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Movement 11: Elusive Circuit/Nightmare

 

Review by Peter Laliberte

January 1, 2007

 

Summary

 

Ayato makes contact with the dolem Vivace and it emits massive amounts of energy that cause Ayato to flip out. Ayato's life support starts failing and Vivace embraces the RahXephon. It pulls the RahXephon into a null zone and the signal is lost. Ayato wakes up and finds himself in Tokyo Jupiter. He walks through a crowded street and sees Mamoru and Hiroko making out. They turn to him and ask him what's wrong. Ayato says nothing's making sense and Mamoru suggest they go play some games. The trio hangs out and Mamoru gets a phone call, excusing himself. Hiroko grabs Ayato's hand and leans in. She says he has barbeque sauce on his mouth and she'll clean it for him. Ayato runs away and ends up in an alley. A thrown away penguin doll starts moving and explodes and Ayato runs away again. He finds Haruka and asks why she's there. They go to a café and Ayato wonders if it's really Tokyo Jupiter. Haruka tells him to drink his coffee and he says it must be a dream. He says the coffee only tastes and smells real because he thinks it is and Haruka asks if that's a bad thing. She says that what he believes is real is what is real in the end. She says he won't have to fight or suffer and he can enjoy his world. Ayato is suddenly on top of her, holding her breast. He tries to pull away but she holds him there, saying he shouldn't restrain himself. He says he's not, but she says he's lying. She tells him it's his for the taking and Ayato sees the painting next to him move. He freaks out and crashes onto the table. He wonders what's going on and Haruka asks him what he desires. She asks if he's been tuned yet and he gets out of there. Ayato stands in the street and says he just wants to go home.

Ayato returns to his house and is greeted by Maya. They have dinner and Ayato says it isn't like her. She agrees it had been a while since she last cooked. The newscaster on TV calls out to Ayato and tells him to respond. He says that if he doesn't make contact soon, he won't be able to return. Maya turns the TV off and comments on how much interference they get. Later, Ayato gets a call from Mamoru and he asks why Ayato just left. He apologizes and says he'll see him at school. Ayato lays on his bed and says he doesn't care anymore, that it's his world and he doesn't need to worry about anything anymore. He shouts to no one in particular that that's what they want him to think and he throws his books across the room. He sees that all the books are blank and looks at his painting and hears Reika's voice call out to him. Quon freaks out in her room and Itsuki tells her to get ahold of herself. Ayato's been gone for five hours and the TERRA crew are starting to give up. Megumi keeps calling to him, but gets no reply. Haruka takes the mic and says they have too keep calling him. Reika tells Ayato to find her and Maya hugs Ayato from behind. She says he should listen to his mother and that he is the rightful instrumentalist of the RahXephon. She says he must follow the score and it's much too soon for him to improvise. She says his past experiences just confused him and in this world he can live the life he wants and be the RahXephon's instrumentalist. Ayato pushes her away and Maya says he can trust her because she's his mother. She says she's given him everything he wanted, but he says she wasn't there for him when he needed her. He runs away again, wondering where he should go next. He finds Reika and says he wants to go back to the real world. He says it doesn't have to be real, but not like the current world. He says it may be what he wished for, but he hates it because nothing feels real. Reika says that if he returns there will be some realities he won't want to face and she reaches down his throat and pulls out a giant rock. The RahXephon's cockpit comes out of a pond and Reika says he can leave of his own free will. He thanks her and the RahXephon reactivates. It breaks out of the null zone and rips Vivace apart. Haruka is relieved and Quon is glad.

 

Commentary

 

This is what happens when you give mech pilots crack, or shove rocks down their throat. Either way, this episode was quite the trip. Ayato is given his ideal world, but it's hardly what he wanted. The sheer weirdness of this episode makes it great. It was pretty creepy seeing Reika literally reach down Ayato's throat, but it was cool at the same time. In series like this, most pilots get their minds messed with in similar fashions, but this time around it doesn't focus on how angsty the pilot is. The dialogue is also quite simple to follow, making this episode one of the better examples.

 

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