I don't think Riru will ever be defeated, not now. She's like Arclight, and I had already said many times she's Eve's final enemy for logical, symbolic and obvious reasons.
At best they can give her a run for her money, but not much else. Aside of that, the Resistance is fucked up to many levels.
Spoiler for :
Well if they do manage to defeat her, it's not like it's 100% that she will be killed and all.
What I think is that maybe if Yamada is again in a live and death situation like with Arclight, he may again show that strength that allowed him to push back Arclight and brake special needless restrains with ease.
Maybe Yamada enters a sort of "berserk" state that will push Riru to her limits. I don't say that she needs to be defeated but maybe she would get weakened enough for Blade and the rest to deal with.
Of course the option of her simply beating them like puppies and Saten showing up a the end to help them(Yamada) out.
I get a deja vu from this scenario though...
@Avvesione You pretty much wrote out my thoughts on your blog post The fanservice didn't do anything for me though. I've never liked tentacles to begin with and when everyone is jumping around in completely shredded skirts all the time it starts to lose it's effect on me.
It looks like Riru isn't serious about killing them. Perhaps she wants to preserve their bodies for Arclight or maybe she's just playing with her pray. I think either Yamada will do something with his new found power or some unexpected help will come in the nick of time.
Disk already mentioned Seto and Solva and their powers can manipulate objects without touching them just like Riru's so maybe those two will come to the rescue. They've done it before and Seto has gotten herself a powerup. Of course those two weren't in the best of circumstances either when we left them so who knows....but I enjoy being surprised more then being right when it comes to Needless chapters so I'm hoping it's neither.
To exterminate the one whom he threatened to kill during the earlier chapters of the series. You recall that, right Soji?
Spoiler for spoiler:
Obviously, that I remember this. But other than that he really can do much. And if he do this I don't think that Yamada will be happy ...he probally get totally pissed off or something similar. I wonder if something like that will make ,whatever other power Yamada still have come out.
One of the things Riru is looking out for is anything about Cruz's power or anything like. I'm sure she was made aware of it by Arclight and is just toying iwth everyone, hoping to enrage Cruz and force him to use his new power. I can see him using it again soon against Psychokinesis and doing something, but probably not affecting the battle more than surprising Riru by negating her fragment.
What I figure will happen is that soon Blade and Eve will turn on the tentacles and the life form that's being protected there in the basement. Riru will have her hands full trying to keep everything in order given that she needs to protect herself, the biomass, and fight the enemies and I figure they'll be able to attack the living biomass and destroy it or something. But really, that seems too simple and who knows what'll happen at this point.
In the current state, cruz power have too many defect, he can't protect him and friends efficiently against ruri (it's similar as the past when he used his body to intercepting attack, the only difference is he receive less damage)
he can negate power only if he touch it with his right hand (he can't protect his sides and rear), and he can't negate indirect damages (ex: power used to project materials objects, trigger crumbling and rockfall, shockwave of an explosion, etc) and mainly no offensive power.
I say same other, "cruz, you must awake more power"