「繋いだ手だけが紡ぐもの」 (Tsunaida Te dake ga Tsumugumono)
“Bonds Formed from Holding Hands”
For the first time in my life I had to use subtitles to understand something spoken in English, I mean, Ingurishu.
I rewatched this episode twice because Ryouko’s words made no sense to me. I thought I’d never have problems with understanding accents but it turns out I do.
I know Ryouko and Finè have the same seiyuu but I still wasn’t sure if they were the same person. However with this episode, I’m pretty sure they are considering the fact that Ryouko can heal herself from a gunshot by an American group of soldiers (and the powers she has used in previous episodes).
The episode itself was pretty entertaining with a lot of action and some cuteness from the girls. I’m a bit surprised they didn’t show anything about Tsubasa’s career abroad though. I really thought she’d be gone, so I might as well tell you now — I tend to be wrong whenever I try to speculate.
So with Tsubasa being in Japan with Hibiki and Kurisu joining the team, what can possibly go wrong and lead to Hibiki’s death? I’m assuming it might be whatever Ryouko has planned. This Kadingir thing she mentioned to Kurisu, or “tower reaching for the heavens” which turned out to be the Tokyo Sky Tower is probably not her main goal. To me, it seems like this Noise attack around the tower was a decoy to lure away the girls. After all, the episode just ended with a phone call from a distressed Miku telling Hibiki that the school is under attack before the call dropped.
From my point of view, it looks like Ryouko wants to attack the HQ but her motives aren’t very clear. I’m also a bit curious about Genjuurou. He seems to know Ryouko’s secret, which makes me wonder if Ryouko is evil or not. If Genjuurou knew and did nothing, is he supportive of her actions or could it be that he only found out recently? I’m not sure where this is going but I certainly want Genjuurou to be a good guy. Especially after he comforted Kurisu and made her reconsider her position.
Speaking of Kurisu, I loved the fight at the end. The Noise stood no chance against the powered-up trio. The fight had so many nice scenes which made it so hard to pick out screenshots for it. As far as I can tell, I think this might be the longest fight I’ve seen in this show (correct me if I’m wrong). There were two songs in the fight; Hibiki’s song softly faded over to a Kurisu song which I thought was pretty cool but I was hoping to hear a song with all three of them. Who knows? We might hear one in the upcoming episodes. We can only hope~