This is finally the episode we have all been waiting for! The episode where the two ex-friend rivals face off at last. But before we get to the good parts, let’s start off from the top.
The episode begins with Chinatsu running up to Shirai to see if he is okay after his battle. Of course, we all know that Shirai is now Donnor, his LRIG. Chinatsu calls Kou in frustration, and Kou just laughs it off asking how she could possibly be surprised. Chinatsu thinks about it for a minute and deletes Shirai from her contacts, because after all, she swore that she was erasing all of her ties. Pretty mean, right?
Suzuko on the other hand is still checking in on Hanna and bringing her sweets. After what I imagine to be weeks, Hanna finally caves and invites Suzuko in. Hanna warns Suzuko about the battles. She tells her it’d be best to just let the coin time limit run out and be erased because winning truly isn’t all it’s chalked up to be. Suzuko tells Hanna she won’t give up, even if it mean being unhappy, because life is all about moving forward and rolling with the punches. Hanna is inspired by this and at last is able to let go of her brother’s death. Upon Suzuko’s departure, she comes across Donnor in Shirai’s body, who informs her of Kou’s cruelty.
While Suzuko is meeting with Donnor, Chinatsu is reporting back to Kou who wants her to wrap up her spat with Suzuko. Chinatsu takes the initiative to book her own personal battle with Suzuko, asking that they meet up at the playground the next day. Suzuko accepts and goes home. Once she’s home we see for the first time what her dad looks like. It’s obvious that he’s a neglectful father who’s a workaholic because as soon as he gets home, he turns Suzuko down for dinner. She then offers tea as an alternative, voicing that they spend hardly any time together, to which he says, ‘yes’. I think this is an important moment because she is finally getting what she was missing to start with. Attention from her family. Chinatsu goes home to a somewhat similar situation. She sits down to dinner and her folks tell her that her father’s job is finally going well again and they can afford to send her to whatever school she wants. The reason she went on a rampage in the first place is because she felt far more family and work related pressures than an average girl her age should have. Things are finally coming together for both girls, but obviously Suzuko has a stronger means of coping with stress than Chinatsu, since she didn’t completely shut the world out. Alas, now that things are improving, they still come to a head as the girls prepare for the upcoming battle.
They at last meet to battle. At first Suzuko is laying into Chinatsu, and they begin talking. Suzuko claims to be fighting to protect their memories when all Chinatsu wants to do is fight to forget them. Chinatsu ends up having a break down, caving in that she actually doesn’t want to erase Suzuko’s memories, except for the fact that she’s always been jealous of anyone other than her holding Suzuko’s attention. This eventually drove her heart mad with feeling and she just didn’t want to hurt anymore. Chinatsu was head over heels for Suzuko. Chinatsu breaks her berserk spell and begs Suzuko to end it. Suzuko steels herself and finishes Chinatsu off. Kou then comes in, pissed off that the two of them reconciled instead of tearing each other apart. He challenges Suzuko to battle him and the episode ends on a pretty epic note I’d say.
Reconciliation: Hanna and Suzuko reunite at last, and Hanna is able to accept her brother’s death and learns to move forward. Suzuko gets her father to finally understand that she has been missing him over some tea. Chinatsu and her parents finally are back on their feet, now that her father has made amends with his job. Ultimately the biggest reconciliation is that Suzuko and Chinatsu are okay with each other again.
I wasn’t completely shocked by this episode. I feel like I was able to see how it was going to end up pretty early on in the series, but I was still overall satisfied with how it turned out. I always knew Suzuko would come out as the strongest, even though she doesn’t appear necessarily strong. In fact I was a little disappointed with her battle against Chinatsu because I was hoping for a lot more back and forth moves against each other. We will see Suzuko fighting Kou in the next episode though, so I’m hoping for a bit more lengthier battle. Okay guys, I’ll see you next week!
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