Title is a reference to another spinoff to a major series.
We continued the “Mebuki wa Yusha de Aru” story after the battle with the Stardust swarm. Aya was escorted to a remain of the Earth as she planted a divine seed and performed the ritual to help it blossom into a new Divine Tree. However, though victorious many Sentinels were physically and emotionally scarred from the battle. Mebuki and Aya saw them leave and just as quickly the Taisha replaced them with other girls. This of course angered Mebuki as she tried to hold as much of it back.
As our six heroines discussed their ongoing side-campaign Suzume revealed that at some after Karin joined the Hero Club she went to check them out. Apart from Karin, who intimidated her yet was still a mega tsundere at that point, she thought they were all pretty cool. Mebuki strangely wanted to hear more about them, contrary to how she used to be. More on this in a bit.
During another Stardust attack we learned Shizuki had another side to her. The usually soft spoken Sentinel had a berserk mode of sorts. She reminded me of Fuuka from Kandagawa Jet Girls.
Mebuki, who at first wanted to become a Hero for pride and self-worth, found a greater purpose as captain of the Sentinels, to complete the mission, ensure the survival of all her teammates and prove to the Taisha they weren’t “expendable”.
As eagle-eyed viewers noticed last episode one girl who kept a close eye on Mebuki the entire time was the miko Aya. After numerous battles she saw how heavy of a toll it had on Mebuki’s body and willpower. She and the others gifted her with a heart shaped box with all their signatures as a show of their strong bonds. However, it was Aya who wanted to form a stronger bond with Mebuki, hence why she invited her on a date to get to know each other better. We already knew how much Mebuki’s father influenced her despite his intimidating outer shell. Aya meanwhile was raised from a young age to be a shrine maiden willfully serving the gods. However, as we can see she clearly wanted more out of life hence this date.
She was treated to Mebuki’s love of model building from castles to tanks. Near the end of their date Aya clearly wanted to tell her something important but held back.
The next day Mebuki had a feeling why Aya held back as the Taisha informed them Aya’s was to be sacrificed for “the greater good”, meaning Lord Shinju’s power had greatly weakened. Besides that the Sentinels were ordered to retrieve the new Divine Tree to stabilize Lord Shinju’s power. Mebuki of course was furious because what she hated most seemingly came true, the Taisha treated the Sentinels like expendable pawns. She’s determined to find a way to save Aya (her pretty much girlfriend) from her unjust fate.
Good stuff yet again.