Episode 09: “A Sudden Meeting on a Certain Day…”
SUMMARY: Kirihara listens again to the audio file she obtained from Hourai (see season 1 episode 25) and stumbles upon a hidden message from Amber, stating that whoever’s listening must be connected to Hei somehow, if the past hasn’t changed. July and Suou are on the train and she’s still mulling over Hei’s confusing words and behavior. Kiko and her friend are in the the train too. They think Suou looks like one of the characters from their favorite anime series and Kiko was forced to approach her.
Hei finally shaves and cuts his hair back to the way it was before and re-equips himself with his awesome black coat and knife. Section 3 is having a meeting about the incident with Tanya and a rifle found on top of a building that’s similar to the one summoned by Suou (who they still think is Shion). They’re also unsure if Suou/Shion is indeed Izanagi. Kirihara wonders if the person with Hei (Suou) is just a decoy and that the real Izanagi and Dr. Pavlichenko may already be in Tokyo. She notes that BK-201’s actions may not necessarily coincide with the Pavlichenkos plans, as he would probably go after Izanami/Yin the moment he’s in Tokyo. Kiko takes in Suou who got sick and gives her a change of clothes (apparently making Suou cosplay, without her being aware of it). Meanwhile, Kirihara follows up on her investigation. She notes that Amber is a contractor that holds the “Memory of the Future,” once a member of MI6 and led the EPR, and she used to work with BK-201 during the Heaven’s War in South America (see season 1 episode 6 and episode 23… I think). She follows the instructions that Amber left in the audio file and was able to gain access to a CD that contains the Mitaka Documents. Amber wants Kirihara to pass on to Hei and company whatever Kirihara finds out from the documents, so that no one will make a mistake in what was about to take place. Meanwhile, Kiko takes Suou, July and Mao to Gai and they help her find her mother.
Back at Section 3, Kirihara and company are kept in the dark by the higher-ups regarding Yin/Izanami’s whereabouts and that only a few people besides Kobayashi knows about it. Kirihara ponders what she found out from the Mitaka Documents, a part of which states that:
“Izanagi gazes upon the false sea bottom, waiting for Izanami. Izanami will cross the sea bottom, and eventually, the two will meet. When they do, heaven and earth will split into two, and the Gate of Hell will open it’s way there. From the Gate will come forth a being unknown and strife will continue for eternity.”
Kirihara thinks it sounds quite ridiculous, but her gut feeling tells her that there will indeed be some sort of catastrophe when Izanami and Izanagi meet. Suou and company along with Gai and Kiko continue to search for her mother by following the sights that her mother took pictures of in her photo collection (the book that Suou carries with her). While Suou was left alone on the rooftop, Madame Oreille appears out of nowhere and voluntarily tells Suou where she could find her mother, who’d be arriving by plane to Haneda that night. She gives out another one of her cryptic-ish hints regarding who Suou would really like to meet up with, other than her mom. Suou sadly thinks of her father, Shion, and Hei. Oreille then suddenly disappears.
Meanwhile, Shizume and Kirihara are continuing their own investigations. Kirihara somehow figures out that the information regarding Hazuki and Youko’s current whereabouts had been leaked. They’re going to Haneda. We meet Hazuki’s grandfather, who asks Hazuki if she could visit her mother since she doesn’t have much time left to live anymore. Apparently, she has bitter feelings toward her gramps and just disregards his request, saying that contractors are cut off from their family and act based on reason and not on emotion. Hei manages to infiltrate that building and easily gets hold of Youko. Hazuki the gets a call from Shizume, who asks about Youko.
Youko actually left the room earlier to give Hazuki and her gramps some private time to talk. Upon realizing the urgency in Shizume’s voice. Hazuki leaves to search for Youko. Kirihara and Shizume manage to almost catch up with Hei at the airport terminal. Kirihara finally sets her eyes on Hei again, but wasn’t able to talk to him at all. Hei easily shakes off Shizume who was giving him chase. Hazuki catches up with Hei and they fight, but Hei gets the upper hand quite effortlessly and escapes. Hazuki wonders if she may be concerned about her mother’s health after all. Meanwhile, inside the airport, Suou finally meets her mother, who immediately runs to Suou and gives her a big hug, saying she missed “Shion” so much.
After the ED, inside in her mother’s car, Suou cheerfully notes that her mom got them mixed up again. She’s actually Suou and not Shion, which causes mom to hit the brakes so suddenly eventually saying that she can’t be Suou because Suou died 8 years ago.
~ end of episode
IMPRESSION: Holy snaps. Poor Suou. T_T I did not see that one coming. Suou died 8 years ago?! What is she then? A doll? A clone? Either that, or her mother was lied to. Suou is bound to have some emo moments in the next episode. Imagine how you’d feel if you’re told that your existence is apparently a lie. A regular commenter (Mr. E) in my DtB posts thinks that Shion’s power could be “resurrection” or something related to that, and I think his theory is quite plausible since that could explain why Dr. Pavlichenko and Suou are alive after supposedly being dead already. I’m quite curious to learn about Shion’s true ability too, and why he (if he’s indeed the Izanagi) is a possible threat to humanity if he crosses paths with Yin/Izanami. I was quick to assume that Shion’s ability was similar to Suou’s since the previous episode showed Shion apparently shot Tanya with a rifle, although it wasn’t really shown that he summoned the rifle. So yeah, I’m still not sure what exactly Shion’s contract is. I’m also still curious about Mao’s connection with Suou and her family since he’s been acting as Suou’s “guardian,” watching over her ever since episode 2. I’m sure we’ll know more about both of those soon.
So, it seems like the Mitaka Documents indeed contains some sort of prophecy about Hell’s Gate and the fate of the world/Tokyo (gosh, it reminded me quite a bit of the Rambaldi prophecy subplot that the TV series “Alias” had :D). I wasn’t expecting Amber to have such a significant role this season, but yeah, it does make sense since she had the ability to jump through time. I still can’t figure out Madame Oreille. If they’ve dropped clues all over the past episodes about her purpose or end game, I must admit that I haven’t picked up on those yet. I can’t even tell if she’s good or bad. I see her as something like a trump card, kinda like what Amber was back in season 1, where Amber was sort of the key towards everything that happened towards the end. So it’s likely that Oreille could be one of the good guys too. With these references to Amber, could there be some sort of time paradox that has taken place in this DtB world? Hmm. Without Oreille’s help and hints, Kirihara wouldn’t be as close to finding out about what’s going on as she is now. She even almost, almost, managed to confront Hei, if only they weren’t chasing him for kidnapping Youko. Heh.
Oh, and the last few minutes was a lot of fun to watch. I was almost at the edge of my seat during the chase scenes. I loved the BGM around that part too and I thought it fit quite nicely with what was going on. It gave the right vibes and the slow motion effects made those scenes even better. I think the newly shaved and knife-equipped Hei kidnapped Youko to and get some information on Izanami/Yin… and maybe also to try and ask her if she knows how to get back his powers back? But really, he’s just so darn awesome (and scary) when he’s in his serious business mode and able to fight on a level field with contractors. He did it without much effort too. His notoriety as the “Black Reaper” is indeed no lie. I wonder what Amber wants Kirihara to tell Hei and company. Amber’s voice over got cut off with something like “… Hei will…” I was like “Eh? Hei will what?!” Gah, such a teaser to leave the rest of that sentence out. I have a feeling it concerns some of the lingering questions that Hei has about himself as a contractor and human… Anyway, I doubt we’ve heard the entirety of the Mitaka Documents’ contents in this episode.
I kinda knew they would tell us some of Hazuki’s backstory since episode 7, when that old man Kobayashi was reporting to commented about Hazuki’s family. But even so, I’m a bit baffled why they decided to introduce some of Hazuki’s story now… I mean, there’s only 3 more episodes to go before the season 2 finale… Could it be that she has some deeper connection to the main plot of the story? Hmm. Looking forward to episode 10!
Episode 10 preview… We see the Astronomy Department where Kanami works at, a great flash of flight around the Hell’s Gate area, a fire, and Suou and July sleeping on the streets?
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