「陽だまりに翳りなく」 (Hidamari ni Kagerinaku)
“There’s No Shadow Beneath the Sun”
Well, it doesn’t look like Kurisu is quite ready to jump ship onto the good guys’ side, but given that Miku didn’t hesitate to help her and Genjuurou even jumped in to lend a hand, it should only be a matter of time before two Symphogear heroines becomes three. This episode took a somewhat typical yet arguably effective approach to get that point across, by having Miku and Kurisu run into one another after the latter somehow managed to get away from Finè in one piece. Both of them were going through an unwanted/unneeded phase and ended up finding an answer to their problems from one another.
In Miku’s case, her inner turmoil stemmed entirely from her inability to be honest with herself and how she truly felt about Hibiki hiding her Symphogear secret from her, which quite honestly, surprised me given that I didn’t pick up on any cues about how that might be the case. At the same time, it didn’t come off as a poorly developed scenario, as the look back on what Miku said to Hibiki with her phone actually improved my opinion of her character as a whole, which is actually saying a lot since I thought it was pretty reckless of her to lure the Noise away when Hibiki was already there and ready to transform. The way I saw it, Miku simply wanted to help support her best friend and putting herself in the same kind of danger as Hibiki was her way of sharing the burden. There’s no arguing that it was a pretty dumb thing to do from an outside perspective, but it’s not all that hard to understand either considering that Miku wants to help Hibiki even though she doesn’t have the necessary ability to do so. The last thing any good friend would want to do is watch from the sidelines after all.
So where does that leave Kurisu? Still torn over whether she’d rather be alone or put some trust in Hibiki, Miku, and the rest of the Mobile Disaster Prevention Unit evidently (save for the fashionably late and evil Ryouko). We did see more of her orphan past and how she was subjected to what I can only imagine to be very terrible things, so it’s definitely nice to see her get some much needed characterization before doing anything just yet. With Tsubasa taking on more of a supportive role since her injury — and getting cheered up by Hibiki instead of the other way around — I can’t imagine Kurisu will hold off for too long.