Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom – Episode 20

It’s episode 20 of…wait, what show am I watching? Where are the assassins? SCHOOL!? Reiji going on dates?! We’re in the Twilight Zone!

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Two years have passed since Reiji escaped from the US with Ellen following the explosion in his apartment, and they are now in Japan, living as brother and sister…and going to school. A girl named Sanae in Reiji’s class drags him to the roof, where, of all people, Mio, Daisuke Godoh’s little sister, is waiting for him to ask him out, but before she can say it, Ellen interrupts them.

Ellen tells Reiji to go give Mio his response (that he wasn’t able to give due to Ellen’s interference). Reiji eventually finds her, but tells her that her confession was too sudden and that they should start off by being friends. Despite that, they’re basically going on a date the next day.

The date seems to go well enough, though in the process we find out more about Reiji and Ellen’s cover story, which includes them saying that their parents were killed in an accident when they were younger, so they live by themselves now. However, while they’re chatting, a woman on a motorcycle stops near them, and (unaware to Mio) fires a shot in their direction then leaves. However, Reiji recognizes what happened immediately and goes back into Reiji-assassin mode.

After the date, Reiji finds Ellen praying in a church, and recalls their travels: from Mexico to Peru to Palau to the Philippines and finally to Japan. He alerts Ellen that Inferno has finally found them. Ellen says that they can use Mio as a trump card against the Godohs and Inferno, telling Reiji about her connections to the Godoh group that Mio herself were unaware of.

Ellen and Reiji decide to make an escape plan, but Ellen tells Reiji that once all this is over, they’ll be back so he can be happy again. Sanae and Mio end up running into Reiji on the street the next day, but Reiji rushes off to meet up with Ellen, and Mio remarks how something is different about Reiji now. On his way, however, Reiji runs into the woman on the motorcycle again, who reveals herself to be none other than a grown up Cal.

That was a pretty different, but still pretty good episode I thought. We got to see Reiji and Ellen living pretty normally, and being schoolmates with Mio of all people. Though, while I think the “acting normal” was more natural on Reiji’s part, it was still somewhat acting on Ellen, though even the scenes where Ellen and Reiji are alone, it’s clear that Ellen has opened up quite a bit herself in the past 2 years.

In a way, it’s pretty sad that Ellen would put her friend, Mio, at risk to protect herself from Inferno, but then again, living in their “dream,” as they put it, and living as assassins are pretty much two completely separate state of minds for Ellen and Reiji, and unfortunately they’ve had to switch back to assassin mode with the reappearance of a very grown up Cal.

Obviously Cal appears to be somewhat hostile towards Reiji (evidenced by her warning shot), but what her true feelings and motivations are we don’t know yet, though I figure we’ll find out soon enough.

I find it interesting how Ellen also appears to want to shoulder most of the burden of handling Inferno, since she seems to see Reiji as being more “normal” and still sees herself as being quite sin-tainted, thus, probably, her frequent praying in the church, and I think it’s clear that she’ll do whatever she can to try to ensure Reiji survives, even if it means dying herself.

In any case, it sure doesn’t feel like we only have 6 episodes left, but that’s where we are. I’m wondering where all this will end up: who will live, who will die? Will Inferno be taken down, and if so, by whom? We still have a lot of things to resolve, and I fully expect it to be done in an exciting, surprising, and explosive way, which is the way Phantom seems to like to do things.

P.S.: Screw Mio from K-ON.  I think this Mio is a hell of a lot cuter lol.

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9 thoughts on “Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom – Episode 20

  1. Haha at the Mio comment ;)

    I’ll say this much: Mio isn’t just cute and kind, she’ll even actually matter, and have her own impact on things. So don’t underestimate the girl!

    Anyway, on to the twilight zone. Things will go south very decisively very fast now. Enjoy!

    • haha, well I figured things would get furious now. Like I said, it doesn’t feel like we only have 6 episodes left, but we do.

  2. what the fuck is this!!!!!

    Why the fuck does the younger Cal look a lot older than Reji and Elen now!!!
    What the fuck happened to Cal’s feelings towards Reji, didn’t she like him and even cried for his death!!
    Why the fuck isn’t cal surprised that Reji is stil alive.
    Why the fuck is there only 6 episdoe left when they just put a new opeing and still has so much potential left.

    To hell with this!!!
    This story has so much potentials, yet the directing sucks!!
    The fighting scenes suck, the phantams doesn’t even seem skills or frightening at all.
    The timeline is messed up, elen should die on the 6 episode, reappear at the end of ep 9, join Reji and escaped on ep11 and this should be ep 12. They really should narrow down everything and put way more effort into the dialogues and the animations and more fighting scenes to show off the kills.

    Realy dissapointed with how such a good plot is presented….

    • > Why the fuck does the younger Cal look a lot older than Reji and Elen now!!!

      I wouldn’t say she does. She looks about the same age now.

      > What the fuck happened to Cal’s feelings towards Reji, didn’t she like him and even cried for his death!!

      Before Reiji broke their promise and abandoned her. At least that’s what SM told her all the time.

      > Why the fuck isn’t cal surprised that Reji is stil alive.

      Because in the end, now that Inferno is beginning to crawl to Japan, SM decided to break the news to her that he was still alive and living with Ein. In other words, proof for SM’s former allegation.

      > Why the fuck is there only 6 episdoe left when they just put a new opeing and still has so much potential left.

      Because 6 eps are more than enough to conclude the story ;) … seriously, all main actors are now on a collusion course. Lean back and enjoy the fireworks!

  3. For some reason, suave Reiji seems more natural than genki Ellen; I think it might be because even as Phantom Reiji was flowing with pimp juice whereas Ellen was pretty much all-business. I bet Ellen is spending all her time praying that her hometown isn’t some crappy slum, so she can have a springtime of her youth just like Reiji.

  4. As much as I love this show, they sure are horrible at handling the character’s ages. So Reiji and Ellen are high school seniors? From what I could tell, Reiji seems like he should be nearly in his mid-twenties by now. If we’re to believe how things are now, he can’t be more than 18. Meaning he was 14 when the story first started pretty much.

    I suppose they could be lying about their ages though. If that’s the case, then I’m fine with it. Otherwise, I find it a little hard to believe.

    And Cal? 2 years sure have done wonders for her growth.

    The production could have handled how these people were drawn a bit better if we’re to believe the ages they want us to think they are, as opposed to the ages they look/act/seem.

  5. The time sheme is seriously messed up. How did Cal grow up so much in such a short amount of time? And why aren’t Reiji and Ellen growing any older?

  6. wow. i was WAY confused at first
    dam, this better not be all there is to it. i mean c’mon y did they have to make cal the bad guy?!
    i was so pissed when i thought she died and now she suddenly comes back as an assasin?

    and how the hell would you not notice that you got shot at even with the silencers? but i guess silencers really do do their job then

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