Well, there wasn’t much of a fight really, but I liked what little of it there was. It was naturally not as awesome as the final battle in 『トロイメント』 (although surprise, surprise, NOMAD is responsible for the animation of sola and 『ローゼンメイデン』), but it sufficed. I have to say that I found it a bit odd that Matsuri had enough strength to jump on out of the church but she was somehow utterly incapable of even leaving the premises, merely sitting at a corner panting for her life. That was…well…badly played. It’s certainly different from the events of the manga. Given the differences that was present between 『ローゼンメイデン』’s manga and its anime adaptation, I guess I shouldn’t be expecting sola‘s adaptation to follow the events of the manga?
Nothing has been revealed yet about our mysterious Rei clone, Aono, but it seems pretty obvious that she appears to know something about Matsuri and/or her pursuers. I think once her ailment has been revealed, a lot will be answered. I can see two possibilities here. Either she is a) a being like Matsuri, a yakabito, or b) is in her current state because of Matsuri or someone like her. If she’s the former, that means we might get our classic “I am not actually your sister and I secretly harbour feelings for you” stereotype, which would be a disappointment, to say the least, unless they execute it properly (there are always exceptions and I think I’ve been quoting this clause a lot).
Unfortunately, with no real previews, I really have nothing to go by as to what to expect from the next episode. As aforementioned on my review of the first episode, it’s possible that nothing exciting is going to happen until the very end, but let’s hope that it doesn’t have to come to that.