So I’m still not 100% better, but I’m feeling well enough to blog the final episode of TSR. Plus, I just couldn’t wait to watch it anymore. More screencaps than usual, and I’ll put my writeup in the extended entry.
At the end of the last episode Gauron lead Sousuke to believe that Chidori is dead, which in turn lead Sousuke to commit murder. This wasn’t a routine kill for as he carried out orders. No, this time he was operating on pure blind hatred, rage, and despair. Oh how my heart ached for him.
Chidori’s entrance was hilarious and just so… her. She’s one of those friends that doesn’t sugarcoat anything, she just tells it to you straight. I’ve always loved how she’s not a big fat whimpy damsel in distress. She’s strong and fiesty and speaks her mind. And I think because of this her moments of vulnerability, like when she was being hunted by Xia Yu Lan or trying to confess to Sousuke, all the more poignant.
Gates’ lack of humanity repulses me to the core. What happened to him as a child to make him THIS screwed up? How could he flaunt Xia Yu Lan’s dead body in front of her sister like that? How could he say those horrible things? He’s such a monster.
Oh oh oh and one of my favourite moments in this episode was Sousuke’s conversation with the Arbalest:
Sousuke: “Is it activated now?”
Arbalest: “Affirmative, the Lambda Driver is activated.”
Sousuke: “Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. What an unreliable piece of equipment.”
Arbalest: “I think so too.”
Sousuke: “Seems like you have a better sense of humour than I do.”
What a powerful and intense journey we have been taken on in this series. Sousuke especially has grown by incredible leaps and bounds. I am completely and utterly amazed. When the heck is ADV gonna announce that they’ve licensed this series and start releasing the R1s? I NEED to own this.