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.