Following the previous incident Ao is shown desperately trying to chase after Truth in the Nirvash, Christoph himself showing up to decide his punishment and putting forth a simple warning, explaining to him that he sees all of Generation Bleu’s pilots as his children.
But it would seem that his punishment wasn’t limited to a simple warning at all, as when he goes about his day he finds Gazelle’s group blatantly following him around, Gazelle explaining to Fleur that Christoph told them to do it this way. At this point though a Scub Burst occurs on the Arabian Peninsula and Generation Bleu receives a request to take action and dispatches Pied Piper, where as Christoph has to deal with the Allied Forces getting uppity about them having their Mark I.
While they’re on their way Fleur tells Ao just why Gazelle and his gang were tailing them and while she makes fun of the way Christoph said he see’s Generation Bleu’s pilots, Elena also reveals that Fleur isn’t just his daughter in that sense. However just as they arrive Pied Piper get a recall order due to the Allied Forces putting pressure on Generation Bleu under the pretext of being at odds with the country that the Secret has arrived above, Faisal Arabia. In response to this Ao is outraged, what had happened on Iwada still fresh in his mind and takes off, and Fleur, disgusted in why her father would do this, takes after Ao and eventually catches up with him at an old bar. Where she explains that just like him, she hates her father, in her case because he chose to save her after she and her mother were in a car crash. At this point though Ivica arrives and shows them a news report that has revoked their recall order, so determined to rub it in Christoph’s face Ao and Fleur head back eager to take action, Elena even noting such.
As they close in on the Secret, the Triton’s AI Georg explains that the Secret attacks with an electrical discharge that could temporarily stun them, however even so ranged attacks don’t serve so well against it and after shutting down Elena’s Kyrie it propels itself upward intending to collide with the Scub Coral. But while they’re called back, Fleur rushes in to take it out at close range before it can do so, affirming that she can’t lose, however to this Ao responds that while he too hates his father he won’t risk his life for him before he can give him a good punch. By this point, while his words have reached her it’s too late, so they’re both forced to close in and take it down just seconds before it would have collided into the Scub Coral. After this they smugly make their way to Christoph’s office to rub their victory in his face, but on their way they find that the news report had been something put together by Christoph.
Well it would seem that this show isn’t lost just yet, after the mess that was last week’s episode this one was a welcome sight, the down to earth mecha elements are still there and it didn’t shift away from its usual style at all. With this episode serving to provide Fleur with some nice character development and bring her and Ao a little closer together.
Which in itself was pretty nice to see as well, while they may have had a somewhat warm meeting, ever since Ao arrived in Switzerland the way Fleur has regarded him had been anything but that, constantly maintaining a bossy sort of attitude and generally acting as if he was beneath her, which in a sense he kind of is given his inexperience. But through their common hatred for their fathers of all things she began to lighten up around him, Fleur seemed quicker to laugh and they got along a lot better than they had to the point where Elena even started to ship them. And if Naru really has run off with Truth I wouldn’t entirely mind if things ended up going in that direction, they simply got along well and Ao’s speech appeared to have quite an impact on her.
Even though the whole thing about Fleur hating her father over saving her over her mother was kind of cliche, the development that it gave her was still nice to see, let alone while I had suspected it Christoph being revealed to be her father was still kind of surprising. In the process serving to detail their character through this connection, let alone for it to be revealed eight episodes into the show says quite a bit about her resentment towards him. Aside from that just how childish she acted about this resentment with Ao was also pretty fun in itself, she and Ao were constantly trying to smugly show him up only to have things backfire on them.
If anything this episode also makes me ask that one constantly recurring question that’s been in the back of my head since the start of this show, just where the hell is Renton? And alongside that, will he ever end up appearing before this show is over? The entire matter of his disappearance and separation from Eureka just raises a lot of questions and Ao’s entire declaration that he hates him has reignited them for me. Even if it is just related to him not being around, which seems to be the case given how young Ao was when Eureka herself was still around, it would be interesting if there was something else to it. Other than that as something of a cliche for mecha pilots to hate their distant fathers it was also a pretty fun addition on Ao’s part, it also has me wondering if he’ll carry through with his declaration to punch him if he does show up.