N16, 2nd month, 1st day: Leez appears to be crying and possibly catatonic as someone yells at her to wake up.
N16, 1st month, 35th day (two days previous): Ran is seated reading the paper when Leez asks if he knows where Asha is. He begins to recall his conversation with Asha the night before, when he questioned her decision to leave their hotel. She didn't care if he told Leez or not, but if he chose to, she threatened to do something that would discourage Leez from ever considering finding her again. Ran chooses not to say anything for the time being, and simply tells her that Asha is busy with something and won't be returning that evening. Leez suggests that they go out to eat, since she wants to do a little shopping on the side. Ran realizes then that Leez had to gather change from Asha, though Leez herself sees nothing wrong with it.
N16, 1st month, 36th day: On the balcony of her VIP room at the Earth temple, Asha is deep in thought holding a drink when Yuta flies in. He asks her why she left, since Leez is so attached to her it would be troublesome when she found out. Asha responds that is the reason, and he can stop pretending that he isn't pleased to have her gone. Yuta denies it, but when asked why he is in Kalibloom, he quickly responds because of Leez, which leads Asha to suggest he isn't the same as before. She reveals that even though she is viewed as a person who has everything, while Leez comes from nothing, she is jealous of Leez. Yuta surmises that it is Leez's future strength that she wants, but Asha replies it isn't that, exactly. She gives him a cryptic warning before dismissing him and leaving for her room.
Elsewhere in the Earth temple, Kasak wonders why Yuta is hanging around. Claude (apparently reading the same newspaper as Ran) explains that it is probably to see his sponsor, Asha, and then suggests that Kasak returns to Atera where Agwen is waiting. Kasak counters with the possibility that Yuta could potentially cause problems. Claude then suggests bringing his daughter to Kalibloom instead, but Kasak reminds him that she is Brilith's backup and can't leave. As the two continue to chat back and forth, the busy Siera becomes irritated with Claude and is about to tell him off when a temple employee bursts into the room with an emergency message from Laila: Rindhallow is in need of immediate aid.
Spoilers and TriviaEdit
- All the money Leez has came from saving up the change that Asha threw away.
- Yuta knows that Leez will be strong in the future: when he was in 2nd stage, Taraka told him that Leez has a 'future' which surpasses his 'present.'
- Yuta read Asha's thoughts with Insight when his eyes turned blue-green. See spoiler section of chapter 2-110 for more.
- About the newspaper that Claude is reading:
Somewhere in the high altitude near the Chaos Temple, Yuta is deep in thought. "This is hard, mother..." He feels that the people of Kalibloom are only using him for their own purposes, and even Asha is no exception, but then he happily thinks of Leez, someone who lept into battle to protect him without any pretensions. He then notices Kasak in his sura form in the distance.
Siera speaks with Lutz and Asha in front of the assembled group, saying that there have been suspicious lightning occurring in the Aurora Forest near Rindhallow, but the magicians there are unable to investigate because of the large number of superior sura in the area. Lutz notes that the sura are mainly from the Ananta and Asura clans, but there are also Garuda and Yaksha suras as well. Asha wonders what happened to the Gandharva suras that she heard had gathered there, too, and Siera replies that they had all recently left, including the lowest inferior suras, probably for the oceans.
Siera prepares to send all available magicians accompanied by Kasak to aid Rindhallow. Lutz, however, will be returning to Eloth instead, and Siera, as a priest of Kalibloom, can't leave his post, so Lutz asks Asha if she, as Yuta's sponsor, could take part in the mission as well, since the two of them would provide even more needed support and Kasak could continue to keep an eye on Yuta. Siera thinks to himself, it would be in her best interest to go because of the issues brewing up in Eloth regarding her involuntary homicides. But Asha doubts that Yuta would fight with her presence alone as motivation, surprising Lutz and Siera, and asks them to give her a little time to think about it, and since Yuta can fly, they could follow Kasak later.
On Kasak's back (along with the magicians leaving for Rindhallow) is Claude, enclosed in a magic-inhibiting transport cage called the Prison of Silence. He protests being forced to return to Rindhallow when he still has so much to do in Kalibloom. Siera, who observed Claude doing only leisurely activities this whole time, smiles and says he would have plenty to do back at the Death Temple.
Yuta arrives, and asks Kasak if he intends to use the Crescent Gate, since it would be more dangerous now than before. Kasak responds that he doesn't intend to use the gate, but was it because he developed to the next stage? Yuta is taken aback, then asks if he already knew the Taraka clan would be more dangerous now, and Kasak replies yes. He encountered Taraka within the gate on his way to Kalibloom. She stalled him to give Yuta more time to develop, which also resulted in Taraka becoming stronger. Yuta then asks if she let Kasak go once she knew he developed, and he replies no. He was in a rush and couldn't wait, so he killed her. He notes that she was weaker than he expected her to be from what his father had told him about her. But she would only resurrect anyway, so it didn't matter to him. Yuta is stunned; he recalls his mother telling him back in the Water Channel that she intended to continue to live and to not burden him any longer, and he cries.
Spoilers and TriviaEdit
Kasak asks a grief-stricken Yuta (in sura speech) why someone who was so cynical about a human's death would mourn the death of someone who would resurrect anyway? Yuta agrees, why should he be so upset? He assures Kasak that he did what he needed to do in that situation, and doesn't blame him. Claude observes them from his cage.
Siera wonders what is going between the two of them, since from his point of view they are quietly watching each other. Lutz replies that he has no idea since nobody else there can understand sura speech. Siera suggests that if Yuta voluntarily joins the aid team, it would improve their position, and so Lutz asks Asha if she can make the request. She calls out to Yuta, asking him if he can go to another city to fight? He can bring Leez along as well. At this, Yuta's eyes changes to blue-green and he turns and flies away. The assembled magicians are surprised at his departure, which creates some buzz ("Does he only care for our city? It was just a question. Why did he leave all of a sudden?) Asha looks on in Yuta's direction. Yuta bites his lip as he thinks that he is suffocating.
Back at the hotel, Ran asks Leez if she is going to cook with the ingredients she bought yesterday, and she replies yes. First there is beef tartare and milk for Yuta, a special sandwich with lemon soda for Ran, and for Asha there is tofu salad, seasonal herbs with dressing, and purple mushroom stew, plus her favorite whole-grain cookies and brand coffee. Ran notices that a relatively large share of the food is for Asha. He puts on a cheery face and says it all sounds good so let's eat, and grabs one of the sandwiches. Leez stops him, since she issn't done cooking and the rest of their group issn't there yet. Ran lets her know that he isn't sure about Asha, but he saw Yuta leave that morning, probably to hunt. This delights Leez since it means he would be meeting Asha at the checkpoint. Ran, finally overwhelmed with guilt, whines that he can't take it anymore. When Leez asks what's got into him, he can only say that he is fed up and frustrated, poor Chickie! Suddenly a commotion outside their window catches their attention. People are surprised to see Kasak flying away in his sura form, and there is some chatter about magicians setting off from the temple, maybe to Rindhallow or Mistyshore... The last comment puts Ran in a panic; he tells Leez he has to go, and to not wait up for him.
As Kasak speeds through the air, he comments on Claude's current silence, in contrast to his yelling earlier. Claude asks if he thinks it was wise to be taking him to Rindhallow, to which the Half dragon responds yes, because he is a priest there and of high rank. Claude insists that his skills aren't needed there since there are already highly competent priest candidates running things. Kasak counters that there is no reason for him to be in Kalibloom. Claude then tries to speak in a more hushed tone, insisting that it is important to get Yuta on the side of humans, and that he purposely withheld information in order to create a positive image for the sura. Asha in particular needs to be informed that Yuta is dangerous. Kasak replies that he is aware he is dangerous, but he was in the city out of love for a human, and he hasn't caused any problems so far, plus he warned him about the Crescent Gate. He learned from watching his father that even a dangerous sura can be pacified by love. Claude, agitated, asks if he was sure this was really about love?
At the hotel after sunset, Leez puts the uneaten food in the refrigerator, disappointed that nobody showed up. She wishes she knew where Asha was, so she could bring the food to her and hear how much she enjoyed it. She imagines Asha's response would be, "It's edible," and chuckles at the thought. She then begins to wonder if she made some sort of mistake to cause a rift, and would she be able to fix it by apologizing? She suddenly hears a noise at the window and calls out, "Asha?" When she sees it is Yuta, she at first asks what he has been doing all day, and to sit down, but then she notices that he is in tears.
Spoilers and TriviaEdit
- We later learn that Yuta can use Insight when his eyes turn blue-green, though it isn't clear what purpose they serve here. See spoiler section of chapter 2-110.
- Leez wanted to cook for Asha since early Season 1.
- Leez wanted to properly meet Kasak since Season 1.
- The story of Kasak's father and mother is detailed in Currygom's side novel, The Finite.
Leez asks a tearful Yuta what's wrong. After a brief silence, she lets him know that whenever one is unable to share his problems with others, just being with someone one is comfortable with whom he can cry to can be consoling. She recalls the time Agni encourages her to cry and let out all her feelings without the fear of someone telling her off. She asks Yuta if she is such person to him, and he nods. She says she is pleased to know that, and anytime he feels like crying he can come to her. Just as he reaches out to embrace her, she turns towards the refrigerator, saying she prepared him some raw meat. She adds that this is the perfect time to eat it, since food is a great way to relieve stress when one is feeling down. She turns back again, noticing Yuta still at the window with his hand covering his down-turned face, and asks what's wrong.
In a meeting at the Kalibloom Magic Guild, the guild president goes over the recent sura attacks; in attendance are Asha, Lutz, and Ran, plus a woman standing on the side fiddling with a pair of glasses.
- In the first attack on Atera, the opponent was a single sura who inexplicably withdrew once Asha's barrier went up, who was enough to fend it off alone.
- During the second attack on Atera, large numbers of Ananta clan sura attacked swiftly, destroying much of the city. Without the (albeit delayed) arrivals of Kasak and Agni, the casualties would have been enormous.
- And finally, in the most recent attack on Kalibloom, there were fewer suras compared to Atera, but the primary problem was an unidentified giant sura. Without Agni's help, Kalibloom would have become submerged or even wiped out.
Lutz remarks that since that day, Agni could no longer leave Atera. The guild president goes on to say that even high-ranking magicians would not stand a chance against rakshasa-level suras, and their strongest defenders are Agni, Kasak, and Yuta. He turns to Asha and asks if Yuta would be on a similar level to Kasak? Asha replies that if transcendentals are sealed, Yuta's strength would surpass Kasak's, which surprises the guild president. Lutz adds that, as he has stated before, it would be of utmost importance to get Yuta on the side of humanity, no matter the cost. Ran thinks to himself, that would not be a problem since he likes being here, and then asks his brother why he was not notified about the current situation earlier. Lutz is a priest and he himself is an AA candidate, yet Ran only heard about it from passersby and was afraid something bad happened in Mistyshore. Lutz asks, if he is so concerned, why did he not just go there? Ran replies that he still had a small problem he had to solve here, then looks at Asha nonchalantly sipping her coffee. Ran continues, saying tomorrow is the beginning of the 2nd month, and the AA vote will be on the 15th of the month, so there is no time to go back and forth between here and Mistyshore...
The door to the meeting room suddenly bursts open, with a voice shouting, "Ms. Asha!" Claude stands in the doorway, trying to catch his breath, and muttering that there are things he needs to tell her. Ran asks if he had not already left for Rindhallow, and Lutz replies that he did, indeed. Asha then asks Claude how he came back alone. He begins to answer her, stammers, then asks if they can discuss it over dinner. As Asha looks at him with an incredulous expression, he says he was feeling thirsty since he rushed to get there, so could he get a drink first? Asha responds with hoti varuna, drenching Claude in a cascade of water. She apologizes for "miscalculating," then tells him to speak up immediately since it must have been something urgent enough for him to return.
Out on the balcony, Leez feels dejected since Asha and Ran are running late, and wonders what the others are discussing—did something happen in other cities, or with those suras? Even though she drew the Sword of Return and practiced diligently on her magic and transcendentals, she still was not qualified to join the rest. Yuta simply looks back at her, pencil and notebook in hand. Leez decides that since it is running late she will go to sleep, even though she wanted to reconcile today. The last comment startles Yuta, who then writes asking why she would want to reconcile, since she and Asha never had a fight? Leez says he is right, there was no fight, yet she feels like she did something wrong. Yuta assures her that she did nothing wrong, and that there could be other reasons for Asha's absence so she shouldn't blame herself. Leez appreciates Yuta's words, but insists that it had to be her fault, that way she could reconcile through her own efforts; she didn't want to be in a situation where she was completely helpless.
Yuta then asks if she cares for Asha that much, and Leez responds of course, since she helped and protected her when she had nobody else left. She recalls Asha handing her a gold coin, then accepting the intentions for her birthday present. She felt like she met her savior; did he know that every now and then, certain people seem to have a glow like a halo? Yuta thinks to himself that he knew that feeling all too well. She will continue to remain friends with Asha until the end. She will always stay by her side the way she did for her when she was alone. Yuta thinks to himself, but Leez, with the situation as it is now, Asha won't coming back to your side. He recalls Asha asking if he could go to another city to fight, and that he could take Leez along. And so he writes asking if Leez would consider going to another city with him, even though it might be a bit dangerous, so that Asha could return to her side. He would do whatever it takes. Leez replies that he is being silly since Asha is just a little late, that's all. Why leave if she will be returning here? And what business does he have there, anyway? As Yuta crushes his notebook, Leez notes that he doesn't seem to want to deal with that business, and tells him not to force himself for her sake. Yuta then grabs one of Leez's arms and pulls her in for a kiss. As he embraces her (with her hands immobilized by his scarf), he thinks, it's not a chore and he isn't forcing himself. Even if it means submitting to humans and their schemes, he doesn't care as long as it is for her.
Spoilers and TriviaEdit
- Leez reveals that she eats as a means of reducing stress. Leez eats a lot.
- We later learn that Yuta can use insight when his eyes turn blue-green, though it isn't clear what purpose they serve here. See spoiler section of Ep.2-110.
- We previously saw the purple-haired woman when Ran borrowed her glasses and promised to send her a newer model later.
- This is the third time Leez loses a shoe.
Yuta thinks to himself, unlike others who look upon him as a strong and useful means to an end, only Leez considers him a true friend. Everyone else desires his power, but not her. The love she shares is honest, but there are others she loved as well, but he can endure it and protect them as well, even though it pains his heart. He wants her to hug him for a little while, and wonders why she no longer initiates any hugs as she did before. He continues that it was only natural for those who love each other to become closer, which makes her more beautiful to him, and makes him want to... Yuta suddenly becomes startled, wondering, what was he thinking? Why is Leez trembling? What is this feeling, like an old, familiar habit...? Taraka's warning suddenly flashes through his mind: that it is nothing but a twisted form of suppressed hunger.
A very young Yuta asks his "mother," Taraka, if she knows where his friend was? She has black feathers like him, and pretty dimples. Taraka replies that she is no longer around since she is dead. Yuta cries, since this was his first friend, and blames his mother for being so cruel. She simply responds that if this is what he wishes to believe, then so be it.
Yuta comes to the realization that this is not the first time he feels this way. He recalls his past friends, and then notices the blood on Leez. He immediately wraps his scarf around her wound as a familiar green, swirly glow appears around her. He tells himself, he would never do something like this! He wants Leez to say she is fine and nothing bad happened, but she simply closes her eyes.
Ran arrives, picks up Leez's shoe, shouts Yuta's name, and watches momentarily as Yuta holds Leez in his arms in a seemingly intimate manner. Ran begins to gripe at Claude (with a crowd of people standing behind them), saying he hurried there because of the things he said about Yuta's dangerous appetite, but instead it looks like they interrupted a romantic scene. Asha says that on the contrary, they were not being romantic. That green light... Ran says he remembers seeing that same light around Leez back in the water channel, and that it appears similar to hoti asvins hoti kubera. Claude points out that Leez wouldn't be able to use such a fusion spell, so it must be the Regeneration transcendental from the Golden Knight, which is only activated if the wearer suffers a mortal wound. He then states that the only one in this situation who could have hurt Leez is... and pauses, as Yuta looks up with teal eyes and a bloody face, creating a murmur among the crowd. Yuta can hear the words of people who wonder if Claude was right after all, who are scared, who wonder where he bit her and did he eat her tongue (seriously?), and how terrible it all is. Yuta wipes the blood off his face as he stammers that he didn't mean to do this, although nobody would be able to understand him.
Claude takes this opportunity to address the stunned crowd. He explains that Yuta was simply acting on impulse. However, he is still amicable towards humans, since before his recent development his urge to bite Leez was so severe that he left their hotel and sought him out. Claude points out that Yuta is now crying in regret, and there is no need to be afraid of him after coming all the way there. Someone asks him what would happen if this happens again, and he responds that it is nothing to be concerned about since she is able to self-regenerate. He asks the crowd if they believe there will be another rakshasa as strong as Yuta and friendly towards humans, and assures them that it would be best to keep him on their side by any means necessary. He looks at Lutz for confirmation, who hesitatingly agrees. Claude continues, stating that Yuta cares very much for Leez, even though his way of expressing his feelings may be different from theirs. The problem, however, is that he devours those he loves, but fortunately Leez has the Golden Knight; any threats of death could be resolved with the power of regeneration. The only issue, however, could be when Yuta's eyes turn red, which might prevent her from regenerating.
Ran interrupts at this point, telling Claude to wait a minute—is he insane? Claude replies that it is a shame for him to think that, since he was merely explaining the best option for both Yuta and the people of the city. Ran then asks what was supposed to be best for Leez, who would be repeatedly killed and regenerated? Claude doesn't have a ready answer for that, and Lutz and Asha are also silent. Ran becomes upset and asks if anyone else feels the same as him? He turns to Asha and says that no matter how much she hated Leez, this has already gone much too far. Asha still has nothing to say, and so Ran begs his brother to please say something. Lutz asks him what he expects them to do now, and Ran can only curse in response. The crowd begins to wonder why Ran is overreacting, since with her regeneration it's not like she is going to die... They must make small sacrifices for the greater cause... if it is enough to keep the rakshasa on their side... it's not as if that Leez kid is useful to anyone else, anyway.
Yuta remembers Taraka's words before parting with her in the water channel: "The longer you stay with her, the more it will hurt, my poor little son." He wonders if he would have been better off following her into the sura realm. He was too immature at the time and couldn't think straight. He was optimistic to the point of foolishness, thinking he could actually love someone. As he gently sets Leez on the ground and wraps her with his scarf, he says that from now on he would stay away from her so he could no longer hurt her and his mother's prediction wouldn't come true. He won't return unless she is in serious danger. He wants her to be happy, without pain. He doesn't want her to hate him.
At the sound of Yuta's wings fluttering, the crowd begins to ask themselves where he is going, what are they going to do, and if someone could stop him. Someone else shouts to wake up the girl, and soon there is chorus of people shouting, "Leez, wake up!" Asha simply looks down.
In the pre-dawn twilight of the first day of the second month in the year N16, the rakshasa who only cared for one girl departed from the human city.
Spoilers and TriviaEdit
- Yuta claims that he and Leez like each other. In fact, when Leez was practicing transcendentals, he 'heard' her tell him that she likes him.
- Yuta recalls his younger self inquiring about his friend. This is extended version of a scene shown during the water channel quest. See spoilers section of Ep.2-105.
- Claude notes that Leez's Self-Regeneration transcendental many not work if Yuta activates his red eyes. In the water channel, Yuta dragged Taraka away from a mortally wounded Leez, probably to allow the transcendental to activate.
- This episode shows beyond a doubt that when Yuta's eyes turn blue-green, he can read the thoughts of humans, an ability of insight. Also see spoilers section of Ep.2-110.
- Yuta left his scarf with Leez. Notice that in Taraka's insight of both of Leez and Yuta, neither of them have the scarf. (This last observation is explained in Ep.2-176.)
- This is the last episode of Chapter 25: That Which Cannot Be Grasped or Held. The title could refer to:
- Leez's inability to grasp onto Asha, and Ran's inability to do anything about it
- Asha being unable to have what she really wants, and that Leez has
- the relationship between Kasak and Agwen
- Yuta being conflicted over his changing feelings, and over the fact that despite all this time, Asha still views him as a pawn
- Claude, whom despite everyone's best efforts, could not be held and dragged back to Rindhallow (lol)
- Yuta's sadness over Taraka's death
- Yuta, who finally recalls that he killed all his friends before, realizes that he hurt Leez, and decies that he must leave for her sake
- Ran, who was also unable to do anything to help Leez
- Asha looking down in silence as Yuta leaves
- Leez in despair as she is abandoned.
- ↑ Season 1 Chapter 44: Half (半) - (2)
- ↑ Season 1 Chapter 95: Lies for You (7)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Season 2 Chapter 110: Last Stand (4)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Season 1 Chapter 99: Lies for You (11)
- ↑ Season 2 Chapter 101: Outsider (1)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 2 Episode 84: The Good (4)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 2 Episode 96: That Which Cannot be Grasped or Held (1)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 2 Episode 76: The One Standing Before Me (6)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 1 Episode 37: The Past I Yearn For (2)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 2 Episode 82: The Good (2)
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Kubera, Season 1 Episode 98: Lies for You (10)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 1 Episode 77: The Night it Rained Fire (14)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 2 Episode 55: Grudge (5)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 2 Episode 88: The Good (8)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 1 Episode 28: The Golden Knight (2)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 1 Episode 61: Rival (4)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 1 Episode 8: The Queen and the Bum (3)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 1 Episode 20: The Sorrow of Loss (9)
- ↑ Chapter 10: The Night it Rained Fire
- ↑ Kubera, Season 1 Episode 7: The Queen and the Bum (2)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 1 Episode 35: The Golden Knight (9)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 2 Episode 14: The Weapon of a God (2)
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 Kubera, Season 1 Episode 100: Lies for You (12)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 2 Episode 17: The Weapon of a God (5)
- ↑ 25.0 25.1 Kubera, Season 1 Episode 93: Lies for You (5)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 2 Episode 26: Caution (6)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 2 Episode 105: Outsider (5)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 1 Episode 96: Lies for You (8)
- ↑ Kubera, Season 2 Episode 136: Your Justice and Mine (2)