So the confrontation between Grace and Sheryl is just as intense as we all expected it to be. Sheryl’s frustration about everything that has been going on boils over and she demands answers, but what she hears is devastating.
Grace calls Sheryl a manufactured idol and Sheryl angrily replies that she got where she is on her own power so the evil fembot begins to cruelly dismantle Sheryl’s world. She tells her that Sheryl Nome will die, both figuratively and literally.
She reminds Sheryl that when she picked her up off the streets she was already infected with a virus and the treatments she’s been receiving only keep it at bay. With no more medicine forthcoming from Grace, Sheryl will die and Grace encourages Sheryl to confirm what she has told her.
The purple haired menace’s twisted partner in crime also continues along with his nefarious plotting. Getting the majority in the senate, he and the President put forth plans to accelerate the fleet’s ultra long distance fold project. Instead of months, it will now occur within a week.
Luca seems to be spending an awful lot of time in evil Leon’s office. The one with the scary hair for sure was just using Cathy, I’m starting to wonder if he actually goes for small boys… I’d say go for that sex change soon Luca, then you can avoid Leon’s advances since he won’t find you attractive anymore, but as a bonus you’d stand a better chance with Nanase.
The comic relief is brief but watching the bridge bunnies go crazy for sales with Bobby being the instigator was fun. As was watching poor Alto having to point out his Adams apple to the sales clerk trying to sell him a dress.
It seems Klan must have gotten over her fury last week since her friend, Theresa has provided them with information about he drug. It appears to be a receptor blocker, intended to be a symptom therapy drug for a particular infectious disease. However, it has no potential for treating the cause it just eases the symptoms. The side effects include, fever, vomiting and chills… Klan tells Mikhail it is a V type virus and further digging unearths a photo of a child that looks a lot like Sheryl. Another photo shows Grace, Dr. Mao Nome, and Ranshe Mei, Ranka’s mother!
Sheryl appears before both Klan and Mikhail and after learning what she needs, tells them not to tell Alto before running off again. Although really since the virus can be transmitted through fluids, she might want to let him know what he’s getting into before they do the dirty, if they get that far of course. But Klan does state that it would take extraordinary circumstances for someone to get the disease and wonders just how Sheryl got it. That makes me wonder too, was Sheryl experimented on even before Grace got a hold of her?
Klan is very passionate about Alto knowing about Sheryl’s condition so Mikhail calls him without telling him what is going on, but just says that if he doesn’t find Sheryl he will regret it.
Meanwhile pink haired starlet collapses in the rain upon a fallen poster of herself, whilst Ranka talks at a press conference on a screen behind her. Almost at the point of collapse, someone reaches for her, she thinks its Alto but it actually turns out to be his brother.
Because this episode doesn’t just crap all over Sheryl, Alto gets his fair share of torment too. First off Ozma dumps the heavy load of protecting Ranka on his ass since the government is pretty much using her as a decoy. Then again, I don’t know if that is such a big responsibility, since he’s been proclaiming his intent to protect her almost from the beginning. Although it’s a lot different doing something for yourself and doing it for someone else, it would certainly add another layer of guilt if something were to happen to the green haired songstress.
Later on, he’ll run to try to get to Sheryl after a cryptic message from Mikail, only to find his brother has gotten there first, saying that if Alto is worried he should go to the family home, only he can’t follow since he’s been called to battle. By the end of the episode, Alto is one big heaping ball of frustration.
The Varja have made a move but the President doesn’t want to let Ranka go out and sing, since he needs her to divert the Varja’s attention when they attempt the big fold. He instead sends the military out as a shield, which of course goes disastrously. With ships getting blown up and ripped apart all over the place.
Luca wonders about the timing of the Varja assault, since it renders the plan he had put before Leon useless… Did Leon and Grace send the Varja out to accelerate the Presidents’s plans for the ultra long fold? We know Leon doesn’t share the same goals as Bilrer and I doubt he shares the same goals as the President. It makes you wonder just what Leon and Grace want out of this whole thing.
Things look dire for Alto during the battle when he gets a Varja on his tail that he just can’t shake. But the Iceman Brera saves Maverick’s butt yet again as he leads Ranka into the frey. The President isn’t too happy about her being there, but Leon says it was her wish to put herself in danger to protect the convoy. He also tells the President that they should exploit the opportunity and carry out the plan and so the puppet President issues for the ultra long fold to commence. Mein Gott! I figured it out, Leon is Dick Cheney, Ozma better not go hunting with him.
Someone at too much pineapple cakey
Ranka continues to sing as Brera listens on and says he will protect her and Alto remembers Ozma’s plea to protect her and beings to fight harder. With the Varja herded into one area the Frontier fires its main canon obliterating everyone in its path. The mass destruction of Varja causes Ranka’s stomach to glow and appears to cause her pain.
The fold is initiated and all ships enter, Ranka continues to sing, but this time her own version of Aimo, which appears to awaken something large in space.
So this week we got more action, more intrigue and a shit load of angst. Poor Sheryl really gets put through the ringer and they’ve been crapping all over her for quite a few episodes now. Which makes you feel that things are going to start to get better for her here soon.
We also get a new Opening Theme this week, Lion, and it’s a quality opening as we’ve come to expect from this show. They’re about as subtle as an elephant with all the Triangles over the place and all the shots of Alto, Sheryl and Ranka, but its rather nicely done.
Check it out for yourselves…