The episode starts with the crew of the postal ship getting their pay. With them, Akiyuki gets his first check. Afterwards, Akiyuki is talking with Akushiba and lamenting about how he’s caused nothing but trouble for Nakiami and Benikawa, and that he’s just happy getting paid anything. Akushiba reminds him to shut up and accept his payment.
On Sentan Island, Furuichi and Haru are deployed along with the remaining ASP squad to take down the test-type Xamdou that escaped. While the army has deployed at full force, Haru realizes that the Xamdou is not attacking back and she refrains from attacking. In the meanwhile, Furuichi goes all out. The Xamdou reaches the damn and looks out at a ocean to see a tall monolith with a large eye at the top. Haru sees the monolith too, however, when she asks Furuichi about it, he doesn’t see anything out at sea. At that moment the Xamdou sprouts wings and looks like he’s about to get away when Furuichi shoots its legs and the Xamdou goes down and begins to petrify.
On the postal ship, Akiyuki receives all the letters that Haru sent in the last episode. In the letter, Haru discloses how she joined the ASP Squad and that she’ll be deployed for Tsumebara pass in a few days. She hoped that they could meet then.
Haru is getting dropped off by Prois and the two are having a conversation. Haru mentions how she felt the test-type Xamdou might’ve been pregnant, but Prois passes it off as Stockholm Syndrome.
Akiyuki tries to get permission from Benikawa to go to Tsumebara pass. She allows him to leave, but forbids him from using the Beat Kayak. He next goes to Nakiami for her permission. While at first she’s against it, she eventually allows him on the condition that he takes Roppa with him. Akiyuki leaves soon after with Roppa and a tracking device.
Haru and Furuichi are talking with Toujirou about Tsumebara Pass. (Furuichi looks like he’s trying to suck up to the general). Toujirou talks about how a battalion was lost at the pass, and that their goal is to find survivors.
Akiyuki is walking through a forest when he spots what looks like a completly petrified Humanform. Nearby there is a wanderer who is collecting flowers. Akiyuki asks the man whether he’s headed in the correct direction to go to Tsumebara. However, when he mentions Tsumebara, the man goes nuts and transforms into a Humanform and starts to attack Akiyuki. During the fight, the tracker attached Roppa breaks. Akiyuki starts to engage the Humanform with his Xamdou powers, however, the fight is cut short when a young girl and her father(?) petrify the Humanform. From the looks of it, the father has Xamdou powers as well. Akiyuki spends the night at their place.
On the postal ship, Nakiami decides to look for Akiyuki after she lost track of him and leaves the ship in the Beat Kayak…
So this episode brings the biggest similarity to Eureka Seven thus far. We have two factions starting to emerge, one who is for the destruction of all Humanforms/Xamdous, and the other who wishes to understand them and cooperate. Sounds familiar to the conflict with the Coralians?
I really like how Haru has not been the stereotypical helpless girl, rather she’s getting an important role as someone who seems to be able to communicate w/ Xamdous/Humanforms. Furuichi on the other hand, is going in the complete opposite direction, I definitely see conflicts emerging between him and Akiyuki later on, maybe as soon as the next episode.
As much as I notice how there is no “romance” in the official genre listing, I can’t ignore the signs of a love triangle forming (maybe even a quadrilateral). We have hints of Akiyuki/Nakiami, with the head bump scene (which was cute =D), and even more hints of Akiyuki/Haru, with the tone of the letters. Also to add to the mix is how Furuichi seems to be flustered around Haru and how he gets frustrated when she mentions Akiyuki. With Furuichi, Haru, and Akiyuki all headed towards Tsumebara, and with Nakiami tailing close behind, I wouldn’t be surprised if all 4 end up meeting by next episode.
9.5/10 (solid plot and character buildup)