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In Synduality Noir episode 4, “Wild Daisy,” Kanata felt absolutely determined to prove himself as a Drifter. To demonstrate his conviction, he asked Maam for work. That must have impressed her, because when two other Drifters at the bar tried to ridicule Kanata, she adjusted their attitudes. As it turned out, she had a job for Kanata. He took it, and insisted that Noir confine herself to navigation. Was that wise? Sure, his desire to be independent is laudable, but is it worth his life? And what does Tokio think about all of this?

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

Favorite Quote from Synduality Noir Episode 4

Synduality Noir Episode 4: Tokio has a lot of experience he's willing to share with Kanata

Tokio has a lot of experience, and he’s willing to share it with Kanata. Capture from the Hulu stream.

On one hand, I respect Kanata’s desire to be self-sufficient. On the other, I would also respect his desire to remain alive. If he had one. Because in this episode, he certainly seemed like he had a death wish. He’s working with a Magus who’s absolutely amazing – why not use her as a fail safe?

I’m exaggerating. I don’t think he wants to die. And the impetuousness of youth easily explains his attitude. But, dude, come on: do your best and tell Noir to cut loose if you’re about to die!

Claudia and Flamme had to save Kanata from near certain defeat during his first battle. Kanata, shoving aside his bruised ego, got out of his coffin to thank her. She immediately put him in a strangle hold and attack him with her breasts. Okay, “attacked” is a strong word, but she made sure he knew they were there. Of course, Kanata went into blush mode.

“Excuse me, Madam Seductress,”Tokio said in a light tone (07:16). “That guy’s just a newbie. He’s a little lacking in experience.”

I like the vibe Tokio’s giving off – he’s protecting Kanata, but not smothering him. That, and Tokio just seems like he’s having a good time!

Favorite Moment from Synduality Noir Episode 4

Synduality Noir Episode 4: How can Kanata follow his way if he doesn't know what his way is?

Kanata didn’t have a framework to answer a basic question about himself. That’s sad. Capture from the Hulu stream.

This episode surprised me. I went in hoping for some light entertainment. I didn’t expect it to make me reevaluate some of my memories in a new light. I guess it’s been that kind of week. In spite of that, I’ll try to keep this light and positive.

Remember, in this episode, during the evening twilight before the big battle, when Claudia got a little wistful? I had the sense she really felt something. Maybe regret. Whatever it was, she sympathized with Kanata’s awkwardness when it came to his adoption of Drifter culture.

She decided to give him some advice. “Kanata, Drifters are free,” she said (17:09). “You’re free to fight and live the way you want. So, fight in your own way. It’s your life.”

Sweet, wasn’t it? She even slid up to him and gave him a kiss on the cheek. Very sisterly and very endearing. What really struck me, though, was Kanata’s reaction. Not his massive blush, which was very much in character. No, I mean what came next.

Synduality Noir Episode 4: Daisy gave Kanata a reason to remember her advice.

That’s a pretty good method to make sure Kanata remembers her point! Capture from the Hulu stream.

After Claudia left to prepare for the fight, Kanata crouched and asked himself (17:42), “Do things my way?”

That made me reflect on something teachers used to tell me in school: “be yourself.” Then they would set about a) not mentioning how to do that b) promptly criticizing me if I actually tried to do that. I was dumb enough to plunge forward, and now here I am. 

That’s what I’d like to say. I have to wonder, though: how much I subconsciously internalized that mixed message? Back in high school, I wrote novels. When I got into college, I wrote one – then froze up for thirty-five years. Only recently did I begin to write again. Like Kanata, I guess I really didn’t know how to do things my way — or I froze up trying to decide what that was.

Claudia just might have helped ease Kanata onto the right path. Certainly, Tokio helps, but sometimes, hearing advice from someone outside your group is very encouraging. It’s surprising to me that this show gave me a moment like this, but I’m glad. I might have “lowered” my expectations for this show, but I like that it can surprise me.

What did you think of seeing one of Noir’s memories? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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