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Synduality Noir Episode 11 – Quick Summary

In Synduality Noir episode 11, “Storm of A.I.,” Kanata raced to repair his Coffin. Noir, having been warned not to touch anything, walked a few paces away from the tent. Kanata was surprised to find that Ciel came to visit – but it wasn’t by accident. Kurokamen, acting under orders himself, had ordered Ciel to Kanata’s side. Why? What’s his goal? Will Ciel turn on Kanata after all? And how will Noir react?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from Synduality Noir Episode 11

Synduality Noir Episode 11: I suppose Range having some recognizable feature is better than having none!

I love Ange’s expression in this shot. Capture from the Hulu stream.

Every time I see Range and Dolce, I have to laugh. Their humor isn’t subtle, and they’re clearly bad guys. But they’re so bad at being bad – or anything, actually, that I’ve classified them as mostly harmless. And it’s always fun to see Dolce and her expressions.

In this episode, Range had brought the two of them to the edge of the battle with the Parasitism Enders. He didn’t intend to help; he intended to laugh at the people who had embarrassed him get pulverized. Of course, it didn’t work out very well.

As he and Dolce cackled at his evil genius, a Parasitism Enders politely tapped on his back. Terrified, he ran – straight into the front line of their enemy. He opened fire in a panic.

Ange and Ellie saw the lone Coffin seemingly make an intentional dash at the enemy.

“That ugly paint job,” Ange said in a musing voice (06:40). “Isn’t that Range’s Coffin?”

I doubt he’d be pleased to know that’s how she recognized him!

Favorite Moment from Synduality Noir Episode 11

Synduality Noir Episode 11: Kanata wanted to become a fitting master for Noir

Kanata wants to raise his skills so he’s someone worthy of Noir. Not a bad goal! Capture from the Hulu stream.

Setup: Questions are Good

I can’t help but wish the narrative had invested a little more in a couple of plot threads. Specifically:

  1. Why did Tokio talk like Kanata was the chosen one? Sure, he kicked ass when he showed up in this episode, but that was because the others were exhausted from beating back the Enders.
  2. With the dramatic build up to the order to kill Kanata, why the sudden change of heart? I gett that Kurokamen and Schnee have a soft spot for Kanata, but what kind of organization do they belong to? Why are they under such tight control, but feel comfortable disobeying a direct order?
  3. Were they really on a spaceship? Or was that an odd camera angle of a large, Earth-bound carrier against the night sky?
  4. Ciel asked if it was strange for a Magus other than Kanata’s to not want to see him die. Is it normal for Maguses to want to see other masters die? What was that about? It seemed to be an insight into the Maguses philosophy and/or morality, but it felt incomplete.
Synduality Noir Episode 11: Ciel clearly doesn't want to kill Kanata

I wish I knew why Ciel insinuated it was unusual for a Magus to not want to see another master die. Capture from the Hulu stream.

I think I’m still expecting too much. At its heart, this is the story of Kanata growing up, and it’s doing a fine job of delivering on that.

Speaking of which…

Delivery: Kanata’s Aspirations

In last week’s episode, we saw Kanata explicitly saying he wanted to become good enough to stand beside Tokio. In this episode, he did something similar.

Kanata had just arrived to save Ellie. Which was cool, given how she feels about him. As he and Noir charged into the next stage of battle, Noir commented that Daisy’s sensors seemed to have been upgraded.

Kanata confirmed her observations, saying that he had upgraded the platform based on her high-end Type 0 specs – not his mediocre skills. He wanted the Coffin to better match her skills instead of his.

Synduality Noir Episode 11: Noir could tell that Kanata upgrade upgrade Daisy

Noir could tell Kanata had upgraded the Coffin’s capabilities. Capture from the Hulu stream.

I thought that was cool. He was thinking of his Magus partner, and he was trying to realistically evaluate his own skills. My favorite part is what he said next, which was (14:28), “That doesn’t mean I gave up on getting stronger. I’m still going to become a Drifter that’s worthy of you.”

Instead of resenting her, or instead of just feeling jealous, he aspires to raise his level to come closer to hers. That’s cool. It’s level-headed in a way I don’t think he would have demonstrated earlier in the series. And character development is cool!

What did you think of the battle against the Silver Storm? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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  1. I believe Ciel’s question was about having feelings for a human, enough to not just not want them to die, but to actively want them to not die. A Magus is built to serve their master – apparently right down to forgetting their master after the bond is severed – so what a Magus feels is meant to be directed at their master, and thus not towards one who is not their master.

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