While this episode is much more calm and peaceful than the previous one, it does throw up some interesting and yet to be answered questions.
Before I get to that, I guess I should say something about the more important happenings in this episode.Â Most pertinent is probably that the members of Daichi’s gang have all become Yuko’s minions. This development is actually a bit disappointing, because even though Daichi was and is an irritating little pest, I assumed that he was also obstinate on top of that and wouldn’t just switch over to the side of someone he seemed to have declared an enemy. Obviously, I was wrong. Obviously, being around an encoder without being simultaneously engaged in some sort of cyberwarfare with him or her is way more alluring than having a bit of pride.
The second revelation of the episode is that Daichi actually has a crush on Fumie, who is too thickheaded to notice. Could have fooled me; it seemed like they really were just on opposing sides and thus out to play pranks on each other and make each other as miserable as possible. Not that I think Fumie would have been better off with him, mind you.
Now to the questions thrown up: Who is Haraken, and why do the Sacchi obey him like little lapdogs?
Who is the mysterious motorcyclist? She appeared in the next episode preview, so I hope that that question will then be answered.
Finally, of course, the question that has spanned (almost?) all episodes: Who or what exactly is Michiko?