When a series approaches the end, even if I have no way of predicting the ending, I usually at least have a good idea of who’s intended to be the hero and who the villains are. I don’t necessarily root for the hero, but at least his or her identity is apparent. This time it’s different. I really enjoyed this episode because it was surprising and suspenseful, but also because I was spending most of it trying to figure out who was an ally to Elis and who wasn’t. Obviously, Hiiragi continued trying to protect her, despite the fact that she has Syaimaral living inside of her, but I’m skeptical about any other character. I would’ve expected Akari and Kureha to be allies until the end, so it really came as a surprise to see Akari leading the attack in the end. She always seemed to be the most mysterious and distant of the group, but I thought it was safe to assume she was Elis’ friend. Maybe she has other plans and will turn out to still be on Elis’ side, but I’m not so sure anymore. As for Kureha, it’s still unknown whether she’ll help or not, but even she was set at first on just killing Elis in order to save the world. Hopefully, she won’t turn on them too. Next, is Kirihito. I was quite surprised to see him appear to save Elis, because he’s obviously been up to something. He claims to just be against Anzelotte, but he still has a sense of creepiness to him. I wouldn’t be willing to trust him just yet. He’s certainly powerful, and would make a good ally, so he might be one of Elis’ best chances of survival if he is on her side. Finally, there’s Anzelotte. From the scene where she was speaking to Gazer, she seemed very unsure as to what she was supposed to be doing. I wish I knew exactly what she ordered Akari and Kureha to do. It’s likely that she told them to kill Elis, like Akari was trying to do. However, it would be an interesting twist if she said otherwise and Akari just disobeyed. Based on the preview, it’s probably the former though. I’m definitely very interested now to see how things turn out, but I really hope Elis will be okay.