The fated reunion between Suzuko and Chinatsu happens in this episode. How does it go? Who, exactly, is the bookmaker?
(Spoilers in this episode review)
Well, the bookmaker doesn’t record history as a third party, but he books matches between Selectors. Around a third of the episode has Suzuko and Hanna trying to find him in order to ask about what happens to people who disappear.
Sumida, the guy who lost to Suzuko in episode one, is down to his last coin and is desperate to fight a girl with no experience (the innuendo in this episode, by the way, was off the charts). We also get to find out what the ending of episode 3 meant.
By entering the network, Suzuko learns about the location of the battle between Sumida and Chinatsu, which allows the two to meet against after so many years.
Despite Suzuko’s protests, the battle starts. Suzuko and Hanna are both astounded at Chinatu’s ice cold battle style which results in the thug losing. Hanna then confirms the truth about disappearing meaning the LRIG takes over their Selector’s body as the thug runs away while apologizing.
Grasping at a faint beam of hope, Suzuko tells Chintasu that she’s glad they could meet up again. Chinatsu replies that she feels the same way.
That’s how the episode ends. What a downer. I guess the events in episode two was already enough to really change Chinatsu. It was interesting seeing how the two childhood friends are approaching this Selector game differently, too. Suzuko is still actively avoiding battles while Chinatsu outright says she wants to battle near the beginning of the episode.
I thought it was a bit boring to have the LRIG take over the Selector’s body if the Selector loses all 5 coins since that’s just like Selector Infected WIXOSS. However, we don’t know where the Selector goes and this is the punishment instead of the reward, so things are slightly different.
One thing that kept me happy as I watched this episode is the growing friendship between Suzuko and Hanna.
Next week’s episode is titled, “Friends / Bonds and Chains.” How fitting since I’ve just blabbed on and on about friendship in this episode review. See you next week!