So concludes the final episode of the second game, with Battler’s seemingly grotesque and frankly, shameful loss. If surrendering is getting walked around in chains only to be torn apart by demon goat butlers, screw that. Meta-Battler seemingly realizes that as he returns with a bang and one of the best lines I’ve seen in recent memory, "slice up those cow tits of yours and make me a sandwich." Now that is a comeback, bitches.
Natsuhi’s mirror turned out to be a big bust. Sure it may have allowed Shannon to create enough of a shield to withstand an initial attack from fake-Kanon, but for losing Gohda and trapping George and Shannon in the bedroom, the payoff was definitely not worth the price.
I haven’t been particularly interested in George and Shannon’s love story – they’re both nice, but boring characters – but Beatrice’s sadism against it, gleefully killing George and Shannon before George could answer Shannon’s final request, makes me wonder what love’s gotta do with everything. Is it because it’s one of the ways furniture can turn to humans? Or is there something more behind it? And does Beatrice has an axe to swing against guys? Her comment about George’s dark lust was unexpectedly specific.
Genji stumbles across Kumasawa and Nanjo’s bodies, and alerts the Ushiromiyas. There’s little clues to work off of, other than there are now stakes in Kumasawa’s knee and Nanjo’s leg. I guess they don’t need to be killed by those injuries, the stakes just need to be jabbed in at some point. Recognizing that Gohda, Shannon and George have been missing for hours, they rush to Natushi’s room to find the three of them gruesomely murdered. Stakes in place, per the epitaph.
Battler returns to the parlor to first and finds a letter. Opening it is a message from Beatrice taunting him about solving the riddle and letting him know that the ninth twilight will begin soon. When Rosa notices Battler reading the letter, she quickly points the gun at him and accuses him of being a wolf. Battler snaps and then Phoenix Wrights Rosa, accusing her of being suspicious, putting the letter on the table when he wasn’t looking, and killing the six adults in the chapel. At this point, Maria butts in in tears, blaming the witch. Battler seems to snap again, this time not in anger, but in despair, as he collapses onto the couch, and screams for Beatrice to show herself.
Later, in the dinning room, Genji arrives and promises to reveal everything to Battler. He takes Battler up to Kinzo’s room, and shows Kinzo and Beatrice apparently engaged in a game of chess. At this point, Beatrice offers to answer all his questions if he surrenders himself to her, and Battler gladly obliges.
And then… the proverbial shit hits the fan, as things get messed up. The next thing we see is Beatrice leading a naked Battler down the stairs like a dog in chains (all those Battler and Beatrice in chains pictures on danbooru suddenly make a whole lot more sense now). She comes across Lady Bernkastel, who is amusingly dressed as a demon goat butler and expresses her disdain at Beatrice’s weird tastes. It’s not long before both Battler and Kinzo are completely devoured and literally ripped to pieces by the demon goat butlers. I wonder who that female goat butler is though. At first I thought it might be Lambdadelta, but Lambda’s outfit is different.
On the other side of reality, Rosa steals one of the gold bars from the chapel and takes off for the harbor with Maria. But right behind them are an army of demon goat butlers, and unlike the ones that Kanon easily killed, these seem to regenerate even after getting shot by the Winchester. While running, Maria predictably trips, falls and gets captured by the goat. And I’ll give Rosa some credit here. She’s shown herself to be bipolar and duplicitous, but she doesn’t leave Maria behind. I don’t know if that raises my opinion of her, but it at least doesn’t hurt it any more.
Beatrice’s little fang-tan is a remarkably cute piece of moe that stands out even more against her psychotically crazy character.
Fast forward to what I guess is called the tea party scene in the VN, Beatrice is feeding Rosa all sorts of goodies. The blood of Krause, the tongue of Eva, the face of Rudolf, the head of an insane loli. It was stupid of me to think even for a second that Beatrice had a more normal menu in mind. Those goats though, they’re all brawn and no brains. Maria’s head is clearly a choking hazard without cutting it into smaller pieces.
And then… yes, the line. The vaunted line. But that’s not Battler’s only good line, as he manages to display a tasteful bit of ecchi in an otherwise awkward scene. I don’t know what the hell meta-Battler was doing while game-piece Battler was getting strip-mutilated, but his return was a Hell Yeah! moment for me. As Bernkastel later pointed out, this game was just ridiculously tilted to Beatrice’s favor. Watching Battle flail helplessly, while Beatrice basically ran the score up on him was frustrating to watch. But seeing Battler game for a third round makes me hopeful that he’s going to be better prepared and have some own tricks up his sleeve.
This was an incredibly fast paced episode, but I think it did its job. And my anticipation level for the next episode is at an all time high. And if I needed any other reason to be more psyched, it’s knowing that Bernkastel and Lambdadelta are going to join the fray. I have no idea what either are capable of, but I’ll never bet against dark Rika. Bring it on. I’m ready to figure this thing out. Give ’em hell, Battler.