「アカツキにて」 (Akatsuki nite)
As much as I like Lag and his unwavering beliefs, there are times when someone should tell him things don’t always work that way in the adult world. You know, smack him around with the reality bat a little bit. One would think that common sense says not to protect someone who’s been just trying to kill you just moments ago, but away Lag goes, jumping in front of Caribs and Hazel when they’re staring down the barrel of Noir’s gun.
Before proceeding to facepalm myself, I was hoping there would be a voice of reason from someone, yet Niche joins in as well because of what Lag taught her. When I looked to Zazie and Connor, they’re just watching in hopes that Noir doesn’t deny Lag’s earnest feelings that he can bring his heart back. It probably goes without saying, but I then proceeded to facepalm myself.
So after Noir dives in after Lag, using his own body to brace the latter’s fall, Lag has the audacity to pull out his gun and point it at Noir’s head. While he was clearly upset about Noir’s insistence that he’s no longer Gauche, and probably figured hitting him with an Akabari would reveal that he has memories as Gauche, it just felt like the wrong thing to do under those circumstances. I figured an obligatory “Lag, sense the mood” comment was warranted, before Noir did him the favor by revealing his memories himself.
Safe to say, it wasn’t anything like Lag was hoping. I was a bit surprised as well, since the flashbacks didn’t even suggest that Lag’s Letter Bullet recovered some of Gauche’s memories. It appears the heartfelt reunion was a complete act after all, which is somewhat depressing to learn.
As for the big revelation that Gauche met Lag’s mother in Akatsuki, it came with two subtle implications. The first is that Lag’s mother is connected to the artificial sun in some way, possibly as a terminal of sorts for it to consume the hearts of other people. The second is that Gauche held onto this memory even after all his other ones were erased, meaning that he was a Tegami Bachi until the very end and didn’t abandon it after some dreaded realization. I find that both are pretty hopeful discoveries, even though Lag had given up on bringing Gauche back afterward. Quite honestly, I’m starting to think that Gauche will never be “Gauche” again, but if his memories do somehow return, it’s comforting to know that he would be the same person as before — a proud Tegami Bachi.
With the transformed Cabernet before Lag and the others, in conjunction with the two episodes we have remaining, the likelihood that this sequel will wrap up around stopping the gigantic Gaichuu seems high. The subplot revolving around Gauche has hit a bit of a dismal conclusion, despite the fact he’s fighting alongside Lag. At the moment, I’m inclined to believe that he’ll remain Noir from now on, saving those who were unable to become a spirit from the government and Reverse. I suspect the upcoming finale at the end of this month will give us a better idea if that’s the case, once Cabernet’s rampaged around Yuusari for a bit. The Bee Hive is probably its target, given all the letters that have been collected there.