Episode 9: Senpai...
Summary: Now that the secret is out, Ichika has been avoiding Kaito. But with advice from Remon he tries to understand what Ichika is going through. Kanna bares it all to Ichika knowing in the end, she will be the one heartbroken.
Air Date: Mar. 7, 2012 / Available on CrunchyRoll for Free Users: Mar. 14, 2012
Run Time: 23:43
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The secret is out: Remon is actually part of the secret Men in Black organization! Not really, but there are some aliens involved. After last episode's epic, extraterrestrial battle,Ichika has no choice but come clean about her immigration status. After telling Kaitoand the others that she's an alien and the machine Rinon just exceptionally destroyed was her "rescue pod", she shows them around her spaceship. Her feelings for Kaito are not in question here, but should she really trust this group of humans with such a extensive secret?
Afterwards, Kanna realizes that, between her and her senpai, she has no chance with Kaito. The embarrassed Ichika avoids Kaito for the rest of the episode because she doesn't want to admit she is staying on Earth for him. Kaito, instead, believes she wants to find the place that she had talked about before. So he takes it upon himself to look for it; leaving their film on temporary hiatus. By the way, I thought we were done with the awkward dream sequences. At least it was kept at a minimum in this episode, which allowed me to overlook it. The "future literary fantasy" aspects of the show doesn't predominate this episode. The reality of the situation is that, although their romantic feelings have been made apparent, Ichika's alien nature affects their group dynamic.
Hearts are broken and some are fulfilled, but what intrigues me more is Remon's "joke". After Ichika reveals her extraterrestrial nature, Remon tells Mio it is unsurprising that her fellow senpai is an alien because she is part of the Men in Black. Even though she said it was a joke, is it possible that Remon is in fact part of some kind of alien hunting organization? She does give the impression of knowing more than the rest of her friends. Remon also continues to enroll herself in high school for no reason. According to what she told Manami in the last episode, Remon is forever seventeen. Maybe she was searching for Ichika in the first place...
Tatsuyuki Nagai and Yosuke Kuroda, the anime's creators, have thought me to never overlook the little details. Past, overlooked events have played large roles into what happens in the last two episodes. Like Rinon's sudden technological reaction inepisode six or Kanna's confession to Remon under the influence of Dynamite Drink in episode seven. That's why you'll see me try and figure out Remon's dialogue or Tetsuro's actions toward his childhood friend. This brings me to believe that Remon is more than she is leading the audience to believe. This episode was a great resolution to the previous' events. Now, we are at the climax of the series. Are you ready for this anime's impending conclusion?