The Magic Circle Project’s experiments are to go on as planned, with a blackmailed Mayuzumi back on the team. However, with the possibility of a catastrophic effect, Uchida and Kooriyama continue to observe Shinohara’s actions. Meanwhile, strange creatures that look like seahorses appear to be keeping an eye on Haruka.


Yuu pretends to study when his mother is around, but his notebook reveals a wandering mind and an affinity for birds.

Kosagi wants to go back to the past, kill Karasu, and capture the Dragon Torque, but Kuina won’t let her. He wants to find a timespace where he and Kosagi can live together in peace. Nonetheless, she disobeys his orders one more time and travels to Haruka’s dimension. Kosagi attacks Karasu, but she can’t bring herself to kill him. Unable to convince Karasu to return to their future, Kosagi removes her own pipeline and decides to stay.


Haruka is still being stalked by creatures that look like seahorses. This one disappears quickly before she can approach it.


Despite her report being thrown out by Shinohara, primary funder of the Magic Circle Project, Uchida continues her investigation.


Kosagi visits Amamiku (Ai) to tell her of Fukurou’s (Fujiwara’s) death. Ai is under house arrest as punishment for letting Haruka and Karasu escape.


Unable to convince Karasu to go back with her, Kosagi removes her pipeline and decides to stay in the past.

Afterthoughts

Inconsistencies

What’s the deal with these pipelines? The Dragon Knights are not supposed to be able to survive for long without them, but Karasu is still alive! He’s been in the past the longest, and yet he’s the only one who hasn’t shown any sign of disintegration or instability. Even Atori started to fade a little bit during one of their fights. It’s safe to say that the Layze regeneration he underwent with Tobi’s help has renewed his life force, but the show does nothing to hint at this.

How the people manage to survive in the undeground city is one of the most intriguing concepts in this entire series. It’s unfortunate that the writers have focused very little on this. We are given only a few glimpses of the place, and they are sorely lacking.

Noein leaves a lot of holes for the audience to fill in. As unique as this story line is, parts of it are not very well scripted or edited.

About Face!

Thus far, it has not been uncommon for the series to take a character and give them a change of heart, or at least change the course of their actions. Perhaps these characters will prove useful in later episodes, or the story may be paving the way for greater events. It’s a definite point of interest, but at this rate, the show is making a habit of disposing of its more intriguing antagonists.

Atori has lost his memory and is no longer a threat. Yuu’s mother now lets her son do as he pleases, even though he himself has made up his mind to take the school entrance exams in Tokyo anyway. Kosagi has turned from a tenacious, vengeful hunter into a softy (she apparently has feelings for Karasu).

The quantum being Noein is the only powerful villain left, but like all single-minded villains, he’s quite boring. At least some unique creatures have showed up. There must be a reason they look like seahorses; and if not, well, at least they’re still interesting to look at.

The Ties That Bind

Much of the show focuses on the relationships between many of the characters, routinely examining these bonds as they are tested and strengthened. At times, it seems like inconsequential, insignficant fodder. Then, there are moments in almost every episode when that history of friendship serves to explain why a particular person did what they did. The ties that bind each of the characters together have lasted for many years, and have even survived the drastic changes brought by a cataclysm (Shangri La’s invasion). Even though Noein is a series more widely known for its science fiction, a veritable drama lies at its heart.