Season 3 episode 22 notes

  • Cecil and Reginald make progress on the spring-loaded boots for Project Iron Girl, but decide to take a break after Cecil adjusts them for safety.
  • Agnes Edelweiss enters the Engineering Club, and has a conversation with Cecil about Clara, and about the nefarious uses of the Engineering Club’s inventions.
  • Cecil heads off to speak with Alfreda Eriksson about the possibility of her helping out on the actual armor designs. He meets Linda standing in line outside the smithy, waiting for their turn. Günther comes by drenched in MANPANTHER GOLD, however, distracting Linda so that Cecil can cut ahead in line.
  • Cecil intends to persuade Mrs. Eriksson to not help the engineers, but somehow during the conversation he changes his mind. Cecil persuades her, and Alfreda agrees to aid the Engineers, and obtain the armor designs for Cecil’s busted armor.
  • Suddenly, a shriek comes from outside. Cecil hurries out to see Günther stagger backwards, with a slap mark on his face and traces of a confusion blast throwing off his balance. He’s furious with Linda and shouts that he’s a member of the Dueling Club, and she should be careful.
  • Cecil telepathically communicates with Linda, and reads her mind – Günther tried to slip a hand under her skirt. The outraged Linda both slapped him and mind-blasted him, but she doesn’t dare accuse him now that he flouts his Dueling Club status. Linda leaves.
  • Before Cecil can talk any further to Günther, the mail bugle sounds – he’s being summoned for an express letter. He hurries off.
  • There’s a letter for Bartolomeus waiting. Cecil picks it up, as well as the usual round of letters. He has a brief conversation with Amanda about MANPANTHER, and the possibility of improving it. They agree to meet up later in the Alchemy Club.
  • Cecil heads out, looking for Bartolomeus in the D-towers. He doesn’t find him, but he does bump into Shigeru, Kain, and Mashiro. They speak briefly before Cecil heads for the Storm Jesus Fan Club.
  • Bartolomeus is deep in meditation, Sister Margarethe informs him, so he does not wish to be disturbed. Cecil delivers the latest issues of Storm Jesus instead, while looking at an impressive Apostle Cosplay Contest.
  • Cecil, deciding he cannot wait any longer, contacts Bartolomeus with telepathy. Bartolomeus is very upset with him, but emerges from the chapel to take the letter.
  • Cecil moves on, delivering the regular mail. As he finishes, he heads up to meet Amanda in the Alchemy Club.
  • Amanda is reading about the ingredients used in MANPANTHER. The active ingredient, hemlock, quickly loses potency but could possibly be stabilized by the Tears of Avalon, a rare plant only found in Hibernia in western Britannia.
  • Speculating about other means of stabilizing the active ingredient, Amanda and Cecil deduce the existence of MANPANTHER PLATINUM, an airborne drug so potent it could render even powerful mindbenders feeble-minded, and make anyone extremely suggestible.
  • Amanda opens the door to Zelenka’s private lab, and Cecil immediately feels his mind go numb from the powerful scent that wafts out. They close the door, concluding that Zelenka must have made some of this terrifying drug for Parsifal.
  • Just then, Zelenka enters. He’s working on some new explosives, and also needs to whip up a scent eater to clean his private lab. Cecil confronts him about MANPANTHER PLATINUM.
  • Zelenka admits that he might have tampered with Amanda’s recipe, and that hypothetically, it is possible Parsifal is drenched in a highly dangerous mind controlling agent. Unfortunately, as he admits this, he uses the scent eater to wipe his lab clean, destroying the evidence of his participation.
  • Cecil asks Zelenka why he does this. Zelenka explains that, as an ethnic Czech, he’s underprivileged in the increasingly nationalistic Teutonia, and needs powerful allies. Cecil manages to convince him that Lloyd could win the student council election, and would use his power to protect minorities, not bully them with certain exceptions like Parsifal does.
  • Zelenka gives Cecil seven days, during which he’ll delay further deliveries to Parsifal. If Lloyd can become a viable candidate until then, Zelenka will stop helping Parsifal by supplying him with the souped-up MANPANTHER.
  • A grateful Cecil leaves. Before long, however, he is once more summoned by the express mail bugle. He has two letters to pick up, one for Keanu, the other for Viktor.
  • Cecil finds Keanu arguing with Mikhail in the laundry room. Keanu is delivering Rei’s laundry, while Mikhail is trying to – for his own shady reasons – acquire underpants, using his relationship with Rei as an excuse to take care of her things. Keanu vehemently argues, but when Cecil delivers his letter, Keanu turns pale and leaves the laundry to Cecil.
  • Cecil takes the laundry basket back to the club room, snubbing Mikhail. He meets Rei and Mashiro, and strikes up conversation with Rei as he hands her the laundry basket. They talk about Rei’s mysterious memory loss a few week priors. Rei speculates that she’s been hit by a confusion blast, that can be so powerful it saps your intelligence and leaves memory blanks. It was probably the work of the Kushieda spy – she remembers seeing someone sneak about in the corridors at the Club, but she can’t remember who.
  • As Cecil delivers the express mail to Viktor, they continue discussing this mysterious ability of rendering people stupid. Cecil resolves to go see Professor Anderson, before calling a meeting with the club to discuss Lloyd’s candidacy for president.
  • Professor Anderson is still practicing his guitar playing when Cecil meets him. Cecil warns Anderson about the mind-affecting MANPANTHER PLATINUM, but also says that since he has no proof, they can’t take action against Parsifal or Zelenka for the moment. Anderson thanks him for the warning and says he will watch out.
  • Cecil requests that Minami be released from the infirmary to come live with her friends in the Military History Club. Anderson agrees, but on one condition – no romantic relationship must grow between Cecil and Minami. Given her vulnerable state, and the fact that Cecil is responsible for her amnesia, such a love relationship would be very, very wrong, and completely forbidden. Cecil promises not to fall in love with her.
  • Anderson heads off to practice his Scandian dance band skills with Mr. Eriksson.
  • Cecil returns to the Club and summons a meeting, revealing that they must skyrocket Lloyds candidacy if they want any chance of stopping Parsifal, who for the next seven days won’t have his secret weapon to rely on.
  • Everyone is assigned responsibilities, except Akane, who points out that nobody seems to be concerned about Lloyd’s feelings in all this. She appears annoyed. Cecil follows her and asks her to use her connections in the D-towers, which she agrees to. She then withdraws to deal with some business.
  • Akane disappears, and soon Cecil also heads out to meet up with Lloyd and inform him that not only is he running for class president, he also only has seven days to convince Zelenka…

  • Lloyd meets Mrs. Hashima in the romantic Lothringen-style café in Ritterburg. She’s wearing a veil and is very mysterious.
  • Mrs. Hashima reveals that Mai Mokoto is involved in some kind of shadowy conspiracy. Lloyd applies Lloydgic to the reasoning and concludes that she’s an innocent damsel in distress torn between two separate conspiracy theories, one regarding Cecil and the other regarding Mrs. Hashima. Regardless, he decides to help out.
  • Mrs. Hashima tells Lloyd that he will need to distract Mai Mokoto while she investigates Miss Mokoto’s quarters. Reluctantly, Lloyd agrees – it’s bad to sneak into peoples’ rooms, but when it is to save them from shadowy conspirators, it might be alright. He makes a mental note to feel guilty about it later, though.
  • Lloyd gets instructed to suit up, so he heads off to meet Arthur Lovejoy, the fabric magnate.
  • Mr. Lovejoy is a very absent-minded man still reeling from the loss of his cloth shipment a few days ago. It was sent on a secret route, documented on papers he kept in his safe. Also, a mannikin has disappeared.
  • Lloyd concludes that the mannikin would have been able to see the safe from its position at the back of the messy store, and that as Mr. Lovejoy never touched or interacted with it, it might have been a thief in disguise. He gets a description of a pointy-shoed man with a pencil mustache.
  • Mr. Lovejoy has a suit that he bought used, which should fit Lloyd excellently. He will need some time to fit it properly though, during which Lloyd resolves to investigate the missing cloth shipment. He heads out to the secret route along which the cloth was sent – a narrow river in the countryside.
  • After a bit of walking and talking to the locals, Lloyd meets a young cowherd boy who overheard a group of shady men near the river just yesterday. Following the boy’s directions, he finds a footprint of an elegant pointy shoe, mismatching the sturdy boots of the farmers. He uses his mastery of earth and fire to preserve the footprint, scooping up the earth and carefully baking it into a clay imprint.
  • Returning to Ritterburg, he goes to speak with Hildegard. Hildegard says that her best clue is that someone in the slums seems to be selling quality fabric; Parsifal von Eisenkrone emerged from there just an hour earlier with new material for Dueling Club uniforms.
  • Skeptical about Lloyd’s investigation, Hildegard nevertheless lends him Private Gofius for protection, as well as the guard dog Pluto, as Lloyd states his intent to head into the slums and investigate.
  • Lloyd meets a group of well-dressed hoodlums that are dancing in the street, and manages to befriend them. He learns that there’s a dingy second-hand shop that’s been selling quality shirts lately, and heads there.
  • The dingy shop is run by a man named Ox. Lloyd strikes up conversation with him and manages to get Mr. Ox distracted by hunger – specifically, for delicious Britannian roast beef, that Mr. Ox curiously has in his possession.
  • Mr. Ox leaves to have lunch, leaving the store unattended. Lloyd inspects a few of the garments sold and discovers a call for help embroidered in one of the shirts.
  • Lloyd sneaks into the store, hearing the nasal voice of a mysterious man – but he can only see his shoes, sticking out from around a corner where the man is seated in a chair. They are suspiciously pointy.
  • Creeping down into the basement, Lloyd finds plenty of stolen fabric as well as Mr. Schubert Schwartz, the tailor, trapped in a cell with a sleeping guard outside. Carefully, Lloyd liberates the guard of his keys and frees Mr. Schwartz, returning outside.
  • Mr. Schwartz tells Lloyd that he’s been kidnapped by a shady criminal named Wilhelm Wessler, a man he’s never even seen, only heard his voice. He confirms, though, that it’s the man with the pointy shoes.
  • Lloyd, now having evidence that the criminal is inside the store, informs Gofius. Gofius storms in to arrest the culprits, but makes too much noise. While he catches Mr. Ox and the sleeping guard, Wilhelm Wessler himself escapes through a back door.
  • Lloyd returns to Mr. Lovejoy while Gofius goes to report to Hildegard. Mr. Lovejoy is overjoyed at the news and gives Lloyd a hefty discount on the suit, and throws in an old watch and pen that came with it as well – marked with the neat signature of the Storm Watchmaker, Antoine Dirac.
  • Suited up, and with a spy pen and spy watch, Lloyd goes to speak with Mai Mokoto.
  • Dressed up in his amazing suit, Lloyd strides into the Rose and Dagger bar. All eyes turn towards the handsome stranger as he suavely glides up to the barkeep and orders chocolate milk – shaken, not stirred. He then turns to watch the performance, swiveling on his chair, handsome, mysterious, and loudly slurps his drink.
  • Mai Mokoto heads over to the bar to speak with Lloyd, unable to resist his weird air of mystery. They strike up conversation and Lloyd manages to get her to relax and talk a bit about herself. She’s from the islands off the Nipponese coast, and her and her family fled to Teutonia after it got unsafe during the pirate raids. She speaks some of her sister, and her handsome nephew who is half-Teutonian. While his foreign traits don’t show much, he was bullied a lot for being a “half-blood”.
  • Lloyd thanks her for the pleasant conversation and watches her sing for a bit longer, before he pays for his drink and heads out to meet Mrs. Hashima. The operation was a success – Mrs. Hashima has a receipt proving that Mai Mokoto sent an express letter to Eisenkrone this very day. Cecil must have delivered the letter.
  • Mrs. Hashima casually flirts some with Lloyd, making him quite uncomfortable, before he takes the receipt and says goodbye, heading back to school.
  • On the way back, Lloyd meets the mysterious Red Oni, his masked mentor and friend. The Red Oni tells him that his friends are about to ask him to do something quite difficult, and that he should remember to be confident and believe in himself. Then he vanishes.

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  • Lloyd meets Cecil outside Eisenkrone. He hands him the receipt. Cecil now knows that Mai Mokoto has been communicating with either Bartolomeus, Keanu, or Viktor…
  • Lloyd says that he’s exhausted after the long day and really, really needs some rest. So much stress…
  • At this point, Cecil breaks the news that Lloyd has seven days to upstage Parsifal in the Student Council Elections, or Parsifal will receive a new batch of mind controlling MANPANTHER PLATINUM and make life a living hell for all foreign students at the school.
  • Lloyd tiredly smiles, happy that Cecil cares about his friends.

Season 3 episode 22 notes

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