「 拡散 オンステージ」 (Kakusan Onsuteji)
“Scatter on Stage”
Given the imminent return to hostilities, it’s only fitting that we get one last array of performances to send us off, and let’s just say that they’re putting everything on the line this time around. Fan-service mixes with a virus-laced galactic broadcast to double as a source of income for the Platoon, and Bogue continues his role as a running gag by accidentally donating to the Walkure’s coffers instead of stopping their broadcast. The latter ends up serving as perhaps the only real source of humor this time around though, as the rest of the episode ends up filled with romantic sparkles and the revelation we’ve all been waiting for.
As expected, Hayate’s father is confirmed as the one who dropped the dimensional weapon on Windermere. The twist is that he annihilated the NUNS forces and their entire garrison base while he was at it, and it’s an interesting revelation that makes you wonder about his original intentions and the actual consequences of his actions. Given Wright’s apparently positive interactions with the Windermeres, one would assume that he did it to assist the latter or to stop the conflict in general, and he was successful in this sense, given that hostilities seemed to have stopped shortly afterwards. The problem is that the civilian casualties on the Windermere side bred resentment toward the organization he belonged to—even if he didn’t seem to be acting on their orders—and it’s exactly that resentment that brings us to the conflict we’re seeing now.
The can was merely kicked down the road so to speak, and what we’re seeing is the failure of Wright’s attempted intervention years down the line. The question that begs to be asked is how the Windermere masses not only don’t know who dropped the weapon (you’d think Wright would admit to his actions assuming he’s the person I think he is) but also don’t know that a NUNS base was the actual target. The fact that the NUNS lost their forward base and likely a significant amount of their forces seems like something that would be noticeable—unless it was blocked from ever reaching their ears, and the whole situation reeks of shady, behind the scenes antics. It wouldn’t be surprising if Gramia utilized the situation to his own benefit to rise up in the first place, and it’d be interesting to see if Roid (the guy watching Walkure videos in secret) even knew a single thing about it, or if he’s just playing into the hands of those behind the first conflict without even knowing it.
Either way, without confirmation that Wright’s actually dead, Hayate’s inevitable arrival on Windermere could also bring an unexpected reunion. At the very least, the latter gets a chance to correct the aftermath of his father’s fateful decision—something that could be instrumental in also restoring his relations with Freyja, which have been thrown into confusion despite the large amount of romantic sparks (and almost a confession!) we get this week.
Looking forward, Voldor returns once again as the next stage, and another fateful meeting could very well set things up for another series of twists and turns.