At the beginning of this episode we see the memory eating plant Kaiba approaching Warp’s planet. Then we get a narration from Warp about the history of that planet and how people have always strived to place themselves above other people and how the electrolytic cloud was placed to divide the upper dwellers from the people below.
Then we get shown the birth of the fake Warp and how he comes to power and how he tries to hold on to power. After the fake Warp destroys the remaining Kaiba clones he is confronted by the real Kaiba, and at that moments the memory merchant lands at the palace with Hyo-Hyo and Neiro. He tells Neiro and Hyo-Hyo to find Kaiba and open his mind. Just then some security robots arrive and he tells Hyo-Hyo that he loves her and that he’ll hold off the robots while they find Kaiba. The memory merchant attacks wave after wave of incoming security robots.
As Neiro rushes to find Kaiba the fake Warp and Kaiba begin a battle for control of the world. The fake Warp hits him with a lot of power but it seems to have no effect on Kaiba, then Kaiba counterattacks with his power and does painful damage to the fake Warp, Kaiba tells the fake Warp that if he discharges all his stored memories the whole planet will be destroyed. As Kaiba continues his assault on the fake Warp all the people killed in the previous episode begin to revive. Neiro arrives on the scene to help Popo, Cheki, and the others back to Popo’s ship.
Then we move back to the memory merchants battle with the robots, it seems that he has defeated them for the time being. He then tries to stop the fans that controls the purple mist but nothing seems to work, so he uses his robot body to jam them shut. Then Hyo-Hyo finds him as he exhausts his supply of weapons on newly arriving robots, soon all that’s left of his body is the head and soon that is damaged and he dies, and Hyo-Hyo leaves the scene in tears.
Then Neiro finds Kaiba battling Warp and she begs him not to kill him but Kaiba splits onto two forms, one of them is a childlike version of himself and he kills Warp saying that all he ever was is just a copy. Neiro tells him that he doesn’t know everything and he tells her that he contains every memory of everyone. The two Kaiba’s begin a conversation between themselves with the younger one telling Kaiba that since all everyone did with the things made to preserve happiness is cause pain and suffering so why don’t they join then let the oncoming Kaiba plant devour them and end it all. But Neiro calls to Kaiba and tries to toss him a memory roe and she tells him to learn this but the memory roe is knocked away by a blast.
Neiro tells Kaiba that he is being crushed by his bad memories and that he must have some happy ones, so she goes releasing memories trying to find happy ones for Kaiba. Finally she release memories of Kaiba and his mother but the dark Kaiba says their mother was evil, but Neiro finds her way to Kaiba and holds him and she tells him it will be alright, she tells him the truth that his mother loved him and didn’t give him enough poison to kill him, but she gave him just enough to protect him from danger. The dark Kaiba says it’s all a lie but Hyo-Hyo manages to get the memory roe to Kaiba, and as the world is falling apart around them Kaiba regains control of himself and he learns the truth, and then he thanks Neiro by saying that before her he had nothing.
Kaiba begins to release all his stored memories towards the Kaiba plant saying that he doesn’t need them anymore, he also tells the other Kaiba to do the same, and soon he even sends the purple mist at the Kaiba plant. A few seconds later the Kaiba plant explodes from consuming all the memories sent at it. After the explosion of the Kaiba plant we see Popo and the others standing around in silence in the aftermath of destruction, the sky has cleared and Neiro makes her way to a unconscious Kaiba, when she kneels at his side he wakes up and smiles at her. Well, That’s all for this episode and series.
Well, the long enjoyable ride that was Kaiba has come to an end. At it’s heart, after you strip away all the science fiction, changing animation styles, issues of life and death, and other interesting topics, Kaiba is a love story.
Kaiba, after defeating the fake Warp has to face his deadliest foe yet. Like all of us Kaiba has a constant internal struggle going on between “the better angels of our nature” and “the darkness that lies inside of our hearts” for us this might plays out on whether we choose to stop and help someone that we see standing by a broken down car on the side of the road when we are in a hurry to get somewhere. But for Kaiba, the person who remembers everything that has ever occurred has chosen due to his painful childhood to let the dark side of human nature begin to overwhelm the love between people.
In my opinion this struggle is played out in the creation of the Kaiba plant and the appearance of the “dark Kaiba”, I think that since Kaiba chose to embrace the worse side of human nature he locked away the good things about life. So, I feel that dark Kaiba is the voice of all the poison inside his soul and the Kaiba plant was created to end his pain. The growing hole in his body signifies the emptiness and pointlessness of his existence, while Kaiba is all powerful he really had nothing until he met Neiro.
This is why Neiro is finally able to reach Kaiba, through her love she shows him that he doesn’t need every-one’s pain and memories, their love in enough to fill the growing hole in his body. With Neiro’s help he chooses to “Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness” so in the end Neiro’s love causes him to expel all the poison and venom in his soul destroying the Kaiba plant and freeing himself and the world in the process.
When talking about the power of love I think MLK sums this battle up the best with this quote about the battle between love and hate, “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”
Overall Kaiba was masterful exercise in storytelling played across a ever changing canvas of science fiction and fantasy. Many have commented that the way the characters were visualized and drawn seemed childish in nature but I feel that this really helped balance the serious nature of the show. Love and hate; light and darkness; immortality and oblivion; hope and despair; when issues like these are explored in a series it at times can come across as pretentious or condescending when done improperly, but Kaiba through it’s exploration of these issues gave us much more than a visual feast, Kaiba gave us a feast for our minds.
I’ll make no bones about this by saying Kaiba is the best show of 2008, I know that I’ll probably receive comments from fans pimping this hot show or that hot show, and that’s fine, fans are fans and that’s the nature of the beast. But I will say that this show will pass the test of time, down the road when fans of the next hot new thing have moved on to their next hot new series those old shows will fade to a one or two inch mention in the latest anime encyclopedia, while people will keep watching and discussing Kaiba years down the road.