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Yep, still love this series.
Principal announces that the Robotics Club is to be disbanded because of it. Subaru is seriously injured but alive, though “he may never be the same” according to Kai; his father is furious, and JAXA’s higher-ups aren’t too pleased either. Jun blames herself for what happened (lending some credence to the notion that the accident was operator error – caused by her distraction when Kona went tumbling in the wind – rather than the wind itself) and Kai inadvertently makes her feel worse. In short, life sucks and everyone is miserable (and then there’s that apocalypse thing).
7th Kimijima Report when he gets a surprise visitor at its location: Sawada Toshiyuki (Miki Shinichiro as usual stealing every scene he’s in). There’s not much to be learned from his line of questioning – he seems intent on making Kai admit that he knows about Kimijima, though of course Sawada knows full well that Kai does indeed know. And the surprise call from Misa immediately afterwards is similarly vague. She warns him to “protect” the Kimijima Reports and not let anyone else know about them. I can’t think the timing of these two interventions is coincidental, though the puzzle is what to make of it – is Misa secretly working in opposition to her boss, or did they stage the event for Kai’s benefit – and if so, to what purpose?
dream she had about Misa prompted her, but I think she’d already decided). The reality, of course, is that in Aki’s mind “on her own” means with Kai’s help, and the scene between them at the hangar is the strongest of the episode. Kai definitely pushes her buttons on purpose in his initial refusal and declared intent to have Gunpro disassembled immediately – in my view both to test her mettle and make sure she’s serious, and to convert her lingering self-pity into anger. He then falls back on the earliest patterns of the series, saying he’ll only help if Aki can defeat him in a game of Kill Ballad – a game he promptly lets her win. We’re back where we started, with Aki and Kai alone against the world – except that Doc decides to disregard instructions to disassemble Gunpro 1 and 2 and instead continue the project at his workshop. This is fascinating given the eerie parallel between Subaru’s accident and Jun’s, and serves to prove the cathartic events of a few week’s back have healed his heart (I don’t think there can be any doubt that Doc’s involvement is going to bring Jun back into the picture). We also get a surprise savior in Mitchie, for whom the death of Mizuka has prompted a kind of reawakened conscience and awareness of his failings as a mentor.
promptly disseminates all the reports to the entire world (just moments after Misa – if it was really her – told him to guard their secret). This is obviously a huge game-changer but leaves us with some likewise huge questions. I’m still not sure, frankly, where Sawada, Misa and even Nae stand – Sawada’s behavior is very odd if he’s nothing more than a zealous Committee of 300 agent trying to protect a secret. I don’t believe we’ve ever been officially told who the fourth person in those old Robotics Clubs pictures is – I’ve guessed it was Kimijima but it doesn’t look much like him, and that’s surely a critical factor. In any event if it wasn’t already Kai’s cover is completely blown, and he seems to be in a wildly precarious position. And how will the world react to Kimijima’s allegations – will they be universally dismissed as the ramblings of a crackpot, or will they prompt someone to serious consider the science of which he speaks?