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Blaze of Glory ( 散華 / さんげ / sange / Scattering Petals ) is the sixty-fourth chapter of the Elfen Lied manga series.

Plot

Inside his office at the Diclonius Research Institute, Chief Kakuzawa sexually molests and thoroughly humiliates a naked Shirakawa. Upon finishing, he informs her that Kurama has gone to find Mariko, and that an experiment set for some months later will now take place that very day, and that it will herald the demise of humanity. He also taunts her with the fact that Kurama is unaware of the bombs implanted in his daughter's body, and all but states that he knew she was a spy, deceived by his schemes.

At the Kamakura beach-side, Mariko has used the remote control inside the late Isobe's cell phone to reset the timer on the bombs inside her body, but she is unable to shut them off entirely. As Nana urges Kurama to flee the area with her, he refuses, saying that he cannot leave Mariko's side ever again, and must give her a chance, either for redemption or vengeance. He instead begs Bando to take Nana from there, which he does reluctantly by distracting her and knocking her out. Tenderly removing his necktie, he gives it to the unconscious Nana and tells her to cheer up while saying what he believes to be their final goodbye.

As Bando withdraws, the armed riot police and SAT forces under Kurama's command move in on Mariko's position, sealing off Enoshima Park as they surround her. They find their gunfire deflected by Mariko's powerful vectors, who wonders why Kurama wants to kill her since she was born out of the love he and Hiromi had for each other.

When an offshore attack vessel launches a missile at her position, the gunfire ceases, and Kurama approaches Mariko to embrace her and tell her that he loves her, apologizing for years of constant neglect and isolation. Just as Mariko lights up and returns his love, the missile strikes and to all appearances, crushes its target.

Trivia

  • The Japanese title refers to Sange, the Buddhist ceremony of scattering petals. This ceremony is a means of repentance and to pay homage to one who's obtained the status of Buddha. The term is also an expression for someone that died young, in the midst of war, or for great glory.
  • Lucy on this chapter cover looks a bit more non-Human than on other occasions, also looking somber or perhaps even angry.
  • Due to Wikia's Terms Of Service, no pictures involving Shirakawa's degradation will be posted, and descriptions left non-explicit.

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