First of all, I will say that I applaud Ranka for finally leaving behind everything that has entangled her for so long on Frontier and boldly searching for the truth herself at where must have been the most dangerous place she knows to be.
At this point, the Vajra, having inflicted indescribable pain on Frontier, are public enemy #1. On the other hand, Ranka, as apparent at the funeral scene, is still being treated as the Songstress of Hope, but more importantly to her, Alto is still on her side, protecting her. In short, Ranka still has everything. So, you can imagine what could have taken place in her mind at the very moment when in the deep, remote forrest Ai-kun molts in front of her eyes into the image of what has just killed her Idol’s best friend, still fresh in her mind.
So, what would a lesser person do in her shoes? Disown the evil little Vajra, which only the comatose Nanase would know of its relationship to her is. And if Ai-kun dares to come out in public after her, then just scream Alto, Alto! and watch him get rid of the evidence for her. Nanase, even easier to be dealt with, if she even survives at all; either play the bestest friend card, or, as a last resort, discredit her as being someone jealous of her success. OK, maybe Ranka is not so conniving and does care for Ai-kun; then, how about asking Brera, whom she knows would keep a secret for her, to secretly ship Ai-kun away? My point is that she can still continue to keep things status quo if she wants to—not to mention there’re plenty of people powerful enough to keep everything hush hush.
Thus, for her to jump in between Ai-kun and Alto’s loaded gun on the next day of the massacre is like someone trying to reason that the Al-Qaeda is not so bad in front of the firefighters of FDNY on September 12, 2001. (Or as dangerous as defending Ranka at THAT anime blog. O.O) Ranka would risk, no, lose everything. Her fame, her friends, her home, her bro (old man Ozma), her Alto-kun. I don’t know about you, but I am still stunned to see how she defies her Idol and chooses Ai-kun over Alto-kun. What she did for Ai-kun on that wee hour could not possibly have been from selfishness.
And her confession to Alto, she says it fully knowing that there will be no chance of reciprocation because she knows her departure can only be interpreted, alas wrongly, as utter betrayal. (Heck, most citizens of Frontier will probably incriminate her as a spy from the Vajra now returning to claim her wages.) And fully knowing how Alto detests the Vajra, she probably believes Alto will actually pull the trigger on her the next they meet. So, what she said to Alto-kun on that wee hour, she says it not to become Alto’s main squeeze but instead to be fair to Alto, disclosing her true, raw feelings.
I also like how she has handwritten a letter to Ozma. Even in our own times, too many of us would just cruelly SMS a I’m leaving you. So you would think Ranka could’ve just left a digital goodbye. But no, she personally, and probably painstakingly, writes word for word, sentence by sentence, all her tears, all her fears, onto a piece of paper and signs it with all the love and sincerity she has for him. This is a proper goodbye. Had she said her goodbye to him face-to-face, Ozma would’ve dragged her back home and locked her up for good; and she knows well that she cannot let that happen because there is a question she must seek the answer first.
Who am I?
Now with her humanly relationships settled, she is ready to go to the depths of hell to seek her not-so-humanly ones. Just like Ai-kun molts into the next stage, so soon will Ranka. Surely, she is already changing in this episode as she is able to sing, keeping focus on the task at hand that is to bring all the Vajra to Island 3. The next episode does not seem to feature her, so it would seem as if she will undergo her own gestation period while other events on Frontier unfold. Rest assure that the next time she presents herself, her old childish way will be shed and a new woman, Queen of the Vajra, will emerge.
Don’t be surprise that the Queen will return as Frontier’s savior to rescue Alto and companies and kick Grace’s and Leon’s butts.