PSO2 Anime Adaptation: Episode Oracle
|Episodes 4 through 6 are on this page.
The same rules as the story guides apply with
Opinions in Green ,
What Happens in Red ,
Important Bold etc.
And the new category What's Different from the game in Blue
|Episode Oracle Summary 1 * Episode Oracle Summary 3 * Main Page *|
Episode 4: The Starting Weapon
Luther is in his room of screens gloating that he knows whatever Xion’s current plan is. He talks to a voice that will ‘continue to watch’ what happened because someone discovered the grave marker.
Meanwhile, Afin still can’t find Ash or Matoi and is freezing out there. However, Ash steps out of nowhere carrying Matoi who is still knocked out because Maria hit her. Ash lies as soon as Matoi wakes up, that she simply fainted in the cold on top of the mountain. Because her mental state wasn’t the greatest anyway, she believes it and claims to not remember anything.
However, this dialogue causes him to have a flashback to his Maria conversation, which was that he accuses her of “The ARKS ignoring DF for 40 years and doing and saying nothing about it, but that she’ll just blurt it out right here”. She’s kind of ‘so what’ to it, but then he baits her (that’s pretty brave) with ‘but he could tell anyone & everyone’ so she wisely counters with ‘well what kind of a life as ARKS do you want to live?’ This is actually pretty wise because it calls upon his conscience on when or if to release the information and what it would do.
Ash says we have orders to return when Matoi feels better. Afin gets too cold because he has no winter gear, so Ash goes the opposite way when he thinks he sees something. He does, it’s invisible Quna on top of a rock, who claims to be ‘cloaking’. She ‘no comments'-off all his questions and asks him about rampaging dragons. He’s heard rumors that they eat ARKS but he never saw one. She then teleports away after telling him to forget everything.
She’s far less aggressive here than she is in the games. She never threatens to murder him, holds him at knife point, nor creeps up behind him specifically to hold him hostage.
Ash returns to the warmer area/normal forest to find Afin & Matoi waiting, and Afin asks if Ash feels any lighter & that he should talk to a doctor. Why? The camp ship returns to the main one.
Frankas' food is on display!
The waitress forgets Afin’s fish dish.
She confesses to having lots of passion but no photon aptitude…and do you know Theodore? He should’ve been in your class…
And now we know that this is Ulc.
No one there knows him, but he’s her childhood friend who joined ARKS all on his own, so be sure to tell him Ulc’s gonna catch up to him in no time! Matoi thinks she’s lively, and Ash accuses Afin of liking her. They argue about it for a while on the way to their rooms. Xion speaks only to Ash in the hallway, on the way to the rooms, and gives him a vision of the Starting Weapon on the Frozen Ground. He sees her further back in the hall, and she says that his and Matoi relationship will continue. She vanishes. Everyone then gets an alert for the tundra, but Ash tells Matoi to stay in her room. (She looks disappointed and sad, but really she does literally nothing on the battlefield so it’s actually better to do this but he’s rude about it to a degree.)
The battle is going on with Dagacha and Dagash, as well as dagans. But a Gu Wonda shows up with its big shield. This guy though seems appropriately sized, as do the fish. Gu Wondas are big, and they don’t make it like triple size so it makes enough sense.
It is that he has spotted a new guy. It’s some newman dressed just like Klotho, even with the pretty much same colors & space cowboy hat with his twin mechs.
Takura feels that Theodore is some kind of prodigy that’s rare. In the game, you’d encounter Theodore a lot, and all he’d be doing is running away from things and complaining about getting yelled at by others for not doing the job he signed up for. He didn’t even fight for a long time…like at all if his dialogues were to be believed. This encounter is more like the ‘later on in time’ Theodore where Ulc had wheedled him into putting in more effort because she could not (use photons) So he makes sense…but not 100% of it with how the game was, but it oughtn’t to break anything.
A red crack appears in the…sky and the rampaging dragon jumps out. It does the ‘darker vac’ move from the game but the ‘chest cavity’ is already full so…why? This may just be an animation botch of some sort where they had the 'chest cavity glow' art for it, and nothing else--but it's likely to come back and bite on them later plot-wise. Remember: the darker-vac powers it up to do a huge attack, which then powers it back down again so it can repeat the cycle in the game.
Theodore picks up a gun, and marvels at what little it takes to kill people out here, which Afin is greatly offended by. Theodore explains that he hates fighting and wars, and now there’s not even a body to be able to reconcile the demise of Takura. Ash surmises Ulc got him to do it, was excited to join ARKS…but Theodore isn’t happy, because what if she ends up like Takura…they think he should tell her in person, and goes toward his camp ship to do just that. Afin needs to shut up because Theodore is probably suffering 'shell shock' or whatever pstd that they can get in space, and really Afin should know about it because they watched their whole class die.
Matoi is in her room and Xion almost appears to her.
Now that everyone’s gone, Ash notices the cave in the vision that Xion had given him. In the cave, Afin doubts the entire situation, but Ash presses onward to find a floating aqua glowing crystal. It turns into the Clarissa Rod when he gets close. He remembers Xion’s words and takes it. But, Quna is once again watching. Luther says to let them go free. (So, Quna is in league with Luther because remember she’s a double agent all the time) Gettemhult gets a mystery letter in his comm about ‘infinite power’. He jumps off his butte area to investigate.
They bring the rod to Matoi’s room to show her. Ash claims the rod is related to the two of them, which frightens Matoi a bit. When she goes to touch it, it floats and glows. She has bad memories, then collapses. (persona is there/fire/etc) A weapon seller in the shops area says its very old, and def. a weapon. Antiques are out of his league, but Jig on Themis 128 would know. (It’s Zeig / Zig the CAST who is black/red & runs the really rare items shop in the lobby)
In a rusty area, someone’s throwing parts at two guys who wanted work.
In the game, Zeig was indeed cranky at the start.
Zeig’s never seen anything like it. But, In order to learn the truth it must be repaired. He’ll do it.
Ulc is an Arks now!
Ash lays in his bed, thinking about what Ulc said about defining her own future, and Jig finally being excited about something again, as well as what Maria said about how he wants to live as ARKS. But an emergency blares about Falspawn on 128 Themis.
As we know, this is Luther’s attempt to rob Zieg’s shop, just as it happened in the game.
Whoever is doing the changes is generally really smart about it.
Episode 5 Attack on the Themis
This picks up right where the last left off, with darkers stomping around the Themis. And now, the Dagans are even bigger than before! Maybe 15 or more feet tall and just as wide! They’re just getting them silly-huge at this point and it’s rather ridiculous. Ordinary citizens aren’t able to fight them off so they kill people by stomping. Ash, Afin & others on a camp ship fly to the Themis while wondering how this happened.
Casra, in his control room wonders too. Because 10 years ago, we didn’t have darker blocker technology so how’d they get in so easily? He also wonders why, and can’t figure it out…because he lacks the knowledge of Ash & Affin at this point.
Luther is in his chair gloating at Xion (who can’t hear him) that ‘everything happens for a reason’ and can she hear everyone crying out as they all die and are cut down randomly. Then, he decides that the reason everything happens is him.
Zig is in his shop and refuses to evacuate because he’s nearly done.
Ash & Afin battle the dagans while Lisa is very happy to shoot them from her roof top sniping spot. (Because nothing thought to spawn up high) Here you can get a good look at Lisa when she’s fairly still for a while, and to see that they did the right thing and she has the very obviously ball-jointed-to-the-pelvis thigh-tops. Nice move! They’re treating the androids very well and keeping them mechanical where other shows wouldn’t “Because ball joint leg tops aren’t pretty and all female must always be pretty at all times or else”. None of that here, very authentic to the game.
Suddenly though, several are defeated at once, and Huey drops in! This time, you do actually see him hopping down from the 20 story rooftop to startle Ash & Affin. Huey is a little more normal looking here than he is in the game. He’s a degree or two slimmer, and his eyes are more of a regular color. They DO have his personality working properly, as he is boasting, yelling out his encouragement, and all the usual Huey stuff. He yells at Claris for accidentally flinging a dagan at them from afar (though he does catch it 1-handed) and this one is somehow a more properly sized one so…..maybe Dagans in the show come in 3 or 4 sizes…? She says that ‘Clarissa’ says it’s a big deal, what’s going on, and to defeat as many darkers as possible. Remember: the rod she has isn’t the real one, and it does talk to her. However, it’s Xion, pretending to be the rod. So, this dialogue here is good with the game. However, why neither Ash nor Affin get surprised about her rod because it's a pallet swap on the one they just handed off to Jig is a mystery. Huey says she’s putting the cart before the horse, which startles her into thinking about things a bit, only to come to the conclusion that she doesn’t know what that means…and…Huey doesn’t either.
This is an actual good and funny / fun interaction with them. Huey is less psycho than the game, and Claris is less rage filled by far. They’re really making the characters more like-able here for whatever reason--normally one would think that would always be good, but there WERE reasons the characters shouldn't be likeable right away...
Out of all the insect style darkers, there is a single bird…and Gettemhart has a bead on it. He & Melphonsia are jumping rooftops after the single different darker type. Melphonseana says that the rescue op isn’t that way, but he tells her to shut up and keep going, and….they make her look surprised/dismayed. She shouldn’t be. Gettemhart is finally like the game here, he’s mean & she’s sad about it…but in the game she’s way more abused and wouldn’t be shockedactually she wouldn’t have said anything to him so this is OOC for her twice.
Matoi tries to escape her ship to go down, but is stopped by a nurse who asks her instead to help with the wounded. It's clear the nurse sees that she'll run off somehow anyway, if she's not put to good use. She does, but an injured man dies anyway, as he claims he can hear Quna singing. She sees another person (that isn’t Ash) but she thinks it is, and gets upset.
Well I guess resta doesn’t exist here. Neither do any of the mates?
This, of course, only agitates him more, so he keeps swinging and Persona, who’s voice is distorted, simply dodges him. Eventually they hit their blades together, and neither will back down. A voice calls out for Ash…Afin comes, and Persona is gone. This is quite like the game, only there'd be lots of these very similar interactions with him, where he'd always try to convince to kill Matoi, but never explain WHY or HOW it should be done--so of course, nobody understands him or would even consider it.
Afin is relieved he’s ok, but he never saw Persona being there. From above, another person calls down, and this time Zeno & Ulc are by a tank on a bridge. Zeno asks for backup, and they agree. Inside the tank on the way, the 3 will talk.
Meanwhile in the medical area, Matoi hides behind a box. A nurse says to keep hydrated and sits with her. They drink juice boxes as Matoi frets that the person wasn’t Ash…but she felt relieved that it wasn’t him that died so of course she is guilty because what if they had a family? The nurse explains that the people know that fighting to protect could mean that they die, and so they fight anyway/know what they are in for. Matoi is thoughtful about ‘protecting everyone’. As she should be, that was her original role before she got memory loss.
In the tank, they talk about the bird Gettem was chasing. No one has seen an odd one like that, so of course Gettem will chase it. Afin feels he’s a meathead, but Zeno used to look up to him, aspired to be like him. He has a flashback where he’s in the correct outfit for the time / so is Gettem. He was the best with the fist weapon, and wild, but reliable and him+Melphonseana were a great team…up until 10 years ago.
Ash asks about the time, and Zeno is dismayed, but they arrive so let’s go rookies, he says.
Gettem yells at Melphonseana as having no say in what he does as they both go after the bird still.
Suddenly, the tank is rolled over!
Zeig is almost done with the weapon.
Suddenly, all the darkers despawn around Ash and Affin. Everyone is surprised, even Casra in his control room. Ash has a bad feeling about it, but Afin thinks Zeig’s is around here, so let’s go see if he’s ok. Ash doesn’t want to touch the door, and so summons his sword before he does. Zieg has been cut in half at the waist. They hold up his torso as he says an ARKS has grabbed the weapon, but he doesn't know who it was. (Very likely to be Persona)
People are dead on the decks, as Zeig’s parts are carried away.
Theodore collapses as he figures out who it could be in the flames.
The Episode Ends
This is probably as close to the game as they can get it.
Now here comes the first real big Time Travel Point.
Missing Stuff Rundown!
Episode 6: The Beginning of the End
The game used a similar title for one of its chapters as well. The show is in the good habit of picking up right where the last episode left off, so Theodore is still devastated about Ulc / Ulku / Uruku whatever name they’re going to call her because again, no original Japanese letters to spell out her name so it’s more of ‘anybody’s guess’ what they were meaning to do. (Why do they keep naming people things they literally can't spell? Why do this? English names don't put that snap/tick sound in from some of the African languages and then butcher it up when there's no snap/tick letter and literally no one can say the snap tick....so what are they doing here? Over and over too, it's not like 1 character or something just name the people something you can say and also spell--it's not like ULK is some certain word like "LAMP" that they needed either, it's a made up exotic word name and could've been anything. /rant )
He doesn’t seem particularly happy to see her, and she is her usual vague-on-purpose self. She says she / we have a wish, for every ripple he makes sheds light on the hidden truth. You & Lost Memory Girl will descend to Naverius, the pillar of misfortune and the vessel will be offered as it should. She waves a hand at him, causing a flashback, and with that, vanishes.
Matoi who is in the impromptu medical area gets a call, she’s glad to see Ash is ok, but where’s Afin? He glosses the issue over telling her he told him to do something. She’s so relieved to see that he’s ok, and asks him to come visit her on the Themis in bay 35. He’s shocked she’s there (probably worried)
Meanwhile, Zeno & Echo are back in their civilian style clothes, when they wave Ash over. He says he’s here to see Matoi, & Echo is glad to see he’s checking up on her…a fact that she uses to nettle Zeno with about ‘showing how you care’. When Ash goes to leave though, they want to come too. This is very Echo-like from the game, she nettles him FAR less in the show and is generally much more pleasant, but this very light jab is at least an effort to bring in her characterization from the game.
Once again, everybody’s nicer.
Now it’s time to deviate A LOT from the game.
Matoi explains how she’s helping out, and Zeno’s relieved to see she’s well…but a camera watches them in the ceiling, then the ship begins to shake, and suddenly Gettem jumps through a wall (that he has punched down), and punches out Zeno!
This gives him the strength to get up and yell him down, and Gettemhart says if he can man up & beat him, he’ll do it. So he throws Matoi across the hall, and punches Ash down because his attacks are stupid and feeble. Matoi, not being very smart either, just kind of sits there and doesn’t run, even though she knows she’s the source of all the trouble for her friends. She's not smart enough to try and get away to draw Gettemhult off and save her friends.
Gloomy Melphonseana, waits in an area with no gravity. It’s likely supposed to be the edge of a ship/there’s debris around and still air. (It gets revealed in game that the ARKS have the ability to create invisible hexagon-panel force fields in space to trap air on things that wouldn’t normally have any, such as those flying platforms used vs Profound Darkness & later on vs the Photonersso this actually does make sense where they are.)
Someone is doing green energy for Ash.
This has attracted Casra’s attention.
He tells Casra of the abduction, Zeno commands him to hurry and let them go after him. Casra requests everyone to take over for him in the control room…he’s stepping away. Ash on the ship wonders what Xion really meant. Echo wonders why she can’t track anything, call HQ, or what Casra’s up to. She suspects hacking, because all that stuff is ARKS controlled.
The ship heads through the portal to Naverius, and everyone is in the snowy area. Melphonseana follows as Gettemhart drags Matoi along by the arm. He commands her to hand over the staff, and he throws Matoi to the ground along with it. He tells her to take it up, and keep walking. Instead of murdering him with it, she stares at the glowing light instead, and it reveals a path ahead that’s not snowy. Casra sees it, and calls in AIS regiment for help.
The Ash gang sees the cloak removed as well, revealing the giant tree/tower pink thing.
This is more like how they always were in the game, their interactions would always be like this one, not the previous ones. Gettem would abuse her / hit / throw / yell and insult and she'd apologize about it.
Casra breams down!
Meanwhile, Gettemhart has reached the obelisk.
This is spelled out better here than it was in the game.
Zeno wisely says to not let him provoke him, so they both go to attack and he throws Matoi at Ash hard enough to knock him down. He blocks Zenos’ sword with his fist weapon, and Casra attacks with a rain of ice and explosions, which worries Melphonseana. But, Gettemhart is able to knock Casra out after he creates a grants that’s too bright and is able to rush him from behind this. It breaks his famous glasses and leaves his face bloody.
He makes Melphonseana go back to the rod work.
In front of the Obelisk, Someone calls Gettemhart weak, too attached.
Now, he has his Elder Coat outfit on, and the DF pink hair.
Zeno demands who it is, it’s DF Elder. Zeno tells everyone to get out of there, they do, and Casra & Zeno prepare to fight the Gettem-Elder thing. Luther, in his secret control room that was never revealed in the game is pleased, asking Xion if she hears the sounds of his footsteps approaching her.
The Naverius / explosion / DF mountain arms takes place, (From the game's cinematic) building the mountain entity in space that’s huge, directly from the game. It then flies off where everyone can see it, into a red area in space. Of course, Zeno can’t be contacted and Echo screams after him fruitlessly into her communicator.
The episode ends.
This one, of course, was forced to deviate because of Matoi activity, but still works ok.
Everyone is Feeble:
The Ignominious End of Gettemhart