DeSu 2 #9: No Sacrifice, No Victory

Airi Ban

Yay midriff time! XD

The episode opens on Thursday morning; Hibiki wakes up to find Alcor sitting right next to him. Apparently, no one ever told him to go home. So as we know, Alcor and Yamato used to be old acquaintances. He saw great power in Yamato, who chose to make good use of them until he chose to follow the path of meritocracy. As for Alcor himself, he has begun to anguish about his own existence, him being a Septentrione and a mechanism of Polaris who has developed human emotion. Hibiki offers to let him stay in his room since he’s not their enemy, so long as no one from JP’s finds him.

Hey, I didn't know we were doing FATE routes. I wonder what everyone FATE levels are at right now.

Hey, I didn’t know we were doing FATE routes. I wonder what everyone FATE levels are at right now.

Daichi and Io walk in, making Hibiki’s situation even more awkward, even moreso when Alcor reveals what he is.

Well, at least Alcor has moonwalking down-pat.

Well, at least Alcor has moonwalking down-pat.

Time for the next mission: This one requires only Hinako and Airi (The reason why they couldn’t afford to kill off the former back in the 2nd Day).

Here's Alioth's outer shell, which is 50 kilometers wide.

Here’s Alioth’s outer shell, which is 50 kilometers wide.

...and here's the core. This thing shoots out toxic Hershey's kisses that pollutes the area once it explodes.

…and here’s the core. This thing shoots out toxic Hershey’s kisses that pollutes the area once it explodes.

The fifth Septentrione, Alioth, is floating in the ionosphere above Sapporo where no demon in their possession can reach it. They need to summon certain specific demons to knock it down.

Gee, I wonder whose fault is that...

Gee, I wonder whose fault is that…

Using Hinako’s dancing and Airi’s bellybutton, Omega Shiva and Genma Kama are summoned respectively. In the video games, Kama had to provoke Shiva into throwing its spear, Pasupata. Here, Shiva is enraged at the sight of Kama and throws Pasupata straight at Kama, which flies straight at Alioth, destroying the core. However, it’s shell remains over to come crashing down on Sapporo. Hinako, Airi, and the JP’s personnel were able to escape, but they left the townspeople there to die. Yamato knew this. In fact, he knew about everything, including the Septentriones’ invasion and Polaris. The Hotsuin family intended on using the invasion to reshape the world into the order they choose.

So Yamato invites the other summoners to a banquet to congratulate Hinako and Airi on a job well done. Although there’s no point in celebrating anything, considering Sapporo and its people was sacrificed to achieve victory. However that’s just the secondary reason. The real reason Yamato called them was to inform that that in two days, the invasion will end. After that, any survivors will be able to face Polaris. This is where Yamato’s plan of creating a world of meritocracy comes in.

I'm sensing a whole lotta homolust subtext in this episode, what with this and Hibiki blushing during his conversation with Alcor.

I’m sensing a whole lotta homolust subtext in this episode, what with this and Hibiki blushing during his conversation with Alcor.

Hibiki tries to confront Yamato, but he merely is reminded by Yamato that he will obey him, or be crushed by him. The episode ends with Makoto briefing Io about the next day’s mission, which will require her to die…

I kinda figured that the fight against Alioth would get only one episode (Well, Alioth was actually easy for me to beat), but they completely shafted the entire fight. It didn’t even show any of its attacks. I hope the next Septentrione isn’t handled like this.

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