If, like me, you've already decided that Lawrence (Reverse's enigmatic leader) is a bit of a bastard, then events in this episode won't surprise you at all. Gauche, on the other hand, doesn't appear to have been so quick on the uptake, and now has to work out what to do next'
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Gauche Suede is on his last delivery before a big promotion. In the outskirts of Yodaka, the darkest area of Amberground, Gauche is surprised to find that the package is a young boy named Lag Seeing. Lag had been traumatised by his mother's abduction and is due to be delivered to his aunt. In this remote area rife with Gaichuu, Lag and Gauche face a dangerous journey that inspires Lag to become a Letter Bee.
Lag and the others begin looking at how to lure out the Cabernet, using the abilities of Connor and Gus - but they're having to face up to the problem that they don't currently know where it's hiding, where it's heading, or what place it will resurface at. Meanwhile, Reverse's plans are reaching their final stage: in order to raise the strength of the Cabernet even further, Lawrence is planning to use the fortified hearts of those who were unable to become spirit, and transports them all to the place where he believes the Cabernet will appear next...
Back into the main action, then, although for all the talk about the Cabernet this episode we don't actually get to see it. Instead, the story revolves around what Lawrence is planning on feeing it next '" and after having already sacrificed a convent worth of nuns to it & his 'cause', the next little snack he has in mind for it proves to be the last straw for some.
Lawrence, you see, seems to be very keen on this idea of 'human sacrifice', using as many as he can find to increase the Cabernet's power to the point where it can outright destroy Amberground's artificial sun. The ends, he believes, outweigh the means '" how many lives will be saved by the fall of Amberground's government and the end of its cruel experiments, he reasons. Just don't ask him to sacrifice himself.
The problem here is that a few moments' though will reveal a myriad of problems with this plan, starting with the massive betrayal of trust that's involved (Lawrence hasn't bothered telling his latest batch of sacrifices what he has in mind for them), through there being no guarantee that the loss of the sun would make the government simply roll over, right up to the little detail of just how much life Amberground could support without the sun in the first place. These things are important, you know. Gauche takes umbrage to the betrayal of trust aspect '" in itself a big clue that 'Noir' is no longer and that Gauche is really back '" but has yet to decide how to tackle Lawrence on the matter without getting himself killed for questioning too much.
All of which relegates Lag and Connor's efforts to stop the Cabernet to a very minor part in the episode, which turns out to be no bad thing. Events elsewhere '" including back at the Hive '" turn out to be far more interesting, and what unfolds over the course of the episode appears to finally be setting us up for the show's final arc. About time, too.
Tegami Bachi still isn't back to its best, but it's getting there again with some nice setup as Lawrence shows his true colours and a few other little curious events are thrown in to the mix to keep us on our toes. Four episodes left, and things are hotting up nicely again.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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