Haruka watches a video of herself as a small child with her grandmother.

Earlier episodes of Noein have played around with the theory of how existence can only be substantiated at a quantum level, as well as with the concept of existentialism. This episode gets a little more down to earth, focusing on the mental changes, particularly those concerning memory, that one udergoes when growing old. Though this episode does not expand on any indivdual’s pasts, one wonders what some of the characters might have been like in their younger days or prior to the discovery of the Dragon Torque.

Haruka runs into an old schoolmate, but the girl doesn’t remember Haruka at all.

Kuina has become obsessed with capturing the Dragon Torque and puts La Cryma itself at risk with his actions.

Judging by his actions from the previous episode, Kuina hasn’t completely lost his feelings for Amamiku, but it seems that he has lost sight of much, including common sense or morality. Just as his own damaged body has become a tool for the Dragon Knights, Kuina is now a mere puppet of his own obsession with the Dragon Torque. For now, he has seemingly taken Atori’s place as the mad zealot.

Kooriyama, recalling an injustice from his own past, resolves to stay by Uchida’s side even though their investigation has been closed.

It is revealed that the investigation on which Uchida was working was made under the pretext of environmental concerns, but is in actuality nothing but a facade. Subsequently, she has been removed from her position, and the investigation itself has been closed. Kooriyama, on the other hand, doesn’t want another cover-up sweeping dirt under the rug, as had occurred with one of his older cases. Though he has been hired as Uchida’s bodyguard only for the duration of her investigation, he vows to accompany her and see their task through to the end.

Haruka is disheartened by the fading of her own memories of her grandmother.

Haruka is troubled (though not more than usual) that she may have already forgotten about some people in her life. She is also upset that one of her childhood friends no longer remembers her. Haruka is especially saddened at how her own memories of her late grandmother have already begun to fade. She doesn’t want to forget about anyone else, but the thought of the inevitable passage of both time and memory weighs heavily on her.

Kuina’s continued interference in Haruka’s timeline creates a quantum disturbance to which Atori seems overly sensitive.

Atori’s normality, or at least what counts as normality for him, may be short-lived. The sudden appearance of the Shangri La invaders in the present time triggered his lost memories. And now, he appears to be quite sensitive to the quantum forces and constant turmoil around him. It’s possible that he was not as mentally unstable before the Dragon Knights discovered the Dragon Torque, and the quest for it may have driven him mad. Nonetheless, while forgetting what is truly important might work against most people, it is the very memory of his past that threatens to destabilize Atori’s already fragile grasp on sanity.