Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo – 17

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Yeah…he’s definitely going to trip on that screwdriver

While the idyllic limbo of the DRAGON world just suffered a brutal assault, it remains an idyllic limbo, one where Ange must decide whether to stay in, or return home. Tusk, committed to being her knight, will support whatever decision she makes. This is what a knight does: his life is no longer his own.

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Ultimately, Ange decides she has to go home. Messed up as it is, it’s where she truly belongs, and it’s where her beloved Momoka is. Salamandinay grudgingly accepts her decision to return, worried that they may have to fight against each other again, but Ange says whatever else she does moving forward, she’s done fighting the DRAGON, so Salako needn’t worry.

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Vivian is caught between wanting to stay with her mom and going back home to her friends/sisters-in-arms, but her mother uses a nifty analogy to set Vivi’s mind at ease. She’s grown out of her baby clothes, so it stands to reason she’s grown out of her baby home as well.

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Ange, Tusk (whom she finally refers to as her knight, to his knight delight), and Vivi follow the massive DRAGON force through the singularity into Embryo’s world, and find themselves far off course. Turns out Riza’s intelligence was falsified, and they teleported right into an giant ambush.

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It becomes painfully apparent Ange’s world didn’t stand still while she was gone; the remnants of Arzenal First Troop have picked their sides. Salia has gone over to Embryo (and Ange even wonders out loud whether Salia’s sleeping with the creep), and in return, she’s been given a ring and a black Villkiss all her own; finally able to be the leading heroine Jill never let her be.

Chris and Ersha are also with her; the former not surprisingly, the latter, a little. They went over to Embryo despite the fact they knew DRAGONs are people, like Vivian, so it’s not like they were in the dark, but it’s also important to remember that all three of these girls were orphans born and raised within Arzenal’s walls, and remain children, who have yearned for a father figure for a long time. It’s understandable they’d be taken in by Embryo’s rhetoric.

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Another day at the office for these three

That Salia is now the captain also means she gets to give formations magical girl designations like “Shining Rose Triangle!”, something Chris isn’t that on board with. It’s a great character beat for all three of these former allies.

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Embryo orders Salia’s team to take Ange into custody, but Tusk and Vivi aren’t having it, with Vivi pulling off an awesome stunt by dropping out of the sun and C4’ing the cables. Salia’s squad regroups and grabs Ange again, but she’s able to activate its teleporter again (by hitting it and yelling, naturally), just as Tusk and Vivi fly into its radius.

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They end up back on the abandoned Arzenal Island, where it all began, with no more of an idea about what the heck they should do next. Then a catalyst for that decision comes ashore in the form of Momoka, Hilda, and Roselie, in frogsuits that give them a start at first, but quickly morphs into elation.

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Again, this group makes sense. These three were able to escape aboard Jill’s sub, Hilda and Roselie were able to patch things up where Hilda and Chris weren’t, and Momoka was going to wait for Ange as long as it took, like Hachiko in a maid outfit. In a very Hilda Power Move, she grabs Tusk’s junk and concedes, a bit incredulously but genuinely, that he’s a man after all, as he was able to keep Ange alive to this point.

So where do we go from here? I think it’s probably a given that a world with Mana is unsustainable, and as difficult as it will be, that world has to end. Maybe Jill’s resistance and the DRAGONs can team up against Embryo? Could there be a peaceful resolution? Will Embryo go quietly, or break out some heretofore MEGAmail? Cross Ange still has eight eps to sort it all out.

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Author: braverade

Hannah Brave is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

4 thoughts on “Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo – 17”

  1. I suppose I agree with all the points Hannah raises here but… I think I’m finally over Ange :)

    Like Yatterman, for all the interesting things going on, and for all the restraint it’s put on the fan service (by Ange Standards) I’m not really enjoying the ride anymore. Maybe it’s Battle fatigue? Maybe it’s dundunduuuun what a twist?

    Whatever the reason, following the Rabujoi rules, I’m going to bow out of co-reviewing the show from here on.

    1. No worries. Interest in second cours can fade with or without warning. I myself was actually quite engaged in Nobunaga the Fool, but once the second cour came around, the bottom simply fell out and I had zero enthusiasm.

  2. This is definitely a far better paced episode than much of the DRAGON world arc. And it actually has a lot of interesting small points to chew on.

    That short comedic take on the name of Salia’s tactical formations is both amusing and saddening at the same time. The whole naming scheme actually gives a darker twist to Salia’s initially comedic fantasies about being a magical girl. The three of them (Salia, Ersha, and Chris) also retained their old friendly banter with each other, which means that they aren’t the typical brainwashed deal. Rather, they willingly sided with Embryo for their own reasons. What more, they are all wearing full pilot suits now, which indicates that they actually have high positions now in Embryo’s forces, and serves as an interesting contrast to that of the normas’ pilot suit.

    Of course, this was a pretty predictable twist (we all know that this would eventually pop up since probably episode 8), but it still has some interesting bits. On a side note, who are those four new characters added in the ED? Which ones of those are Irma and Tania?

  3. “Which ones of those are Irma and Tania?”

    The girls who wear Embryo’s dark uniforms.

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