Action filled episode and everyone’s back ^_^.
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Hayate and the bousou program has been seperated and she revives the kishidan for starters, and then changes into her mahou shoujo form. The kishidan and others are happy to see her back(including me), especially Viita who breaks down. Hayate apologizes to Nanoha and Fayt for all the problems the Yami no Sho has caused.
Chrono interrupts to inform them that now, there’s two ways to stop the berserk program, one is to seal it with Durandal and the other is to shoot it with Asura’s new weapon, the Arkansil, to destroy it, and asks the kishidan of any other way to stop it. Apparently the first way is hard to pull off because Hayate and the program have been seperated, while shooting it with the Arkansil will result in a lot of collateral damage as the blast radius is a few hundred km’s. All of them are against either way and try to think of some other way to stop it. Arf gets irritated and complains why can’t they just use brute force to destroy it which somehow leads Nanoha, Fayt and Hayate to an idea and asks if it’s possible to shoot the Arkansil in space, to which Amy-san confidently replies yes and Chrono comes to a realization…
Meanwhile, Suzuka and Arisa are a safe distance away, watching everything unfolding. Arisa is worried but Suzuka calms her down, saying that Nanoha and Fayt are probably fighting there now. This leads Arisa to complain about why her Christmas Eve has turned out to be this way while Suzuka tries to restrain her :P.
Back to the scene, the plan is that everyone will break open the program’s barriers and when it’s core is revealed, Yuuno will teleport it into space where Asura can safely shoot it with the Arkansil. The plan is risky but everyone agrees to it and starts the preparation.With two minutes left before the program starts, Shamal heals Nanoha and Fayt with her powers.
With Zafira, Yuuno and Arf as the support team, the rest get ready to start hitting the barrier. The opening salvo is fired by Viita who uses her Graf Eisen’s Full Drive Giga Form (I think, at least that’s what I heard). Next up, Nanoha fires her Excelion Buster combo, consisting of Barrel Shot and Break Shoot fired consecutively. Signum follows up by changing Levantine into a bow(couldn’t catch the name though) and uses her Hayabusa attack followed up by Fayt using her Zanber. Zafira provides some support while Hayate takes the time to execute her attack, Mysteltain, that manages to hit the program’s body but it instantly regenerates. Chrono uses his Durandal for the first time and launches Eternal Cover to freeze the program, albeit a bit unsuccessfully.
Finally, Nanoha, Fayt and Hayate launches simultaneous attacks , with Nanoha’s Starlight Breaker, Fayt’s Zanber Plasma and Hayate’s Ragnarok. They successfully damage it enough to reveal the core and Shamal, Yuuno and Arf teleport it to outer space, where the Asura instantly hits it with the Arkansil, finally destroying it. Everyone is relieved and happy and Amy invites everyone to rest in the Asura. Unfortunately, Hayate suddenly collapses………
As expected from MSLN, episode 12 is the big final fight episode and everyone gets to show off their powers, including Hayate-chan :). It felt a little cheesy at times but it was still very much fun to watch. It truly felt like I was watching a RPG-type battle though, with everyone taking turns to hit the program, though it was a bit one-sided considering that the program didn’t really fight back well.
The kishidan are finally back and I couldn’t help but shed a little tear out of happiness to see them all back. Really, I kinda missed Viita and Signum quite a lot, as they really kick ass.
On to the fights, Hayate-chan’s Barrier Jacket is just sooo cool plus her attacks are all named from Nordic mythology, with attacks such as Mysteltain and Ragnarok ; Kakkoii +10 . I NEED to get more of Hayate-chan battling. Signum’s Full Drive took me by surprise, by turning into a bow considering she’s been using it as a sword all this while, but it still darn cool, especially when she sets it up. Viita’s Giga Mode kinda reminds me of a certain character in D-Grayman though. Ending it off with a triple combo attack was really kakkoi~~~ ^_-. I kinda pity Chrono though, he didn’t really get to show off more attacks.
The art was kinda funny at times though, I guess the same guy who did the episode with all the fish-eye-view angles was doing this episode, but overall it was good :). There’s also another insert song, “BRAVE PHOENIX” sung by Nana Mizuki. Really love her vocals ^_^.
However it would seem that Hayate’s still not fully cured yet and ending the episode with her collapse just really makes a big cliffhanger.Looks like it’s related to Linforce somehow, judging from the next episode preview. Plus the timing of the episode is just right on Christmas and hopefully we’ll get to see a happy ending with everyone :).