|Travis (torachan) wrote,|
@ 2012-06-02 01:51 am UTC
|Entry tags:||manga, manga:!shoujo, manga:!summaries, manga:tamura yumi|
As they climb up the shaft, Ango remarks that if only it hadn't been for the bacteria, they might have been able to do something about the missiles. "The bacteria chased after the gun you threw. They're mutants," Ryou says. But up here in the shaft there's no sign of the bacteria. It's just a matter of time. Ango says they just have to get out of here and get as far away as possible before the time limit is up.
Arashi, however, is still just repeating "please stop" over and over. I don't even know who I'm praying to, but please stop the missiles!
Natsu is thinking about the missiles, too. How they will rain down deadly ash and the ship will explode. We're all thinking about someone right now, she thinks, and just then her foot slips, but Semimaru is there behind her to catch it and keep her from falling.
They are all thinking of someone, whether someone in the group or someone not with them. Ango thinks about his old team, and how the nukes might fall on them.
Down below them the bacteria is still working its way through all the metal of the ship, spreading further and further. As the clock ticks down, the panels switch between those climbing and the bacteria below.
Less than two hours left.
They all turn and look at the clock. It has stopped. Semimaru says it might just be the monitor, but Botan confirms that the one she's looking at has stopped as well.
Semimaru remarks that he can't hear the rumbling of the missiles anymore, either. It's completely quiet.
And then the power goes out, leaving them in the dark.
Across the water, Chimaki notices it, too. One by one, the lights on the ship blink out.
As Ango shines his flashlight into the darkness, he hears a faint sound...the bacteria eating into the metal. They realise the bacteria stopped the missiles, and Arashi falls down in shock and relief. He tells Natsu it's all thanks to her running around all over the ship and spreading the bacteria in her wake.
Finally they make it to the top of the shaft and are outside. The sun is rising and Hotaru remarks on how beautiful it is. Ango remembers Arashi talking about the sun recharging the body's energy, and how he'd dismissed Arashi at the time. But now he looks at the sunrise and spreads his arms to take in its rays.
Matsuri asks Ryou if he isn't just a little bit glad he came here. She says good and bad things happen in the same place. He realises that this is not a test, this is reality, and no test can ever approach reality.
As he walks over and thwaps Ango on the head, Botan watches them and makes the decision to throw away her emergency poison. "No matter what happens, I'm not going to rely on that."
Then she tells the others they need to get going, as there's a long way to go down to the water. Ango adds that the ship may lose its balance due to the bacteria.
Semimaru says he's sick of going up and down, up and down, and Natsu remarks that although they were only there for one night, it feels like days. Arashi agrees and then tells Natsu she's done a great job and high-fives her, which Semimaru joins in on.
When they get back to their own boat, they find that Chimaki has been burning wood to make charcoal. He noticed there was no algae under the boat and realised the algae needs sunlight to live, so he plans to sprinkle charcoal dust over the algae to block the photosynthesis process. He's already done some experiments and thinks it will work. Semimaru is amazed, but Chimaki just says he had nothing else to do.
As they look across the water towards the ship, Hotaru notes that it looks like a gravestone and Matsuri wonders how long it will stand there. Arashi wishes they could have freed the turtles, but Ango says eventually the bacteria will eat a hole and they can escape into the water that way.
Botan is worried about what will happen to the missiles and nukes when the ship eventually sinks, and Semimaru grumbles about the government leaving behind a store of weapons like this in the first place. Ango notes that it seemed very different from the western shelter and wonders if it was because of the weapons.
"Western shelter!?" Botan exclaims, and Ango says that they hadn't gone inside, but apparently there had been no fighting and the population had just died off. Arashi seems sad to hear they died off, but Matsuri is excited to hear more about it. However, first Semimaru insists they should offer a moment of silence for those who died on the ship.
As they stand in silence, Natsu thinks how strange it is that things feel different now. Everything around feels so dear to her now. I can live in this world...with everyone.
But then Ango breaks the silence: "Arashi, there's something I have to tell you," he says. "Hana...is dead."
As Arashi's eyes widen in shock, the scene cuts to Hana again, as she thinks I can live here.