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Synduality Noir Episode 9 – Quick Summary

In Synduality Noir episode 9, “Legendary Hero,” Kanata and Noir felt impressed to see another Drifter take out a terrifying looking new kind of Ender. But it was raining, and Kanata knew better than to leave his carrier in the rain. Later, at a Nest, he met Ada, who happened to be the Magus they saw in the field. Who was this mysterious Magus? Who was her even more mysterious master? And what kind of Ender did they specialize in going up against?

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

Favorite Quote from Synduality Noir Episode 9

Synduality Noir Episode 9: Ada is more or less fearless

Ada’s sweet smile made the moment special. Capture from the Hulu stream.

We just met Ada, and already, she’s growing on me. She seems to have a generous heart, and what’s more, she seems to have an impressive level of snark.

Ada had invited Kanata and Noir over to the carrier she shared with Alba, who was off on some errand. She prepared coffee for her guests, which seemed quite hospitable. But then Alba came back, and he seemed quite put out at having to deal with visitors. That was even after Kanata apologized and basically threw Ada under the bus by saying (11:33), “She invited us in! Sorry!”

Dude, really?

Ada, though, seemed ready. Holding her cup of coffee, she flashed this adorable smile and said to Alba (11:40), “Well, not like you’ve got any friends.”

I like Ada.

Favorite Moment from Synduality Noir Episode 9

Synduality Noir Episode 9: Noir seemed surprised anyone asked her opinion

Sure – look surprised now, Kanata! You could have asked her earlier! Capture from the Hulu stream.

Setup: Fun with Nostalgia

Is it just me, or does this show feel like it’s structured like the old 1980s shows used to be? Each episode is fairly standalone; though action happens, the central mystery (when there was one) only moved forward slowly; and we seem to meet new characters every week.

By no means am I saying this is a bad thing. In fact, I think realizing this has helped me like the show a little better. It now has a nostalgic feel to it. I’d read somewhere that this structure was making a comeback. I guess what is old is new again!

Though I saw someone will bell-bottomed jeans the other day, and I just felt sad.

Getting back to the show, my favorite moment is one of those “blink-and-you’ll-miss-it” sort of things. Before I get to that, though, I want to make two more observations.

First, if Kanata lets Noir call herself a dud one more time, I’m going to smack him through my monitor. Seriously, dude – what’s the matter with you? 

Synduality Noir Episode 9: I wish Kanata would reassure Noir that she is not a "dud"

Letting Noir think she’s a “dud”… Get your act together, Kanata! Capture from the Hulu stream.

Second, I have to say the database developer in me appreciated the idea that they should have been able to replay Noir’s transaction logs to restore her memory. I’m not saying the technobabble was perfect. But I enjoyed it.

For most of the previous eight episodes, Kanata has been on a mission. He wants to restore Noir’s memories. That’s laudable, on the surface. But there was a nagging question in the back of my mind. And in this episode, it finally came out.

Delivery: At Least Someone Remembered to Ask Noir!

I got a hint of it when Ada said (10:01), “Don’t you think it’s better if some things remain unknown?” It’s an interesting philosophical question, but even it begs the more important question.

Ada herself actually dropped the important question. She asked it in such a way the Kanata even gasped – I suspect (or hope!) that it was a gasp that meant “Why the hell didn’t I think of that?”

Just after she said that some things might be best left unknown, she said that it might be even  better to simply enjoy the present. Then she asked (10:12), “What do you think, Noir?”

Synduality Noir Episode 9: Noir needs more experience advocating for herself

Kanata should have asked her before now – and made sure she answered of her own volition! Capture from the Hulu stream.

Did Kanata ever ask Noir what she wanted? I don’t think he did, at least not directly. And if he did, he never explored her reasoning, or put himself on guard that she might give him an answer she thought he wanted to hear – and not what she really wanted. So now I have a second reason to like Ada. She showed genuine concern for Noir’s perspective – and did what she could to get Kanata to see what Noir really wanted.

What did you think of the idea of parasitic Enders? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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