Posted by psgels on 24 February 2007 with categories: Red Garden

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Short Synopsis: In the end, Hervé spoke the truth. It’s now up to Kate to tell the others about it.
Good: Kate; Claire; Rose; Rachel; Amanda; Hervé; Anna; Lise; Emilio; Yes, about everyone who did anything significant in this episode.
Bad: I expected a bit of Lula, but she was nowhere to be found.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8.5/10

Seriously, I expected an aftermath after the eventfulness of the previous episode, but I never expected it to be such an awesome one. Most aftermaths are quiet, but this one was probably even better than its previous episode. So many characters were involved in so many awesome ways.

In the end, it’s true. Kate and the others will lose their memories after everything is over. She now has to tell everyone about this. It’s almost freaky how different everyone reacted. More on that below. Kate also has to cope with her sister, now that Emilio has dumped her and disappeared.

The news is quite a shock for Claire, but as usual, she manages to control her feelings. Still, she was so sad through the episode. First she tells Kate that she’d rather have that they won’t have secrets for each other anymore, but when they have to tell the news to Rose, she suddenly understands how difficult it is to tell someone some sad news. When they saw that Rose grew so much, and that she finally was able to see her father again, who is working hard for his family, they just couldn’t bring her the news that her memories would just disappear. They expected the same with Rachel, based on episodes 4-6, so they didn’t even bother to try and tell her.

Rose indeed has grown so much. Just compare her with Rachel, who’s currently in the midst of losing all her friends. When the anime started, I could never have imagined Rose actually comforting Rachel like the way she did now. Still, in the end she’s grown so much because of her memories of her family and friends. She breaks when she hears that she’ll lose her memory in the end. She actually starts yelling at Kate.

And OMG Rachel. She actually doesn’t care whether she loses her memory or not. In this episode, we see her officially break up with her friends. After this, she obviously has nothing left. And surprise, Sam, the rather goofy guy who always remained in the shadows gets worried about her, and tries to comfort her. She obviously doesn’t realize this, but I wonder how Sam will act in the future.

Also, Rachel gave some interesting information about Amanda. When Rachel still was alive, she was probably the most popular of her group, and Amanda always seemed to look up to her, and she always wanted to be like her. She now finally managed to win over Rachel, it seems.

Hervé, meanwhile, has been locked up. He’s probably going to escape any episode now, but it’s now clear that he’s cut his ties with his former “allies”, who are now all worried because Lise remembered Hervé. Because of that, they ignore Anna, who’s starting to cough up blood because of her sudden separation with Hervé and Mireille.

And boy, Emilio made sure for an awesome cliff-hanger in the end. He’s obviously not going to directly help Hervé anymore, due to the fact that he’s lost his girlfriend, but it does seem that he’s begun acting on his own. How? By kidnapping Lise. This can become really interesting. Especially if the latter happens to run into Claire, Rose, Rachel or Kate. ^_^

And finally, I must praise the ED. It’s a great way to succeed the already exciting cliff-hangers.

One Response

  1. Matte says:

    I thought Rachel was annoying at first but she’s quickly becoming my favourite character with her new nihilistic attitude. I also like how Kate doesn’t cling to Herve after she found out he’s her enemy. I thought for sure she would be one of those characters that go into denial. Actually I like all the characters because it seems they’ve managed to make almost all of them multidimensional, which is rare enough.

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  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:55 AM)
    @Bam You go arm a tribe with spears and another with katanas and your example stops being relevant. For your argument to work, they kind of need a huge gap in weaponry, no?
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:54 AM)
    You go arm a tribe with Obsidian spears and axes and I will give another tribe assault rifles and Javelin missiles and see who comes out on top. Now that’s an extreme to showcase the inherent flaw in righting off weaponry as inconsequential. It’s not everything, true, but it’s also foolish to say that it had very little significances.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:52 AM)
    Now go ahead and say “but it wasn’t all about the weapons” like the last million times.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:51 AM)
    @Vincent: Stop sounding like a broken record man. I said a few times, in much more detail than you, the factors that caused them, one of the chief among them the use of much more advanced weaponry. You agree that it is a factor and then turn around and deny it’s importance.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:49 AM)
    @Bam That is not an argument so much as it a historical fact. We know their civilization fell to ruin. I don’t get what you’re trying to say here.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:45 AM)
    @Vincent: No my argument is one that was repeated throughout the region and is also retrospectively backed up by what happened: the complete defeat of all the native powers.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:44 AM)
    The Inca Empire was already falling apart by civil war even before the Spanish came. You can’t possibly make the argument that the Spanish weapons did them in.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:43 AM)
    A lot of them thought their gods have arrived and greeted the conquistadors with open arms. A mistake they paid dearly for.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:43 AM)
    @Bam Ha, that was my point. They’re different tribes living with completely different beliefs and geography. You were making an argument by parts.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:41 AM)
    Most of them were confused and scared when faced with things they never seen before, just like we would now if a spaceship just warps in; that is just human nature.

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