Giselle and Fam get into an argument about Giselle wanting to go back home, with Giselle saying that she’s a worthless navi. Fam and Dio then have a conversation where Fam says she just plowed ahead without thinking what Giselle was thinking, and Dio says he had someone like that (speaking of Lucciola) but now he’ll never know what he thought. Finally, Giselle realizes she was only thinking of herself as well and organizes a Birthday party for Fam with Millia to help cheer her up. But during the party, the commander of the Anatoray-Disith fleet arrives: Vincent.
Giselle's happy again
Well, the Fam/Giselle situation seemed to be resolved pretty quickly, considering the buildup for it, but I guess that’s OK. I probably wouldn’t have liked a very long dispute between the two of them anyway. Overall this seemed to be a pretty laid back episode. Nothing really happened outside the ship, with the main “action” being Fam, Giselle, and Millia’s angst about each bothering the other. At least we got a nice montage about Fam and Giselle’s past out of it.
With Vincent showing up, that makes the forth original cast member to show up, and if we’re going to be seeing more Anatoray people, then hopefully he won’t be the last person we see either.
By the way, episode “9.5” as it’s called is a recap episode, so I’ll just skip that one and go to episode 10, which is the last episode in the fall season.
Khamsin and Rebecca continue their attack, but find that Fecor is protecting the portal and the bubble around the Palace which is hiding it. Wilhelmina, meanwhile, has snuck into the palace, using an unrestricted method to hide her. Shana is being taken deeper into the Palace, but is able to escape in the chaos, and calls out for her sword. Tenmoku Ikko materializes from the sword and starts killing all the Rinne and Denizens in his path, including Fecor, before freeing Shana of the braclet that is restricting her power and giving the sword back. Meanwhile, Khamsin starts attacking the bubble that hides the Palace from the Flame Hazes.
The Lion, the Scatterer of Sparkling Light, and the big rock dude
As I figured after the last episode, this was a very action packed one, as I expect the next episode, and possibly the two after that to be as well. It seems that Yuji’s plans are coming apart, but that may change if he’s able to complete his task in the portal. With four fully armed Flame Hazes wrecking havoc and with Fecor apparently dead, the Palace of the Stars is definitely in trouble.
It’s when we get into parts of the story arc like this that Shana really shines. This show was kinda boring for the first 7 or so episodes, though with some high spots, but now we’re getting into some real meat. It seems that Decarabia was right when he was concerned that the Flame Haze’s response wasn’t what he expected. I’m kinda eager to see where the next episode takes us in this series.