As Otou at Sea Slugs laments, the “plot twists” are set up to try to drive you to feel surprised. They want you to go “holy cow, I didn’t expect that”. But honestly, I don’t think us as the audience are all that surprised any more. It would be more surprising if the show would finish one continuous thought, before randomly dropping something new on top of us. And with that, let’s dig into the last AO episode for the next two months.
Is anyone else wondering when Ao will finally take Truth head on? Ao has been given the ultimate equalizer; the Quartz Gun. At any point, he can just end Truth’s mad rage. But every time they confront each other, he refuses to pull the trigger. We’ve seen Ao reach the edge of letting his emotions go. But for whatever reason, he just wont let go on Truth. Of course it would be too anticlimactic if he killed him too soon.
Truth has now reached the ultimate final boss state. He’s part Secret, part Scub, and he’s merged with and IFO. The three powers present in this universe are all summed up in this one life form. In this final form, he’s reached a point where he can now act on his destructive mind-set. As Truth attacks Ao, he creates a massive wave of trapar, that is released into the surrounding areas. While it was disruptive to the IFO’s it has another effect. Remember all those Coral Carriers that are piloting IFOs in the area? Well, with increased trapar, comes a faster take over of the Scub in the human body. Such a convenient thing.
And in this weeks “Who’s side are you on” contest, we have a couple returnees. Elena makes her return to a very uninterested Ivica. And Team Harlequin, along with Mama Hannah, are teaming up with Pied Piper. Why doesn’t anyone care what side people are on?
On a less critical note, I’m glad to see Naru and Ao sit down together like they used to. That relationship had reached an odd and strange state. But with Naru bringing Ao to her, they have a chance to have some time with just the two of them. A little bit of Ao childhood innocence is found again, as he blushes after holding her hand. The scene as they sit and have dinner relives some of that early chemistry that we had between the two of them at the beginning of the show. The misunderstanding that Ao has about her relationship to Truth shows how clueless he still is to her feelings for him. She has always wanted to join him as an equal, to “fly with him”. Maybe with these two, we’ll get to relive a little bit of the love line that the original series had.
But, the last three minutes of this show sets the stage for the end of this series. We get to see a small hint at the come. We find Renton, in a search across time and space in search of Eureka. Along with a fantastic looking Nirvash, they rush into a Seven Swell Scub Burst in search of her. Even with that funny white patch on his head, Renton is a welcome site to this show. The dramatic union we’ve all been hoping for may actually happen. But, there is a long two month wait before we can see it.