“A Maiden’s Tear That Sparkled Through the Night”
“Yoru wo Tsuranuku Shoujo no Namida” (夜をつらぬく少女の涙)
And Captain Earth kicks off again with a super dramatic episode that hits a lot closer to home this time, with Hana being the episode’s prime focus. The UST (unresolved sexual tension, for those of you who aren’t avid fanfiction readers) was strong in this one, with a whole load of fatalism and “SO CLOSE” moments that were enough to drive anyone insane. Still, I enjoyed this episode; it was a little different compared to previous ones with all the romance and personal drama.
What happens: Well, we get a new OP and ED for one, which was pretty exciting and something I was waiting for seeing as we’re at the halfway point. Gotta say that I loved the previous OP but this one might just grow on me! ^^ Onto what actually happened, though, basically Akari is insistent on she and her teammates having a bit of a vacation considering everything that’s happened, and the fact that Hana hasn’t sensed any orgone energy reprisals in their immediate future. So, the four head off to a fancy schmancy little resort for a few days with Akari playing matchmaker for Hana and Daichi and Teppei just watching everything unfold with a mixture of amusement and concern. Hana’s not exactly at her best or her happiest, though, and one night Daichi wakes up to find her crying next to his bed. Her words aren’t exactly encouraging as she wonders whether she should have just killed him but then explains immediately after that she loves him but knows he’ll hate her if he knew what she truly was. Teppei shares his concerns with Akari that whenever Hana kisses Daichi, it’s possible that she’s got the same power as the rest of the Kiltgang, i.e., the ability to transfer and receive thoughts and emotions and it’s likely that whatever Daichi’s feeling or thinking in his sleep has made Hana fearful of her own nature.
At the same time, Kube, growing suspicious of Puck’s loyalties towards him, threatens to switch him off if he finds out that he’s got his own agenda in regards to the Designer’s Children. Nevertheless, Amara and Moco, who are tired of Kube’s condescension and treating them like children by taking away privileges he thinks he has control over, asks Puck to destroy Tanegashima by directing a massive asteroid towards it, with the intention of destroying Globe’s base. In the midst of a semi-romantic-semi-dramatic encounter with Hana, Daichi and the rest of the gang get the call that the asteroid is headed towards Globe but have no way of stopping it in time. That’s of course until Hana steels herself and runs to the beach, using her powers to access Blume and destroy the asteroid before it reaches earth. It’s a pretty incredible display of power and strength on Hana’s part that leaves Daichi in awe. But Hana, afraid and defensive and “not the girl Daichi thinks she is” runs away in a feat of histrionics and leaving a very confused Daichi in her wake.
Episode Highlights: The almost-kiss was actually a highlight for me because that whole angle and the soft lighting and the tension was done so well. Not overdone or cheesy at all in my opinion. I also just enjoyed looking at Daichi’s eyelashes and marvelling at how long and pretty they are. No boy should have lashes that fierce. It was also refreshing to see Hana’s serious face for once as we all know she’s adorable and pretty but there was something really dark and exhilarating about her when she used her powers. It was the face of a girl who knows the destruction she’s going to bring and that dangerous glint in her eyes was a brilliant moment.
The Verdict: I enjoyed this episode because of he romantic-drama genre it exhibited and the fact that we’re learning more about Hana, who clearly isn’t the soft-spoken, happy-go-lucky girl she’s been presented to be the whole time. There were hints obviously, of something insidious underneath but it really shone through here without being melodramatic and cliche. Well done, show!