「ロダ、彷徨う」 (Roda, Samayou)
With all the suspicion surrounding Gauche and how he might still be Noir, I would’ve been more surprised if all that foreshadowing wasn’t made good on. All it really took was one shot of Gauche lying in bed to put a lot of doubt about his return to his former self, so I was more taken in by the focus on Roda and her loneliness without him around. The screenplay in this episode reminded me of Narita Ryougo’s Bacanno and Durarara series, with parts of the previous episode shown again from Roda’s perspective. Much like it was hinted at last time when she was waiting outside Sylvette’s home, that depiction helped emphasize how Roda’s clearly conflicted between what appeared to be Gauche returning to his former life and her desire to be with him as his dingo.
I’ve been wondering if Roda’s loyalty lies more with Gauche than it does with Reverse, and I’m now inclined to believe that’s the case after seeing her hesitate to approach him. She’s given every indication that she would’ve stayed out of his life if he was truly happy returning to his former one, which had me sympathizing for her situation. The thought of returning to Reverse and continuing on with their plans never seemed to cross her mind, and it looked like she had fallen into a depressed state after losing her purpose in life. Because of that, I was happy to see Noir come by and rescue Roda from Niche, despite feeling bad for Sylvette after she was finally being reunited with her brother after all these years. Naturally, I was hoping that Roda would return as Gauche’s dingo, except the scenario I had in mind saw the latter in a Bee uniform again. Admittedly, I’m still holding onto hope that we’ll see a truly happy ending like that at some point.
Considering they were nowhere to be seen in the preview for this episode, I really wasn’t expecting to see Sarah (Komatsu Yuka) and Hunt (Chiba Susumu) again. The nostalgia was definitely there and it was nice to see how the two of them had turned their lives around since the Honey Waters incident at the end of the first season, plus Sarah in particular had some funny moments in her new job managing dingos for hire. Their kindhearted gesture towards Roda looks like it may have slightly changed her view on the world as well, and may just become the chance encounter that affects her decisions in the future. Similarly, I get the feeling that Gauche’s memories will come into play when he returns to Reverse.
At the moment, it’s too early to tell if he’s doing so to put a stop to their plans; however, there’s a good possibility that he won’t simply shoot Lag without a second thought. The preview also shows Jiggy Pepper again, whose run-in with Reverse seems inevitable. He’s the top Bee in Yuusari as far as I’m concerned, and if someone’s going to match up well against Garrard and Valentine, he’d be my best bet.