This was mostly a heartwarming follow-up to the long-awaited reunion last time; however, the unsettling feeling that Gauche may still be Noir that I got from the preview last time prevented me getting too absorbed into the emotional outpouring from Lag and Sylvette. All it took was the scene with Gauche lying in his bed after going out on a delivery with Lag to make me wary that he’s not truly back to his normal self. Word from Dr. Thunderland Jr. that he may be simply using his memories of Gauche Suede to deceive everyone made it even more apparent, considering that Gauche was gone the next morning. I was skeptical about the story revolving around Gauche concluding completely, so I can’t say I’m too surprised that he’s gone all of a sudden again. I do feel bad for Sylvette though, who was finally reunited with her brother after all these years, especially when he was presumed dead for the longest time.
Anyway, if Gauche is still Noir from Reverse, I’m curious as to how the memories he’s recovered will affect his decisions going forward. Lawrence already thinks he’s a lost cause and have ordered Garrard and Valentine to get rid of him, so it’s not exactly like he has an anti-government organization to return to. This of course leaves me wondering where Roda’s loyalties lie now that she’s come searching for Noir. The next episode shows her wandering around the streets like a homeless girl, suggesting that she’s waiting for her master to come get her. Personally, I like Roda’s character a fair bit (partially due to some Horie Yui favoritism), which is why I’m hoping that she won’t remain Lag’s enemy forever. Ultimately, it looks like whether or not that will happen rests on what Gauche does from here on.