Season 3 episode 36 notes
- Just as Cecil’s lance is about to drive through Viktor’s heart, Viktor contacts him telepathically.
- Viktor reveals his true identity – Viktor Kushieda. Except for his mother and his aunt, his surviving family is held hostage by the Akatsuki. Viktor has come here in an attempt to win a bargaining chip to rescue them, and now, knowing that his death is imminent, Viktor transmits that bargaining chip to Cecil, knowing that Cecil is also of Clan Kushieda.
- Cecil receives a list of names and whereabouts of all the head ninja of the ninja clans of Nipponia. Only the Empress is privy to such sensitive information; the Akatsuki could use it to destroy all their rivals. Hopefully, that should be valuable enough to release the Kushieda from bondage.
- Viktor says farewell to Cecil, his last words being that he really does admire Lloyd – that wasn’t an act.
- Lloyd steps in the way of Cecil’s attack, the lance driven into his side. He sends Cecil a brief telepathic message – “He is a member of the Military History Club-” and then his mind falls into darkness. Lloyd collapses, fatally injured, to the ground.
- Viktor, stunned by the impossibility of being alive, does nothing. Cecil takes the opportunity to punch him in the face, knocking him out.
- Akane sees the fallen Lloyd, and cries out “You’ve killed him!” – she launches a bolt of fire at Cecil, uncaring about her secret identity.
- Cecil is set on fire, and leaps into the lake to put out the flames. Frightened by his deepest phobia, he flees to the rooftops, leaving Lloyd behind… convinced that he is dead.
- Lloyd wakes up to see a radiant face, surrounded by a halo and a pair of majestic wings. Mashiro has finally been cured, her Angel powers working as they should once again. She rushed to Lloyd’s side to save him with her healing powers.
- Before Lloyd has time to do much, Professor Anderson arrives, laying a telepathic blanket over his, Akane, and Viktor’s minds. Professor Anderson says he heard the telepathic distress call and understands the Kushieda spy has finally been caught – now it’s important to psychically quarantine those he attacked, to assess the potential damage.
- Mashiro asks Lloyd if she should go check on Cecil. Lloyd says no. He instructs his friends not to tell Cecil that he survived the attack – Cecil needs to learn.
- Mashiro agrees. Professor Ryder finally arrives, surgically removing the lance from Lloyd’s midsection in a quite painful process. Thereafter, Mr. Fried opens a secret tunnel where Lloyd and Viktor are carried (and Akane walks) to recover in peace.
- Lloyd asks Professor Anderson not to tell Cecil either. Anderson reluctantly agrees, then uses his psychic powers to put Lloyd to sleep. He needs rest…
- Cecil suffers silently on the roof, thinking himself a monster.
- After a few hours, Principal von Krakow makes his way out onto the rooftop, with surprising balance for such an old man. He speaks to Cecil about choices and consequences, warning Cecil that thinking in such absolutes as he does is dangerous. Nothing is necessary – there are only actions and consequences. Cecil doesn’t listen.
- The Principal acknowledges that he’s not the best at teaching ethics – after all, he himself built a weapon of mass destruction. Therefore, he directs Cecil to speak with Sister Catherine, in the abbey.
- Three days pass, during which Lloyd is in the infirmary and Cecil tries to reach some kind of closure.
- Cecil finally gives in to the Principal’s recommendation, and makes his way to the abbey. Overcome with shame at his actions, he sneaks inside at night and meets Sister Catherine, the only other telepath as powerful as himself.
- Sister Catherine speaks of God, and of silence, and of peace. Cecil tells her his tragic past, about how he was shaped by Durmstrang and will always be a product of Durmstrang, unable to lock out the lessons that he learned in that dark city.
- Sister Catherine asks Cecil if he believes in God. He doesn’t. She asks if he believes in Lloyd. He does. Would a product of Durmstrang, would a horrible monster, really believe so firmly in the principles Lloyd stood for?
- Cecil, surprised, realizes that such a person wouldn’t. He is finally free of his past.
- Thanking Sister Catherine, Cecil makes his way to the spot where Lloyd died, to speak with him. He speaks to the water, talking about how he finally believes he is capable of good.
- Lloyd appears, having just been released from quarantine. Cecil refuses to believe it at first, but eventually learns that it is really Lloyd, in the flesh. He is risen.
- Lloyd and Cecil talk at length. Cecil acknowledges that he can be a good person, and that he will try. Lloyd deeply apologizes for hurting Cecil so by not letting him know he was alive, but – he says – it was necessary to teach Cecil this lesson.
- They hug it out. Then, they go off to the Military History Club, to have breakfast with their friends…
- Lloyd cooks a hearty breakfast for everyone. Mashiro goes through their schedules for the day, since it’s again, a school day as usual. Cecil has Nipponese, Politics and Special Training. Lloyd has a free period, then Politics and Special training. He’s been asked to take over for Mrs. Eriksson in the smithy in the morning, however.
- Mashiro also lists some of the contests before the School Festival. Over lunch there’s an eating contest which Lloyd is signed up to, and there’s also the possibility of the martial arts tournament for Cecil.
- Cecil finishes his conversation with Mashiro. They resolve to break up, but try to be friends.
- Cecil, Mashiro, and Rei head out for Nipponese class. Lloyd, meanwhile, speaks to Sophie.
- Sophie asks Lloyd’s forgiveness. She wasn’t able to defend him when he jumped in the way of Cecil’s lance, and could only fetch help afterwards. She’s a failure as a maid, and understands if Lloyd wants to fire her or punish her horribly.
- Lloyd tells her to never try to do that again. He would feel terrible if she sacrificed her life for him. She’s an important and valuable person.
- Sophie breaks down in tears. She’s never been called a person before. She’s incredibly grateful.
- Sophie asks Lloyd if she can finish cleaning up after breakfast – not as his maid, but as a favor, as his friend. She knows he’s running late for his blacksmithing job. Lloyd thanks her sincerely. She begins to clean up, tears of gratitude still streaming down her face.
- Lloyd heads out to the smithy.
- Minami is in Nipponese class, released on trial from her psychiatric care. She still only speaks Nipponese, but can at least attend this class.
- Professor Daisuke is doing music. As he begins to play Nipponese lullabies, Minami starts crying, overcome with sudden memories. She leans on Cecil’s shoulder, awkwardly drawing the attention of the entire class.
- Mashiro protests at Daisuke continuing to play. Daisuke agrees that it seems cruel, and asks Mashiro to sing some other piece instead. Mashiro, bewildered, reluctantly agrees to draw the attention away from Minami.
- Cecil watches the performance carefully.
- Professor Daisuke soon resumes with a different piece, when Minami has calmed down. This time it’s the Ballad of the Kushieda, which makes outrageous claims that Clan Kushieda still has scions abroad – in Teutonia, Britannia and “in the shadow of the Empress”, whatever that means. Cecil points out that it’s surely ahistorical, to which Daisuke shrugs.
- Class ends, this week’s homework being to write a Nipponese song according to the old rules. Ish. Daisuke isn’t picky.
- Rei and Cecil agree to do some telepathy training over lunch.
- Lloyd finds that a long queue of girls is rapidly lining up outside the smithy. For some reason they seem eager to have work done today, even though it’s Lloyd running the shop and not the more skilled Alfreda.
- Mrs. Eriksson carefully instructs Lloyd to take care of the smithy, he’s in charge now. She’ll be over at the Engineering Club, assisting with Project Iron Girl.
- Lloyd promises to look after the smithy carefully. As Mrs. Eriksson leaves, he opens the shop for business.
- Just as he does, Tomoe butts her way into the line, shunting other girls out of the way. Lloyd sternly asks if she is cutting in line, but she claims Linda saved a spot for her. Linda reluctantly agrees that it is so.
- Lloyd begins to work, the girls admiring him as he hammers away in the forge. Eventually, it’s Linda and Tomoe’s turn. Tomoe tries to butt ahead of Linda, the result being that they both end up in the shop simultaneously. To explain this, they flimsily improvise that they want matching “friendship helmets”.
- Lloyd begins to work. Linda smuggles up a bottle of PUSSYCAT GOLD from her purse. Tomoe spots it, and they begin to argue and bicker, the result being that Linda drops the bottle in the forge. A sudden explosion rings out, and the alchemical perfume transforms into eerie pink gas, with dangerous qualities…
- Tomoe inhales the dangerous gas, and her eyes fill with a strange glow and turn vaguely cat-like. Meowing, she goes down on all fours and stalks towards Lloyd, pouncing him!
- An altercation breaks out. Linda resists the gas a little longer, but eventually succumbs, becoming some kind of cat-zombie as well. A gaggle of girls rush in to see if Lloyd is alright, and end up affected as well.
- Lloyd uses his beast-taming skills to drive them back, containing them in the forge, but they grow increasingly aggressive. Especially other wearers of the perfume seems to provoke them.
- A crowd gathers up. Zelenka bursts out from the crowd, explaining the hypothetical dangers of burning PUSSYCAT GOLD. Fortunately, there’s a quick antidote – his Scent Eater – but to countermand the gas, it must be thrown in the forge along the source of the gas.
- Lloyd volunteers. He bravely leaps inside the cat-zombie infested forge, driving the infected wild. They leap at him, tearing at his clothes, and his jacket and shirt are pulled off and thrown into the street. (Fortunately, Lloyd is still bandaged from the lance-wound, and thus the birthmark on his chest is concealed).
- The infected begin to attack each other in their struggle to get at Lloyd. Lloyd just barely makes it to the forge and throws the cure into the fire. The girls all fall unconscious.
- Professor Ryder shows up outside, explaining that school authority is on this, that the outbreak of infected never happened and that it was all swamp gas. He instructs everyone to forget about this. Zelenka points out that the Scent Eater should wipe the memories of the event from at least the infected girls.
- Lloyd, having handily stopped an outbreak of cat-zombies, heads back to his room for a change of clothes before class.
- Lloyd and Cecil attend Politics class. They find it’s devoted to the Student Council Elections. Professor von Zweibrücken has arranged an enormous board tracking the loyalties of all the clubs and their respective leaders, and what favors who has done for whom. She even updates it with Lloyd’s deeds this morning, noting that the Crafts club is happy with Lloyd for protecting the smithy.
- Lloyd and Cecil both give suggestions for improving the board, more or less gaining the Professors’ approval. Soon, class is over, and it’s time for lunch…