28 August 2005:
Full Metal Panic! - The Second Raid: Scene 06 - The Edge of Heaven
Captain Blueno is ruthlessly interrogated by Mithril's Operation Squadron. During the interrogation, he reveals that the organization that recruited him is named Amalgam. Amalgam is also the name of an alloy made from mercury. The name has significance in that Mithril is also the name of a metallic alloy. However, Amalgam is a real alloy and Mithril is fictional - invented by J.R.R. Tolkien. The name would suggest that the organization was created specifically to counter Mithril. The fact that they have grown so powerful without Mithril even knowing about them until now worries the commander of Mithril Operations. He tells Tessa that the entire squadron will have to be reorganized, starting with the termination of Sousuke's mission to guard Kaname. In Tokyo, Kaname and Kyoko take Sousuke to the Salon to get his hair styled. Sousuke tries his very best not to panic from being in such a defenseless position, telling himself, "This is just a towel. The towel is just to prevent my hair from falling onto my clothes. It's not to restrain my arms. And this is just a normal... n-n-normal pair of scissors!!!" At which points he pulls his firearm on the stylist and Kaname smacks him. On the way home, Kaname is upset with Sousuke at first, but then they begin to reflect on the last six months together. Kaname invites Sousuke over to her place and offers to cut his hair for him since he can't trust strangers to do it. The situation soon becomes very romantically tense. As she's cutting his hair, Kaname asks Sousuke if he missed the test at school because he was in another battle. He says that he was and she's relieved that he wasn't hurt. Kaname asks him if the reason he's been so tense lately is if she's been targeted again. Sousuke reveals that Intelligence has sent Wraith to guard over her from afar as a backup. But Kaname tells Sousuke that he's the only person that she'd trust with her life. When Sousuke falls asleep Kaname almost kisses him... almost! Meanwhile, the two weird sisters steal one of Gates' advanced AS, saying that they plan to attack Mithril with it! After the haircut, Sousuke and Kaname have some dinner and share an awkward moment at the door. Sousuke returns to his apartment reflecting on what Kaname said to him about being the only person that she trusts with her life. As he opens his laptop to write his report for the day, he receives the following email:
TOP PRIORITY COMMAND 05J005-3128
From the headquarters of the Western Pacific Ocean Fleet,
The total strategy headquarters determined to lift the present priority command 05E001-3128 at 1500 today.
URUZ 7 must withdraw from the present safe house, and return to the Merida Island base immediately by Root 3b.
Code Name <Wraith> will take over the guard of Kaname Chidori from here on out.
Henceforth, any contact with Kaname Chidori is forbidden.
Sousuke punches out his laptop's screen.