Episode 41: Nova's Battle and the Monster's Identity
Review by Peter Laliberte
February 4, 2017
The children start crying and another portal opens, unleashing monsters. Umi and Fuu hold off the monsters and tell Hikaru to go after Nova. Clef senses Nova and notes she's similar to Hikaru. Nova finds Lantis and he recognizes her from earlier. Nova's attacks are blocked the barrier of Eagle's cell and Eagle, initially mistaking Nova for Hikaru, realizes his error. Hikaru searches for Nova and Lantis's pendant points her in the right direction. Nova finally gets through the barrier, but Lantis fends her off. Lantis asks who Nova is, and Nova says she was born from Hikaru. Lantis defends Eagle from an attack and is injured. Eagle prevents Nova from finishing Lantis off, and Nova attacks him because Hikaru likes him too. Eagle dodges and restrains her with wires. Nova attacks with a Flame Arrow, but Hikaru saves him.
Umi and Fuu protect the kids the best they can but there are too many monsters. Ascot, Ferio, Lafarga, and Caldina arrive to help out. Hikaru and Nova's attacks clash as the proof of the Pillar pulsates. Nova shifts focus to Lantis and Clef hears the crown's heartbeat. The monsters get stronger and the portal grows bigger. Fuu realizes the children's fears are creating the monsters and Umi tells the kids not to be afraid. Lantis crosses swords with Nova and she steals a kiss, shocking Hikaru. Nova uses the opening to hit Hikaru with her Ruby Lightning. Nova laughs about how in love with Lantis Hikaru is and reminds her that she's the one who killed his older brother. Nova says he'll never love Hikaru back. Umi and Fuu try to convince the kids not to be afraid and Mira decides to believe them. The others follow suit and start cheering the others on. The monsters become weaker and Debonair calls Nova back. Umi and Fuu destroy the portal. They explain to the others that fear was creating the monsters so they were basically fighting against their own hearts. Hikaru looks at Lantis and remembers Nova telling her he'll never love her back.
This episode makes a big deal out of the reveal regarding the monsters, and but it's something we've known for a long time already. All the monsters from season one were the same, so it's baffling why they didn't figure it out faster. Even the Cephiro natives didn't clue in on it. The monsters are born from the heart and Nova's claims of being Hikaru make it easy to figure out where she came from. She sure knows how to push all of Hikaru's buttons, kissing Lantis and claiming he'll never love Hikaru. Yeah, I suppose being the girl who killed his brother would normally be a turn off. I must admit, I'm a sucker for this kind of juicy romantic drama.
3.5 out of 5 stars
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