Episode 11: ” The Water Bottom is Dry, the Moon is Full…”
SUMMARY: – Underneath the orange moon, we see a bunch of contractors dying, and it looks like Yin’s responsible for it. Hei is cooking a russian dish called pelmeni for the gang, and Suou offers to help. Hei says they’ll operate separately that day since he has to take care of his own problems. Suou says she’ll do the same and asks Hei to promise that he’ll come back, and he agrees.
Kobayashi tells Kirihara that BK-201 killed Youko. Kirihara can’t believe it and asks if they’re certain. Kobayashi says he is, since BK-201 was the one who kidnapped Youko. Kobayashi says he and Hazuki will deal with the Izanami case while he orders Kirihara and Shizume to continue investigating about Dr. Pavlichenko and Shion. Shizume is annoyed that they’re still kept in the dark about Izanami despite what happened to Youko. Kirihara then recites the lines from the Mitaka Documents about Izanami and Izanagi (see episode 9), surprising Kobayashi. He then quotes, “The sign shall be a rising crescent moon that never sinks. When it becomes full, Izanami will reach her final month of pregnancy(?)” Kobayashi notes he kept this from them to avoid unnecessary panic. He says that interpretations of this prophecy once circulated before and that brought about the Heaven’s War in South America. Izanami’s awakening seems to be inevitable and that the only one way to prevent the prophecy from coming true is to capture Izanagi and kill him before he meets with Izanami. Mao thinks Hei has gone off to find Yin, stating that Hei believes that he was the one who changed Yin into the threatening Izanami/Yin now, so he blames himself for it. Suou thinks that’s why Hei believes he has to end it himself, so she has to do the same thing on her side and decides that she’ll find Shion and talk to him. Suou, Mao and July go to the aquarium, where Suou is surprised to find her father alive. Dr. Pavlichenko tells her that the one who died (see episode 1) was a copy he prepared. Suou notes that copy is just like her, saying that she learned from her mom that the real Suou died 8 years ago.
Doc is disappointed to hear that Asako is still immature and irresponsible, adding that she doesn’t understand him or Shion. He tells Suou that she should think that she isn’t dead or a copy, but instead that she’s alive with her own memories and feelings and that she was brought back to life through Shion’s powers. Doc reveals that Shion didn’t become a contractor during the meteor shower incident 2 years ago, but he was actually born a contractor and Suou was never there to begin with during that fateful day since she was already dead at that time. Through Shion’s contract, Suou was copied. Shion’s copies had one detail that was different from the original, but he thinks that’s not important now. Shion created Suou’s memories and Doc placed it via the ME, and the happy memory with her family in the aquarium was Shion’s present for her. Suou asks her father to let her see Shion so she could talk to him. Meanwhile, Kirihara and Shizume’s team are able to successfully locate Shion. July suddenly seems to hear from someone that Section 3 is coming, so he grabs Suou’s hand and runs off to an escape route. Apparently, he heard from Madame Oreille’s Goldilocks dolls. They note that their hideout had been found too. Oreille then gets a call from John Smith. Shizume manages to block Suou and company’s escape route. Doc manages to shoot at Shizume and got the chance to get away from Shizume. As they were running away, one of Section 3’s other contractors attacks Suou and company. Doc gets wounded trying to save Suou.
Meanwhile, an armed Kirihara runs into Oreille (who’s dressed in a futuristic Power Rangers-looking outfit, haha) and carrying a gun that’s made by Dr. Schroeder. Oreille says she’ll explain later, but leaving that place is their priority as there’ll be a bloodbath there soon as the Americans are after Izanami and Izanagi too. Kirihara seems to be worried about Suou, but Oreille says Suou must have been well-trained by Hei for situations like this. Suou goes on contactor mode to face off with Shizume. She runs off and asks Mao to look after the wounded Doc. Suou manages to defeat Shizume with her improved fighting and shooting skills. Unfortunately, Doc had lost a lot of blood from his wound and is dying. He tells Suou that he’s happy to have met her again before he died. Before he dies, he instructs Suou to never take off the necklace until Shion says it’s OK to do so. Before Shizume can destroy Doc’s body, John Smith of the CIA appears and says that the Doc’s memories are valuable and he seems to be planning to extract it. Meanwhile, Hei finds Izanami’s box empty and instead finds an angry Hazuki is waiting for him in order to avenge Youko’s death.
After the ED, Shion is apparently inside Hell’s Gate and they are being led there by July through the instructions of Oreille’s Goldilocks dolls. Upon arriving at the opening (where Hei and company entered through back in season 1 episode 24), Kirihara is there with Oreille and the Goldilocks dolls. Oreille cheerfully greets Mao with “Hi, Ricardo~!” An embarrassed and annoyed Mao tells her not to call him that since he’s not her lover or anything anymore. Just then, Oreille asks where Suou is. Mao says she was with them just a while ago. Goldilocks dolls say that Suou and Shion’s feelings have connected, adding that the Gate is a place where any wish can be granted, but also a place where you lose something. Suou finds Shion, but he appears to be dead.
~end of episode
IMPRESSION: Ohoho, Mao knows Oreille and they used to be lovers?! Haha, that was an amusing revelation. Poor Suou, losing everyone she cares about. T_T Although I’m not too sure if Shion is dead or if he’s just knocked unconscious. After so many episodes, John Smith makes his appearance again (we last saw him in episode 3). I wonder what he’s up to.
So it looks to me like that time paradox thing I was speculating about isn’t happening, which then means that Oreille can’t be Amber. It’s also interesting that Mao appears to know Oreille quite well (we also
find out that Mao’s name is Ricardo~), so that ultimately scraps my speculation of Oreille possibly being some sort of incarnation of Amber too. But maybe she has a similar power? The power to see the future or something like that? Or perhaps she is in contact with someone who has a similar contract as that? Or Amber left her a set of instructions too? At this point, I don’t think Oreille seems to be a bad person since it looks like she’s trying her best to help out Kirihara and Suou. I’m also a bit curious how the Goldilocks twins are able to communicate with July. What’s their medium? Yin needs water, July needs glass, but those twin dolls were able to communicate with July with what looks like maybe telepathy. Oh, and that gun made by Dr. Schroeder… I thought it looked like a more compact version of the power-sucking thingamajig that Youko used against Hei in episode 2. I believe they also mentioned that they’re familiar with Dr. Schroeder’s studies in episode 3. Maybe that concept/weapon would play a part in the finale too.
I’m still wondering who killed Youko. If there were any hints in this episode as to who killed her, I didn’t catch it. I think it’s quite obvious that Hei is being framed for Youko’s death and whoever’s framing him is probably expecting Hazuki to fight with Hei to death. But why? I still can’t figure out what Hazuki’s connection is with the general plot, but I guess we’ll know about it in the next episode.
It was also revealed that Shion was a contractor since birth. Aww, he loved his sister so much that he was able to make an impeccable copy of her during the meteor incident when he was dying. Hmm… if Shion is indeed dead or had been knocked out, then maybe the same person who killed Youko is also responsible for it… Hmm… Why kill Youko though? To know where Izanami is hidden? It also seems to me that someone took Izanami and brought her inside Hell’s Gate. I think that those contractors dying inside the Gate are working for Section 3… Maybe they’re trying to stop Izanami… But why let her out of the box in the first place if they knew she was that powerful and threatening? Who’s pulling the strings? How were they absolutely certain that Shion is the Izanagi? I don’t remember if it was mentioned previously. Couldn’t it have been possible that the interpretation is wrong and Suou could be the Izanagi? Or perhaps Hazuki? Or maybe even Hei? Hmm.
Props to Kirihara for having the guts to go inside the Gate with Oreille and equipped with just a gun and a bulletproof vest, considering that she could be facing off with contractors inside. Speaking of Kirihara, she still hasn’t been able to tell Hei and company about Amber’s message (see episode 9). I know that message involves something about the prophecy, but I wonder what it says. I think Kirihara’s bound to meet with Hei again. Oh, and I do hope he doesn’t try to kill her again when that happens. ^^;;
Argh, it’s the final episode next and I still have a bunch of questions. I don’t think they’d all be answered, but I hope most of them would be. I hope. I’m also assuming I’d have to watch season 2’s finale more than twice too before it’d sink in properly in my head (like I did with the season 1 finale as that blew my mind away with the explanations and stuff).
Episode 12 preview… It’s the final episode of season 2. It looks like Suou, Yin, Kobayashi, Oreille and Kirihara will cross paths inside the gate. It also seems to be a given that Hazuki and Hei will continue their fight.
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