Totally great episode this time, with action, chracter development and sudden twists at the end.
Lindy-san is finishing off her duties and chatting with her friend in the Bureau. She’s supposed to be back for the Asura maintenance and her friend wants to know more about Fayt-chan. Meanwhile, Fayt and Nanoha are enjoying themselves at school. After class, the gang discusses about buying a keitai for Fayt-chan and finally, Lindy gets one for her.
Back in the Bureau, Yuuno and Chrono’s shishio’s are in the Mugenshoko (Infinite Archive, not assured correct) , a gigantic archive, where Yuuno’s using his clan’s specialty in archeology to search for information regarding the Yami no Sho, with the catgirls help.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, Amy’s just returned with the groceries for dinner. It seems that Lindy’s left for the Bureau, so they’re the only ones there, when suddenly the alarm rings out and they detect Signum and Zafira at a desert world. Fayt and Arf volunteer themselves to apprehand them, while Nanoha stays behind on standby.
Teleporting in, Fayt saves Signum in a pinch, where Signum’s got herself trapped by tentacles (what is it with tentacle monsters this week?!!), earning Fayt a reprimand from Amy that she’s supposed to capture her, not save her :P. Signum comments that she’s not gonna thank her and Fayt replies, “warui hito no jama ga, watashi no shigoto desu shi.” Pretty cool lines ^_^.
While, back to Amy, she’s just detected Viita on another world with the Yami no Sho with her. Without further ado, Nanoha heads for her.
Back at the Bureau, Lindy’s having a talk with Cmd. Gil. Something about “shitai”, which I don’t know it means either “corpse” or “task force”, but it seems pretty important. At the Mugenshoko, Yuuno discovers that Chrono’s father, Clyde (again, guessing) , died with another guy while sealing the Yami no Sho 11 years ago.
Back to Fayt vs Signum, the fight is getting on pretty intensively, with both Fayt and Signum evenly matched. In a flurry of attack and defense, of what must be the best fight to date in Nanoha, both are unable to gain an upperhand on each other. While Arf vs Zafira is also progressing at the same rate, with Zafira declaring that he’ll gladly sacrifice himself for his master.
Nanoha intercepts Vita while she’s being updated on the news about Signum by Shamal. She quickly focuses her attention to her, calling her, “Takamachi nanto-ka”, irritating Nanoha. Nanoha tries to ask Vita to sit down and talk, so that maybe she can help them. Vita hesitates for a while, then flatly refusing her, creates a smoke screen while she gains some distance away from her to teleport away.
However, Nanoha engages her Buster mode and uses two catridges to launch her “Divine Buster: Extension” extreme long-range attack. All seems lost for Vita, but after the smoke clears, the masked man has blocked Nanoha’s attack, allowing Vita to teleport away. Nanoha instantly attacks a second time, but the masked man stops her with some magical binds. Nanoha manages to free herself, but it’s too late with both of them gone.
Back to Signum vs Fayt, both of them are tired out and injured. As they both start their last attacks, the fight is interrupted when suddenly, the masked man’s hand reaches out of Fayt’s chest with her Linker Core, stopping the fight and ending the episode with a cliffhanger.
Another great episode this time, with the Fayt vs Signum action, Nanoha’s Buster mode, more information about Chrono’s background and also the sudden twist at the end.
As mentioned by moyism in the MAB shoutbox, there’s some funny camera angles this episode with the art being funny in a few places here and there. Check my caps for some examples.
Fayt pretty much stole the show here today, showing off some kickass moves in her fight against Signum and also giving off a few cool lines. I pity Signum a bit, being the 4th tentacle monster victim this week, after Erstin, Nina and Shiho, XD. Nanoha too has her share of the spotlights, being called “Nanto-ka” and totally kakkoi with her “Divine Buster: Extension” attack.
Quite some information about Chrono was given this episode, as we learn about his father’s death while sealing the Yami no Sho, 11 years ago, with the incident actually being witnessed by Chrono’s shishio’s. Too bad it was in vain, as the Book is still well around. This would explain Chrono’s anger at it and his determination to stop them.
However, this unearths some interesting aspects and theories. I have a lingering suspicion that the masked man is either Chrono’s father or the person who was supposedly died with him. Given how the guy easily blocks Nanoha’s attack, he must be quite powerful and experienced. During the Gil x Lindy conversation, Gil’s giving off quite a suspicious look, increasing my opinion that he’s somehow playing a part in all of this. Being that Nanoha is actually shounen anime disguised as mahou shoujo anime, I’m pretty sure that it’s all quite possible that Gil’s the real suspect. I’m pretty frustrated that I can’t understand the conversation fully.
The cliffhanger in the end with the masked man taking Fayt’s Linker Core out, is quite a shocker. I would hope that Signum’s not taking it, but according to the preview, she does :(. Perhaps Nanoha will arrive in time to save Fayt ^_^. The preview for the next episode shows that Shamal’s discovered that Fayt and Nanoha are nearby, thanks to camera phones and also Yuuno’s found out the whole history of the Yami no Sho.