It’s Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom episode 4, and Zwei is not a full-time assassin, this time taking on a particularly risky job with Ein.
Ein and Zwei are out at a mall acting like a regular couple, with Ein trying on swim suits and looking at Teddie bears and otherwise acting a lot different than what we’ve seen them act before. However, we soon find out that they were “acting” like a normal couple so they could scope out the mall, where they are to execute a mission to assassinate Dallas’ mafia boss the next while while he takes a rare trip out to buy his granddaughter a birthday gift.
The next day, while the boss is in the mall shopping, Ein spots him, but soon finds that she’s being trailed by his bodyguards. She is able to get them off her by calling Zwei and having him meet her in an open area, where she slaps him and acts like he kept her waiting, convincing the bodyguards that she’s just a normal girl.
From there, Ein and Zwei change into their assassin costumes and attack the boss and his bodyguards as they leave the mall, successfully assassinating him. However, during the resulting gun fight, Zwei ends up saving Ein from being shot before Scythe Master comes and picks them up to escape.
I think it was pretty clear from the very beginning that Ein had feelings for Zwei, but I think this episode just highlights it even more. From their “acting” in the mall, which I’m not actually sure how much of it was acting and how much of it was them genuinely having a good time, to her being out of sorts after Zwei saved her from being shot.
At the end of the episode, Ein talks to herself and suggests that part of it is due to her getting rusty, noting that Zwei has done in 3 months what took her 2 years. However, I think that rustiness and/or hesitation is largely caused by her unrecognized feelings for Ein, and it’s distracting and confusing Ein. I’ll be interested to see where this goes from now on.
One thing I will note is that, after spending a couple episodes saying that I didn’t think the animation was all that bad, this episode seemed to take a hit in the animation quality. It still wasn’t bad, per se, but it didn’t seem as good as the episodes up to this point.