So, Slaine made his escape, and came to aid our humans, and Asseylum. Is this going to be ye olde Gundam-esque “Two villains who don’t get along” meeting, a-la most such series ever? Except where will the disagreement stem from here? They’re both humans, they both want the war to end, and to protect Asseylum.
Well, we also have the brewing trouble within Marito’s soul and how Magbaredge thinks he’s to blame for something(might be his giving up on hope), and the Martian invasion, and stuff.
Thoughts and Notes:
1) Past Events:
1) Everything revolves around Orange-kun (Code Geass!)! The princess, and both the defeated Martians. In Orange-kun we trust.
2) Ah, yes, thank you for showing me the fight again. Fights often are there to make a point. Inaho kept missing, and we could see him getting stressed and agitated, but it was mostly a “plot-reason”, he failed so Slaine could swoop in and save the day. More than that, so Slaine could be seen as an ally. Still, that was a “plot-fight”, rather than “Stakes-fight”.
3) Again, Cruhteo isn’t even interested in trying to figure out why Slaine does what he does, only that it makes him look like a fool.
4) Those glory-hunting Martians… so he shot at one of her fists, which only stopped it from killing the terrans? Well, time to kill him then!
5) This is how such trauma goes in the first act, eh? Guilt over failure to save one person in the past either fills you with desire to save others, or stops you from being able to save others now. But guilt is not the best of motivators, you can never erase the past, as Marito himself said.
2) Visions of Helplessness:
1) A-yup, mecha-rider telling you to cover your ears isn’t enough, gotta have a girl repeat it! But ouch, yeah,huge caliber, metal and closed chamber. Not the best combination for puny human ears.
2) Seems the Martians might have worrying memories of Tanegashima as well. Can’t wait till we see the full details in Marito’s flashback, there, with the Kataphrakt staring him down.
3) Inaho has a point. If their only goal is to buy time for their allies, they can keep shooting down the fists, but at some point their ammo will run out, and their allies are still within an enclosed space. To win, they have to go on the offensive.
4) Poor Princess Asseylum, always we see her just sitting, helpless, useless, amidst the other refugees.
5) The Princess coming to earth was the cause. The reason, however, would be feelings of enmity and superiority, resentment and seeking to prove one’s worth, held by others.
6) “If I hadn’t come, there would have been no assassination.” – Technically, since you’re alive, there hadn’tbeen one.
3) Begin the Counter-Assault!:
1) So, a hidden Kataphrakt, which humanity sometimes managed to obtain, but how, considering the Martians are supposedly superior? Saazbaum didn’t seem happy about Tanegashima, so perhaps there was a failure there, a demonstration of Martian weakness, or humanity’s triumph?Also, “What is that?!” and then they don’t show us, boo! I bet Asseylum will power it up or give someone an Aldnoah Drive.
2) Each hand is named, and the Martian cries over the loss of each of them. To her, they’re more than tools, while the lives of other Martians are less than that.
3) For all her talk of quashing bugs, that Martian was ran over by a big-ass battleship. Guess that’s what they say, and that indeed, Asseylum revealed herself and helped. Welp, that sure is going to change the odds some.
4) “All Martians will pay for father’s death.” And Rayet indeed told Asseylum she’s the reason for all of it happening, so does she blame her? Will she try to kill her? Even though she knows it only happened because her father tried to kill the innocent princess? Duty to justice, duty to her people, and duty to the princess may all collide. Justice being both to repay for her father’s death, but also to protect the innocent princess.
4) Inaho’s Choice:
1) Ah-ha! There we have it, back to Gundam-esque “We have differing goals, we have differing ideals, so we must fight!” type frenemies. Usually they start out as enemies and work towards cooperation, but here they’ve had to start out by cooperating.
2) So, what’s going on here? Inaho is asking Slaine why he searched for the Princess. That seems like a dumb question, right? Well, keep in mind that Slaine had known the Princess is alive for a while now, but the war didn’t cease, and only resumed. Asseylum was already exploited, to start the war. So, Inaho wants to know why Slaine is looking for the Princess, knowing she’s alive. Reasons could be – kill her, which is ruled out since if that were the case he’d have shot at the ship rather than side with the humans. Uncover her identity and her being alive, but in which case, he’d be putting her at risk, and “exploiting” her – he’d be using her to stop the war. So, what does it leave us with? Slaine is planning to go the selfish route, of protecting the Princess while keeping her hidden, and letting the war rage on.
Inaho plans to exploit the Princess. Will he reveal her to be alive? Possibly, but even this victory involved exploiting her to give humans Aldnoah, even if by proxy. Inaho needs the Princess to win, and will not let such selfish reasoning stand.
Post Episode Thoughts:
The action in this episode was pretty good, and we’ve had all sorts of cool revelations – humanity took down a Martian Kataphrakt and battleship in Tanegashima, humanity now has some serious firepower. Inaho has his own plans and designs, including for Asseylum, and will treat people with differing goals as enemies, with whom he will cooperate, until they are no longer useful.
But honestly? Aside from the spectacle, this episode was just way too long. Did we need so many minutes spent on shooting down the flying fists, on showing people evacuating from the ship? This episode felt like 10 minutes of content, but since it had 20 minutes’ worth of “revelations”, or at least they needed to make it distinct from anything that’s to follow, it’s been dragged on.
So, where do we go from now? Slaine might still be rescued from the sea, since Asseylum cares for him, and I don’t think they’ll just abandon him behind. A story works better when there’s constant tension. But the real question now is, what is Inaho planning to do with the Princess, what will humanity do about her, and what will they do with their newfound firepower?
Mostly plot concerns, for now.