Welcome to the land of the rising sun; under a glacial maximum.
It seems we’re in for a little more characterization on the part of Anna this week, though nothing unexpected since last time. As we’d thought, she’s begun to show more and more guilt and uncertainty as the girls get closer and closer to finding the final sketches. Roberto isn’t quite satisfied with the hourglass, it seems (or he’s not silly enough to believe it would be that easy), but regardless, it means the girls aren’t as safe or as ahead as they like to think they are. Anna is obviously the exception, and the closer they all get to finding the final sketches, the more unnerved she is by how much she’s come to care for them. It doesn’t help that the girls trust her so freely; they’ve invited her into their grandfather’s home (seems Geshio was of Japanese ancestry after all, and now the girls’ names make more sense) as an intimate guest, and they’ve openly accepted her as a sort of caretaker. With every passing hour, it seems the girls show her more love and care, and when they go so far as to call her a friend, something snaps within her. She’s not quite ready to switch sides but she’s close, and it shouldn’t take more before she realizes her one sided love for Roberto isn’t worth the Ferrari sisters’ lives.
The rest of the episode focuses on Japan, as is clear from the title. We learn a little about Geshio and what sort of person he was in his youth (Jet Engine, huh), but his early engineering plan to help his father with central heating ends up acting as a showcase for the sisters’ caring natures, as well as for Hozuki’s skills. Hazuki gets a bit of a moment as well, though not through the project. Her conversation with Cicinho reveals a little of how her naive thinking has changed through her journey, though it’s not fully gone either. Her sense of justice is still there, but she’s begun to realize it may not be possible to see it all the way through. Even more interesting is the strange chemistry between her and Cicinho. I even see something like possible attraction between her and the sky pirate, which makes sense considering how he’s been described as charming before. I’m not sure the series has enough time to develop such a thing (and I still find Cicinho’s goals rather confusing to decipher), but it would not be a surprise to me if it did happen.