Hello everybody and welcome to our next exciting episode of Senki Zesshou Symphogear. Where our heroes make promises they can't keep because of stupid villains causing all kinds of problems.
In our last episode, the breather episode, Miku is losing faith in her friend, Hibiki, as she keeps ditching class to go train in secret. One Sunday morning she decides to join her friend, and for payment, it's food at a place where the Chef is wise. Of course, Hibiki ends up not going because she's been called in by Ogawa to check on Tsubasa, as he's currently stuck in "negotiations." And, for some reason, the hospital also happens to be across the street from the library, allowing Miku to see why Hibiki ditched her. YOu'd think they'd put a popular celebrity like Tsubasa in a room facing away from the general populace.
We also find out that Tsubasa is a very messy idol, as her hospital room looks like a tornado went through it. Something Hibiki probably had to go through until she got her act together. They spend a few moments together, getting close and letting any animosity between them fade away. All in all, it was a good visit.
Meanwhile, Chris is still fuming at the thought of being abandoned, as we see in flashbacks that she may have been enslaved once before, only to be saved by Finé, who treats her well by strapping her into machines on a regular basis and electrocutes her because Finé is psychotic. Also, she may actually be Ryouko, which would explain why she was so excited to do experiments on girls like Kanade and Hibiki. So, to keep herself relevant, Chris goes off to try and kill Hibiki, but runs into a couple of problems. First, Miku ends up seeing the fight, something that even Chris has issues with. Second, Chris expected Hibiki to be a level one Adventurer, not a higher level Monk. And she quickly learns the errors of her way when Hibiki delivers a punch that, as you expect, causes an explosion.
Has Chris finally been captured? Will we ever learn the story involving Ryouko? And will Miku be forced to sign an NDA? Let's tune in and find out.
-So our episode begins with an explosion. We're not wasting any time getting our quota in. It's basically the last scene from the previous episode, with Miku watching the explosion from afar, concerned for her friend. And right away we go into our opening title, because we sure do love our cliffhangers, don't we?
-Tonight's episode is titled Fate Just Keeps Firing. If I watched more Nanaho, I'd probably be making a reference here about it. The smoke starts to clear as Hibiki stands ready, starting a new song. We then following a trail of destruction to a nearby side walk where Chris lays. Yeah, something tells me somebody is going to talk to Genjuro about what he teaches his students. Chris is shocked by Hibiki's power, commenting that it was almost as powerful as Tsubasa's Climax Song. And this should probably set off a few warning signs, because a strike that's almost as powerful as a last ditch attack? That's probably the time to just cut your losses and run as far away as possible.
-The armor, which seems to be embedded in Chris's skin, repairs itself, which looks rather painful. She remarks that she has to find aw ay to finish this fight before Hibiki tears her apart. However, Hibiki is just standing there, singing her song. She's relaxed her stance, too, which just infuriates Chris, thinking that she, Chris Yukine, is being made fun of. Hibiki doesn't comment on that part, just about knowing Chris's name. "Hi Chris, I'm Hibiki! Can't we just stop fighting and be friends already? After all, we're not like the Noise and can talk to each other." Hibiki is such a sweet girl.
-It's a shame that Chris doesn't believe a single word Hibiki says. Chris calls her a liar, then calls her a huge idiot. She attacks Hibiki, who defends herself, but HMG here gets a few good hits in, knocking Hibiki through some trees. Hibiki still wants to make friends, but Chris doesn't. She sees her armor still healing up, but then calls for an armor purge, sending chunks of it flying. However, it's then that an activation key is sung. We see Chris beginning her own transformation sequence as she tells Hibiki she's going to show her Ichaival's power. And, of course, we get an explosion. We should make that a drinking game.
-At HQ, Genjuro, listening in on everything, is shocked to hear of the Ichaival. Though it shows up on the big board as "Ichii-Bal." Just in case it doesn't come up, Ichaival is the name of the bow that Odin used. So we have our second Norse weapon, and a second for Odin itself. That park isn't going to survive this episode, isn't it? Anyway, HQ confirms the information, which causes concern for Genjuro. So the enemy has the second lost relic? And how did this relic get lost, anyway?
-Back at the park, Hibiki is shocked to learn that Chris is also a Symphogear wielder. Chris, however, is all kinds of pissed off. How dare Hibiki make her sing! She hates singing, dammit! We also get a look at her outfit, which looks more like a Pop Idol outfit than even Tsubasa and Hibiki's outfits. A bit odd, now that I think about it. Anyway, Hibiki is confused. How can anybody hate singing? Well, if you're bad at singing you'd probably hate it, too. Unless you were drunk and at karaoke.
-Chris goes right into the battle, showing off her Armed Gear, which is a cross bow that fires multiple projectiles at once, keeping in line with the myth of Ichaival. You know, despite how it's a bit silly that we have power armored magical girls, it does seem like the show did their research on what they're naming said power armored relics. Hibiki avoids the attacks and attempts to get in close, but Chris knocks her away in order to keep her distance. She then transforms her Armed Girl into two dual chain guns, which is an attack called Billion Maiden. At least, I think that first work is Billion. The font they used for those attacks makes it really hard to tell. Hibiki continues to avoid the attacks, showing that Chris is really bad at aiming, so our former HMG... actually, I've been readying the lyrics of the song and it sounds like a Goth Death Metal song. So I guess her outfit would be like a Pop Idol Goth outfit? Sure, why not?
-Anyway, Chris unless a barrage of missiles called the Mega Deth Party. I had to double check just to make sure this wasn't a misspelling of "Death", because Deth could be applicable, depending on the term used for it. We then get a really well animated sequence of Hibiki running through the forest, avoiding attacks, and seemingly getting a missile in the face as more explosions happen all around. Even Michael Bay would think that this was too many explosions, and the man loves his explosions.
-Goth Death Metal Chris keeps the attacks going for a long while until finally, after shooting for probably close to a minute uninterrupted, she stops. Or ran out of ammo. Can she run out of ammo? In any case, she's catching her breath, probably from all the singing. However, as the smoke clears, she's shocked to see some sort of metal barrier in front of her. A shield? A voice corrects her that no, it's a sword. Chris looks up to see Tsubasa standing atop her blade, looking down on the Goth Death Metal girl. Chris isn't bothered, though and proceeds to banter with Tsubasa. Tsubasa, however, isn't in the mood for banter and is going to make sure she doesn't lose a second time. Still, Tsuabas was in the hospital literally a few minutes ago, so Genjuro tells the rising start not to force herself. They need her revenue to keep their party budget as high as it is.
-Hibiki recovers from the attacks to see that Tsubasa has come to save the day. The pop idol tells her companion that she isn't in top shape and would need some help. So battle is joined once again, but this time, Tsubasa is taking the distance away from Chris, landing in several shots, including one directly on her weapons, and appears right behind her, just to taunt her. Chris is panicking a bit now, given that Tsubasa is moving differently than before. Chris is able to move away from her as the two stand off. Tsubasa realizes that Chris isn't somebody to cross swords with, but she must, for she needs to ask the Death Metal Goth about the second relic, which was lost ten years ago. So she is planning to capture Chris instead of trying to murder her like before. Yay for mission priorities!
-Suddenly, three flying Noise come from out of nowhere. Two attack and destroy Chris' Armed Gear, with a third heading straight for her. Hibiki, however, jumps into acting and shoulder tackles the third noise, destroying it. Chris ends up catching Hibiki and demands to know what she was doing, but Hibiki's response that the Noise was going to hit her, and she still wants to make friends. This just pisses Chris off more, calling her stupid. Well, I doubt Hibiki would deny it, but that's still a bit harsh.
-Also, nobody is going to ask about the random Noise appearing out of nowhere? Nobody? Okay, so why not bring in Finé (Hey, I figured out the accents now!) to say how disappointed she is in Chris. How can you not follow simple orders? Really. Tsubasa comments on the name, which means "the end." Is now really the time to be thinking of that? Anyway, Chris throws away Hibiki's prone body and yells at Finé, saying that she can stop wars without this thing, and then, as she says, they'll be free of the curse, and the world will go back to being one. That is what you said, wasn't it, Finé? The sadist, however, just sighs, telling Chris that she is done with her. Chris demands to know what she means, but Finé just reclaims the discarded armor and has the Noise attack Tsubasa and Hibiki, allowing her to escape. Not wanting to leave without answers, Chris pursues. The girls, however, are unable to pursue, given how beat up they are.
-Back in HQ, the staff report this to Genjuro, but they also ended up finding information on Chris. They bring up an article indicating that she disappeared during the South American Civil War. This is the second time I've seen this mentioned. Did a bunch of countries unite in this timeline? I guess they would. Otherwise, why call it a Civil War? Also, I can't help but notice that Ryouko isn't on the command deck. She must be busy in the lab and couldn't pull herself away long enough to witness the battle.
-The support staff give out stats on Chris. She's sixteen and was one of the Gear-wielder candidates who went missing two years ago. So I'm guessing she's fourteen in the picture. That was a hell of a growth spurt for that kid. But that isn't the only kid they have to worry about, for on a side screen we see that Miku got picked up by some of the security agents. What's going to make that awkward is that she personally knows Hibiki, so the standard NDA probably won't apply here. Stupid paperwork.
-We return to the Abyss as Tsubasa comments that she's starting to see why Kanade wanted to fight, but she's afraid of really understanding it. She comments that she is not human and asks if she can accept it? I'm assuming that's just her making her typical comment of being a sword and that she really is human, but stranger things have happened. She's in the elevator, thinking that she could go back to being human, and that would fix it... right? She then recalls the words from her friend, "If you're too serious, you'll snap someday." Something she could hear her say just now. However, she resolves herself not to become human once more. If she went back, what could she do? Well, you do have a successful career as a pop idol, so maybe you can do that?
-As Tsubasa exits the elevator, she hear's Kanade's voice, telling her to do what she wants to do. She turns back to the elevator, but sees it empty and closing. Tsubasa thinks on that. Something she wants, but it's something she hasn't thought of in a long time. But she was sure that there was something she used to love a long time ago. I wonder if she's not talking about the fateful day two years ago, but a different fateful day?
-As we fade to black, we return to Ryouko giving Hibiki a check up. Got to make sure she doesn't have any concussions. Otherwise, they'll need to find a way to band body to Noise tackles. Luckily, Ryouko gives her a clean bill of health. Just don't try to exhaust yourself from using too much energy, okay? Just rest a bit and you'll be fine. Hibiki will go right to that, but as she starts to walk past Ryouko, she collapses, needing the scientist to catch her. This is exactly what she meant by her needing to rest. Hibiki, again, believes she is cursed. Cursed with awesome, that is.
-Ryouko sighs and asks Hibiki if she's worried for her friend, Miku. Of course she would! What kind of friend wouldn't worry about her friend being picked up by her MIB coworkers and brought to a super secret base that was built underneath their school after witnessing her friend transforming into a power armored magical girl that sings? It's probably a miracle Miku hasn't actually blue screened on them, but there's still a running bet on that. Ryouko assures her that Ogawa is explaining things to Miku, and once that secrecy is explained, she'll be sent home. I just hope Ogawa isn't in "negotiation" mode when explaining this to Miku. That will certainly push her over the edge.
-On the command deck, Genjuro and the support staff are still going over the last battle. They can't believe the enemy has Ichaival, too, along with Chris, a former ear candidate. This means, in this fight, they've lost their superiority. They continue to wonder who the enemy is and what does Finé want? Genjuro, however, is deep in thought as Ryouko arrives with Tsubasa and Hibiki. The scientist understands that this is serious, but their Symophgear wielders are just fine, so everybody needs to stop being so gloomy. Genjuro stands up and begins to lay in on Tsubasa. You're an injured person. You should not be out on the field of battle, even if you were there in time to save Hibiki from certain death. Tsubasa apologizes, but she wasn't going to let Hibiki get captured or killed, even if she tried to do it herself a few episodes back.
-Still, while Tsubasa believes Hibiki is inexperienced, she still believes that Hibiki can be a warrior. Well, yeah, Genjuro knows that part because he's making it happen. Tsubasa then turns to Hibiki and says that while she isn't one hundred recent yet, she thinks she can still back her up in the field. Hibiki is happy for the help and promises to do her best. Yay, they're friends now! But on to more serious matters. Genjuro asks if there were any problems with Hibiki's medical check-up? Hibiki responds that if she eats a full meal and gets a good night's sleep, she'll be fine. She's all smiles, but then drops it when she thinks about the place where she's most warm, making her think of Miku. Yeah, I don't think you'll be getting a good night's rest when you meet up with your friend again.
-Suddenly, Ryouko taps Hibiki on her breast, causing the young girl to freak out and cover herself up, demanding to know what he scientist was doing?! Well, apparently she was trying to tap on Hibiki's heart, because she wanted to make a comment about them. The fragments of Gungnir are merging with her body in a way they weren't before, and that might be where her energy and recovery abilities come from. So the fact that she tanked those initial attacks from Chris weren't due to her training with Genjuro? That doesn't sound possible.
-Tsubasa thinks on this for a moment as Ryouko assures Hibiki that it's fine. It's only a possibility. And hopefully people won't try to do insane things like pierce their own hearts with fragments of their own Symphogears. That would just be nonsense.
-That night, Hibiki returns to her room where Miku waits diligently. By that, I mean she's reading a magazine and doesn't address Hibiki until her friend tries to figure out what to say. Her only response to Hibiki is "welcome back." But it's much colder than usual. Hibiki asks to come in, but Miku responds that it's her room, too, so sure, come in. Entering, Hibiki begins to talk, but Miku interrupts her, saying that the MIB told her most of it and that there's nothing else she wants to hear. Miku is completely pissed and decides that she's tired of being neutral here. She turns to Hibiki and calls her a liar, reminding her of her promise that she wouldn't hid anything. Just stab your friend in the heart, why don't you?
-Meanwhile, Chris is walking by herself, wanting to know what Finé was doing? She recalls Hibiki's comments about wanting to try to understand each other, but this just pisses her off more. She reminds herself that her goal is to destroy those with both the power and will to fight. Stop stop them from starting a war. So you're task is to stop people from starting a war by summoning beings from beyond the veil who's sole purpose is to kill humans? You're a real good citizen, aren't you, Chris? Nearby there's some crying. A girl is on the bench as a slightly older boy, probably her brother, yells at her for crying. Chris doesn't appreciate this and tells him not to be mean to someone weaker than him. He replies that he wasn't being mean, just that his sister was... uh, something. She starts crying again, prompting Chris to get angry at the boy, telling him not to be mean and prepares to hit him on the head. No, seriously, he didn't actually do anything that time.
-Luckily, the little sister stops crying and gets between her brother and Chris, telling the older girl not to hit her brother. Chris relaxes, but states that the brother was being mean to her, right? Nope, he wasn't at all! The brother explains that their Dad disappeared. They went looking for him, but the sister couldn't walk anymore, so they took a break on the bench. I assume she stated to cry at the thought of her Dad being gone, prompting the brother's comment. It's one of those things where you miss most of the conversation, which was the important bits, and just assume things are being terrible because you generally assume that everybody is being terrible. What a terrible way of thinking.
-Still, Chris shrugs. The kids are lost? Why didn't they say so? Well, you didn't really give them a chance to say so. The little sister starts responding, but she's starting to cry again. Chris then yells at her to stop crying, prompting big brother to act on his big brother instinct. He gets between her and Chris and yells at the older girl for making her sister cry. This got a good laugh out of me. Chris gets irritated and promises to help, so please, calm down. Okay? Okay. We then cut to Chris walking with the kids, humming a song to herself as they go through the city. One would think she's taking him to a cop, but who knows. The sister is staring at her, prompting Chris to ask why she's staring? The sister asks if she likes singing, but she doesn't. She hates all songs, but especially her own. All it does is break things. It's probably why you should get out of the Death Metal Goth genre and try for something more pop. Like Heavy Metal!
-Hey, remember my comment about going to the police? Well, they just happen to be passing by a station where an older man is talking to a cop. The brother recognizes the man as his father and calls out to him. The siblings go over to their father, who wants to know what happened. The sister explains that Chris got lost with them, but the brother corrects her. She helped them find their father. He thanks Chris and apologizes for them, but she says it was fine and that it wasn't out of the way. He then prompts the kids to thank her, which they do. Chris comments on how close they are and wants to know their secret. Apparently, there isn't one, as the brother says they always fight. The Sister adds that they fight, but then they make up, so they're friends. Huh, why do I feel like I've seen a situation like that before?
-Back at the apartment, Miku is reading her magazine as Hibiki starts at her from the other side of the table. Yup, Miku is still pissed at her. So Hibiki takes a breath and starts talking, but Miku interrupts her. She stands up, asking if Hibiki is just going to lie to her like she did before, right? So she's not going to hear any of it. To show just how angry Miku is, she takes the bottom bunk and will be sleeping there. Everybody has their breaking point, it seems. Hibiki goes over to her and apologizes, but Miku doesn't even look at her. The glamorous life of a super hero, right, Hibiki? Realizing she's getting nowhere, Hibiki lets her friend be, but then stares at a picture of the two during happier times. From the appearance, I'm guessing it's a photo that was taken about two years ago. How quickly everything changes, and not always for the better.
-After a cut, we return to the Teacher's building. Here we get narration about how a Symphogear both increases the physical capabilities of its user and coats the body in a barrier that prevents Noise from consuming them. This is why Hibiki is able punch Noise in the face without running into that pesky issue of dissolving as soon as she touches one. The narrator continues, saying that the impact from said barrier forces the Noise, which extend into another world, to vibrate at a certain frequency. This forces them to exist under this universe's laws, which neutralizes their phase barriers. But with a human wilder, that's always been the limit of the Symphogear's capabilities. We go deeper into the Abyss to see that Ryouko is narrating this, probably as part of her research on combating Noise more effectively so they don't have to send young teenagers into dangerous battles with deadly foes.
-Ryouko then adds that the strain placed on the wielder's body by the energy the Symphogear releases tears it apart. This is seen with Kanade and Tsubasa's Climax Songs, being the primary examples of the type of strain being put on them. Ryouko states that, as long as there is a gap between the Symphogear-wielder and relic, there is no obvious way to reduce this strain. this is the conclusion her theory reaches. However, if one thing could prove to be an exception to this rule, it would be Hibiki, the first combination of a human and a relic. Also, Ryouko, do we need to ask why you have hidden pictures of Hibiki in your lab? Do we need to contact HR again?
-Ryouko then thinks about to the concert with Zwei Wing two years ago, which was an activation experiment disguised as a concert, drew out and amplified the phonic gain from the audience and successfully activating the Armor of Nehushtan. This would indicate that there needed to be a ton of power just to activate this one relic. Hibiki, however, proves that she laughs at these rules when she was successful in activating Durandal under her own power. And we get a pan of her lab and find that Ryouko may be a tiny bit obsess with Hibiki, given all the hidden camera photos she has of her, like her having lunch with her friends. Seriously, HR really needs to get on her case about this.
-Ryouko suspects that the combination of a human and a relic may be creating a greater paradigm shift. She then says that if a human can use the Climax Song without placing any stress on themselves, and utilizing the relic's power freely, that will be proof that they've been released from the bonds set by the Custodian in the distant past. Wait, who's this Custodian? Is that another name for God, or some powerful alien race? Ryouko is looking at an unusual x-ray where it shows the insides of a human body, but also has these other markings, almost like vines, coming out from the center of the chest. This is likely Hibiki's x-ray, because during her first transformation, vines were wrapping around all over her veins and arteries.
-In any case, Ryouko continues her narration, saying that she shall speak to the Custodian again with true words, and the Lulu Amel will be able to determine their own destiny, surpassing the past. This sounds like super villain talk to me, Ryouko. Have you been letting the mad science fill your head again? You should really do something about it.
-The next day, at class, the teacher is giving a lecture about how the path of music has traveled throughout history on it's own. This is called "Music History" and is considered a valid subject of research. Hibiki is taking notes, but keeps peeking at Miku, who is rapid firing on her pen. This brief moment of distraction prompts the teacher to yell at Hibiki again, and her punishment is to read the rest of the paragraph from the textbook. Hibiki decides that she isn't going to embarrass herself and admits she wasn't paying attention. The teacher isn't happy, commenting on how often Hibiki seems to be doing that. As a reminder, Hibiki needs to turn in her late report after school. She apologizes and meekly sits back down as Miku refuses to even look up. I think she's still angry, guys.
-Lunch time! Hibiki goes to join Miku and asks permission, but Miku doesn't respond, so she sits anyway. As Hibiki tries to talk to her friend, the three friends walk up and mention how they're acting differently and would like to be explained the problem in anime terms. No, really, that was actually said. They assume Hibiki is to blame, but they suggest Miku to forgive her since she's an idiot. If only it was that simple. The subject then changes to that of the report, with Hibiki apparently being the only one to not turn it in. They ask what's wrong with her, since it isn't even a long report, but one of the girls suggests that Hibiki has a part-time job that she isn't talking about. Girl is right on the mark, there. But this actually breaks Miku's stoic look as the girls are shocked to hear about such a thing. Before the girls could ask more, Miku stands up and runs away. Without missing a beat, Hibiki chases after her, leaving the three girls to ask just what in the hell happened there? It's like a teen drama!
-We follow Hibiki up some stairs, blaming herself for all this. She finds Miku on the roof and apologizes to her. Miku asks why she's doing that? Well, it's because Hibiki made that promise that she wouldn't hide anything, yet she was hiding the fact that she was a power armored magical girl working for the government. She attempts to continue but Miku stops her. She's not angry anymore, just very sad. At this point, she can't take it anymore. She tells Hibiki that she can't be her friend anymore and runs off in tears. Hibiki can do nothing but stand there as her friend runs off. This hurts her so much, and finally, she herself starts to break down. She hates this stupid life of a super hero. Who call it glamorous to begin with?
-Shockingly enough, we go right into the credits. So that silhouette girl is actually Chris. What an interesting pick. But we're not done with the episode let. We cut to the super villain mansion, with Finé speaking in English, telling her boss or sponsor that sure, they started things first, but their his work is too sloppy. They'll be trapped if they were traced, unless that was their true intention all along! The guy on the phone responds that only God can control everything, and that's something Finé should know, as well. Also, Finé is naked again. What, is that a thing she has to do every time she answers the phone?
-Suddenly, the doors open up and Chris barges in, demanding to know what Finé means when she says she's done with her? Are you treating her like a thing, too? Guy on the phone keeps saying hello through all of this, kind of ruining the moment here and demanding attention. Chris keeps her rant going, though, saying that her whole head's messed up and she doesn't know what's right or wrong Finé hangs up the phone on the guy and is upset. Why does not one do what she wants? She takes out the Staff of Solomon and summons several Noise creatures. Chris stares at her relic as Finé plans to kill her. She's upset because, with the way she does things, war will never end. All Chris could do is prevent one war, ut will start two or three more. Chris counters that this was her idea, that the pain and the Gear were both things she gave her, but Finé interrupts her.
-We finally get a good look at Finé's face. She does look a bit like Ryouko, but did she have those golden eyes? I thought she had brown eyes. Could still be a twin sister unless Finé is really good at changing her appearance. Anyway, Finé comments that Chris is wearing the Symophgear she gave her and she's still useless. She then starts to glow as she covers herself with the Armor of Nehushtan, saying that she will be indestructible with it. The future goes on forever and that her Kadingir is almost complete, so she has no reason to use Chris' power anymore. And apparently the armor takes on a different form, depending on the wielder. For Finé, she looks like she could be an Egyptian Queen, just with more spikes. And the armor is gold instead of silver.
-In any case, Finé has no more use for Chris, and she knows too much, so she's got to die now. The Noise attack and Chris is barely able to avoid the attacks, but as she makes her way outside, she collapses on the porch. Finé is there, smiling, preparing to strike her down. To be continued...
So, you know the problem with doing these shows on a streaming service? Sometimes, said streaming service uses a thumbnail that kind of ruins things for you. So because of that, I end up knowing that Chris is going to survive this attack. Thanks a lot, Crunchyroll.
Anyway, I went and cheated again, returning to Episode 5, where we saw Ryouko with her hair down and without her glasses. Yes, she looks very much like Finé, and her eyes are blue and her hair is not blond. This doesn't actually take away my original theories, and there's strong evidence to suggest that Ryouko and Finé are either the same person or working with each other. But there's a new one to add to that. That they are at odds with one another, but Ryouko may actually have her own agenda separate from the SDRTST. It could also mean that she hired the mercenaries to kill the Defense Minister in order to prompt the move of Durandal just for the hope of proving one of her own theories right, that Hibiki, as a new type of Gear wielder, is operating on a different level than everybody else. Why she needed to go that far is beyond me, though she may just dislike everybody outside of the SDRTST because they cut into the party budget again.
Outside of conspiracy theories and theories about who is who, we have the fall out from Miku discovering the truth about Hibiki, and it is not pretty. I hope they make up at some point, but it's clear that this has been a slow build for Miku, and with the revelation that her friend is a power armored pop idol magical girl working for the government, it just snapped. Unfortunately, this will likely have a negative effect on Hibiki, given how close they are. You could see it in this episode when Miku decided to take the bottom bunk.
As for Chris, I think this is the perfect time for her to defect, since she's basically been fired by Finé. At least she won't be electrocuted and see her naked anymore. But will she end up joining forces with the SDRTST or work independently from everybody else? She doesn't seem like she's a team player, but who knows, maybe Hibiki will punch some sense into her.
Will Chris survive the attack from Finé? (This is almost guaranteed.) Will Miku and Hibiki make up? And will we ever learn the truth of the possible connections between Ryouko and Finé? You have to tune in on Sunday to find out.
Until next time, remember, when you have hidden camera pictures of your human guinea pigs, always make sure you have a quick and easy place to hide them, lest you get visitors from your boss who would like to know why you have hidden camera pictures of one of their employees and why they need to get HR involved again.