「撃ちてし止まぬ運命のもとに」 (Uchiteshi Tomanu Unmei no Moto ni)
“Toward the Destiny of Never-Ending Destruction”
Now this is something I really wasn’t expecting, as Kurisu (new confirmed spelling) shows that she not only has Nehushtan, but also another relic known as “Ichii-Bal”. Isn’t that kind of cheating? Especially with the Gundam Heavyarms-like dual Gatling guns — complete with Macross-style missiles in her “Mega Death Party” attack. From a viewer standpoint, that surprise development sure made it easy to get excited on the action side of things, which is always a welcomed turn of events now that Tsubasa’s rejoined the fray in style. What’s more, the Ame no Habakiri wielder partners up with Hibiki as she’s been foreshadowed to, while Kurisu is slowly being brought about after Hibiki dove in fearlessly to protect her. While a bit predictable, it was nice to see everything that’s been hinted at actually come to fruition here, which includes the conspiracy surrounding Ryouko/Finè (another more or less confirmed spelling since it’s Italian for “end”), whom I can’t be anymore convinced is the same person now.
Going back two episodes, it would appear that my original hunch about Ryouko being obsessed with her research wasn’t too far off, though I wasn’t expecting her to be a Symphogear user herself. Leading up to that, it was nice to finally hear a proper explanation on exactly what her Symphogear research entails, since it clarified what Hibiki’s significance to the story is, beyond the obvious impact she’s already had on both Tsubasa and Kurisu. Ryouko’s obsession so to speak, appears to be stabilizing the negative effects that a Symphogear has on its wielder, which Hibiki’s chance encounter with Kanade seems to have provided a solution for. How she hopes to harness that ability by playing being a double agent is a lot less clear though, considering that she could easily study Hibiki right now. At the moment, that thought is the only real thing that has me still considering the possibility that Ryouko and Finè are actually two different people — perhaps twins — and having Sawashiro Miyuki voice them both is just to throw us viewers off. Regardless, neither of them are trustworthy, and will likely be the ultimate antagonist(s) with the direction things are headed. Tsubasa looks like she’s more than a little suspicious about what was happening to Kurisu’s body, and Kurisu herself looks like she’s more than ready to jump ship to the good guys’ side.
As for Miku, I’ve been humming and hawing over what her significance to the story is and after seeing her stop being Hibiki’s friend just because of a secret she was sworn to silence about, I can’t really say I feel sympathetic about the angst and frustration she feels. I would’ve figured she’d be happier learning that Hibiki had to blow her off to go save the world and wasn’t secretly spending time with Tsubasa like she originally thought. Something about that simply doesn’t add up for me, even though I’m more than aware that it’s a setup toward the cold opening to the series where Miku is crying over Hibiki’s grave. I’m just hoping that Miku comes to her senses sooner rather than later.