Once Haruto realizes Chizuru is the Gate, he fights off Medusa until she tells Lizardman to retreat.
Back at the antique shop, Haruto fills everyone in on what’s happened. Koyomi apologizes for not being there to detect the Phantom, but Haruto says it’s not her fault. At least she’s gotten the new stone which Wajima will get right to making rings out of.
Haruto hurries out when Chizuru calls. She’s gone to Satoshi’s apartment where he’s trying to draw out what she’s holding onto in her heart so he can drive her into despair. Haruto arrives and Chizuru says it’ll be safer if they stick together, still not knowing Satoshi is the Phantom.
While walking through the park, Satoshi asks why she cares so much about the film. Chizuru says she wants to see it because it’s where she got her start as an actress. It’s what uplifts her heart.
Bingo, thinks Satoshi and Haruto knows what’s coming. He covers Chizuru’s eyes as Satoshi morphs into his Phantom form. Chizuru gets knocked out and Haruto henshins. They fight a little before SatoshiLizardman leaves to go grab the film.
Haruto brings Chizuru back to the shop to rest and asks Koyomi to watch over her. Wajima looks on as Haruto slumps down on the couch, troubled by the situation.
Medusa and Phoenix join Satoshi as he watches the film thinking of the best way to use it against Chizuru.
Next morning, Shunpei and Rinko come in to tell them the film is gone and how they worry about how Chizuru might take it when she finds out. But Haruto asks, what if it isn’t the film.
Chizuru is awake and asks Haruto about Satoshi and the Phantom. Haruto says both got away, which upsets her that he would protect her instead of Satoshi. What an unreliable person. An annoyed Koyomi wants to tell her exactly why, but Haruto stops her. Chizuru runs off.
“The more you hesistate, the more she’ll suffer, ” Wajima offers.
Haruto finds Chizuru by the water, the spot where she had filmed the final scene of the movie with Satoshi. He asks her, it’s not really the film that’s in her heart, but Satoshi. She admits it is so, and asks Haruto to protect him.
Koyomi calls that the Phantom is heading towards them. He tells Chizuru that he’ll defeat the Phantom to protect her hope… and for that, he is sorry. He puts her to sleep as Rinko and Shunpei bring the new rings.
Satoshi arrives with the film inside a tin and both he and Haruto henshin and fight. They take their battle into a warehouse with some Ghouls joining the fun. But Haruto goes into Water Mode and gets Lizardman back outside by the water.
Lizardman jumps into the bay, but Haruto uses one of the new rings to summon Water Dragon and puts on the 2nd ring to initiate a Very Nice Blizzard, freezing the bay and Lizardman, and allowing Haruto to use the new finisher.
Rinko and Shunpei have brought Chizuru back to the Movie Club room at the university. Haruto hands her the film tin and says Satoshi had left it with him before he left for America to learn film techniques. It’ll also be far from the Phantom’s reach.
I see, Chizuru says. And Haruto adds that Satoshi left a message for her, “I’ll be doing my best here, so you do your best too.”
Chizuru sits and watches the film, thinking about Satoshi and saying by showing this to her, she’s only going to want to hear his happy compliments again.
They head outside after the film is over and Chizuru bows to thank Haruto.
She walks away as Haruto says he’ll have to tell her the truth someday. But Rinko says, giving someone hope doesn’t necessarily mean telling them the truth.
Guess so, Haruto nods.
Meanwhile, Wiseman returns to his cave bed and finds the stone gone. But he laughs, “Not bad.”
Man, Wizard has definitely been running on the sentimental and emotional stories so far. Another one this week with Chizuru. So emotional that Shunpei’s been calm and subdued the last two weeks.
But again, I guess the premise of Phantoms wanting to take your deepest hopes and dreams and crush them doesn’t really lend itself to many lighthearted moments.
It was definitely a mellow ending, especially when Rinko said that line about keeping the truth from someone just to keep their hope alive. That’s definitely tough.
Overall, a good episode. Definitely liking how they are continuing to freshen up the fight scenes. Lots of new choreography and camera work from Toei. Made that warehouse fight scene very cool.