While Menou’s attempt to get rid of Akari failed, she received a new task to find the source of the Monstrine. But does it have to do with Manon leading that little girl into the Iron Maiden?
As expected, it’s evident that Menou’s attempt to get rid of Akari failed. On the way back, Menou mentioned that she had almost drowned. Also, this is where she found out that Flare was an executioner that killed otherworlders. I can see why Flare has a notorious reputation. Are she and Menou the ones that Manon wants to avenge her mother’s death?
Of course, while exploring the city, it seems that Akari bought a watermelon slice. I find it funny how Menou shoved it into Akari’s mouth when she offered her a bite. It’s evident that Akari wanted to do an indirect kiss, but Menou denied that chance. I thought it would be nice if it happened, but Menou is not ready yet.
Meanwhile, she notices two suspicious men that are probably at the meeting Manon had. One of the Fourth guys tried to do a cheap shot at Menou to take her out, but it failed. Menou’s dagger she gave to Akari was a decoy, and she used it to catch the other guy off guard. Of course, those guys mention their dissatisfaction over defeating the terrorists on the train. As expected, they are part of the Fourths.
As expected, Manon, who witnessed the two guy’s failure to take Menou out, has something up her sleeves. That is while the knights apprehend them while she buys an apple and eats it. Manon used her powers to turn them into monsters. This failure clarifies that she is not happy to see those guys mess up their mission.
While Menou meets the Pastor about the expenses, she is not happy about the extra costs. She makes a deal to cover them in exchange for investigative work. A strange drug called Monstrine causes euphoria in the user, but it can turn them into monsters. It reminds me of that notable illegal like bath salts, which were notorious in the 2012s. The drug contains sin magecraft, which involves a sacrifice to the user. Still, Menou doesn’t seem to know where it’s coming for, although the Fourth used them. She tasks Momo for the task, although she looks resentful towards Akari. Yep, Menou has what she wants by giving her a head pat.
It becomes obvious who is behind the Monstrine. The people who are part of the Fourth aren’t happy that Kaiser became a monster. Menon made it evident that she tainted their food to get back at them. She laced all the sandwiches with Monstrine to eliminate those who opposed her. One of the ladies on the council finds out the hard way. Menon uses her powers to have the lady strangle herself. In other words, no one shouldn’t mess with Manon when it comes to her mission.
Eventually, Momo terrified some delinquents looking for answers. Believe it or not, Ashuna appears, and she becomes buddies with them. Momo’s reaction is obvious, but her surprise attack fails. Momo seems salty as she cannot eliminate Ashuna by trapping her inside the ruins. Then, of course, Ashuna told everyone not to take the drug, knowing the effects. That is why there aren’t that many reports of people suddenly disappearing.
With the talk of monsters and such, Ashuna knows about the Pandemonium and investigating the Monstrine. Momo explains the Pandemonium’s Pure Concept. The girl’s fantasies materialize demons, and the blood turns and flesh that falls from her becomes monsters.
After Momo reveals what Pandemonium’s Pure Concept does, don’t you think the drug has the same effects? The Monstrine activates the Pure Concept (Chaos) that turns the host into monsters. Manon mentions to the council that she uses an Ether machine to make the Monstrine, which takes a form of an Iron Maiden. She probably uses the blood from the little girl, which is most likely the Pandemonium’s body, to create the drug.
From this revelation, it’s highly plausible that Manon gave the drug to the terrorists in the 3rd episode. This substance led to the blood knight’s summoning if the terrorist’s plan failed. Perhaps she knew that Menou would be on the train, and it was an excellent opportunity to carry out her revenge without doing it herself. As they say, the lives of the Fourth are expendable.
As expected, Ashuna challenges Momo to see who can find out the most information about the operation. She holds up an invitation. No way Momo would lose, so she told Menou what she discovered. Menou received an invitation, and Momo made a fancy dress for her. Too bad she couldn’t see her beloved up close and became very jealous when she saw Akari at the event.
Either way, we’ll find more information about the operation next time Menou faces Manon. Also, how will Manon react when she sees Menou? Will she let loose the monsters by transforming those who took the Monstrine drug and unleash them on Menou? Again, we’ll find out next time.