The last of the main dolls was introduced.
During the hunt for more Imperial Line Unit members Major Otome’s squad discovered an automata aboard a smuggler ship. Her name was Retzel. As always the best scientists had no idea what to do so she brought her to Nagi, him being the expert. He put her to work at the cafe. Our heroines didn’t trust her despite her memory being “reset” because she came from the enemy nation of Lobelia. Haizakura was entranced by her red eyes so of course Nagi assigned her be Retzel’s mentor. Our lovable lead did a good job guiding her but she quickly showed impressive skills. Haizakura grew worried she wouldn’t be of much help but wasn’t deterred. That was until she noticed Retzel take the knife she used to easily open a wine bottle instead of said bottle.
That night Haizakura tried investigating Retzel but her “trainee” was fully aware of her actions. Retzel’s a special automata whose memories couldn’t be easily reset thus retaining her memories as a spy for Lobelia. To her surprise despite expecting Haizakura to report her to the others our heroine didn’t spill the beans. Technically she voiced her concerns about Retzel to Nagi without revealing her identity. He trusted her to do the right thing.
One night Retzel scouted the city and headed for a building with a strong enough signal to receive a transmission from her superiors. That’s when a black cat came to her. She saw a kindred spirit in the kitty based on her words to it. Haizakura and Inaba followed her but she quickly detected their presence. During their discussion Retzel asked Haizakura what her purpose was. We got a brief glimpse of her with lots of Inaba. Something to look forward to when her truth is revealed. Retzel then had her help boost the signal of the transmission but it started to rain.
Haizakura hoped that would discourage her as she kept saying the war was over but Retzel would try again another time. Instead she had Haizakura sing a song about her gloomy situation. She’s impressed.
The next attempt was successful but she reacted strangely. Haizakura hoped the message wasn’t hostile but we’re led to believe Retzel shot her.
As we’ve heard multiple times an automata’s greatest fear was having no purpose. It’s worse than death to them. Retzel knew all along the war was over and planted seeds to get arrested and destroyed because automata couldn’t commit suicide. She shot the transmitter earlier by the way. Haizakura later found her at a traffic accident Retzel caused willingly offering herself to be destroyed.
She begged her to reconsider and find another reason to live with the gang at the cafe. Retzel knew it’s too late as she handed herself to the authorities. She later woke up at Nagi’s lab as he welcomed her to the cafe again. To her shock her memories again remained intact tearfully admitting she didn’t want to die despite losing her old purpose.
Good stuff as always.