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* Litchi and Tsubaki [[spoiler:both performing a FaceHeelTurn at the end of ''Continuum Shift'']]. And um, why is it TearJerker? [[spoiler:First, considering that before signing her FaceHeelTurn, Litchi has been thinking of her happy times with Tao and Bang, you know she clearly dislikes turning her back on them AND hates Hazama, but not only Arakune's situation, but her degrading condition basically [[ForcedIntoEvil forced her into it]]. As many would say, if you put yourself in Litchi's shoes, you know it's a sad and heavy decision, even for her... not a happy choice based on selfish obsession. As of Tsubaki, first she just realized that her superior Hazama was utter evil bastard, just for her blindness to kick in, and then when she tried to find consolation with Jin during her encounter in his story, Jin wasn't even giving the answer, which culminated with Phantom possessing her and finalizing her turn.]]
** To compound the matters for Litchi, [[spoiler:she has actually asked Kokonoe for help, but Kokonoe just flat out refused, too busy of thinking to kill Terumi by her own hands. [[FridgeBrilliance When you squint it]], it just looks like a DamselInDistress (she mentally is, needing help to cure her corruption and dependance over Arakune) who is refused of the only help she knows and the only path for her is to act on herself with the remaining option to stay alive. No matter what you say, if you're a DamselInDistress and when you ask for help, the response you got was "Go away, I'm busy.", it is a pretty depressing thought. Making matters worse for her, when she tried to justify her distress and desperation to Rachel, Rachel's response was pretty much not helping and calling her stupid for accepting NOL/Terumi's offer]]. Damn it, somebody please give Boobie Lady a hug for a change, rather than calling her selfish, obsessed and stupid.

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* Litchi and Tsubaki [[spoiler:both performing a FaceHeelTurn at the end of ''Continuum Shift'']]. And um, why is it TearJerker? [[spoiler:First, considering that before signing her FaceHeelTurn, Litchi has been thinking of her happy times with Tao and Bang, you know she clearly dislikes turning her back on them AND hates Hazama, but not only Arakune's situation, but her degrading condition basically [[ForcedIntoEvil forced her into it]]. As many would say, if you put yourself in Litchi's shoes, you know it's a sad and heavy decision, even for her... not a happy choice based on selfish obsession. As of for Tsubaki, first she just realized that her superior Hazama was an utter evil bastard, just for her blindness to kick in, and then when she tried to find consolation with Jin during her encounter in his story, Jin wasn't even giving the answer, which culminated culminates with Phantom possessing putting her under mid-control and finalizing her turn.]]
** To compound the matters for Litchi, [[spoiler:she has actually asked Kokonoe for help, but Kokonoe just flat out refused, too busy of thinking to kill Terumi by her own hands. [[FridgeBrilliance When you squint it]], it just looks like a DamselInDistress (she mentally is, needing help to cure her corruption and dependance over Arakune) who is refused of the only help she knows and the only path for her is to act on herself with the remaining option to stay alive. No matter what you say, if you're a DamselInDistress and when you ask for help, the response you got was "Go away, I'm busy.", it is a pretty depressing thought. Making matters worse for her, when she tried to justify her distress and desperation to Rachel, Rachel's response was pretty much not helping and calling her stupid for accepting the NOL/Terumi's offer]]. Damn it, somebody please give Boobie Lady a hug for a change, rather than calling her selfish, obsessed and stupid.



* Oh God, Hakumen running into Tsubaki, the story "Old Man's Tale." The stone-hearted warrior lightens for the first time. The first moment of heart-cracking comes when he asks to see Tsubaki's face, which is covered by a hood and a mask. After she reveals it, Hakumen touches her face like a lover. This is the man who claims to be the reaper of the sins of this world. He speaks from experience, trying to warn Tsubaki against the use of the Izayoi. Hakumen then tells a beautiful story about how he fell in love with an old childhood friend, how he left her side, and how she followed him only to die at his side. She changed his life so much, that he named a technique of his combat style for her. [[spoiler: That woman was an alternate Tsubaki, and Hakumen hasn't seen her in nearly a century.]] Watch it and cry.

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* Oh God, Hakumen running into Tsubaki, in the story "Old Man's Tale." The stone-hearted warrior lightens for the first time. The first moment of heart-cracking comes when he asks to see Tsubaki's face, which is covered by a hood and a mask. After she reveals it, Hakumen touches her face like a lover. This is the man who claims to be the reaper of the sins of this world. He speaks from experience, trying to warn Tsubaki against the use of the Izayoi. Hakumen then tells a beautiful story about how he fell in love with an old childhood friend, how he left her side, and how she followed him only to die at his side. She changed his life so much, that he named a technique of his combat style for her. [[spoiler: That woman was an alternate Tsubaki, and Hakumen hasn't seen her in nearly a century.]] Watch it and cry.



** ''Central Fiction'' decides to add SadisticChoice into the mix. [[spoiler: At the end of Act 3, Hakumen has defeated Tsubaki in her Izayoi form after she refuses to use it against Noel. Hakumen tries to convince her to use her weapon "for the world's sake", but not only Tsubaki refuses again, ''she tells him that he will have to kill her and take Izayoi with him'' if he wants to kill Noel]]. The mighty leader of the 6 heroes ends up saying the following, [[spoiler: which results in Tsubaki realizing he's Jin.]]

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** ''Central Fiction'' decides to add SadisticChoice into the mix. [[spoiler: At the end of Act 3, Hakumen has defeated Tsubaki in her Izayoi form after she refuses to use it against Noel. Hakumen tries to convince her to use her weapon "for the world's sake", but not only Tsubaki refuses again, ''she tells him that he will have to kill her and take Izayoi with him'' if he wants to kill Noel]]. The mighty leader of the 6 heroes Heroes ends up saying the following, [[spoiler: which results in Tsubaki realizing he's Jin.]]



** If you lose to Tsubaki, she will recognize Mu as Noel and insists that she's dreaming and begs for someone to wake her up. Litchi will recognize her and will apologize for not being able of doing anything. Sena will recognize her and then asks Mu why she looks like she's about to cry. Hell, the whole Noel-becomes-Mu incident is gut-wrenching AND terrifying! With enough MindRape, BreakTheCutie, BreakThemByTalking and [[TheReveal awful truths]] Hazama turns Noel, a {{sh|rinkingViolet}}y yet [[NiceGirl kind woman]] into a DeathSeeker, [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds hateful machine]]. And judging by Noel's reaction after regaining conscience in the anime, it's HEAVILY implied that Noel [[AndIMustScream was aware of what was happening and could do nothing to stop it]].

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** If you lose to Tsubaki, she will recognize Mu as Noel and insists that she's dreaming and begs for someone to wake her up. Litchi will recognize her and will apologize for not being able of doing anything. Sena will recognize her and then asks Mu why she looks like she's about to cry. Hell, the whole Noel-becomes-Mu incident is gut-wrenching AND terrifying! With enough MindRape, BreakTheCutie, BreakThemByTalking and [[TheReveal awful truths]] truths,]] Hazama turns Noel, a {{sh|rinkingViolet}}y yet [[NiceGirl kind woman]] into a DeathSeeker, [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds hateful machine]]. hateful]] DeathSeeker. And judging by Noel's reaction after regaining conscience consciousness in the anime, it's HEAVILY implied that Noel [[AndIMustScream was aware of what was happening and could do nothing to stop it]].



* Litchi's Arcade run and eventually in ''Chronophantasma''. [[spoiler:On top of being beaten by Rachel, she was brutally told by Rachel the consequence of insisting on saving Arakune and joining NOL: Kokonoe considered her crossing her MoralEventHorizon and declared her an enemy that she can kill, and her acts fighting Bang enabled Relius to snatch his Rettenjou and quicken the Day of Destruction, since it is capable of creating an anti-Seithr ''nuke'', and it's mostly Litchi's fault for being insistent. Even if Rachel [[JerkassHasAPoint had a point]], it's still too much for poor Litchi, learning that she hurts more than she helps, she was played for chumps by evil, she ruined her bonds with her other friends that cared for her (especially Kokonoe)... and the scene ends with Litchi on all four, genuinely crying out of remorse.]] It's times like this you may be tempted to give Boobie Lady a hug... her allegiance be damned.
* The climax of the Chronophantasma story, it's ''hard'' to watch [[spoiler:Bang Shishigami breaking down witnessing that Litchi has remorsefully sided with Relius to create a world where Lotte Carmine lives, meaning that every of his fantasies of her being a perfect PuritySue was shattered, ''hard'', and he couldn't even lift his finger to defend from Litchi's attack. Then it was ''also'' compounded with Carl, his 'Apprentice #2', ''also threw his lot to Relius'' just for the cure of Ada. And not just from Bang, you'll also feel sorry for both Litchi and Carl having to beat up Bang despite apologizing as they already considered him a great friend, but they have been too invested to their goal which ''had to lie in Relius' palms'' of all things that they can't stop. Though Bang managed to persevere, succeed his mission and later both Litchi and Carl could reverse their misfortune of being manipulated by Relius, it's pretty sad that their friendship could never be the same again... And to compound this on Bang? His 'Apprentice #3', Platinum, ''died'' against Terumi outside his sight, meaning that there's only Tao remaining that he knew as his Apprentice...]]
* The resolution as well. [[spoiler:Ragna has finally destroyed Gigant: Takemikazuchi and even saved Nu-13 from its core! Well... ''cue the cruelest YankTheDogsChain to commence'': Nu rises back and ''backstabs'' him and the Imperator uses a trigger word that turns Ragna into a beastly abomination nearly similar to his CS Bad End form, and all he could do is to urge Jin, Noel and Celica to run off as he eventually went complete berserk, and attacks Jin and Noel who stayed to stave him. All that's known was that Jin was heavily wounded to the point of bedridden and Noel was thankfully just lightly wounded. But Ragna's gone, now a mindless beast and probably a core of the Imperator's Takemikazuchi Embryo and will have to be put down for good by the next game... [[CosmicPlaything our hero, ladies and gentlemen]]. Damn it, Ragna...!]]

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* Litchi's Arcade run and eventually in ''Chronophantasma''. [[spoiler:On top of being beaten by Rachel, she was brutally told by Rachel the consequence of insisting on saving Arakune and joining the NOL: Kokonoe considered her crossing her MoralEventHorizon and declared her an enemy that she can kill, and her acts act of fighting Bang enabled Relius to snatch his Rettenjou and quicken the Day of Destruction, since it is capable of creating an anti-Seithr ''nuke'', and it's mostly Litchi's fault for being insistent. Even if Rachel [[JerkassHasAPoint had a point]], it's still too much for poor Litchi, learning that she hurts more than she helps, she was played for chumps by evil, she ruined her bonds with her other friends that cared for her (especially Kokonoe)... and the scene ends with Litchi on all four, genuinely crying out of remorse.]] It's times like this you may be tempted to give Boobie Lady a hug... her allegiance be damned.
* The climax of the Chronophantasma story, it's ''hard'' to watch [[spoiler:Bang Shishigami breaking down down, witnessing that Litchi has remorsefully sided with Relius to create a world where Lotte Carmine lives, meaning that every one of his fantasies of her being a perfect PuritySue was were shattered, ''hard'', and he couldn't even lift his a finger to defend from Litchi's attack. Then it was ''also'' compounded with Carl, his 'Apprentice #2', ''also threw throwing his lot to Relius'' just for the cure of Ada. And not just from Bang, you'll also feel sorry for both Litchi and Carl having to beat up Bang despite apologizing apologizing, as they already considered him a great friend, but they have been too invested to in their goal goals, which ''had to lie in Relius' palms'' of all things that they can't stop. Though Bang managed to persevere, succeed his mission and later both Litchi and Carl could reverse their misfortune of being manipulated by Relius, it's pretty sad that their friendship could never be the same again... And to compound this on Bang? His 'Apprentice #3', Platinum, ''died'' supposedly ''dies'' against Terumi outside his sight, meaning that there's only Tao remaining that he knew as his Apprentice...]]
* The resolution as well. [[spoiler:Ragna has finally destroyed Gigant: Takemikazuchi and even saved Nu-13 from its core! Well... ''cue the cruelest YankTheDogsChain to commence'': Nu rises back and ''backstabs'' him and the Imperator uses a trigger word that turns Ragna into a beastly abomination nearly similar to his CS Bad End form, and all he could can do is to urge Jin, Noel and Celica to run off as he eventually went complete wgoes completely berserk, and attacks Jin and Noel who stayed to stave him. All that's known was that Jin was heavily wounded to the point of bedridden and Noel was thankfully just lightly wounded. But Ragna's gone, now a mindless beast and probably a core of the Imperator's Takemikazuchi Embryo and will likely have to be put down for good by the next game... [[CosmicPlaything our hero, ladies and gentlemen]]. Damn it, Ragna...!]]



* [[spoiler: Nine's motivations, as revealed in ''Central Fiction''. She wants to destroy the world and recreate it like many of the other villains we've seen in this story. Terumi wants a decadent world where people sin for his amusement. Relius wants a world where he could start humanity anew by killing everyone and replacing them with his "perfect" dolls. Izanami wants the world destroyed, leaving a desolate wasteland where nothing can survive. All of their desires require that the Amaterasu unit be destroyed. What does Nine want? Retribution for what the Amaterasu unit has done to her family. Her father Shuichiro Ayatsuki's life became consumed by its presence, causing him to develop a machine that used his own daughter, Nine's sister (Celica), to power it. She herself was killed by Terumi, who killed her sister later in life, causing her to be cloned and technically reborn by her daughter Kokonoe, who is consumed by hate and a desire for revenge against Terumi. And to top it all off? Her husband Jubei is now a wanted fugitive, framed by Terumi in order to keep his betrayal of the Six Heroes a secret. One of her comrades, Hakumen, found out about Terumi's betrayal and sacrificed himself in an attempt to end Terumi, causing him to be reborn in a very fragile state which could result in his erasure from existence. You thought Ragna's backstory was tragic? After reading this, you can't help but feel sympathy for why Nine is acting this way.]]

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* [[spoiler: Nine's motivations, as revealed in ''Central Fiction''. She wants to destroy the world and recreate it like many of the other villains we've seen in this story. Terumi wants a decadent world where people sin for his amusement. Relius wants a world where he could start humanity anew by killing everyone and replacing them with his "perfect" dolls. Izanami wants the world destroyed, leaving a desolate wasteland where nothing can survive. All of their desires require that the Amaterasu unit be destroyed. What does Nine want? Retribution for what the Amaterasu unit has done to her family. Her father Shuichiro Ayatsuki's life became consumed by its presence, causing him to develop a machine that used his own daughter, Nine's sister (Celica), sister(Celica), to power it. She herself was killed by Terumi, who killed her sister later in life, causing her to be cloned and technically reborn by her daughter Kokonoe, who is consumed by hate and a desire for revenge against Terumi. And to top it all off? Her husband Jubei is now a wanted fugitive, framed by Terumi in order to keep his betrayal of the Six Heroes a secret. One of her comrades, Hakumen, found out about Terumi's betrayal and sacrificed himself in an attempt to end Terumi, causing him to be reborn in a very fragile state which could result in his erasure from existence. You thought Ragna's backstory was tragic? After reading this, you can't help but feel sympathy for why Nine is Nine; no wonder she's acting this way.]]



** [[spoiler: And then Story Mode reveals why she wants to restart everything. The entirety of Act 1? That was her getting to know the innermost desires of the cast members. The Story Mode reveals that she's not a FallenHero after all, but rather a WellIntentionedExtremist. Nine hates Amaterasu because it's done absolutely nothing to help the suffering of others, yet it gets to continuously reset everything because it never gets her desired outcome, which is eventually revealed to be Ragna saving it because it contains a part of Saya's soul. Simply put, it's a god PoweredByAForsakenChild, and that child only cares about one thing while not caring about anything else. Nine is fed up with there not actually being any god, and wants to kill Amaterasu to replace it with a secret 11th Nox Nyctores named Gaisou: Requiem. It's not Take-Mikazuchi, but rather a replica that runs off of Nine's own life force so she can perform Phenomenon Interventions on the scale of Amaterasu. As the new god of the world, she intends to give everyone a happy life free of suffering. This puts her at odds with Ragna, who rather than kill Amaterasu wants to [[ChronicHeroSyndrome save it]] by denying its desire, as well as the desires of everyone else so that the passage of time can finally move forward. The two clash, and Ragna fatally wounds her. Nine finally sees the error of her ways and asks Celica not to heal her. Nine then pulls a HeroicSacrifice that will buy Ragna one extra week to stop Izanami by using her remaining life force to power Gaisou: Requiem.]]

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** [[spoiler: And then Story Mode reveals why she wants to restart everything. The entirety of Act 1? That was her getting to know the innermost desires of the cast members. The Story Mode reveals that she's not a FallenHero after all, but rather a WellIntentionedExtremist. Nine hates Amaterasu because it's done absolutely nothing to help the suffering of others, yet it gets to continuously reset everything because it never gets her desired outcome, which is eventually revealed to be Ragna saving it because it contains a part of Saya's soul. Simply put, it's a god PoweredByAForsakenChild, and that child only cares about one thing while not caring about anything else. Nine is fed up with there not actually being any god, and wants to kill Amaterasu to replace it with a secret 11th Nox Nyctores named Gaisou: Requiem. It's not Take-Mikazuchi, but rather a replica that runs off of Nine's own life force so she can perform Phenomenon Interventions on the scale of Amaterasu. As the new god of the world, she intends to give everyone a happy life free of suffering. This puts her at odds with Ragna, who who, rather than kill Amaterasu Amaterasu, wants to [[ChronicHeroSyndrome save it]] by denying its desire, as well as the desires of everyone else so that the passage of time can finally move forward. The two clash, and Ragna fatally wounds her. Nine finally sees the error of her ways and asks Celica not to heal her. Nine then pulls a HeroicSacrifice that will buy Ragna one extra week to stop Izanami by using her remaining life force to power Gaisou: Requiem.]]



* Carl's arcade ending in Act 2 of CF is quite tragic. Izanami gives Carl a fragment of the Azure, which shows his desired world - being together with his sister again. [[spoiler: The vision is suddenly twisted back into harsh reality, and [[ForegoneConclusion she gets turned into Nirvana anyway]]. Izanami says that his desires are being overruled by a higher-ranked Entitled, and that in order for his wish be granted, he must kill that Entitled - Noel Vermillion. (that's one of his former FRIENDS, by the way). Poor kid can't catch a break...]][[spoiler:Except Act 3 crosses this over into NightmareFuel, as it's shown Carl would ''happily'' kill Noel without a second thought if it'll bring Ada back.]]
** And when Bang hears this intent in his own Arcade at Act 3, the reaction was just also equally sad: [[spoiler:Carl pretty much has embraced the fact that Bang has been so far ineffectual with his 'justice', none of the notions of 'good and evil' matter anymore to Carl, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality his justice 'Whatever methods that can save Ada']]. Bang just failed as a master overall, and what makes things worse, Carl happily and eerily hints that Litchi is probably thinking the same as him (except replace 'Ada' with 'Roy'), meaning that Bang ''failed'' to redeem his love again, and deep down you just know why he failed: He focused too much on his noble duty on the restoration of Ikaruga as his own desire that he fails to actually help those two that they went astray. And to rub the salt in the wound? In his final battle, he got sucker-punched by Nu while fighting Nine, and then had the hope of Ikaruga, the Phoenix Rettenjou, snatched right in front of his eyes. All in all, that was ''really'' [[DarkestHour the lowest situation Bang fell into]]: Not only he failed to save those close to him, ''he even failed his country.'']]

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* Carl's arcade ending in Act 2 of CF is quite tragic. Izanami gives Carl a fragment of the Azure, which shows his desired world - being together with his sister again. [[spoiler: The vision is suddenly twisted back into harsh reality, and [[ForegoneConclusion she gets turned into Nirvana anyway]]. Izanami says that his desires are being overruled by a higher-ranked Entitled, and that in order for his wish be granted, he must kill that Entitled - Noel Vermillion. (that's (That's one of his former FRIENDS, by the way). Poor kid can't catch a break...]][[spoiler:Except Act 3 crosses this over into NightmareFuel, as it's shown Carl would ''happily'' kill Noel without a second thought if it'll it would bring Ada back.]]
** And when Bang hears this intent in his own Arcade at Act 3, the reaction was just also equally sad: [[spoiler:Carl pretty much has embraced the fact that Bang has been so far ineffectual with his 'justice', and none of the notions of 'good and evil' matter anymore to Carl, [[BlueAndOrangeMorality his justice has become 'Whatever methods that can save Ada']]. Bang just failed as a master overall, and what makes things worse, Carl happily and eerily hints that Litchi is probably thinking the same as him (except replace 'Ada' with 'Roy'), meaning that Bang ''failed'' to redeem his love again, and deep down you just know why he failed: He focused too much on his noble duty on of the restoration of Ikaruga as his own desire that he fails failed to actually help those two that two, and they went astray. And to rub the salt in the wound? In his final battle, he got sucker-punched by Nu while fighting Nine, and then had the hope of Ikaruga, the Phoenix Rettenjou, snatched right in front of his eyes. All in all, that was ''really'' [[DarkestHour the lowest situation Bang fell into]]: Not only had he failed to save those close to him, ''he even failed his country.'']]



* The way Ragna [[spoiler:screams Saya's name when using Overdrive against Izanami. Unlike every character, whose name he sames to yell in anger, he desperately and pitifully cries out for her, trying to wake her up from Izanami's control]].

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* The way Ragna [[spoiler:screams Saya's name when using Overdrive against Izanami. Unlike every character, Jin and Terumi, whose name names he sames to yell yells in anger, he desperately and pitifully cries out for her, trying to wake her up from Izanami's control]].



** [[spoiler: It all comes to a head in his ending, where he rushes Izanami, sword at the ready...and then Izanami lets herself be stabbed. She then congratulates him for actually doing it. All while he's now undergoing the mother of all MyGodWhatHaveIDone moments.]]
* [[spoiler: And then there's the overall conclusion of Act 2. Izanami has told almost all of the main cast that in order to make their desires come true, ''they have to kill Noel'' (the girl inside Amaterasu). Naturally, a lot of characters are horrified at this revelation (mainly Makoto, Tsubaki, Bang, and Kagura) that they have to turn against the poor girl who's suffered so much throughout the entire series. '''''Damn you, Izanami!''''' Of course, this is presuming she's telling the 100% God's honest truth on this...]]
** [[spoiler:Let's go over Makoto's deal for a bit: the girl's had to stare down racism's ugly head for years, Noel's one of the first people to accept her as a ''person'', she's had a boss who made at least one attempt on her life, said boss has made life miserable for her and Noel whenever possible, and now Izanami is telling Makoto to kill the girl. If it were just that, it'd be nothing special, but Izanami explicitly states that, since the Noel in the Master Unit is overwriting the desires of the other Entitled, Makoto's wish - to live a peaceful, happy life with her friends and family - is nothing short of a '''''paradox'''''. If Makoto is crying in any capacity after that, it's due to either anguish or, more likely, unbridled '''rage'''. Knowing Makoto, she's wont to do everything in her power to fulfill her wish without sacrificing either Noel, but if Izanami's statement turns out to be reality after all...]]

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** [[spoiler: It all comes to a head in his Act 2 ending, where he rushes Izanami, sword at the ready...and then Izanami lets herself be stabbed. She then congratulates him for actually doing it. All while he's now undergoing the mother of all MyGodWhatHaveIDone moments.]]
* [[spoiler: And then there's the overall conclusion of Act 2. Izanami has told almost all of the main cast that in order to make their desires come true, ''they have to kill Noel'' (the girl inside Amaterasu). Naturally, a lot of characters are horrified at this revelation (mainly revelation(mainly Makoto, Tsubaki, Bang, and Kagura) that they have to turn against the poor girl who's suffered so much throughout the entire series. '''''Damn you, Izanami!''''' Of course, this is presuming she's telling the 100% God's honest truth on this...]]
** [[spoiler:Let's go over Makoto's deal for a bit: the girl's had to stare down racism's ugly head for years, Noel's one of the first people to accept her as a ''person'', she's had a boss who made at least more than one attempt on her life, said boss has made life miserable for her and Noel whenever possible, and now Izanami is telling Makoto to kill the girl. If it were just that, it'd be nothing special, but Izanami explicitly states that, since the Noel in the Master Unit is overwriting the desires of the other Entitled, Makoto's wish - to live a peaceful, happy life with her friends and family - is nothing short of a '''''paradox'''''. If Makoto is crying in any capacity after that, it's due to either anguish or, more likely, unbridled '''rage'''. Knowing Makoto, she's wont won't to do everything in her power to fulfill her wish without sacrificing either Noel, but if Izanami's statement turns out to be reality after all...]]



** Come the actual story mode proper, and we finally know the truth about the former Imperator. [[spoiler: She ''is'' Saya. Well, a SoulFragment of her anyway. When Terumi and Relius tortured Saya, they broke her soul apart into three fragments, with each ending up developing their own will. The original Saya is the girl in the Master Unit, who continues to reset and destroy everything because Ragna doesn't come for her no matter the possibility. Noel is all of the good aspects of Saya, and is the one closest to her original personality. Noel represents Saya's desire to see her brother again. But while Noel represents all of Saya's positive aspects, there must also be a counterbalance. Enter Izanami, who represents all of Saya's negative emotions, essentially acting as her "will" the same way Terumi is the will of Susanoo. Izanami represents Saya's pain and hate towards Terumi and Relius forcing her into repeating everything , and wants to destroy this world that she's forced to recreate over and over again. Izanami's last moments as Noel begins to absorb her, while awesome because it means that Saya will essentially be reborn, are still quite sad. She's ''scared shitless'' over Noel absorbing her, and when it finally does happen, her last words are a terrified "Brother...!" before she fades away into Noel's subconscious.]]

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** Come the actual story mode proper, and we finally know the truth about the former Imperator. [[spoiler: She ''is'' Saya. Well, a SoulFragment of her anyway. When Terumi and Relius tortured Saya, they broke her soul apart into three fragments, with each ending up developing their own will. The original Saya is the girl in the Master Unit, who continues to reset and destroy everything because Ragna doesn't come for her no matter the possibility. Noel is all of the good aspects of Saya, and is the one closest to her original personality. Noel who represents Saya's desire to see her brother again.again, and is the one closest to her original personality. But while Noel represents all of Saya's positive aspects, there must also be a counterbalance. Enter Izanami, who represents all of Saya's negative emotions, essentially acting as her "will" the same way Terumi is the will of Susanoo. Izanami represents Saya's pain and hate towards Terumi and Relius forcing her into repeating everything , everything, and wants to destroy this world that she's forced to recreate over and over again. Izanami's last moments as Noel begins to absorb her, while awesome because it means that Saya will essentially be reborn, are still quite sad. She's ''scared shitless'' over Noel absorbing her, and when it finally does happen, her last words are a terrified "Brother...!" before she fades away into Noel's subconscious.]]



* You know how throughout the series Ragna would always threaten to make Rachel cry after she pissed him off? By the end of Central Fiction, [[HarsherInHindsight he succeeded]]. [[spoiler:And what's worse is that she can't even remember who the person that is making her cry is.]]

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* You know how throughout the series series, Ragna would always threaten to make Rachel cry after she pissed him off? By the end of Central Fiction, [[HarsherInHindsight he succeeded]]. [[spoiler:And what's worse is that she can't even remember who the person that is that's making her cry is.]]
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* Sadder still? Ragna actually did have a friend whose circumstances paralleled his own, and could have perhaps been on his side under different circumstances: [[spoiler: '''Nine'''. She met Ragna in the past, back when he had amnesia and was known as Bloodedge, and made a promise with him that resulted in Celica's life being saved from being sacrificed and the world's destruction being halted. She had gratitude towards him for his aid. That all went to shit when Susanoo killed Nine and threw her into the Boundary, where she learned that the man who helped save her sister Celica and helped prevent a world-ending calamity was the apple of a god's eye. A god that she hated because its inaction resulted in her family and friends suffering, and the world taking a dark turn at the hands of the god's EvilCounterpart. This single revelation made her hate the ally she once placed absolute faith in to save the world. ]]

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* Sadder still? Ragna actually did have a friend whose circumstances paralleled his own, and could have perhaps been on his side under different circumstances: [[spoiler: '''Nine'''. She met Ragna in the past, back when he had amnesia and was known as Bloodedge, and made a promise with him that resulted in Celica's life being saved from being sacrificed and the world's destruction being halted. She had gratitude towards him for his aid. That all went to shit when Susanoo killed Nine and threw her into the Boundary, where she learned that the man who helped save her sister Celica and helped prevent a world-ending calamity was the apple of a god's eye. A god that she hated because its inaction resulted in her family and friends suffering, and the world taking a dark turn at the hands of the god's EvilCounterpart. This single revelation made her hate the ally she once placed absolute faith in to save the world. ]]
* [[spoiler: '''Hakumen's death.''' Yes, many [[DeathFlag flags]] were tripped and it was heavily foreshadowed, but he goes out in one of the most undignified and cruel ways imaginable - getting backstabbed by Terumi's Hihiirokane-enhanced Ouroboros, having his soul yanked out of them, and then crushed in Terumi's palm. Terumi essentially ripped out Hakumen's "heart" and destroyed it right before his eyes, and there was absolutely nothing he could do about it. Worse still is that this came ''right after'' Hakumen redeemed himself. He saved Tsubaki, whom he failed to save before at the hands of Nu, and beat the ever-loving shit out of Nu until she was comatose, making his demise ADeathInTheLimelight. Tsubaki herself took this especially hard, seeing her idol die in front of her.
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29th Oct '16 2:46:55 AM Vulcan422
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* Just when you thought Ragna couldn't be more of a tragic character, piecing together several critical plot details of the ''Central Fiction'' story mode reveals that he has had absolutely no control over his own life and destiny, and the cruel wheel of fate forced him into becoming the bitter, hateful, vengeful AntiHero we were introduced to in ''CT''. [[spoiler: He is the titular "Central Fiction". That is to say, he's the hero of the story Rachel told him in ''CP''. The girl who wants to be saved is Amaterasu herself, the Origin, a godlike being PoweredByAForsakenChild who desires only to see the person who matters to her the most again, but in her hysteria due to not getting her wish continued to make the timeline and suffering of everybody else repeat for eternity. To her, only Ragna mattered, and the rest of the cast have suffered because of her wish. The monster and villain of the story? Susanoo, AKA Yuuki Terumi. Ragna and Susanoo were destined to be enemies from the very beginning. Because of Susanoo's hate and spitefulness towards Amaterasu, he actively went out of his way to target the person she wanted to save her. At long last, the reason Susanoo really has a bone to pick with Ragna is finally revealed: because he's the one that his sister has designated to kill him, he devoted himself to making Ragna suffer. He tore his family apart, killed his adoptive mother, burned down his home, and ruined his life and reputation by framing him as a destructive force of nature, all out of spite. It's immensely satisfying to see his ultimate plan to kill Amaterasu and become the new, evil god of the world go horribly awry due to the [[GoneHorriblyRight very monster he shaped]]. Sadder still? Nine was actually friends with Ragna in the past, back when he had amnesia and was known as Bloodedge. That all went to shit when Susanoo killed Nine and threw her into the Boundary, where she learned that the man who helped save her sister Celica and helped prevent a world-ending calamity was the apple of a god's eye. A god that she hated because its inaction resulted in her family and friends suffering, and the world taking a dark turn at the hands of the god's EvilCounterpart. This single revelation made her hate the ally she once placed absolute faith in to save the world. The point of Ragna's entire existence is to [[MessianicArchetype suffer, struggle, and eventually die]] for the sake of the world, sacrificing his own chances at happiness so that the world of the people he's come to know and even love, which has eased his hardened heart and soul, can live on without fate fucking them over.]]

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* Just when you thought Ragna couldn't be more of a tragic character, piecing together several critical plot details of the ''Central Fiction'' story mode reveals that he has had absolutely no control over his own life and destiny, and the cruel wheel of fate forced him into becoming the bitter, hateful, vengeful AntiHero we were introduced to in ''CT''. [[spoiler: He is the titular "Central Fiction". That is to say, he's the hero of the story Rachel told him in ''CP''. The girl who wants to be saved is Amaterasu herself, the Origin, a godlike being PoweredByAForsakenChild who desires only to see the person who matters to her the most again, but in her hysteria due to not getting her wish continued to make the timeline and suffering of everybody else repeat for eternity. To her, only Ragna mattered, and the rest of the cast have suffered because of her wish. The monster and villain of the story? Susanoo, AKA Yuuki Terumi. Ragna and Susanoo were destined to be enemies from the very beginning. Because of Susanoo's hate and spitefulness towards Amaterasu, he actively went out of his way to target the person she wanted to save her. At long last, the reason Susanoo really has a bone to pick with Ragna is finally revealed: because he's the one that his sister has designated to kill him, he devoted himself to making Ragna suffer. He tore his family apart, killed his adoptive mother, burned down his home, and ruined his life and reputation by framing him as a destructive force of nature, all out of spite. It's immensely satisfying to see his ultimate plan to kill Amaterasu and become the new, evil god of the world go horribly awry due to the [[GoneHorriblyRight very monster he shaped]]. shaped]], but Susanoo's legacy still lingers like a curse from beyond the grave. His actions turned an innocent boy who only wanted to live in peace with his family and protect them into a sad wreck of a man writhing with bitterness and hate, who is eventually forced to [[MessianicArchetype suffer, struggle, and eventually die]] for the sake of the world, sacrificing his own chances at happiness so that the world of the people he's come to know and even love, which has eased his pained heart and soul, can live on without fate fucking them over.]]
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Sadder still? Nine was Ragna actually friends with did have a friend whose circumstances paralleled his own, and could have perhaps been on his side under different circumstances: [[spoiler: '''Nine'''. She met Ragna in the past, back when he had amnesia and was known as Bloodedge.Bloodedge, and made a promise with him that resulted in Celica's life being saved from being sacrificed and the world's destruction being halted. She had gratitude towards him for his aid. That all went to shit when Susanoo killed Nine and threw her into the Boundary, where she learned that the man who helped save her sister Celica and helped prevent a world-ending calamity was the apple of a god's eye. A god that she hated because its inaction resulted in her family and friends suffering, and the world taking a dark turn at the hands of the god's EvilCounterpart. This single revelation made her hate the ally she once placed absolute faith in to save the world. The point of Ragna's entire existence is to [[MessianicArchetype suffer, struggle, and eventually die]] for the sake of the world, sacrificing his own chances at happiness so that the world of the people he's come to know and even love, which has eased his hardened heart and soul, can live on without fate fucking them over.]]
29th Oct '16 2:37:10 AM Vulcan422
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* Just when you thought Ragna couldn't be more of a tragic character, ''Central Fiction'' reveals that he had absolutely no control over his own life and destiny, and because of this was forced to suffer and become the jaded, angry, vengeful young man we were introduced to in ''CT''. [[spoiler: He is the titular "Central Fiction". That is to say, he's the hero of the story Rachel told him in ''CP''. The girl who wants to be saved is Amaterasu herself, the Origin. The monster and villain of the story? Susanoo, AKA Yuuki Terumi. Ragna and Susanoo were destined to be enemies from the very beginning. Because of Susanoo's hate and spitefulness towards Amaterasu, he actively went out of his way to target the person she wanted to save her. At long last, the reason Susanoo really has a bone to pick with Ragna is because he's the one that his sister has designated to kill him. Enraged, he devoted himself to making Ragna suffer, but that only made him strong enough to end him by the time the two finally clashed at the end of Story Mode. Susanoo then began to put plans into motion to prevent Amaterasu from getting her wish while furthering his own plans to kill her and take over as god of the world. This is the reason why Ragna has been targeted and designated as someone to be feared and hated for his entire life. Nine especially hates that Ragna is the reason why Amaterasu has done nothing to help her and everyone else in the cast affected by her feud with Susanoo, despite befriending him in ''Phase Shift'' as Bloodedge.]]

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* Just when you thought Ragna couldn't be more of a tragic character, piecing together several critical plot details of the ''Central Fiction'' story mode reveals that he has had absolutely no control over his own life and destiny, and because the cruel wheel of this was fate forced to suffer and become him into becoming the jaded, angry, bitter, hateful, vengeful young man AntiHero we were introduced to in ''CT''. [[spoiler: He is the titular "Central Fiction". That is to say, he's the hero of the story Rachel told him in ''CP''. The girl who wants to be saved is Amaterasu herself, the Origin.Origin, a godlike being PoweredByAForsakenChild who desires only to see the person who matters to her the most again, but in her hysteria due to not getting her wish continued to make the timeline and suffering of everybody else repeat for eternity. To her, only Ragna mattered, and the rest of the cast have suffered because of her wish. The monster and villain of the story? Susanoo, AKA Yuuki Terumi. Ragna and Susanoo were destined to be enemies from the very beginning. Because of Susanoo's hate and spitefulness towards Amaterasu, he actively went out of his way to target the person she wanted to save her. At long last, the reason Susanoo really has a bone to pick with Ragna is finally revealed: because he's the one that his sister has designated to kill him. Enraged, him, he devoted himself to making Ragna suffer, but that only made suffer. He tore his family apart, killed his adoptive mother, burned down his home, and ruined his life and reputation by framing him strong enough as a destructive force of nature, all out of spite. It's immensely satisfying to end him by the time the two finally clashed at the end of Story Mode. Susanoo then began see his ultimate plan to put plans into motion to prevent kill Amaterasu from getting her wish while furthering his own plans to kill her and take over as become the new, evil god of the world go horribly awry due to the [[GoneHorriblyRight very monster he shaped]]. Sadder still? Nine was actually friends with Ragna in the past, back when he had amnesia and was known as Bloodedge. That all went to shit when Susanoo killed Nine and threw her into the Boundary, where she learned that the man who helped save her sister Celica and helped prevent a world-ending calamity was the apple of a god's eye. A god that she hated because its inaction resulted in her family and friends suffering, and the world taking a dark turn at the hands of the god's EvilCounterpart. This single revelation made her hate the ally she once placed absolute faith in to save the world. This is the reason why Ragna has been targeted and designated as someone to be feared and hated for his The point of Ragna's entire life. Nine especially hates existence is to [[MessianicArchetype suffer, struggle, and eventually die]] for the sake of the world, sacrificing his own chances at happiness so that Ragna is the reason why Amaterasu world of the people he's come to know and even love, which has done nothing to help her eased his hardened heart and everyone else in the cast affected by her feud with Susanoo, despite befriending him in ''Phase Shift'' as Bloodedge.soul, can live on without fate fucking them over.]]
27th Oct '16 3:06:19 PM santos32
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** That final shot; the group hug you see as the page image? [[HarsherInHindsight It gets worse when you factor in the context.]] [[spoiler:Ragna, Jin and Saya (now Noel) had finally been reunited after years of tragedy after tragedy: Terumi manipulating the fire that initially separated them, Saya being split and the creation of Noel and Izanami and Ragna and Jin's rivalry over their shared loss. ''Chronophantasma'' saw their reunion come into motion with their alignment against the Imperator, but it was not until ''Central Fiction'' where Saya would finally return through Noel, and by then her brothers have put aside their feud for the common good. That hug you see is one of the first and last acts they share together as a family, compounded by Ragna delivering some brotherly advice to Jin and Noel, who tearfully and desperately wish that he could stay with them.]]
** [[spoiler:There's also Jin's final attempt at killing Ragna. He explains that it is his own attempt to preserve Ragna's existence and memory instead of having it disappear with him into the Boundary. Gone was the murderous and psychotic rage that fueled Jin in ''Calamity Trigger'' and ''Continuum Shift'', and in its place is a desire to hold on to his brother at all costs.]]
25th Oct '16 6:56:34 PM contrafanxxx
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* Ragna's final fate: He [[spoiler: '''''[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence no]] [[TheHeroDies longer]] [[HeroicSacrifice exists]].''''' He uses his last moments of living in this world to single-handedly stop every single one of the villains. He wounds Nine and makes her see the error of her ways, with her eventually succumbing to her wounds while helping him. He kills Izanami, but also saves her because it's revealed that she's a fragment of Saya, who Noel merges with to complete her revival as Saya. He faces Terumi, who is actually the demon god Takehaya Susanoo and the sworn enemy of the Amaterasu unit, and ends him once and for all. But after everything is said and done, his corruption begins to take over. He settles the score with his brother Jin at long last, before bidding his siblings and Rachel goodbye. In his last moments, he meets with Amane and has one last conversation with him before entering the Master Unit to become its new core. He overcame everything thrown at him and saved the world, deciding to become its new god and protector, but in becoming the new Amaterasu unit and returning to the Boundary, '''he took away everyone's memories of him''' just so they wouldn't suffer or be sad about losing him. Rest in peace, Grim Reaper. You've earned it.]]

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* Ragna's final fate: He [[spoiler: '''''[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence no]] [[TheHeroDies longer]] [[HeroicSacrifice longer]] [[{{Retgone}} exists]].''''' He uses his last moments of living in this world to single-handedly stop every single one of the villains. He wounds Nine and makes her see the error of her ways, with her eventually succumbing to her wounds while helping him. He kills Izanami, but also saves her because it's revealed that she's a fragment of Saya, who Noel merges with to complete her revival as Saya. He faces Terumi, who is actually the demon god Takehaya Susanoo and the sworn enemy of the Amaterasu unit, and ends him once and for all. But after everything is said and done, his corruption begins to take over. He settles the score with his brother Jin at long last, before bidding his siblings and Rachel goodbye. In his last moments, he meets with Amane and has one last conversation with him before entering the Master Unit to become its new core. He overcame everything thrown at him and saved the world, deciding to become its new god and protector, but in becoming the new Amaterasu unit and returning to the Boundary, '''he took away everyone's memories of him''' just so they wouldn't suffer or be sad about losing him. Rest in peace, Grim Reaper. You've earned it.]]
24th Oct '16 3:35:29 AM Vulcan422
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* You know how throughout the series Ragna would always threaten to make Rachel cry after she pissed him off? By the end of Central Fiction, [[HarsherInHindsight he succeeded]]. [[spoiler:And what's worse is that she can't even remember who the person that is making her cry is.]]

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* You know how throughout the series Ragna would always threaten to make Rachel cry after she pissed him off? By the end of Central Fiction, [[HarsherInHindsight he succeeded]]. [[spoiler:And what's worse is that she can't even remember who the person that is making her cry is.]]
* Just when you thought Ragna couldn't be more of a tragic character, ''Central Fiction'' reveals that he had absolutely no control over his own life and destiny, and because of this was forced to suffer and become the jaded, angry, vengeful young man we were introduced to in ''CT''. [[spoiler: He is the titular "Central Fiction". That is to say, he's the hero of the story Rachel told him in ''CP''. The girl who wants to be saved is Amaterasu herself, the Origin. The monster and villain of the story? Susanoo, AKA Yuuki Terumi. Ragna and Susanoo were destined to be enemies from the very beginning. Because of Susanoo's hate and spitefulness towards Amaterasu, he actively went out of his way to target the person she wanted to save her. At long last, the reason Susanoo really has a bone to pick with Ragna is because he's the one that his sister has designated to kill him. Enraged, he devoted himself to making Ragna suffer, but that only made him strong enough to end him by the time the two finally clashed at the end of Story Mode. Susanoo then began to put plans into motion to prevent Amaterasu from getting her wish while furthering his own plans to kill her and take over as god of the world. This is the reason why Ragna has been targeted and designated as someone to be feared and hated for his entire life. Nine especially hates that Ragna is the reason why Amaterasu has done nothing to help her and everyone else in the cast affected by her feud with Susanoo, despite befriending him in ''Phase Shift'' as Bloodedge.
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23rd Oct '16 2:18:31 PM tropes-senpai
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* Ragna's final fate: [[spoiler: '''''[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence No]] [[TheHeroDies longer]] [[HeroicSacrifice exists]].''''' He uses his last moments of living in this world to single-handedly stop every single one of the villains. He wounds Nine and makes her see the error of her ways, with her eventually succumbing to her wounds while helping him. He kills Izanami, but also saves her because it's revealed that she's a fragment of Saya, who Noel merges with to complete her revival as Saya. He faces Terumi, who is actually the demon god Takehaya Susanoo and the sworn enemy of the Amaterasu unit, and ends him once and for all. But after everything is said and done, his corruption begins to take over. He settles the score with his brother Jin at long last, before bidding his siblings and Rachel, the only woman who ever truly loved him, goodbye. In his last moments, he meets with Amane and has one last conversation with him before entering the Master Unit to become its new core. He overcame everything thrown at him and saved the world, deciding to become its new god and protector, but in becoming the new Amaterasu unit and returning to the Boundary, '''he took away everyone's memories of him''' just so they wouldn't suffer or be sad about losing him. Rest in peace, Grim Reaper. You've earned it.]]

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* Ragna's final fate: He [[spoiler: '''''[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence No]] no]] [[TheHeroDies longer]] [[HeroicSacrifice exists]].''''' He uses his last moments of living in this world to single-handedly stop every single one of the villains. He wounds Nine and makes her see the error of her ways, with her eventually succumbing to her wounds while helping him. He kills Izanami, but also saves her because it's revealed that she's a fragment of Saya, who Noel merges with to complete her revival as Saya. He faces Terumi, who is actually the demon god Takehaya Susanoo and the sworn enemy of the Amaterasu unit, and ends him once and for all. But after everything is said and done, his corruption begins to take over. He settles the score with his brother Jin at long last, before bidding his siblings and Rachel, the only woman who ever truly loved him, Rachel goodbye. In his last moments, he meets with Amane and has one last conversation with him before entering the Master Unit to become its new core. He overcame everything thrown at him and saved the world, deciding to become its new god and protector, but in becoming the new Amaterasu unit and returning to the Boundary, '''he took away everyone's memories of him''' just so they wouldn't suffer or be sad about losing him. Rest in peace, Grim Reaper. You've earned it.]]
19th Oct '16 10:20:39 AM Hollownerox
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* You know how throughout the series Ragna would always threaten to make Rachel cry after she pissed him off? By the end of Central Fiction, [[HarsherInHindsight he's succeeded]]. [[spoiler:And what's worse is that she can't even remember who the person that is making her cry is.]]

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* You know how throughout the series Ragna would always threaten to make Rachel cry after she pissed him off? By the end of Central Fiction, [[HarsherInHindsight he's he succeeded]]. [[spoiler:And what's worse is that she can't even remember who the person that is making her cry is.]]
19th Oct '16 10:20:16 AM Hollownerox
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* You know how throughout the series Ragna would always threaten to make Rachel cry after she pissed him off? By the end of Central Fiction, [[HasherInHindsight he's succeeded]]. [[spoiler:And what's worse is that she can't even remember who the person that is making her cry is.]]

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* You know how throughout the series Ragna would always threaten to make Rachel cry after she pissed him off? By the end of Central Fiction, [[HasherInHindsight [[HarsherInHindsight he's succeeded]]. [[spoiler:And what's worse is that she can't even remember who the person that is making her cry is.]]
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