Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo Ep 20 [Well I Was Right]
This week on Cross Ange: I told you guys I so freakin told you guys. Ange is still in captivity and Embryo has become insanely obsessed with her, meanwhile Tusk and Vivian went to ask Jill for help. It’s rather funny but Tusk and Vivian have become basically a framing device in the last two episodes, more or less doing things to move the plot along and not normally showing characterization. Naturally, though, Jill punches them out and keeps them captive.
Meanwhile Ange and Embryo have a complicated relationship. This episode has some very heavy focus on some really dark sexual things and I stand beside that most of them are not to cause sexual gratification. That being said, if this kind of thing is your fetish then this show does deliver. Except, I know for a fact that the overcoming of such scenes breaks the fetish meta and that serves as proof to me that Ange is really epic and the entire show is trying to gently remind us, with excessive force, that Ange is not to be toyed with and cannot be broken easily.
What she does learn however, is that Embryo is planning on merging the two worlds in order to create a more perfect Earth. His torture is because he has asked Ange to marry him, and she has refused. Actually she tried killing him again. Guys let’s just reiterate how amazing it is to see Ange is not some super weak little girl who is being forced against her will to do everything, she is an asshole most of the series and until recently has always shown as such. I’m glad she has been an asshole, how could she deal with any of this if she was anything less?
Ange tried to kill him, in return for most of the episode he tortures her with stuff right out of a hentai doujinshi. He causes her great physical pain with his powers and then great sexual pleasure. It actually reminds me of how they used to get off to killing dragons, and I’m wondering if that means that Dracunium has erotic properties to Norma? Maybe even regular humans. But even when she does feel pleasure, she does not submit, and instead begs for Tusk to help her. Now, she has been destroying all season without begging for tusk. She’s begging for him sexually and emotionally, and that’s really huge. If I hear one mother fucker say ‘she needs a man to save her’ I will throw a rock because someone DOES need to save her, and it ended up being Salia.
Oh man, this episode, poor Salia. Just poor Salia. First off, we see how much of a douchebag Embryo is because he sleeps with Salia and reassures her she is the only one he wants. Turn around? She watches him propose to Ange and hears him say she is the ‘goddess of the new world’. That cannot help Salia’s issues, but instead she frees Ange and doesn’t take it out on her. She’s partially doing it to keep Embryo to herself but you can see in her eyes the illusion is broken and she knows Embryo doesn’t just love only her. Once Ange is freed she knocks out Salia so she won’t get in trouble, and I’m assuming next episode this will still come to a head.
Jill this episode managed to put herself back into the running and show my predictions were right: She, like pretty much everyone else, was used by Embryo and this is what ruined Libertus. She has been fighting tooth and nail to redeem herself but in the end they give Command to Salia, and this bodes well for no one given how hard everyone has to fight. Hilda and Rosalie also both confess they love Ange and Chris respectively, and given that Hilda has confessed to being in love with her while also being the commander of Libertus her death flag is raised so high I can’t even deal with it. Out of the pecking order of Tusk, Hilda, and Salako, I think the one most likely to ‘win’ is Salako, but only because I have this sneaking suspicion that Tusk is going to die. Tusk and Hilda are not looking good right now in death flags. Especially now that Embryo realizes that Ange can deny him in her mind infinitely so long as Tusk is around. Woops.
Hell, next episode is titled The One Left Behind. THE EPISODE ENDS WITH THE RETURN OF SALAKO! No missteps by Embryo in this episode went unpunished. Blatantly lie to Salia, who is insecure- it ends to Ange’s escape. Decide Momoka is not worth your time and torture Ange, forcing her to explore the castle- it ends with Momoka freeing our DRAGON captive so she can open a singularity for the return of the DRAGONs! I have a bad feeling about Tusk’s life next episode, but I’ll be happy if he doesn’t die. I think it’s about time someone in the show DOES die, and I also don’t want it to happen.
I’ve said before, once Embryo dies there might be a twist where everyone he brought back will die too, so if it happens I’m going to sob. The problem for now is figuring out how to kill this sadistic bastard- Ange has tried. A lot. Until then I’m ecstatic we have the return of Salako and hopefully no one will die next episode. . . I never know with this show. Only thing I do know is that I am scared shitless. Oh and one last thing, can we just. . . .just all like ..EMBRYO IS A RAPIST. A RAPIST RAPIST RAPIST.