It looks like I jumped the gun a bit in my predictions last week, because while some of them turned out to be true, one of them I clearly read too much into. Starting with the ones that I hit the mark on, this episode confirmed that Samonji did know Tokimune’s sister, Reika. Building on that revelation, it was strongly implied that he knows what happened to her too. From Samonji’s short talk with Quasimodo, who’s not only an old friend but an ex-comrade of his, we heard mention of the tragedy at Argent Point, which the people of Bellhals have covered up. That’s all fine and dandy, but what I wasn’t quite expecting (but didn’t rule out completely) is that Samonji and Reika may have had some romantic chemistry between them.
Whether or not their feelings were unrequited I don’t know, but the fact that Reika brought Samonji to the sunflower field and blushed like no tomorrow in front of him suggested that she liked him at the very least. Evidently, their past together–romantic or otherwise–helps explain why Samonji’s been so lenient with Tokimune up until now. It also puts a new perspective on the spiel that he gave him about never wanting to let his subordinates die. However, what it doesn’t shed any light on just yet is how Tokimune will react once he learns the truth behind his sister’s death and how Samonji was involved. While the opening sequence foreshadows that neither side will take it well, I get the feeling that it may be purposely trying to mislead us. Whatever the case, the whole conspiracy behind Argent Point is something that’s grabbed my attention in this series (…finally!).
Now as for the prediction that I clearly read too much into, that would be the idea that Ingelmia was transporting some new prototype for Richthofen to pick up from Gorzy. It sure seemed that way from their conversation last episode, but as it turns out, they were just shipping the parts for their current Trail Kriegers and reconstructing them within Bellhals to launch a surprise pincer attack from behind Arandas’ forces. That revelation put a damper on my anticipation of a rematch between Richthofen and Tokimune, plus the fact that Tokimune somehow got his “synchro rate” in high gear at a “Linkage Depth” of 17. All of a sudden, Tokimune was the superior pilot, which seemed odd to me because he was distracted by thoughts of his sister earlier and just scared of dying later. I would’ve thought that he’d synchronize well with Argevollen when he’s calm, composed, and focused, but I guess this series is going for a different angle with their neuro-link piloting system. Oh well. Judging from the preview, we’ll be introduced to some new characters next week and Argevollen will find itself in a pinch despite Tokimune’s improvement, so it looks like he’ll be taking a few steps back as well.