even if all the human experimentation going on in Akatsuki was never formally addressed, I would’ve been happy as long as the search for Gauche was, just like it was depicted this very episode.
As a bonus of sorts, this week also confirmed my suspicion from two episodes ago that Roda was likely fused with Gauche’s dingo, bringing a sense of fulfillment to finally see that explained. Unfortunately, it didn’t open up the story to the possibility that the current Roda would betray Reverse, even though I highly doubt she died from the fall in the chasm. The fact that she gave Lag his letter bullet back does suggest that she isn’t completely heartless though, so the possibility still remains.
Niche’s reappearance in her semi-recovered state served as the first surprise in this episode, since she’s now showing some impeccable control over her hair similar to her sister. The second was of course Lag putting all of his heart into his letter bullet, which made him emit a light of his own that was powerful enough to erase Gauche’s shindan with ease. The sight of his emotional outpouring on learning what happened to Sunny gave me some truly shounen-like vibes — a first for this series. As such, it did make Lag look unbelievable cool just before hitting Gauche before the bullet containing the short letter saying, “I miss you.”
Even though it was only for a moment, I even had flashbacks of Gauche from season one when he finally showed his true self and helped Lag free them from Carbernet’s clutches. The dual shindans gave it a pretty climactic feel, despite the gigantic Gaichuu surviving the attack.
What really gave a degree of completion was seeing Gauche back at the Bee Hive under the care of Dr. Thunderland Jr., with Sylvette at his bedside and Aria shedding a few tears that she’s probably been holding back on this time. The best part of it is that the story isn’t quite over yet, meaning that we should have a really sweet reunion when eventually Gauche regains consciousness. That appears to be the focus next time, and it looks like Lag will be the one to get in his mind to wake him up. As much as I am looking forward to that, the prospect of Aria filling in for Lag’s delivery duties (with Niche and Steak as her dingo) is going to be just as sweet. We definitely need more female Bees.