“One of best things in life, having a good armful of Loli!”
This episode picks up the next day when the crew is having coffee, Solesta thanks Rahzel for saving Vincent, but Rahzel suspecting false gratitude asks Solesta what his goals are? Solesta tells Rahzel that Vincent was the illegitimate child of a king and one of his servants, but due to an illness the entire royal family died leaving the child the successor to the throne. Solesta goads Rahzel again, and they start bickering, Alzeid tells Solesta to stop picking on Rahzel making Solesta angry, Alzeid releases Rahzel from the no magic use promise by telling her if she thinks it’s really dangerous go ahead and use magic, but she says that she’ll keep the no magic promise. Later, Rahzel tells them a story about how when she was a child her father forbid her to use magic and gave her a knife and sent her on a small adventure, but she figured out that her father was watching over her. She tells Alzeid not to protect her like her father did but if she’s really in danger to please help her, and she’ll do the same for him.
That night some bad guys ambush the hotel that the group is staying at and Rahzel protects Vincent without using magic, but Baroqueheat surprises Rahzel by telling her he’s sorry then he attacks her, rendering her unconscious and helping Solesta grab Vincent. Later Alzeid makes his way to Vincent and Rahzel’s hotel room and sees the damage and figures out that Solesta was behind the whole thing and that it was a trap for Rahzel. The next day Vincent awakens to find himself alone, and Rahzel is tied up and held captive by Solesta and Baroqueheat, Solesta comments on how Alzeid could be fond of such a helpless child.
Rahzel provokes Solesta into slapping her, and Baroqueheat says she went too far, but she says she feels like she won the battle. He tells her that she’ll have to put up with it until Alzeid arrives, Rahzel has not intention of staying put, she injures one of her hands escaping the handcuffs. Later, Solesta is waiting for Alzeid, he throws Alzeid a sword and says that they’ll have a no magic fight to the death. In the meantime, Rahzel manages to find Vincent who’s being held by Baroqueheat and some goons, she talks to him and after awhile he decides to switch back to Rahzel’s side surprising the goons.
While Solesta is fighting Alzeid he tells him that when the wars and battles ended he lost everything, and that with the fake prince he can get everything back, and he tells Alzeid that he wants to go back to the days when he and was comrades in battle with Alzeid and Baroqueheat. As Baroqueheat is battling the goons Rahzel makes her way to Alzeid. During his battle with Solesta, Alzeid calls him perverted, he tells him that he gets no joy from battle or killing people, this unbalances Solesta causing him to lose his weapon. Just as Alzeid is about to kill Solesta, Rahzel steps in to save him, then Rahzel, Baroqueheat, and Vincent turn their backs on Solesta and leave him there all alone.
Just as they are leaving, Solesta uses his magic to trap Rahzel and just as he’s about to attack, Alzeid uses his own magic and kills him before he can strike. Later in town, Baroqueheat sees Vincent off and Rahzel has a tearful meeting in the rain with Alzeid, and just before the end of the episode Rahzel’s father shows up. Well, that’s all for this episode, below are some screen shots.
Well, it looks like Hatenko Yuugi is about to come to a close after watching this episode, after several interesting adventures with Rahzel, Alzeid, and Baroqueheat, Rahzel’s father shows up. He’s probably been watching after her the whole time and has come to recover his daughter after this last adventure, he probably feels she’s had enough of “the real world”. But the main point of these last two episodes is about Rahzel learning that she has some limitations, with magic and without magic. Baroqueheat and Alzeid have both been trying to tell Rahzel that she’s overconfident and she has a lot of openings, and in the last two episodes Rahzel’s been caught off guard several times.
One of the reasons that I like Rahzel’s character is that she is cocky but innocent, and Baroqueheat even said as much towards the end of this episode. Rahzel’s trusting nature almost got her killed in the end, she thought that after saving Solesta’s life everything would be alright, but he still attacked her from behind and only Alzeid’s quick reactions saved her life. One interesting thing in this episode was how Solesta couldn’t adjust to a more peaceful world, he wanted to go back to the days when he, Alzeid, and Baroqueheat were fighting and killing in the heat of battle.
Alzeid tells Solesta that he gets no pleasure from killing in battle, but I can understand how Solesta feels, I spent 23 years in the military before retiring and I have had friends tell me that they sometimes miss the feeling of being shot at and the adrenaline rush of battle while serving in Iraq. While I really liked this anime I can’t believe that it was very popular in Japan, in recent years several shojo anime have been quite popular but Hatenko Yuugi was not done in traditional shojo style, so I can understand why this show probably never found a large viewership.