I went back and capped the end of the Phoenix arc and the end of the Gremlin arc. I couldn’t remember the exact conversation at the end of the Phoenix arc, so I thought maybe the two arcs ended in a mirror of each other, with Rinko giving back the same advice Haruto had given to her.
But that’s not the case at all, and in actuality it does something very odd and unexpected. (What she tells him is actually a reiteration of what Koyomi told him earlier int he last episode of the Phoenix arc, which on it’s own says something about the presence of these two women in Haruto’s life. But that’s for another day.)
In the scene at the end of the Phoenix episode, Rinko, on her own, decides that she needs to be stronger. On her own she decides not to be fooled and to learn from her mistakes. She decides to put her best foot forward and fight with Haruto, magic or no magic. She makes it clear what she plans to do, and very subtly asks Haruto for his support, to be her hope so she can have the strength to do what needs to be done.
At the end of the Gremlin arc, Rinko offers that strength back to him.She reminds him that he can’t waste time regretting. There are things that need to be done. People that need to be saved. In both scenes, Rinko is the one displaying strength, first for herself and then for Haruto.
He can be her hope, and she can be his strength. Magic AND no magic, they have to see this to the end. There’s no turning back. No room for doubt, no room for regret.
In a lot of the really strongly written arcs, there is a lot of really great subtle shit going on between the two of them and I love it.