「聖夜の鐘は刻を追いたてる」 (Seiya no Kane wa Koku o Oitateru)
“The Bells of Christmas Eve Toll at the Heels of Time”
It was rather genius and slightly baffling that a part of the answer to the mystery had been shown to the audience for years as a play, and no one had any idea. No one ever questioned why Coco Rose had two actors. Of course the other half of the truth is that Coco Rose is still alive (so they should’ve had three actors 😛). While the mystery itself was relatively straightforward to figure out, there is a question of whether or not Rupert (the king) knows Coco is still alive. Despite Rupert having that extra ticket he gave to Sophie, if he knew he killed the maid afterwards, he would have used the real Coco as a replacement. Personally, I believe Rupert eventually did find out that Coco was still alive, hence the ticket, but will most likely never see her again. Talk about coincidence in running into them when heading back home though. Either way, by the looks of their last words, neither Coco nor Rupert seem to regret their decisions. I’m more irked by Coco, because she cheated on her husband, had a baby, and doesn’t regret it. Talk about a homewrecker. Then again, Leviathan’s side of the romantic story isn’t told, but I’m assuming he mostly used her to get what he wanted. Lest we imagine rape again, I’ll happily assume that initially he wanted to use her, but eventually fell in love with her.
So after refusing to tell Albert who the actual killer was (who probably knows already anyway), as well as the fact that Coco Rose is still alive with her son, the situation diffuses and Victorique is returned back to school. Not what I expected. I guess this was an example of Albert’s “usage” of the Gray Wolf power. I’m still not sure though, because he could’ve just kidnapped a Gray Wolf to solve things for him instead if that was the case, rather than raping one, getting a baby, letting it grow, then talk about filling it with emotions for some reason still untold (is it really just to help solve mysteries? to have empathy?). Regarding Jupiter Roget, he didn’t seem to be too worried after confirming that Victorique has his secret. And the dual Roscoes are still a WTF, while giving yaoi vibes now. Three episodes left, and the next has costumes. Looks like a long arc finale is out of the picture.