「帰りたい場所」 (Kaeritai Basho)
“The Place I Want to Return To”
I don’t know how Noir could walk away from Sylvette after recovering his memories, but the way he simply thanked her for understanding and left her with a goodbye hug did get me a little choked up. The most painful part to watch was how Sylvette was doing everything she could to hold back her tears before they eventually came pouring out. The scene made it feel like it would be the last time they’d see one another again, at least as far as this sequel is concerned. See below.
While it’s hard to overlook the fact that Garrard never kills anyone despite all the chances he has, this is the first time I recall him showing some real feelings of disdain towards the Amberground government. As a Bee who earned the right to work in the capital, it’s as if he was completely disillusioned about his earnest desire to deliver letters after he arrived. From what I gather, the whole letter delivery idea is to increase the emotions in people throughout the world, all for the sake of sacrificing them to the artificial sun at some point.
If that’s the case, I can understand why Garrard is with Reverse now, even though I don’t agree with the organization’s radical plans. Anyone who’s been unknowingly a tool for some dark scheme would probably be pretty upset if they believed they were doing some good in the world. I just wonder how someone as innocent as Lag would have reacted. My guess is that his innocence would be shattered and he’d be at a completely lost.
At first, I thought Thunderland was secretly working for Reverse when I saw him come by to get Roda and the others, and I’m admittedly still on the fence about where his loyalties lie even now. They sure played him up as a potential bad guy, but I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt under the assumption that he was trying to save those who were victims of human experimentation, much like himself. As big of a twist at it would be to learn otherwise, I just can’t picture him and Hunt planning this from the very beginning. Instead, it may be that he plans to reveal the atrocities to Aria and have all the Tegami Bachi turn against the government. Now that I would like to see.
If there’s one character that I can’t see remaining Lag’s enemy forever, it would be Noir. It’s probably safe to assume that he won’t be returning to Reverse or the government, but if something does happen back at Yuusari, I can see him taking part in their efforts. Even after all that’s happened, I imagine he still wants the conspiracies going on in Akatsuki stopped, just without sacrificing the very victims he’s trying to protect. Roda is amongst them now, so if Thunderland does save her deteriorating arms, it may be enough to make him hear them out. I’m just wary about how there’s only three episodes left, which means this series will likely need another season before anything major is addressed.