Episode 12 –
[details=Spoiler]Audium flies away and Sieger invites Asuka to get on his back. He intends to go save Ayase and he knows that Audium’s power is in her mask. Still, the group needs a strategy to get to that mask. In the meantime, Ayase is lost in a world where her parents are still alive. The friends begin their attack against Audium, but it doesn’t look like anyone is going to get near that mask.
Fierte, Sieger, and Asuka are caught by Audium and Sieger asks Ayase for help. She can still hear him! Her parents tell her that she’s imagining things, but Ayase suddenly realizes she’s caught in a dream – a reality that she’s longed for. The dream fades as Ayase remembers that her parents are really dead. It seems that she was able to free her friends too. Audium has stopped moving for the moment and Sieger hands Asuka a weapon. This might be their only chance!
Sieger flies towards Audium’s face and tosses Asuka off to take care of the rest. Asuka falls straight to the mask and, using the weapon and his momentum, cracks it. Malice disappears and Ayase fights against her restraints. Then she can see Asuka coming for her and fights even harder. Ayase manages to free one hand and reaches for Asuka. Once they join hands, it’s over, and Audium is destroyed. Ayase and Asuka are falling and Asuka is screaming like a baby. He really does hate heights! Sieger rescues the falling couple. But Ayase doesn’t like Asuka clinging to her, even if he is thankful to be alive, and she pushes him off Sieger. It’s left to Fierte to save her partner, and Asuka has never been so happy to see her! And it looks like Audium’s broken mask is picked up by Gambiel.
Aina reunites with Ayase and begs her forgiveness, but Ayase says that they are even now. Gambiel shows up and Sieger manages to cut her cheek. That only angers her and she attacks, but the attack is stopped by Michael. Michael says that she will no longer allow Gambiel to run wild. Gambiel makes a fuss until she hears that this is by Uriel’s order. That puts some fear into her! Michael orders Gambiel to return immediately for questioning. Gambiel has no choice but to obey.
However, Ayase is not about to let Gambiel, the one responsible for killing her parents, get away that easily. But Michael intervenes again, and calls Ayase the “Angel Killer”. Ayase looks at Michael and calls her “Sakura”. Sieger is confused. Michael tells Ayase that if she wants to hunt Angels, then she will be Ayase’s next opponent. Ayase just turns and walks away with Sieger following her. Michael turns her attention to Fierte next, and asks her if she want to return. Now that Uriel is back, Angels will try to coexist with humans. Fierte is torn and looks at Asuka. He smiles and tells her to do what she wants; he won’t hold her back. Fierte chooses to stay with Asuka and Michael says that she will let Uriel know. She tells Asuka to take good care of Fierte. Asuka just wonders how Michael knew his name. Michael disappears in a rain of feathers.
There is more going on in the White World than meets the eye. Gambiel meets with Gabriel who wasn’t expecting Uriel to reveal himself. Gabriel doesn’t seem happy about that. Gambiel has also given him Audium’s broken mask and he refers to it as “the second one”. He says that “they’ll come in handy someday”. It sounds like this Angel is out to get Uriel!
Back in Kobe, Alexander is leaving. He says that he is not one to retreat, but Mikado tells him that they are just going to another base to reorganize the troops. They need to prepare in case they run into something like Audium again. Well, as long as Mikado is certain that this is not a retreat, then Alexander is okay with it. LOL Sera is returning to Nagoya with Tyranno. Mikado hopes she finds her mother and Sera hopes that he finds the person he’s looking for as well. That surprised Mikado. He never told Sera about his little sister, but she seemed to have known anyway.
Chitose and Rindo are returning to Tohoku and it looks like Azumi and Rigel are going with them. Not only is it a good place for them to hide, but based on what Rindo had once told them, perhaps Azumi can be cured in their world. Rindo promises to take Azumi to the Eight Great Dragon Kings to see what can be done about her illness. Aina is leaving as well. Asuka sees her off at the train. She tells Asuka that she likes him and he says he likes her too, but I think he missed the message, as he says that they are good friends. Aina just sighs. Asuka is so dense!
Asuka and Fierte later meet with Ayase. She is leaving too. Ayase is returning to Yokohama to figure out what to do next. It looks like she wants to tell Asuka that she likes him too, but she gets too flustered and takes off on Sieger. However, she ends up calling him and just says “thank you” before hanging up. Sieger tells her that she still can’t be honest with herself. I wonder what happened to their deal. Wasn’t Sieger supposed to devour Ayase once her fight was over? LOL I guess they became good friends instead.
So, it’s just Asuka and Fierte now, and Fierte says that it’s a little lonely without everyone. Asuka is positive that they will all meet again. They visit Asuka’s mother in the hospital and she tells him that his brother is returning to Japan soon. Why do I get the feeling that he’s connected to all this in some way? Anyway, mom mentions that she’s told Yamato that Asuka has a girlfriend, and looks over at Fierte. And Asuka spills the hot tea! LOL Mom says that her son is hopeless.
On the Blue World, Polaris says that the danger has passed. But it seems that “they” have not escaped their fate. The world will still be destroyed, no matter which world it is. Polaris says that they just need a sixth future. Asuka may be their savior as well. Asuka and Fierte are on their way home and Fierte says that she would like to get a job. Asuka promises to talk to the café owner, and it begins to snow. As they continue home, it turns out that Uriel had been watching them that whole time. And it was nice to see Fierte working at the café at the very end.
This show was another pleasant surprise for me. Although it started off confusing the heck out of me, things evened out and it turned out to be a pretty good story. It ended well, but there are enough unanswered questions for another season, if it goes that way. I ended up enjoying this one more than I thought![/details]