The power of friendship has broken the bounds of a the Coupling System! I’ve also been thinking about Hina’s eventual betrayal. I don’t expect Aoba’s simple sweet talking and devotion to be enough to turn someone away from their own country. I feel like the most powerful motivator for something like that is disgust. Either Hina is fully rejected by her country (which I think is a bit harsh because then she’s basically helpless) or something terrible will happen that will cause Hina to reject her country.
Looks like reinforcements have come for the Zogilia forces. Is this the fated scene where the main character kills the father of his love interest? That would fit with Sunrise’s patterns. But that aside, next week’s episode will focus back on Dio. Looks like he’ll be getting over his daddy issues.