A totally amazing episode. Nanoha A’s quickly becoming one of the best shows this season, with all this twists.
Christmas is coming soon and everyone’s in to the festive mood. Fayt-chan has dinner over at Nanoha’s place and they discuss about Midoriya’s famous Christmas cake. After that, Nanoha, Fayt, Suzuka and Arisa chat about giving Hayate a surprise for Christmas.
On Christmas Eve, the four of them visit Hayate and they bump into the kishidan, who are with Hayate. After some initial shock between the kishidan and Nanoha and Fayt, they act as everything’s alright (although not including Vita-chan :).
After they leave, Nanoha and Fayt confront the kishidan and try to tell them what will happen after the Yami no Sho is completed.But their words fall on deaf ears and they start to fight, with Shamal maintaining a communications barrier to avoid Nanoha and Fayt contacting the Time-Space Adminstration Bureau. However Nanoha is interrupted half way by binds appearing out of nowhere and Fayt stops to scan the area for the intruder.
She manages to damage the masked man, who’s invisible but suddenly another one appears out of nowhere and kicks Fayt-chan away and binds her as well. The masked men then bind the kishidan as well, summoning the Yami no Sho to eat away at the kishidan’s Linker Cores, thereby completing the Yami no Sho. Zafira, who arrives later to try and stop them but fails, suffering the same fate as the rest, disappearing into thin air…..
After imprisoning Fayt and Nanoha in a crystal barrier, the masked men then change their appearances to the both of them, and summon out Hayate. In the guise of Fayt and Nanoha, they start to tell Hayate that she’s not going to be saved despite the completion of the book and point out that Shamal and Signum are gone. They proceed to destroy a fake of Viita and Zafira to the repeated pleas of Hayate-chan for them to stop.The Yami no Sho appears in front of Hayate, greeting her as Master. Hayate’s magic circle appears and turns from white to black….
Fayt and Nanoha finally manage to break out of the cage to discover a grieving Hayate. Out of anger, Hayate explodes and releases a seal on the Yami no Sho, engaging a transformation that turns her older with a uber cool gothic black outfit. Hayate then continues on to summon a gigantic black ball of energy……
What can I say about this episode? The shock factor is soo high. I was practically going all fanboy and shouting “HOLY SHIT!!!!” all around. Nanoha A’s has just really been elevated to one of the best shows for this season to me.
The story is heading over to a dramatic turn, with Hayate going berserk and utilizing the Yami no Sho’s power. According to Yuuno last episode, the Yami no Sho has potentially high and lethal destructive powers and it looks like it’s gonna be a quite a job for Fayt and Nanoha to stop Hayate-chan from running amok.
The existence of two masked men now explains how Fayt-chan was attacked so fast after Nanoha dealt with the first one.. I was quite shocked at the sudden appearence of the second one but now it makes sense and correlates with my theory that the masked men are Chrono’s father and his friend. We still need to see what part is Graham playing in all of this. He’s still suspicious and Chrono is thinking the same things as well.
Other than that, the part where Hayate was mentally tortured was really disturbing. It’s hard to imagine that this is still a mahou shoujo anime with the two masked bastards doing all that to my poor Hayate-chan t_t. By mentally manipulating her into thinking that Fayt and Nanoha were the ones who killed off the kishidan, it’s gonna be hard for Hayate-chan to calm down and stop. Still this is Nanoha here we’re talking about and we’re probably going to see a happy ending, hopefully. If they don’t, rest be assured, Nanoha A’s will be immortalized in me still. By the way, there’s really been a lot of comparisions made between Hayate’s battle outfit with Suigintou’s one. I have to say, they’re really somewhat alike, with the black-feathered wings and all.
The next episode will be a full on battle between Hayate, Fayt and Nanoha, with Chrono-kun facing off the masked men, potentially revealing their identities. Ahhh….. a total war on Christmas…. damn, they really know how to infuse the dramaticness…….