Episode 8 was a solid episode but didn’t have much to talk about. Episode 9 on the other hand…
Let’s briefly go over episode 8. The first half was dedicated to a fun maid cafe segment where our heroines dressed up in costumes based on the Fragments they visited so far. They also saw the OG versions of the Clutters they fought in Poo Poo World and Westworld World, bringing back bad memories. T. Asuka would eventually join the fun.
The people behind Akanesasu pulled a Netherrealm Studios on us this episode, meaning that instead of the expected Yu Arc the next set of episodes centered around another duo. As far as Yu went we had some interesting moments. The first was brief but it showed Yu-Two having had an influence on her, meaning she wasn’t as uptight as before. The second was her being the only one who could immediately tell the Asukas apart at the maid cafe. It’s another subtle hint of Yu’s strong feelings for Asuka.
Fellow Nation member DimChan89 shipped the Asukas early on in the show and after this arc I think he’s on to something. Personally I’m rooting for Asuka and Yu but I wouldn’t mind seeing the Asukas hook up instead. So this arc was centered around the Asukas, specifically T.Asuka, as they talked about their respective lives, families, futures (or T.Asuka’s present lack of one) and of course Kyo-chan. All was well until T. Asuka’s cassette player sent out a distress call. T. Asuka pretty much said goodbye to OG Asuka but our spunky heroine was like “No way in hell am I leaving her to face the danger alone. Come Radio Club. We’re off to T. Asuka’s Fragment!”
Before we get to the others let’s briefly check in with Yu who was the Link this time around. However, due to T. Yuu (and T. Nana) having been consumed by Twilight she somehow ended up inside Yu-Two’s body who was “coincidentally” there at the time. OG Yu was mostly in control because Yu-Two didn’t feel like doing much.
Most of the first half of the episode had T. Asuka giving the OGs (except Yu) a tour of the rebel base and explained the situation. She also mentioned the Sacred Tree acting as a seal for Twilight Amber, the only energy able to combat Twilight. The rebels couldn’t extract the amber to combat the Twilight so they used it to shield their base.
Later she finally gave Nana, Mia and Chloe their own morphers so they wouldn’t have to rely on the backup morpher. We’ll get back to that morpher later. She also gave them a “Great power” speech. Suddenly a huge concentration of Twilight energy was detected. T. Asuka concluded it belonged to The King of Twilight.
Speaking of rebel kids…
To the surprise of no one the hooded kid was bad news as “it” wreaked havoc inside the rebel base. Its victims’ heads were consumed by Twilight and Noizies came out.
Our super trio engaged the Noizies. Also whoever was the first one to bring up “Not TED” being a representation of Chloe’s deepest thoughts deserves a prize. The trio fought bravely while Asuka, Yu and Takumi (One of the rebel kids T. Asuka met the OG version of last episode) tried to help in their own way but couldn’t do much. The tides turned for a bit when T. Asuka joined the battle. However, the hooded kid, aka The King of Twilight successfully broke the Twilight Amber seal. Then all hell broke loose.
With her Fragment pretty much done for T. Asuka played the classic “noble sacrifice” card, much to OG Asuka’s disapproval. Another subtle hint of Yu’s feelings for Asuka, T. Asuka entrusted HER to care for the cheerful leader. She was kinda like “I love her too. Take care of her for me”.
I have two theories on who the king could be:
1: All the missing Kyo-chan’s in one body controlled by the king.
2: Dark Loli Asuka or a loli Asuka controlled by the king.
Very intrigued to see what happens next.