「個の先」 (Ko no Saki)
It was revealed that Mykage planned on sacrificing Jin in order to kick two hornet’s nests. He is able to use Jin’s death as propaganda in Altair to rile up the masses. Crea and Fudo also revealed to everyone that Jin was from Altair and that war looms with the denizens of Altair.
The whole graveyard scene with Fudo telling the students of Neo-DEAVA to climb into newly dug graves (thanks Andy) was perplexing to me but I’m going to take it as one big metaphor and bonding exercise. It has allowed us to once again revisit most of the main cast’s biggest fears. By burying themselves, they allowed their old selves to die. Using Mikono’s connecting power, they were able to gattai while buried without the need of the aquaria. Coming out of the cocoon showed them being reborn anew.
I guess the most important part of the whole experience is that Yunoha managed to get some closure. Real or imagined, she got to hear Jin’s voice while everyone was connected.
The whole episode was a very odd and non-traditional way of going about giving the team a power-up and morale boost. However, the episode’s solemn tone was very good at evoking emotion and getting me, the viewer, to sympathize with the character’s fears and sadness. Yunoha looked to be so grief-stricken that she seemed like she was going to give up on living. Thankfully in that situation she had a true friend reach out to her. I found what Mikono did for Yunoha very touching.
Unfortunately for our heroes, the bonding and good times were shortly lived because we saw Mykage performing his own burial which sent Kagura to Vega in order to crash their party. Judging from the previews, Mikono may be abducted by Kagura which may lead to more excitement than they would want after a funeral.