Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu No Rondo Episode 21 [ The Maid and the Knight ]
I hate everything. There is nothing I love anymore, nothing I cherish. Cross Ange went above my expectations of death and killed more than I thought it would, and finally lived up to it’s brand maker’s name. Today, three characters died and two of them were very special to me and ones I have always liked during the show. To talk about it hurts. I burst out into tears when it happened and I’m very nearly there again. I had to go back after watching it to take screenshots and all I want to do is cry. This episode is so traumatic in so many ways that it pains me to write this and pains me to cover it.
If you don’t want to know the twist, don’t keep reading.
This episode, both Momoka and Tusk die. And when Momoka died, I thought that would be the end of it. I was already so upset that when Tusk got shot and then turned around to face Embryo I couldn’t deal. I thought, maybe he’d survive, but both of them got explosion deaths. One of the only ways to completely assure a mortal character is dead is to blow up the radius they exist in, and Momoka and Tusk both got that. We also learned that while Embryo can be injured, maimed, and can’t do anything about it- killing him gives him the ability to reappear as he pleases and wherever he pleases.
Chris this episode spent much time complaining about being left behind and arguing with them, but she failed to realize she was shot in the head and nothing beyond Embryo’s magic could have saved her. I felt a lot less sympathy as she shoved years of friendship back at Rosalie and Hilda, because no matter how you look at it they were ALL abused by Zola and Hilda wasn’t in charge or taking things then. But they all remembered Zola fondly, didn’t they? Plus, Chris pushed Rosalie around at the end. Rosalie just does things, she isn’t really good at being a bully. She tried. As usual I now find myself wishing Chris had died. Especially instead of Tusk and Momoka. Excuse me I need to sob a bit.
Most of this episode we see Ange running and. . .she is not herself. She is terrified. She has been abused and raped, though not penetrated Embryo has been essentially raping her body trying to make her submit, and she is scared. She is behaving as a victim would but she is fighting her ass off to survive. Then we learn the awful truth: Embryo can control anyone who uses mana, and that includes Momoka. Ange won’t leave her and Tusk won’t allow Embryo to get Ange, and it culminates in Momoka being possessed by Embryo to fight Tusk. Ange begs her as her ‘head maid’ to stop. Momoka recalls every moment between her and Ange and turns it on Embryo, using the capacity to fight he gave her to subdue him, but then they’re run off the ledge of the building they’re on when Momoka uses the light of mana to call a car and send Embryo careening to his death. This is not good, because it kills Momoka..but not Embryo.
Tusk knows this. He knows Embryo is coming back, and he’s carrying Ange away..but Embryo shoots him. He isn’t dead! He isn’t dying! But he handcuffs Ange to his rider mail and auto pilots it off, kissing her and then taking the ring from his neck, covered in his blood, and giving it to her. I’m sobbing at this point. Ange is devastated, and she rides off as he promises they’ll meet again. He’s lying, and takes off his vest….and a flash occurs, the entire area they were in exploding.
Important things to note, Embryo called Momoka a ‘homonculus’ which implies the mana users are not true humans at all. Rosalie hates Chris for killing one of the younger para mail riders. The DRAGON who called Salamandinay has escaped with her, and Salako and the others joined with the (good)Para Mail riders. The children Ersha loved were all killed in the cross fire (again) and Sylvia has been told some of the truth of her life, like how Julio was the one to kill her father. So far, it looks like the only one’s who will still be fooled by Embryo are. . .Chris actually. Way to be a fucking disgrace Chris! Way to turn your believable indebtment to Embryo into a whiney ‘no one paid attention to me in grade school’ bullshit. Way to make Salia’s need for love seem more human than your bitchy, moany, complaining about not being in DDR or having a hairstyle taken from you, you disgusting bitch. Momoka and Tusk died, you killed a rider, and you. . .you are throwing a fit over your hair. I can’t deal with Chris. Ange was horrifyingly tortured and mentally and physically raped, and you’re with Embryo because ‘you guys didn’t think of me as friends enough to come and try to resuscitate a corpse’.
Momoka and Tusk are dead. I feel much like Ange does. At least Hilda has a shot now, but the way Hilda has been talking there’s a fair chance she might die too. I’m devastated. I won’t stop watching the show, but I’ve known for 10 episodes someone was due to die and I got it in a bigger and more painful way than I ever thought I would. Tusk and Momoka died saving Ange from a rapist, and now I want to see her gut this pig alive so he has to suffer through it.