Things got pretty intense last episode. Did the pain mellow down after that?
What do you think?
X vs Zero have nothing on the intensity of Wakaba vs Chikage. Wakaba tried reasoning with her not going all out but Chikage was like…
“Maybe what you told the public was true, about how strong our unity was and we stand together to fight for truth, justice and all that crap. You can have all the praise. But…
DON’T TAKE YUNA AWAY FROM ME!”
As Chikage became a crimson mess she had Wakaba pinned to a wall and was about to land the killing blow. However, she came to realize Lord Shinju’s eyes were everywhere and just before the super mode timer ran out her Hero power was stripped away. Barely hanging on she could do little but watch and question why Wakaba still protected her from the Vertex attack. Wakaba was like “You may be right about me whitewashing the truth in the public eye. I may be in it for revenge and should be punished for lying…but not until the Vertex threat are defeated”
Wakaba fought hard but had an equally hard time beating the Vertex on her own. She’s about to be struck down by a Stardust and in a final act of redemption Chikage sacrificed herself to save her. After the battle she had one last request as she realized she’s wrong “Hey Wakaba. Could you thank my sweet Yuna for always caring about me? You know, I still think you suck…but deep down respected you…and maybe liked you…” The Hero Team lost another. Wakaba and Yuna took her passing well.
Yuna, Wakaba and Hinata visited the Hero Memorial but Yuna only saw two names and naturally thought it unfair of the Taisha to exclude Chikage. The three went to Chikage’s house but her parents were long gone. They went to her room and found it the same way she left it before her final attack. Yuna found news articles of the Hero Team and noticed all photos of Wakaba were slashed. Wakaba told them the truth about that day, how Chikage tried to kill her and saved her soon after. Yuna also found a diploma. It was the same one they gifted her during a mock tournament as a sign of friendship. Happier times.
Well alriiiight. We got an animated WakaHina moment after all.
Seeing Chikage still had the diploma despite how much she suffered hit Wakaba hard. She blamed herself for her death and thought she’s a terrible leader but Hinata comforted her saying she’s doing the best she could. They all suffered and fought hard to support each other. It wasn’t Wakaba’s fault.
During another public address it looked like Wakaba was going to follow the script in order to assure everyone they’d continue fighting the good fight despite them secretly hurting inside. At first that appeared to be the plan but near the end she figuratively broke her silence and gave Chikage a proper eulogy emphasizing that like her the Heroes weren’t hardened soldiers/gods but people with their own thoughts and feelings putting their lives on the line to protect everyone. She made sure Chikage would be remembered despite the erasure of her records.
Great stuff as always. Next time the conclusion of the Wakaba Nogi arc.