Lycoris Recoil Episode 11 – Quick Summary
In Lycoris Recoil episode 11, “Diamond cut diamond,” Chisato and Mika impatiently waited for Robota to tell them where they were going. So much so that Chisato almost put her foot through the dashboard! Where is Robota telling them to go? Meanwhile, Kurumi and Mizuki prepared to leave the country. Are they really going to go? Why is Kurumi researching a dilapidated building from her airplane seat? Finally, Takina grew increasingly anxious about Chisato’s safety. That anxiety grew after Chisato didn’t answer her phone. Will Takina stay with DA? Or will she strike out on her own?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Lycoris Recoil Episode 11
Takina’s goals are crystal clear. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Takina has come a long way since we first saw her pick up a machine gun. Back then, DA had been her life. When they’d kicked her out to cover for the debacle with the gun dealer, she’d been devastated.
That’s not the same Takina we saw in this episode.
Takina in this episode had been going along with DA only to get information about Shinji’s location so she could help Chisato. The information that Kurumi kept feeding Takina helped her realize that Chisato was going into harm’s way – at the old radio tower. She learned this in the middle of an operation. Takina had been following Fuki and her team as they moved into position in the new tower.
She told Fuki that she was leaving. Fuki told her this was her last chance – if she left now, she could never return to DA. Takina did not even hesitate.
“I can’t save Chisato here,” she said firmly (11:04). “That’s all there is to it.”
It’s nice to see Takina has her priorities in order.
Best in Show Moment for Lycoris Recoil Episode 11
Do these two look good together or what? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Majima Makes a Good Villain
I still have no idea if Chisato is walking away from this series alive. I still hope she does. Very much, in fact. And my hopes for such an ending seemed to edge upwards because of my favorite moment.
I’ll give Majima credit. He understands social media, and he understands how to lie convincingly. He made sure to brutally murder a lot of the tower maintenance staff, then place cameras showing the Lycoris agents like Fuki among the corpses. The optics were all bad for Lycoris. Then, borrowing a trick I’ve seen the more nefarious “news” personalities use, he asked a simple question (14:29): “I wonder how many of them have been snuffed by Lycoris?”
If called on it, he could say he was just wondering. But those of us who understand reality know that any statement or question uttered with the intent to mislead is a lie. Morally-lacking individuals can hide behind technicalities, but the guilt remains.
Majima knows how to frame a lie. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
And so does the misperception they intended.
Be that as it may, my favorite moment actually had some technical challenges. Let me first tell you the moment, then we’ll talk about those issues.
Majima had closed the metal shutters all round the old radio tower’s observation deck. That limited how much Chisato’s eyesight could help her. It also favored Majima’s superpower, which was his hearing. In effect, he could navigate like a bat mapping its surroundings with sonar. The effect was a cool, exciting fight between the two.
Delivery: Takina Joins the Fray!
Chisato is no push-over, even when the odds are against her. But Majima was patient, which is bad news when it comes to villains. He had her almost on the ropes. He leapt towards her with the intent of landing a debilitating blow.
Something hit the shutters from the outside. Hard enough to dent them inwards. That something struck two more times, and on the third, the shutter split open. Takina came crashing onto the observation deck, debris falling all around her. After a brief skirmish, she ended up kneeling beside Chisato. Majima, out of ammo, faced off against them.
Takina’s here! And what an entrance (22:08)!
Chisato’s odds of survival just got a boost! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
That’s my favorite moment. I can tell because of my plotting brain’s. During this scene, even as my emotions soared in response to Takina’s arrival, my plotting brain kept saying things like, “Okay, how did she break through steel shutters? Why did it shatter like stone? What, did she cling to the outside and just pound away with her fists?”
The rest of my brain said, “Can’t listen. Watching cool scene.”
This just delivered an emotional beat so satisfying that my suspension of disbelief actively resisted being interrupted. That’s the power of character!
What did you think of Mizuki’s reaction to Kurumi pulling her off the flight? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
Lycoris Recoil Episode 11: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Lycoris Recoil – Episode 11 discussion
- Chikorita157’s Anime Blog: Lycoris Recoil – Episode 11 – The Surprise Breakthrough
- RABUJOI: Lycoris Recoil – 11 – Dance in the Dark
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Lycoris Recoil Episode 1: Easy does it
- Lycoris Recoil Episode 2: The more the merrier
- Lycoris Recoil Episode 3: More haste, less speed
- Lycoris Recoil Episode 4: Nothing seek, nothing find
- Lycoris Recoil Episode 5: So far, so good
- Lycoris Recoil Episode 6: Opposites attract
- Lycoris Recoil Episode 7: Time will tell
- Lycoris Recoil Episode 8: Another day, another dollar
- Lycoris Recoil Episode 9: What’s done is done
- Lycoris Recoil Episode 10: Repay evil with evil
- Lycoris Recoil Episode 11: Diamond cut diamond
- Lycoris Recoil Episode 12: Nature versus nurture
- Lycoris Recoil Episode 13: Recoil of Lycoris