“True Begin”

No screencaps for this post for now, due to hardware limitations. Need to upgrade the clunker in this house.

  • Alto makes dinner for Sheryl, and she drinks herself drunk, enjoying being indulged by Alto.
  • Grace’s intention is shown in a Ranka flashback. She wants to combine her cybernetic implants with the Vajra’s zero-time fold wave communications.
  • Ranka and Brera face a “welcoming committee” from the Vajra. Her song manages to keep them at bay for a while, but not for long.
  • Ranka inevitably gets kidnapped by Ai-kun turned bad. She also finally recalls who Brera is… her brother. Brera tries to save her, but Grace shows up and turns him off in to Slave mode.
  • Alto is given the lowdown by Leon and Bilrer on the true nature of the Vajra and what Ranka is; she is a human conceived to coexist with the V-type virus, therefore she shares the same fold-wave network as the Vajra, which makes her a sort of beacon for them, and with the Vajra looking to destroy humans, not very good for them.
  • Following that, a hospital visit reveals Sheryl isn’t taking her medication to make her fold-wave powers stronger. Alto bumps in to his brother and sick father at the hospital, and his brother tells him to come back to his true path, to become an actor, rather than continue killing as a soldier. This rattles Alto further.
  • Alto and Klan have a conversation with each other, focusing on Ranka. Alto reveals that all the things he did from the time he chose to enlist, was mainly to protect Ranka. But now, with the fate of the millions living in Frontier in the balance, if he has to kill her, then he will. Klan wonders if that’s his “love”.
  • Sheryl overhears the conversation as well, shedding a tear as she confirms what she’s realized all this while. As Frontier prepares for a fold-leap to the Vajra planet, Sheryl launches a paper airplane that ominously drops to the ground after a moment of flight.
  • Next episode preview: Grand battle between Vajra and NUNS, while Sheryl sings on a stage reminiscent of the climatic battle in DYRL.

Man, the dinner between Alto and Sheryl was such a fun yet sad scene at the same time, with the spectre of Sheryl’s fatal illness between them. Things revealed in this episode make me suspect that Grace intentionally caused the infection in Sheryl, probably in continuation of her research after losing the key that was Ranka. Ironically, the power has only manifested itself, albeit with deadly consequences, leaving her obstacles with a future key to fight against the Vajra. I guess Sheryl’s death is looking more and more likelier, especially with that ominous paper airplane scene and the episode preview for “Final Frontier”.

Alto is thankfully less irritating already, and with the show having only 2 episodes left, he’d better not be. The dinner scene gained back some brownie points for me, while revelations of his cooking skills really makes him more feminine. He still seems lost as to what his “true path” is, but for now he’s made a choice to protect Frontier even at the cost of Ranka, and we’ll see if he’ll be able to do that if it comes down to it.

Revelations about Ranka mainly confirmed much that has already speculated, and the only surprise for me was Brera being her brother. Grace is coming along as the evil mastermind fairly well. Evil Inoue Kikuko is truly evil. Her research, however, sounds pretty interesting. Zero-time communications over light years? That’s truly a dream come true.

14 Comments

  1. Haesslich Said,

    September 12, 2008 @ 2:06 pm

    So, it looks like Grace bullied or conned Ranshe Mei into conceiving a child to control Vajra ny being able to exist with them.. and that Grace DOES want to have access to the Vajra for both control and communications purposes. Plus, Alto’s decided to kill Ranka because he may have to – and has said nothing about saving her, given that she’s likely to be a Vajra Beacon no matter where she goes.

    And you only now figured that out? I would’ve thought Klein’s revelations about the test subject with a V-type infection in Episode 15 or so would’ve clued you in about Sheryl, especially with that photo of a Sheryl-alike… or the Luca briefing last ep, which said that Sheryl had been infected ten years ago.

    I do find it interesting the Ranka-shippers have locked onto the ‘for Ranka’ thing as the reason for an AltoxRanka ending, even though Alto’s said nothing about saving her now – just killing her, to protect his people. He took on the SMS job to protect Ranka, as he’s felt responsible for her since way back when he met her in Ep 1… but wanting to protect someone doesn’t make a relationship, especially not when he’s now promised to kill her.

  2. Crusader Said,

    September 12, 2008 @ 2:29 pm

    My Alto-hime has chosen to defend the Fatherland until death! Honor and blood, for the the Northern Cross. Sheryl has resolved to do the same thing, truly she has grown into a magnificent woman from that haughty person we saw in episode 1. It would be a pity if Alto-hime and Sheryl never get together since they suit each other so well. Thankfully Sheryl is made of some tough stuff and did not breakdown and weep for her lost love. At least Sheryl will have one happy memory of life with Alto-hime.

    If Ranka is an enemy, if she intends to harm the Fleet then Alto-hime will not let Ranka have her way. Hime will bomb Ranka and her bugs to oblivion if they so much as look at Frontier funny. The line has been drawn by Alto-hime only Ranka can cross it.

    Now I want to see a Grace Bullies Ranshe OVA, now that would make science fun again.

  3. manga Said,

    September 12, 2008 @ 2:59 pm

    Question: With Ranka recalling “someone” tucking her into an escape pod. Ozma going “You´re” and “It can´t be” when and after he fought Brera and Brera´s “I don´t have any memories, but somehow I will always protect you even at the cost of my life” lines aren´t big markers of that he is Ranka´s presumed “dead” brother?

    And with how the last eps have gone, espacially the last one where the V-type virus was explained Ranka´s identity was pretty much clear. Only question was what Grace wanted out of it all.

    Oh well. Trainwrecked show nr 2 this season confirmed. Why does it all feel so damn rushed? So slow paced in the beginning, then BOOM and now we have deaths, revelations and everything in a couple of few episodes? Bad scenario writting I have to say.

  4. soloista Said,

    September 12, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

    Yasaburo is getting on my nerves now.

  5. Ithekro Said,

    September 12, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

    Instant communications across the galaxy using the crystals….with both Sheryl and Ranka having crystals. I’m still seeing both in one body at the end of this for some reason. Who’s body is the question.

    The biggest actual puzzle is what Grace is doing. What is her goal? Instant communications across all space….okay, for what? A Sharon Apple thing to control all the human colonies? A less evil thing (evil to get there by the ultimate goal is good) and use the system to setup a song that pacifies the galaxy..humans, Zentrati…everyone…any species. Galactic Peace, though superior communications and the power of song?…bought wth the blood of many, many people and aliens? Use the instant communcations network so that she is everywhere (and thus at least in some respects a god of the galaxy?). But what will that do even (unless she sings..please have her sing).

    Or we get the hard leason type ending. Alto dies, Sheryl dies, Ranka dies. It would seem like a pointless ending, unless they pull it off as tragic somehow….so many possibilities…only “two” episodes left.

  6. Haesslich Said,

    September 12, 2008 @ 5:08 pm

    Ithekro: Instant communications + fold crystals for MDE’s and jump drives = galactic control. If you can communicate in real-time to any part of the galaxy and move troops there almost as quickly, PLUS are tied into the Vajra-net to possibly control them… then you can rule galactic civilization, as you can monitor worlds in real-time for any dissent and crush it before it gets out of hand. She’s already said there’s room for only ONE ruler of the galaxy, and has pretty much promised the audience that Leon won’t be alive long enough to enjoy doing so. Which means she and her collective are likely to be it, especially if she can join VajraNet and communicate across sectors of space with no delay, and by implication monitor them and/or control the Vajra.

    Of course, Ranka’s probably not going to go along with any of those plans, but heaven knows how she’ll react when she sees Brera-nii trying to kill Alto and then when she greets Alto with “You came to rescue me” gets told that he’s come to kill her instead because she’s joined the Vajra… or something like that.

  7. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 12, 2008 @ 8:58 pm

    @Haesslich:

    >>And you only now figured that out? I would’ve thought Klein’s revelations about the test subject with a V-type infection in Episode 15 or so would’ve clued you in about Sheryl, especially with that photo of a Sheryl-alike… or the Luca briefing last ep, which said that Sheryl had been infected ten years ago.

    That was because the way it was presented made it seem that it could have been a natural infection, not intentionally done by some one with an ulterior purpose. I assumed Sheryl had contracted the infection naturally, even of her being one of the rare survivors on the 111th Expeditionary Fleet, but it seems I was wrong.

    It just makes any death of Sheryl a bit unfair, but then, if it wasn’t for all that, she would’ve been still in the slums of Galaxy, so I guess life is fair one way or another.

    >>but wanting to protect someone doesn’t make a relationship

    How wonderfullly true. Well, the ending is still out in the open. Some have mentioned this episode is somewhat like how true tears episode 12 was, so let’s not count our eggs before it hatches, although one can wager on the number of eggs before hand :).

    @Crusader: Not before they make a Klan Klan OVA!

    @manga: I was guessing more on the lines of “childhood friend who’s like a brother to me” rather than her real brother, as they were trying to kind of create a love triangle between Brera, Ranka and Alto as well. As i said, “the only surprise to me”.

    @Ithekro:

    >>Instant communications across the galaxy using the crystals….with both Sheryl and Ranka having crystals. I’m still seeing both in one body at the end of this for some reason. Who’s body is the question.

    That’s actually quite a weird image/suggestion there.

    And zero-time communication over space is a huge, I mean, REALLY HUGE leap forward for us as a terrestial race to a space-faring one. Can you imagine “lagless” Internet… OVER GALAXIES? Try thinking on the lines of downloading a Blu-Ray ISO from Alpha Centauri nearly immediately. That’s what it means.

    Of course, like what Haesslich adds, it also means whoever can utilise this technology will be able to control the galaxy. It’s a frightening but fun idea to be ruled by Belldandy Grace, surprisingly, lol.

  8. T_I Said,

    September 12, 2008 @ 10:51 pm

    So what does Leon wnat?

  9. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 13, 2008 @ 1:10 am

    Probably to be the new overlord of the NUNS, or something on that lines. He’s quite generic as a villain when it comes down to it, isn’t he?

  10. Haesslich Said,

    September 13, 2008 @ 3:33 am

    Sheryl was never with the 117: Ozma was, as was Ranka. Sheryl was infected ten years ago, a year after the 117th went down – and was found by Grace. After that, four years later, Grace puts out a paper on v-type infections with photos of a girl who looks like Sheryl. V-type infections happen through blood or bodily-fluid transfer – and we saw tubes going into Sheryl in that photo, plus in episode 18 Grace taunts Sheryo by saying that Sheryl spent a long time in the hospital after she was found… implying that was when Sheryl got infected, and the mocking tone suggests it wasn’t an accident.

    See how that chain of clues comes together? Episode 22 just spelled it all out fir those who weren’t sure. Between episodes 15-18 we got all the data we needed about how Sheryl got to this point but the exact date of infection which was supplied by 22.

  11. Jounin Said,

    September 13, 2008 @ 7:43 am

    I wouldn’t count anything Leon says to be true. He is still hiding something and he is not about to tell a “grunt” like Alto anything unless it furthers his goal. What if what he says is to provoke Alto into killing Ranka? If Leon knows that Ranka is key to Grace’s plan, then the best thing to do is to kill Ranka, right? Alto still doesn’t know what he truly wants and is letting people of authority influence him too much. I bet that it will take Ozma intervening to make Alto realize that sacrificing one person for the whole, while an “easy” choice, may not be the right one.

  12. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    September 13, 2008 @ 12:25 pm

    Haesslich: As I said, I was thinking in a totally wrong direction. I suppose I wasn’t even paying proper attention to the plot details as well.

    Well, now I’m pretty darned clear on what has happened, thank you.

  13. Haesslich Said,

    September 13, 2008 @ 12:57 pm

    Jounin: Or he’s just too angry at the Vajra to accept Ranka’s ideas as possibly being correct, which means that Leon’s telling him what he wants to hear – both because Leon thinks he can use Sheryl to control the Vajra for however long Sheryl lives, and because killing Ranka removes any confusion from the Vajra chain of command. At this point, Alto’s decided he’s going to protect Frontier instead of Ranka, so now he’s flying to protect his homeship even though he hates the low skies that keep him from feeling any sense of freedom, shifting his ‘need to protect’ from Ranka to Sheryl and Frontier.

    Kuro: Well, Ep 18 eliminated the possibility it was a natural infections. The whole “You spent a long time in the hospital after I found you” bit combined with the earlier reports that Klein found kinda gave away the game. It’s just you and a few others got a different idea from the statement, and Ep 22 was what was required to say ‘hey, you got infected ten years ago, Sheryl. You’re doomed’.

  14. yanipheonu Said,

    September 14, 2008 @ 1:58 am

    “the only surprise for me was Brera being her brother”

    It was so obvious it could have been seen from space….

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