Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu No Rondo ep 23 [Hyperventilates]
This week’s episode of Cross Ange definitely has set up fever. Everyone ends up having important conversations and turning over new leafs, making promises, and we all know that everything is about to blow up after this week. I really enjoyed what they did and it was incredibly pleasant to not have to see Embryo as frequently as before. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still there, but he’s like a nagging background voice. I have to say that Embryo’s type of character is usually my favorite so they’re doing wonderfully at making him into an unlikable rapist with no redeeming qualities.
What’s important to talk about this week is what everything does. First off, Ange has rejoined the Norma and they’ve all come together for the final movement of Libertus. The DRAGONs want to free Aura, Libertus wants to kill Embryo, and Ange just wants to stop Embryo from ruining the world with his sick perversions. Even Emma has stopped drinking and truly become an ally for them, showing an incredible 180 from the narcissistic typical Norma to become someone who really cares about the fate of the world. We also get the most satisfying conclusion for the ‘is this real’ Tusk being alive storyline, as Embryo has no clue how he survived. Maybe it will end up being a plotpoint later for us, but it seems for now we’re all clear and Momoka and Tusk are genuinely still alive.
Can we talk about something amazing? Hilda admits her feelings for Ange and in a turn of absolutely surprise, Ange kisses Hilda and tells her she will still need her in the new world. I have made pretty consistent jokes about wanting Ange Tusk and Hilda to all end up together, but Ange clearly loves Tusk and makes it obvious she cares about Hilda too. Given Hilda’s life and how everyone has thrown her away, I could just see in her eyes how much it meant to her to not be discarded because Ange loves someone else. I don’t think the show is trying to be anything but the truth, I don’t think Ange could just forget Hilda and how much she means to her anymore than she could fit Tusk. That being said, I’m afraid that. . .
This is totally a death flag for Hilda. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely hope Hilda lives. I think that her comraderie with Ange is amazing and she is a wonderful character! But so far Tusk and Momoka have filled their death flags and killing them again would be a cheap shot. If either of those two die it will just be poor execution on the writers’ parts. But who hasn’t died now that still fulfills the relationship criteria with the main character? Hilda. I hope I am wrong because I love her to death, but I have a terrible feeling about all of this.
Still, that’s not even cutting the tip of the iceberg. So much more is happening than all of this. Ersha is now helping on board the ship and trying to atone, but you know who else ends up with development? First, Sylvia. When they’re attacking the Misurugi empire we see Sylvia run into Ange, who flat out shoots by her hands and kills a man beside her to make a point. She tells her the doctor told her long ago her wounds were healed and tells Sylvia to get up and walk by herself. In a stunning turn, Sylvia actually does this and begins to run off. This is the first time Sylvia has shown her own personality and done her own things. She even remembers what Riza told her about Julio killing their father and I actually. . am hoping Sylvia will prove herself? We can see even after everything she did, Ange still loves her and wants her to fight and live of her own accord.
Even more amazing was Salia’s chapter. Not because of Salia, Salia is still being a bit insufferable and I find her current actions a little disgusting. No, Ange confronts JILL and tells her what Salia has done while also telling her she can’t blame her for not telling anyone about Embryo raping her. Jill takes all of this to heart and in an amazing final cutscene, we see her interrupting the battle between Ange and Salia to confront her, telling Salia she is disappointed in her with that famous smirk. I can’t get over it. Jill and Salia both were plot elements I only HOPED would be able to come back, and I’m seeing it now. This show is constantly proving to me that I can count on it for something very key, the ability to redeem people. Except Chris, I still hate Chris.
Guys, there is something very important we need to discuss as well. More than anything, this episode really showed the character who has grown the most: Ange. Ange has from the first episode gone from someone none of us could stand in the slightest to a sympathetic, kind, slightly rough around the edges super amazing team player. Basically, Ange may still be angry and may still be harsh, but now she says what she wants and helps everyone. She values people again and wants things. . .and she makes me want to cry. I love you Ange, seriously. She even tells Hilda, ‘so what if we’re both women!?’. If this show manages to plummet in consistency and grace in the next two episodes, it will still have one thing:
Ange is one of the best, if not the best, protagonist of a show in terms of development. This show has shown without fail, you can be redeemed. Simply,
“Fight. Fight, and survive.”