Season 3 episode 54 notes

  • Lloyd meets Naimitsu in the Military History Club. She’s cautiously looking at Ryu, who’s waiting outside the dojo, but Ryu leaves to give them some privacy.
  • Naimitsu explains that Akane is continuing her training, alone with Snowy. She’s worried.
  • Lloyd mentions having finished his training with Gottlieb and Hattori – but he’s worried. He’s killed before and he’s worried he will turn into a killer. Naimitsu tells him that it’s a good sign that he worries, that he thinks of the people he kills as people. The biggest mistake you can make is to dehumanize them.
  • Naimitsu says that the important thing is to learn from those who have died – whether they are your allies or your enemies, their sacrifice will not be in vain if it helps prevent future tragedies.
  • Naimitsu offers Lloyd to train breathing later, to help calm him. Lloyd requests to speak with the Red Oni if possible, and Naimitsu promises to contact him. Just then, Snowy lets out a savage growl, and Akane screams!
  • Lloyd and Naimitsu rush into the dojo. Akane, eager to continue Cecil’s teachings about desperation and animal fear, has provoked Snowy with fire to make him attack, thus making her desperate and scared so that she can understand Cecil’s teachings. Lloyd, disappointed, calls away the frightened Snowy and leaves Naimitsu to care for Akane. Ryu frets and worries about Snowy, carrying him away to sleep in his bed.
  • Lloyd returns to his room to answer fan mail from his many female fans.
  • Later, Lloyd leaves for special training with Naimitsu. He goes out to the Gardening Club to meditate. With Naimitsu’s help, he heightens his awareness and senses the cycle of life and death – the bird kills the beetle to live. Lloyd is somewhat calmed by this, and thanks Naimitsu. In his trance, he also becomes aware of Erich practicing by the lake, and Daisuke playing the violin.
  • As Naimitsu leaves, Lloyd comes face to face with the Red Oni. Lloyd asks his advice. The Oni is strangely defensive, hiding himself with bending to prevent sounds and scents from reaching the hyper-aware Lloyd.
  • Lloyd says that Akane is strong, proud, beautiful – but what Cecil is trying to teach her lessens her. It turns her cruel and might break her. He cares a lot about her and asks the Red Oni what to do. The Red Oni seems touched by Lloyd’s care for Akane.
  • The Red Oni says that it’s his responsibility alone to make sure Akane grows up to be a good Empress. He advices Lloyd to talk to her and warn her; she really does care, despite what she says.
  • For a brief moment, the Oni drops his defenses, and Lloyd gets a brief glimpse of his true nature. He excuses himself, and leaves. Exactly what Lloyd learns is unclear.
  • Lloyd returns to his dorm to go to bed.

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  • Cecil finishes teaching Princess Sophia, and she falls asleep. On his way out, he speaks with Simon, the butler, explaining that he’s been mentally connected with her. Cecil senses that Simon will report this to Kaiser Heinrich, and says that it is Simon’s prerogative to do so – if he believes it necessary.
  • As Cecil returns to the dorm, he hears violin music. He follows it to the source – Daisuke is playing on the roof.
  • Cecil speaks with Daisuke. He understands the death note – Akira Nara, the man responsible for the death of Cecil’s parents, died ten years ago. Daisuke is what rose from the ashes, a changed man.
  • Daisuke worries about Cecil. In some small way, even though he is a different man now than ten years ago, he feels responsible for Cecil’s life, and he worries Cecil might turn into a bad man. “God did not make these hands to destroy”, he says. Cecil assures him that he strives to be more than just destructive – that he aims to create, to teach.
  • Daisuke and Cecil part ways, the conflict between them cleared. Daisuke still urges Cecil to take up art, as a way to channel his creative side.
  • Cecil returns to the clubhouse, meeting Lloyd. They exchange a few brief words before heading to bed.

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  • The following day, the club meets for breakfast. Mashiro asks where Minami is – she didn’t sleep in her room. Cecil, suddenly remembering how he broke Minami’s heart yesterday, telepathically searches for her Psitanium badge. She doesn’t have it – but Private Gofius does. At first he thinks he’s having a vision from God, before Cecil explains how the psitanium broadcasts psychic messages.
  • Gofius explains via telepathy, that he just now found her school uniform and badge abandoned by the roadside on the road to Ritterburg. She must have gone that way.
  • Cecil, without explaining to his friends, bursts out to hurry to Ritterburg. Mashiro and Lloyd, perplexed, go to get ready for Storm Lore class.
  • Today’s class is on defending the items they’ve prepared against Storm corruption. Rei meets the class. Her item is a mummified hand from Incaland, for some reason.
  • Cecil speeds off to Ritterburg, exhausting himself. He contacts Anderson to ask advice for how to find a mindbender, and is instructed to broadcast a message that they can pick up. Cecil cries out for Minami and hears a faint, probably unintentional, response from the October Girl strip club.
  • Heading there, Cecil finds Mrs. Hashima. She’s the new owner of the establishment and apparently uses it as a women’s shelter, keeping runaway women safe from Wessler and his gang. Minami is also on the run, and thus accepted. Cecil insists to see her, but Hashima confirms that Minami does not wish to speak with him. Then she slaps him for what he did to her, saying he knows he deserved it.
  • Unhappy at not having made contact with Minami, Cecil hurries back to class. He arrives just in time, but Anderson still writes him up for detention since he left the school without permission. Cecil is exhausted, having gone the entire trip back and forth in just about 15 minutes.
  • Class begins. Anderson introduces a Mimic in the form of a great chest with fangs, an example of an item transmuted by Storm Energy. Failure to protect items can be quite dangerous – sometimes the object is destroyed, sometimes transformed into a monster or something dangerous like fire. It can be shaped by Storm Powers too, if one isn’t too careful.
  • Everyone begins. Rei, Mashiro, Jacob, Sanchez, and Lloyd all protect their items – in Lloyd’s case, a woman’s shoe. Mashiro has a math book, which she defends as well. Günther and an unnamed classmate fail, Günther being attacked by an old cane and the unnamed classmate seeing a spoon vanish into thin air.
  • Cecil goes last. Placing his bear Mr. Snookums on the ground, Anderson starts the machine. Suddenly, the bear animates! With the squeaky voice of Kage, it holds an evil speech!
  • Everyone is flabbergasted. Anderson makes sense of it – it seems Cecil got so attached to the bear during this past week that he managed to instill a piece of his mind in it – a homonculus. Kage sensed it as an open link to an unguarded mind, and assumed Cecil had finally given him a student to possess. Unfortunately for Kage, the “unguarded mind” was Mr. Snookums.
  • Kage, outraged at his squishy arms and weak fluffy body, departs, but not before addressing Lloyd and making veiled references at some kind of secret.
  • Anderson calls the class short. He doesn’t have time for much follow-up, as Günther triggered the mimic by mistake and is being chased around the room by it.
  • As they leave, everyone discusses the strange items they were given, from the “lost and found” box. Lloyd confesses that he’s been doing Sherlock Lloyd work, and figured out who they belong to – all except one; the woman’s shoe.
  • Lloyd explains that the cane belonged to Ryder (though Mashiro broke it as it attacked Günther), the umbrella to Bert Hackney, the crucifix to Sister Martha, and so on. Mashiro mentions a final clue about the math book she was assigned – it belonged to one “Half Blood Count”, but that’s all it’s signed with.
  • Sherlock Lloyd reveals this is an old nickname of Janos Adamski. Interested, Cecil borrows the book – it’s full of Janos’s formulas about gravity and movement. Cecil studies them intently, hoping to find Janos’ weakness.
  • Lloyd wonders who the shoe might belong to. Rei says she will fetch Mikhail, and he can help print up posters – they can put up “missing item” posters, and girls can come and try the shoe on. Lloyd thinks it’s an excellent idea, if a bit unorthodox.
  • Lloyd mentions the last item – Mr. Snookums. It belongs to Alfreda Schmidt, her childhood bear, that she’s saved for her unborn baby. Cecil, hearing this, solemnly decides to return Mr. Snookums.
  • Tearfully, Cecil says goodbye to Mr. Snookums as Anderson plays “Teddybjörnen Fredriksson” in the background.
  • Cecil briefly worries that Kage might be able to possess the bear again, now that a link is established. However, the homonculus is so weak that Kage will be virtually powerless within it, and it might do Kage good to see how a loving family lives. Cecil decides to return Mr. Snookums to Alfreda, and goes along with Lloyd.
  • Lloyd and Cecil meet Alfreda, who is happy and chirpy. Magnus has gotten a job at the school, and things seem to be working out. As Cecil returns Mr. Snookums, he begins to tear up – he’s gotten so attached to the bear.
  • Alfreda is grateful to have Bearenstein back, and renames him “Bearenstein Snookums” in Cecil’s honor. Cecil warns her that the bear “might turn anthropomorphic” but as she doesn’t know what that means, she gratefully accepts it anyway.
  • Lloyd and Cecil leave the smithy to go to History class.
  • Schröder rifles through his notes and welcomes them to a new history class – the theme for the next couple of lessons will be “lost cities”. A fair amount of cities in history have been destroyed by Storms, and never reclaimed.
  • Schröder begins with Lost Frankfurt, not far from Eisenkrone. During the tenure of Principal Feist, a Century Storm struck Frankfurt. Unwilling to risk the safety of the many princes and princesses attending the school at the time, Feist forbade anyone from helping the people of Frankfurt, ordering them to only defend the school. Today, Frankfurt is in ruins, and quite dangerous to Storm Knights as the many mimics there reanimate at the slightest infusion of Storm Energy.
  • Schröder mentions that historians have looked over Feist’s decision and found that he was wrong – there are many ways to defend Eisenkrone while still sending small away teams to deal with Storms and other dangers. He assures the students that this is in no way relevant to their education, merely interesting, as there is no reason why they should have to besiege themselves in the school and send adventuring parties to deal with dangers. Nevertheless he thoroughly explains these strategies, which are quite solid and would permit a lot of away adventuring without in any way endangering the school. Cecil laments having to learn this useless information, which of course doesn’t seem like it will come in handy during the next season semester.
  • The class is dismissed. Rei, Lloyd and Cecil go to have lunch with Mikhail.
  • Rei remarks Cecil had a slap mark on his cheek earlier. Cecil explains what happened with Minami and Mrs. Hashima. Lloyd and Mashiro worry about Minami.
  • Mikhail and Lloyd together design a poster for the missing shoe. It says “Seeking a match” in big flowery letters, then there’s a picture of the shoe – with a beautiful woman’s leg in it, making it seem quite romantic and suggestive. It’s signed “Lloyd Wilder” in big, flowery script. It’s possible some girls might mistake it. Mikhail puts down all the details in very fine print just under the picture.
  • As Mikhail goes to print hundreds and hundreds of posters, Rei sighs at how attached he is to that printing press – she never even gets to go inside. What does he keep in there?
  • Pondering this, Lloyd and Cecil split up. Lloyd goes to meet the Lovejoys, while Cecil relaxes, recovering after his exhausting run to Ritterburg and back.
  • Lloyd meets Samuel and Samantha Lovejoy in the Frankish restaurant, where he joins them for creme bruleé dessert. He tells them about Minami and how she doesn’t believe she has any friends. Perhaps Samuel and Samantha could give her a warm welcome when and if she returns to Eisenkrone?
  • The Lovejoys heartily agree, and promise to paint a picture for her. Lloyd knows her nostalgia for trees, and asks them to paint a Nipponese tree in the gardening club. They oblige to do so. They also agree to finish up Lloyd’s portrait at an unspecified later time.
  • Lloyd leaves to go to his next class – Spycraft. Cecil, meanwhile, goes to get changed for Martial Arts.
  • Mashiro will be joining Martial Arts for the first time since recovering from her illness, since she’s been busy as a nurse since and hasn’t been able to make class. Cecil tells her to try to impress Ivan, as he’s harsh on those he perceives as weak and also doesn’t tolerate disobedience. Mashiro nods.

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  • Cecil gets changed and heads for the Martial Arts classroom, only to find a note on the door – they are having class outside. Tomoe grumbles about how at least they were lucky with the weather. As she says so, it begins to rain heavily.
  • Cecil and Tomoe head outside, bickering. They find Ivan standing on a hill of mud in the muddy field, in the rain, shirtless and grim. Today’s lesson is mudwrestling, fighting in adverse terrain. He’s taken advantage of the rain.
  • First, they will mudwrestle one on one. Then, they will play “King of the Hill” on the huge mudpile Ivan has prepared. Many of the students take off their ghis, to not muddy them and give their opponents fewer handholds. The boys go shirtless. Mashiro shocks the class by joining them, stripping down to her undershirt.
  • Ivan tells the new girl, Mashiro, to go first. She gets to pick any opponent. Remembering Cecil’s advice, she goes straight for Sanchez, the most skilled wrestler.
  • Sanchez, honored and impressed with Mashiro’s bravery, dives straight for her. Mashiro tricks him, sliding under him and tripping him into the mud, pinning him almost instantly. Ivan is very impressed.
  • Cecil faces Nina next. Nina is unsteady on the slippery footing, and sopping wet from the rain. Despite her far greater strength, Cecil manages to outwit her with technique and rams her down into the mud. After him, Jacob defeats Tomoe in a similar fashion.
  • After everyone has wrestled, Ivan declares Mashiro to begin at the top of the hill, since she did the best in the one-on-one fights. Whoever wins the game receives top grades.
  • Cecil wastes no time – he immediately dives for Mashiro, aiming to tackle her off the pile. Mashiro knows his tricks. She grabs him and spins him around, ramming him into Sanchez who comes right after. Cecil is knocked high into the air by the combined strength of Mashiro and Sanchez, seeing stars.
  • Suddenly, Cecil blinks. Up on the wet, slippery roof he spots Ryoko, running from three assailants chasing her with weapons! He recalls the Dueling Club plan to strike at the Military History club while Lloyd was distracted – it must be now!
  • Cecil jumps off the mudpile, grabbing his shirt and his Psitanium Badge. He checks up on all his friends.
  • Akane is cornered in a corridor by four shady types. Ryu is surrounded in an empty stable, pleading to avoid a fight. Ryoko is darting over a roof, pursued. Rei is caught in a corridor full of suits of armor. Haruhi and André are also in trouble from attackers, but Haruhi slips away into the rain, and André disappears around a corner.
  • Cecil panics. He shouts for his friends that their friends are in trouble, and dives for the changing room to retrieve his lance. He telepathically shows Mashiro and Nina where to go.
  • Ivan hates rule-breakers, and tries to catch Cecil, but shirtless and slippery with mud, he escapes. Ivan gets a hold of Nina’s clothes instead, and catches her. Nina shouts at Cecil to continue without her.
  • Mashiro’s reaction is far more dramatic. Hearing their friends are in danger, she lights up with full Angel power, and begins to fly towards Akane.
  • Cecil leaps towards the windows into Rei’s corridor, but slips. Rather than go in through the open one, he crashes in through a closed window, cutting himself.
  • Back to back with Rei, he tells the assailants to never mess with his friends. Rei calmly informs him that there’s no reason to hurt them – just scare them away. What do they fear?
  • Cecil reads their minds. One fears bats. The others have no particular phobias, but are afraid of pain. Hearing this, Rei unleashes her telekinetic groin kicks, incapacitating two, while Cecil turns a horrifying bat illusion on the third, sending him fleeing in panic. Cecil tells Rei about the others in danger – so they hurry to rescue Ryu, before he does something he regrets.
  • Just before Cecil arrives, Snowy leaps in to defend his master. Ryu tells Snowy to be nice, and all he does is push over one attacker and growl menacingly at him. The attacker, fearful of the great Winter Wolf, draws a dagger and cuts Snowy. It’s a mere scratch to the Winter Wolf, but it triggers Ryu. Ryu remembers how the Dueling Club killed his last pet, Wolfie. Overcome with anger, he simply shoves an attacker with such great force that he flies away into the darkness, pulling Snowy off the man. He raises a fist powerful enough to shatter mountains – and just then Cecil arrives, stopping him.
  • Ryu, grateful that Cecil kept him from doing something stupid, tells him that Snowy is hurt and needs to get to a veterinarian. The attackers, terrified of Ryu’s brute strength and Snowy’s savage fangs, flee the scene without any further encouraging.
  • Cecil says Ryder should be able to look to Snowy. First, though, he goes to fetch the man Ryu shoved, who has flown away across the entire field – fortunately landing in something relatively soft, to Ryu’s relief.

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  • Meanwhile, in the past…
  • Lloyd finds Professor von Zweibrücken in an annoyed mood as he arrives in the classroom. She was preparing an obstacle course of traps, for spy training, but it isn’t finished. For now, the students will have to deal with single traps, hastily prepared by other students.
  • Each student is given a single trap, somewhere in the school, to find and disarm. Lloyd gets a “spear trap” with blunt sticks, hidden in the Alchemy Club. Haruhi gets a trap full of icky bugs (they would be poisonous if the trap was real) in one of the locker rooms.
  • Lloyd, worried someone might stumble into the trap and get hurt, hurries to the Alchemy Club very quickly. The area is almost entirely empty, due to the stench of the earlier Swamp King experiment hanging in the air.
  • Lloyd, ever polite, knocks on the door. Worried he might disturb someone inside, he attunes his keen ninja senses as Naimitsu taught him during their many meditation sessions, to sense the trap within and anyone he might bother.
  • Lloyd is surprised to find five Dueling Club members hiding in closets in the Alchemy Club. They must be the Dueling Club members given license to assault him as part of Shigeru’s test. Dreading this moment, Lloyd steps inside. No longer caring about the trap, he subtly freezes it solid beneath him, preventing it from triggering.
  • Lloyd addresses the hidden people. While this is no formal duel, he nevertheless accepts to defend himself, if only for the sake of his friends.
  • Awkwardly, they burst out. The quintet is led by Johannes Kindl, Gloria’s top student. Johannes says they must prove themselves against him, for the Dueling Club. Lloyd is somewhat surprised – wasn’t it Shigeru who put them up to this?
  • Lloyd backs into a corner as two girls and two boys swarm him, commanded by Johannes. Beset on all sides, Lloyd warns them that he doesn’t want to hurt them, but he will do so if pressed. Since they press on, Lloyd patiently waits for an opportunity, deflecting blow after blow, remembering Hattori’s teaching – strike rarely, with precision, minimizing harm to others and yourself.
  • As the opportunity comes, Lloyd explodes. Shattering the girls’ weapons, Lloyd cannot avoid injuring the two boys. He stabs the larger boy deeply, and cuts the other one in the side – superficial, but painful wounds. The large boy drops to his knees, the smaller retreats in panic.
  • Johannes strides forward. One of the girls, desperate to prove herself to her idol Gloria, grabs a broom to continue fighting. Terror overcomes Johannes as he sees how skilfully Lloyd fights, but he says they must prove themselves – for Gloria. Johannes launches himself at Lloyd.
  • Lloyd is angered. Taking the broom, he stabs Johannes superficially to stop his onslaught and shouts him down. This is how he proves himself to Gloria? She is a Duelist, and quite clearly objects to this!
  • The opponents all surrender. Johannes drops his sword in shame, repeating “but Parsifal said- Parsifal said-” slowly realizing that he’s been duped. Parsifal tricked them all into this, saying it would be a way to prove themselves to Gloria – where in reality, Gloria is an honorable duelist, objecting to this kind of ganging up.
  • Lloyd tells his defeated opponents to hurry to Ryder and get aid. He apologizes for hurting them, and apologizes for destroying the weapons – promising to replace them if Gloria consents, since she’s been teaching the girls. His kindness combined with his honorable behavior and righteous anger with Parsifal makes a deep impression upon the defeated opponents.
  • As the five leave to see Ryder, the girls escorting their injured friends, Ryoko suddenly crashes in through a window!
  • Ryoko is a little shaken and has some minor cuts from the glass, but is otherwise fine. She says some Dueling Club members chased her across the rooftop, but they should all be all right. She aimed to make them fall in the pond.
  • Lloyd is happy Ryoko is okay. He gets to work disarming the trap, since that was the assignment – while Ryoko cleans up the mess. Ryoko looks outside the window and discovers two of the people chasing her fell in the pond – the last one is clinging to a gargoyle, mortally afraid. It’s raining quite heavily outside.
  • Lloyd and Ryoko help Ryoko’s attacker inside, where he faints from fear. They resolve to take him to Professor Ryder, since he seems unwell. It seems a decent thing to do.

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  • Cecil, Lloyd, Ryoko, Ryu, Rei, André, Alice, and several other Military History Club members meet up in the infirmary, each having injured attackers to care for. Thanks to diligent preparation, none of them have been hurt – they’ve protected each other and many innocents (like the Lovejoys) from harm at Parsifal’s hand. His plan to strike at Lloyd’s friends while Lloyd was busy, to break his spirit, has failed.
  • Professor Ryder is flabbergasted at the large amount of injured students. How did this happen? One of the students Cecil is tending to speaks up. Someone made them do this. Ryder asks who put them up to this madness, but nobody dares to answer.
  • Lloyd mentions Johannes and the others who attacked him, asking if they’re all right. He’s really rather worried about them.
  • Just then, Johannes emerges from the emergency room. Faint, but with his wounds bandaged, he answers Ryder’s question. Parsifal did this.
  • Suddenly, all the students speak up. Parsifal. Parsifal. Parsifal. They were all put up to this by him, from minor bullying to serious assault.
  • Cecil notifies Professor Anderson, but he’s already heard from Ryder. The evidence is damning. Parsifal’s schemes are finally laid bare to the teachers.
  • Just then, Principal von Krakow enters. Ryder explains to him that apparently, all these students have been working for Parsifal, almost as if enslaved by him. Curiously, the Principal doesn’t seem to pay attention. He only reacts to Lloyd, inquiring about his sister. She is doing well.
  • Ryder asks the Principal what’s going on – they’ve just uncovered a huge gang activity operating right out of the heart of Eisenkrone! Why isn’t he reacting?
  • Looking straight into Ryder’s eyes, the Principal holds up an express letter. It seems he has graver matters on his mind. “As of today, this nation is officially at war with Britannia.”

END OF SESSION

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