Not a good night for the new recruits.
... well the good news is that she isn't around to molest Ange anymore. Now for the bad news...
Ange's attempt to flee battle with the dragons ends in disaster as she causes the deaths of the other new trainee and Zola, and on top of that the giant dragon escaped. Ange totaled her Paramail and is banged up from the crash, but despite what happened she is still in denial about her own situation. As punishment, Jill makes Ange haul the gravestones of the two new trainees and Zola into the cemetery on the island. Ange breaks down and tells Jill to kill her, but Jill tells Ange that if she wants to die, she'll have to do it on the battlefield.
PT as punishment is probably getting off easy.
Ange finally decides to transform into a dragon slayer.
The squad, now captained by former Vice-Captain Salia, is dispatched when the escaped dragon is located. Ange is given an old and problematic Paramail to ride to her death. Salia's squad find the dragon, but the squad runs into trouble due the dragon using some new tactics. Ange starts making suicide runs at the dragon, but she keeps dodging at the last second. The dragon finally catches Ange's Paramail and is about to eat her. At that moment, Ange discovers that Jill had given back Ange's mother's ring, and remembers that her mother told her to live on. The ring activates and gives Ange's Paramail a makeover and causes the dragon to let go. Ange then decides to become a bad-ass and singlehandedly slays the dragon with her Paramail. After the battle, Ange goes to the cemetery and cuts her hair short to signal that she had accepted her new life as a dragon slayer.
The money shot.
See, killing dragons ain't so hard for a flying bike lacrosse expert.
It took a little longer than expected for Ange to get over her old haughty self and become a bad-ass dragon slayer, as causing three horrific deaths wasn't quite enough. It was probably better this way as it's more dramatic. I'm surprised they killed off Zola the molester off so quickly, but I guess that's actually good for Ange. So far, Cross Ange has shown that it has no qualms about killing off characters in bloody manners, and so things don't bode well for the rest of the girls on the squad. The deaths in this episode showed the flaws of the Paramail design. Having the pilot exposed in flight mode while battle dragons with sharp teeth doesn't make much sense, but then again having the pilots dress in skimpy outfits make little sense either... other than for the purpose of fan service.
It looks like the ring from Ange's mom has some special powers connected to the Paramails. Ange's parents probably knew the truth about the Normas and the dragons, and we'll have to wait as the series explore the setting of this world. This episode confirmed that the peace that Ange has lived in was built on the backs of Norma girls killing dragons, and it'll be interesting to find out why Normas are prosecuted and forcibly conscripted into this dragon slaying role.
So it took three episode for Ange to transform from pampered princess into bad-ass dragon slayer. It's curious that Ange doesn't even appear in the previews of the next episode, and not to mention there has been no news about what's happening to Ange's county now that her brother has taken over. All in due time I suppose. Judging by the OP and ED sequences, we are still waiting for a couple of important characters to show up.