The Eminence in Shadow Season 2 Episode 26 – Quick Summary
In The Eminence in Shadow Season 2 Episode 26, “John Smith,” Rose and the agents who had confronted John Smith (Cid in super secret agent disguise) reported back to Alpha and Gamma. Of course, the news was bad – they got swatted aside. Sp Alpha made a momentous decision: she decided to send the human form-tornado of destruction named Delta after John Smith. Will Delta fare any better? How will Cid react? And how much damage will the battle between them inflict on the surrounding countryside?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from The Eminence in Shadow Season 2 Episode 26
Delta’s capable of showing such simple joy – for having such a high destructive index! Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
As soon as super secret agent John Smith (a.k.a. Cid) saw the form running beside the train, I knew this was going to be an exhilarating scene. And it was. Fresh from receiving the assignment from Alpha, Delta tracked John Smith down. She intended to end him.
She crashed through the window of the speeding train – the expected level of precision from Delta. I wondered if Cid’s wires could contain her. I mean, this is Delta. She’s nature’s fury compressed into human form.
The wires held. In an attempt to break free, she flexed her power. In doing so, she blew the train car completely apart. So Cid just used the wires to collect the shrapnel and tied Delta down. She couldn’t move. She seemed quite irritated about that.
Cid stood over her to monologue. Her rage turned to curiosity. Delta caught a whiff of a familiar scent on the boots. Even as Cid tried to repeat more or less the same spiel that he gave to Rose, Delta, overjoyed at her discovery, shrugged off the wires and wreckage and launched herself at him.
“Boss!” she said in pure animal joy (04:08).
I hope Delta never stops being Delta.
Favorite Moment from The Eminence in Shadow Season 2 Episode 26
Seeing Alpha so reduced hurt like hell. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
Setup: Delta’s Relationship to Cid
Want to know more about that after credits scene? You know, the one where Delta was obviously having a great time hunting in the Lawless City? Then the short on YouTube will fill you in. I think they’re canon, too.
In my review for last week’s episode, I talked about how this show shows us different and fascinating perspectives of interacting with an overpowered character like Cid. Last week, Rose ended up in near despair because she fought John Smith and lost. She was comparing herself to Cid, who is, in that world, fate incarnate. Of course she’d come up lacking. I felt bad for her, too.
That’s nothing compared to my favorite moment this week. It’s one of those favorites in the sense it hit so hard it had the greatest impact – because it wasn’t fun at all. For pure fun, it’s hard to beat the exchange between Delta and Cid this episode. I mean, come on! Delta seems to be the only one Cid can just chill with. No overly dramatic voice. No schemes of cool. Just a guy and…
Delta certainly enjoys Cid’s head pats. Though, they’re more like actual petting, I guess… Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
You know, I think he might think of Delta as an advanced pet. Fun, yes, in a strange little way. But it’s beside the point, so let’s put that aside for now.
My favorite moment was near the end. Alpha, fearing Delta had perished, went on the hunt. She caught up with John Smith. And she prepared to put him down.
Except, well, we know. She was fighting against Cid. In a matter of seconds, she analyzed his techniques and came to that horrifying conclusion. She realized she was actually fighting Cid (14:23). Leaping back, her voice wrenched, she asked why he was doing this.
Cid wasn’t talking to Delta anymore. He went for the cool. He went for the dramatic. Cid said that he had forsaken the name of Shadow. I think a gunshot to the chest would have hurt Alpha less. But she rallied. She thought of Delta, and asked what had happened to her. You could see Cid’s eyes darting back and forth as he tried to come up with a fashionably cool response. The best he could do was say she was in a far off place.
Delivery: Alpha’s Crash
Alpha snapped. I want to give you her full dialogue here, because I found it heartbreaking.
“Maybe you can understand it, but it makes no sense to me! I’m not capable of doing the things you can do!” she said in an anguished voice. Asami Seto, the voice actor, made it sound like her heart was being ripped out. “But despite that… I want to support you. To understand you! I want to be there for the man who saved my life. For you… If it would serve you, I would… But you… Does this mean… You don’t need me anymore?”
Alpha’s world imploded in an instant. Capture from the HIDIVE stream.
This is The Shadow in Eminence, man. It’s about a chunni on roll. But seeing Alpha reduced to tears felt wrenching. She’s probably the second most powerful person on that planet. No one else could challenge her. Hell, even Delta respected her power. Alpha built Shadow Garden from scratch. But Cid, for the sake of a cool moment, destroyed her entire world.
“Please don’t leave me…” she sobbed after he had tossed her off the train (16:45).
Whatever happens to Alpha in the future, however she reconciles herself to what Cid just did, he broke her heart. He shattered her spirit. I’m having a hard time with that. Though, you know what? This confrontation was implicit from the start. It’s part of Cid’s journey; Alpha’s too, and it played by the rules of this narrative. The fact I feel so much pain on Alpha’s behalf is a sign of the craftsmanship that went into these characters.
Still. Damn. Seeing Alpha crying like that hurt.
What did you think of the part of Yukime’s backstory that we learned? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
The Eminence in Shadow Season 2 Episode 26: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Kage no Jitsuryokusha ni Naritakute! Season 2 • The Eminence in Shadow Season 2 – Episode 6 discussion
- The Otaku Author: The Eminence in Shadow (Episode 26) – John Smith
- Otaku Sinh: Shadow Betrays Alpha’s Heart?! The Eminence in Shadow Season 2 Episode 6 [Review]
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
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