After becoming the center of attention of all Gems there was one who looked at Phos differently. Let’s find out what their deal was.
While Phos was attending to the requests of the more intellectual Gems one in particular, Bort had an interesting request in mind. They wanted Phos to become their partner, or apprentice as it were. Bort saw right through Phos pointing out their unrefined fighting style and of course being haunted by their failure to protect Antarcticite. Bort kept pushing until Phos gave them an “I’ll think about it” response. As they were thinking Phos was like “Oh crap. wasn’t Dia already Bort’s combat partner?” Phos considered keeping quiet but a vision of Antarcticite made them go “Yeah I better tell Dia. Best to get it over with quick.”
Unsurprisingly Dia was shocked by what Bort had done at first. However, because they’re the Best Gem on the show they held back their sadness/rage and gave Phos tips on how to approach the one they love…and were annoyed by.
On the surface they accepted Bort’s decision despite showing annoyance but deep down it was a mixture of anger and sadness. The pairing would last until Master Kongo woke up but it still stung. I haven’t seen anger this chilling since Konohana Kitan’s Yuzu.
As Bort gave Phos tips on how to improve themselves Phos noticed how much thought Bort put into this decision. Bort knew pairing up with another partner would infuriate Dia but did it anyway because, as Dia said, it had to be done to help Phos become stronger. Before they could discuss it further a never before seen Lunarian showed itself. It appeared to be stuck. Bort made the first move…but it was a trap.
The Lunarian revealed itself as it slowly got through the dimensional rift. It was as awesome as it was scary. Bort and Phos took it on but it was obviously far stronger than any Lunarian they had faced before. So Bort did the the unthinkable, had Phos and them fall back. Actually it was part of their plan to lure the Lunarian to their base and hope they could awaken Master Kongo to help in battle. Thing is the plan required the Lunarian not detect any other nearby Gem.
What followed next was some of the most intense 6 minutes of the Fall season. What made it so effective was not only the spectacular TV anime quality CGI but also that there were NO JUMP SCARES WHATSOEVER! Seriously, fans have to see it for themselves. It was intense to the max!
During those 6 minutes Dia thought about their beloved’s decision and then said to themselves “Screw it! I’m not hiding anymore. I’m going to show that knucklehead I love so much that I’m not a weak diamond, need protection or am a burden. I can kick this freak’s ass by myself!” What followed next gave me chills. Before this only Symphogear 4 gave me that feeling in 2017. However…
Powerful moment right here. This will be an agonizing wait because I MUST KNOW what happens next. The PV wasn’t enough.