Though she readily displays her anger and talks about killing Karasu, Kosagi can’t hide her true feelings. Her attachment to Karasu and her resentment for his betrayal of the Dragon Knights are at the root of her internal conflict.

Haruka is once again visited by the Old Man, who finally reveals himself to be a time wanderer. He subtly warns Haruka that what she sees may turn into reality simply because she witnessed it, and that she must be careful of what timespaces she creates or finds herself visiting.


The episode is quick to foreshadow Fukurou’s death in Haruka’s dream. She is neither able to stop the fight nor save Fukurou.


It is the final confrontation between Karasu and Fukurou. In Haruka’s dream, Fukurou gets killed, seemingly by Karasu. At the real scene of the battle however, things turn out quite differently. Atori siezes the opportunity to kill Karasu and jumps into the fray, but he is quickly disposed off by the other two.

In a (mildly) surprising turn of events, Fukurou concedes victory to Karasu and reminds him of the promise to protect Haruka. Just then, Noein appears, destroys Fukurou, and tells Haruka that the future she sees will not change.


The beginning of the fight between Karasu and Fukurou becomes a brief display of stylistic indulgence.


Haruka recieves a warning from the Wanderer that what she sees in her travels through the timespaces can become reality.


Kooriyama decides to check out “how the guy who rolled a six is doing” and continues to accompany Uchida despite the end of her investigation.


Ai finds herself crying all of a sudden. Isami brings a soft smile to her face as he wipes away her tears, but unbeknownst to her, Isami’s future self, Fukurou, has just been killed.

Afterthoughts

Much of Noein centers around interconnectivity between people, their emotions, and the effect of those emotions on their behavior. The theorems present in the show imply that people’s feelings have a direct effect on the timespace. This has become more prevalent recently as significant events start bearing heavier emotional strains on some of the characters, even when they are not directly involved or are not in the immediate vicinity. This especially important in Haruka’s case, as she is linked to the Dragon Torque, and her sudden bursts of anger or fear cause the Torque’s powers to manifest.

The Wanderer brings up an interesting supposition in that Haruka has the power to choose her reality. Have the events portrayed thus far, especially in this episode, occurred simply because Haruka witnessed them, be it in dreaming about her fears or during her inadvertent bouts of time travel? Has the future already been predetermined by what she has seen, or does she still have the power to create an ideal timespace?

Haruka’s powers and the abilitie she has displayed up to this point suggest the latter. However, does Noein have greater influence and ability? Conversely, is the future set in stone no matter what, with both Haruka and Noein mere observers regardless of their attempts to change things?