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Synduality Noir Episode 7 – Quick Summary

In Synduality Noir episode 7, “My Dear,” Kanata felt grave concern: he could not perform the maintenance on Noir himself, so he had to ask Maria for help! Would Maria really perform just the needed maintenance – or would she install some “weird” programs, too? Meanwhile, Ciel insinuated herself more into Kanata’s life. What’s her angle? Why is she so interested in Kanata? And will the weather reports in this place ever be accurate?

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

Favorite Quote from Synduality Noir Episode 7

Synduality Noir Episode 7: This show has a solid ensemble cast

This show has a comfortable ensemble cast. Capture from the Hulu stream.

I had to smile: Ellie has a crush on Kanata, so she’s not at all pleased that Ciel seems to be getting closer to him – but she was still willing to give him advice on how to help Ciel feel better. That’s real friendship.

And it’s exactly what Ellie’s going to have to do if she wants to attract Kanata’s attention, because he’s about as emotionally perceptive as a brick made from pure lead.

Anyway, Ellie, Ange, and even Michael were trying to come up with ideas to help. The latter suggested everyone come to his family’s farm to reconnect with nature – another way of saying, “Please come help us with the crops!” Just with more flare.

My favorite quote is a three-way. Tokio started it by saying (14:20), “Don’t think so hard on it… in the end, whether you’re human or Magus, we all feel better when we do what we love.” 

Ellie said exactly what I was thinking: “That’s pretty profound coming from you.” Ange contributed with, “That sounds better than playing in the dirt.”

I liked Ange’s optimistic expression.

Favorite Moment from Synduality Noir Episode 7

Synduality Noir Episode 7: Ciel figured out where she wants to be -- and with whom

Ciel had a heart-warming journey in this episode. Capture from the Hulu stream.

Setup: Sometimes the Simple Things are Best

There’s something appealingly simple about this show. I think it reminds me of a time in my life when I enjoyed simple stories. No insanely complex motives; no plans with plans (though Dune remains one of my favorite works of fiction). I used to like straight-forward characters who had honest motives and who reacted to easily understood events.

My favorite moment in this episode is the epitome of simple. I wondered why Ciel hung around with Kanata. In the previous episode, he and Noir’s efforts freed Ciel, so I thought that maybe she was just hanging around in a place she felt safe until she figured out what she wanted to do.

But no. She was an agent for a shadowy organization that wanted to block anyone looking for the mythical city Histoire. 

Synduality Noir Episode 7: Ciel sends a secret message

Well, at least she didn’t look happy about it! Capture from the Hulu stream.

To her credit, she was feeling a bit guilty about spying. Kanata had shared his startling history that he saw a Magus as his mother. He didn’t know his birth mother, and his father’s Magus had helped raised Kanata. That’s why he treated Magus as humans – because that’s how he sees them. Ciel didn’t want to betray someone who that that way.

Despite that, she was about to knock him out so she could steal Noir. She thought it was an act of mercy. The other paths forward involved Kanata being injured or worse. But a quick braking maneuver interrupted her. Then two things happened that changed her mind.

Delivery: Ciel Came to Understand Where She Belonged – At Least for Now

First, he had driven her to an abandoned outdoor amphitheater just so she could sing. His thoughtfulness touched her, and it seemed like while she sang, she felt free and alive. At this point, I think she remained committed to betraying him, but I think she felt even more guilty about it.

Then Enders jumped them. Without Noir to support him, Kanata asked if Ciel would act as his Magus. Gotta say: I loved her singing as she fought. It reminded me a lot of Symphogear. They made a great team, especially given how much Kanata has improved.

Synduality Noir Episode 7: Kanata and Ciel made a great team

They made a solid team. Not “destroying enemies with lightning from on high” solid, but still not bad! Capture from the Hulu stream.

The next day, with Noir back at base, Ciel watched Kanata working on his mech. She reflected on the last few days, and she said (22:13), “This is it. This is what I’ve been looking for. Now that I’ve realized how I feel, I can hardly go back to being a mere tool.”

I had to wonder: how many of the problems we’re dealing with in the real world stem from the inability to find a place to belong? As humans, we’re wired to find communities; dishonest and power-hungry people are happy to manipulate that wiring for their own purposes. Ciel feels like she’s found a place that’s good for her. She’ll probably be willing to protect Noir, too, and both Noir and Kanata will look out for Ciel. There are a lot worse places she could be!

The idea that Ciel could fall in love (for lack of a better phrase) and find a place to belong is so simple, and so fundamental, that it was my favorite moment in this episode.

What did you think of Ellie’s reactions to Ciel flirting with Kanata? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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