After the battle, Zero Two also remembers her childhood experience with Hiro. Meanwhile, Hiro is hospitalized while Ichigo and her friends forbid Zero Two from seeing him. As Hiro rests, Squad 13 is informed that they will take part in a large scale operation involving the Nines and squads from various Plantations, and that Zero Two will be transferred back to the Nines. Before the operation begins, Squad 13 works to prevent Hiro and Zero Two meeting. She finally convinces them to let her see him, but Hiro left his room to meet her so they discover his room empty. Believing that she is being deceived by the others, Zero Two attacks them. When Hiro returns to his room and sees Zero Two's behavior, he reprimands her, calling her a monster. Contrite, Zero Two believes that this is her punishment for her past deeds, and accepts that she must leave his side. As the operation is about to begin, Zero Two leaves the dorm to rejoin the Nines, but just when Hiro decides to go after her, Ichigo holds him back with a kiss and confesses her feelings for him.