We get to see Haruto struggling once again and this time is with his belief in himself. He blames himself for Rinko being hurt and it's because of his talk. He says he is the only one who can fight the Phantoms and protect others. This mindset lets him open as our good friend Kizaki tells him this. He tells Haruto that he has to protect the ones he has gotten close to and then with him saying what Haruto said before it comes back and hits him when Koyomi talks to him. He learns that he is a savior and he cannot stop doing this. The last time there was a huge resolve for him was when he confronted his fear of death and sees that his moment of despair was when he got hope. So now he has achieved a much higher goal for being a savior since he has to keep moving on for the future. Haruto is still a very good rider and his actor is still doing well. His character still keeps that high "A" I gave him before.
This episode gives Phoenix a great send off. He was a very strong villain who fought for passion. He was a constant struggle for Haruto and I love how the series goes to the high road for this. Along with some great character moments and some nice looking effects. Another A+ episode.
Next Time: Calm down Kousuke!