Ange, Tusk, and Dragon Vivian wake up to find themselves in a strange new world… or, y’know, Japan. Oops. I’m getting ahead of myself. We’re not supposed to know that yet.
— I thought we’d get a new OP, but this is the only thing in this week’s OP that is new (I think).
— After the OP, which I hastily skipped, we find that Tusk has set himself to fixing up their mechas. Ange, on the other hand, hops onto Vivian’s back in order to scout out their surroundings. She eventually runs into Mount Fuji, but naturally, she doesn’t recognize the iconic mountain for what it is. She then spots a broken down Dawn Pillar and is convinced that they are currently in some version of the Misurugi Empire. Well, given what she knows, I guess that’s a pretty reasonable hypothesis.
— When she returns to Tusk, the latter tries to dispel the tension in the air, but Ange gets pretty goddamn worked up about the whole thing. The former princess is just so unlikeable. She seems to flip out at the drop of the hat.
— That’s when some robot suddenly rolls by with a message for survivors. They should make their way to the nearest shelter, ’cause we are obviously in some post-apocalyptic version of Tokyo.
— I’ve long accepted the fact that Cross Ange‘s animation is pretty subpar, but I still laughed out loud when I watched this moment in action.
— When they get inside the shelter, however, they find that all of the survivors have long died. This time around, I don’t mind the fact that the bodies are just grey husks. After all, they’ve been decomposing for quite some time.
— Eventually, our couple demands some answers from the shelter’s computer, which is somehow still operational. As a result, Ange and Tusk get a brief history lesson. Apparently, the world fell victim to a catastrophic World War Seven. In an attempt to end the conflict, a bunch of Villkiss-lookalikes tried to take matters into their own hands. The result of their actions are, however, predictable enough:
This is a Japanese story, after all.
— Our heroes then ask the computer how long ago this war supposedly occurred. The computer claims that 538 years have passed since humanity nearly wiped itself out. Welp.
— Then Ange and Tusk leave. What? That’s it? You have an advanced computer in front of you, and it seems to know a thing or two about the strange world around you guys. But despite this, you don’t try to ask it any more questions? Uhhhhhh…
— Because WW7 supposedly occurred 538 years ago, our couple suggests that perhaps the Villkiss had taken them 538 years into the future. Naturally, if any of us were in their shoes, we’d entertain all sorts of possibilities. Like, y’know, the idea that we’ve been sent to the past or perhaps even another dimension. But both Ange and Tusk aren’t exactly the sharpest knives in the drawer. Not only that, it’s like a poorly executed plot twist. If the characters keep thinking that they’ve gone 538 years into the future, then perhaps the audience will believe it too. Then we’ll reveal the truth, which will blow their freaking minds!
— Anyway, Ange continues to be her unlikeable self. She’s now in full denial mode, and she’s convinced that what the computer had shown her is nothing more than complete and utter bullshit. She overworks both Vivian and herself in an attempt to find anything that might help her case. Deep down, I suspect she knows that it’s the truth, but our former princess is still spoiled, so she’s basically throwing a tantrum.
— Eventually, the topic somehow turns back to Libertus, and Ange refers to Tusk as nothing more than Jill’s dog. I honestly don’t know why she’s so goddamn bitter about Libertus. Yes, to a certain extent, Jill is only using Ange because our heroine can pilot the Villkiss. But is that really so bad? Libertus, if it succeeds, will allow everyone to live in peace. How can anyone oppose that?
— Everyone has their limit, and Ange finally manages to draw an angry reaction out of Tusk. She says he’s garbage, and likewise, everything that he believes in his garbage. So the guy goes full-angst mode on us, because Ange essentially called his dead parents garbage for dying for a cause. Whoops. Riveting character development. One bratty princess and a personality-less hero who somehow managed to wander from of his own generic show and into this mess of a series.
— The next day, Ange sulks for a bit… until she spots some cheap, tacky shit in a rundown mall, and this encourages her to kiss and make up with her friends? But what can I say? It works on Tusk. Man, earthly possessions are the key to happiness!
— Later, they manage to find a hotel, but somehow, they don’t recognize the place for what it is. Ange thinks that the place was perhaps a castle for some aristocrat. C’mon, are you trying to tell me that her world doesn’t have anything remotely similar to a hotel?
— The hotel has clean, running water. How convenient for our heroes.
— Uguu, you don’t have to sleep in the hallway. You can sleep in this big, comfy bed with me! Or, y’know, the myriad of other rooms because this place is a goddamn hotel. Hell, even Vivian has a bed to herself, so I don’t even know why Tusk was initially going to sleep in the hallway. Maybe he was trying to guilt trip Ange into letting him share a bed with her.
— Dude has seen her naked, but he still acts like sleeping next to her in bed is a big deal. Welp.
— When he thought Ange had fallen asleep, Tusk tries to sneak out of the bed that they were sharing. Ange then asks if perhaps he doesn’t actually like her, but considering how much he’s molested the girl in the past, I very much doubt that this is the case.
— Tusk then tells us his life story, but I don’t care. I don’t care one bit about any of it. It’s just so generic. He basically claims that when he first met Ange, she managed to give his life meaning. It’s pretty corny nonsense. Nevertheless, his story seems to impress Ange.
— Whoa, what’s going on, you guys?!
Even Vivian is freaking out. But alas, our couple didn’t get very far. They share a kiss and nothing more, because this asshole just has to show up out of nowhere and ruin the fun. Tusk got cockblocked by a dragon. Don’t worry about him, though. A creep always finds a way.
— These girls also come with the dragon, and they refer to our heroes as “false citizens.” More importantly, they welcome Ange and Tusk… to True Earth! Let’s not sit here and come up with any boring theories, though. We already know that Embryo is some sort of creator. We already know that he can wipe the slate clean if he’s dissatisfied with how the world is turning out. We already know that he can revive dead people as if he’s God. The story is unfolding in a pretty bog standard fashion. We don’t even need to sit here and think about what it all means. It’s pretty much spelled out to you.
— All in all, I still feel as though Cross Ange’s revelations are not that shocking and actually kind of boring.