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♫Only living this battle I blaze...

Tari battles her way through an FPS game to prove herself to the new mysterious group that call themselves MD-5.
After their rescue by Lamar in the last episode, Tari and Theo find themselves in the company of MD-5, a trio consisting of Lamar, tech girl Sofia, and their leader Masa, with one goal in mind: bringing down Lucks and TASCorp. MD-5 reveals how they decided to rescue them after inadvertently witnessing Tari’s abilities in action while spying for info at the Speedrunner Arena. Now, in order to prove herself to Masa, Tari must duke it out with him in the shooter game Battle Blaze... which initially proves difficult for Tari since she’s never dealt with a human opponent before. Meanwhile, Lucks, finding something familiar about the symbol on Tari’s shirt, sends Belle to investigate an abandoned lab within TASCorp that he thinks might have answers...

Episode 5 provides examples of:

  • Abandoned Laboratory: Belle is sent to search through one on Lucks' orders. It appears to be the same lab as the one seen during the flashback in the intro of the first episode.
  • Big "WHAT?!": From Masa after his in-game avatar gets taken out by Theo.
  • Cliffhanger: The episode ends on Theo possibly being in danger for being outside of his game for too long, and with Belle discovering an SD card in the abandoned lab, which contains data for "Project Blue".
  • Curb-Stomp Battle / Failure Montage: Masa ends up putting Tari on the receiving end of one of these when engaging her early on in Battle Blaze.
  • Epic Fail: During the above-mentioned Failure Montage, Tari ends up emptying her clip against Masa... While flailing the camera around, missing every single shot until Masa kills her in one shot.
  • Evolving Credits: Lamar, Sofia, and Masa are now accompanying Tari and Theo on the rooftop in the opening.
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  • Flashback: The start of the episode shows footage from the first episode, though from the point of view of a drone that MD-5 was using to spy on Lucks and TAS Corp.
  • Wham Shot:
    • Theo suddenly tossing in Banana Mines at Masa's in-game avatar, and appearing in the Battle Blaze match that Tari and Masa were in.
    • The sight of Tari's crest being visible in the the Project Blue chip Belle found at the end of the episode.

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