「ゆずれない願い」 (Yuzure Nai Negai)
This week on Vividred Operation, it’s a tale of two stories.
The first up? Some Metal Gear Solid style infiltration by Kuroki — who succeeds in finding out a secret beyond her wildest dreams… just not the one she intended to find. A swift chop from Wakaba prevents Rei from finding out anymore though — did I mention how much I’m starting to like her character and seiyuu Ootsubo Yuka? — and the first half of this episode ends up pretty much what we’ve come to expect from the series. Some cheerful banter, quite a few laughs with the full court press from the Vividteam in their attempt to get Kuroki to go study with them, the usual mayonnaise on everything… you know the drill.
But as the second half rolls in, things get notably grimmer — to my surprise — as the series seems to takes a few pages from Evangelion as the sixth Alone arrives in style, fully equipped with its own AT Field equivalent. The initial fight ends up being a fairly typical affair, but Rei’s involvement ends up reviving what was believed to be a defeated Alone, who proceeds to successfully knock out Akane from the picture.
Suffice to say, that wasn’t what I was expecting at all… and well, I’m admittedly wondering how the series is going to take it from here. Part of me believes that it’s likely that this’ll be the turning point that gets Kuroki to join the Vividteam… but I don’t know. For some reason I suddenly just can’t shake the nagging feeling that the series could possibly take things down a much, much darker route. Though, I suppose in the end, that’s probably just me spending too much time watching UroButcher series and other related grimdark/gloom and doom shows… heh. Interestingly enough though, there were quite a few signs that pointed to this scenario happening throughout the episode, which make you wonder just a bit.
Regardless though, with only 5 episodes remaining, at least that many Alones left in addition to the current one (or at least, according to Rei’s feather count) and this surprise development with Akane, it’s really becoming a pressing question as to how things will wrap up in time. Quite a few episodes have wrapped up in a rapid sequence of events — although recently, it’s been fairly tame compared to earlier — and it really makes you wonder if this wasn’t something that was potentially intended to be two-cour or something of the sort. I guess we’ll see how that works out. At least though, it was pretty fabulous seeing our four heroines just jumpin’ outta planes and kicking butt for a little while there.