…hm, I thought teamwork would look a lot cooler than this. Anyway, I’m gonna blog this week’s episode with just notes, ’cause it contains mostly action. I usually only do paragraphs if there are any significant topics I want to explore, but I couldn’t find any in this week’s episode. That doesn’t mean the episode is bad or anything, mind you. I’m just sayin’…
— That’s a pretty extensive recap at the start of the episode. There goes about two plus minutes of valuable runtime.
— Saazbaum asks, “Why do you believe he made use of the audience chamber?” This question seems to take Cruhteo a bit by surprise — like this is the first time he has even considered it. That’s a bit silly, don’t you think? I don’t know, it just makes it seem like Cruhteo’s kind of dumb. Shouldn’t Slaine’s motives be one of the primary things to determine? Slaine’s been loyal to the Vers Empire this entire time. All of a sudden, he’s acting up. If I were in his shoes, I’d think something fishy was afoot.
— On the one hand, Slaine sounds a bit silly screaming like that in his sky carrier. On the other hand, a protagonist is actually displaying his emotions. Gosh, I don’t know what to think!
— More flashback funtime with Marito. For a second, I thought he would finally seize control of his nerves and lend a hand. I mean, c’mon, it’s the seventh episode of the season already. Plus, everyone’s been chipping in. Slaine provided the necessary distraction at the end of last week’s episode. Both Yuki and Inko are supporting Inaho. Hell, Nina’s not fighting, but at least she’s doing something. She’s doing something, man. What about you, old man? Do something! But no, we simply see a short flashback of Marito failing to save his best friend Humeray instead. When we later see troubled veteran again, he is passed out in his Kat…. sigh. And look, I have nothing against a traumatized victim of war. It’s a perfectly reasonable topic to explore. The problem is, I don’t think Marito’s character is being developed correctly. That’s all. He’s neither useful in battle nor are we even really exploring his trauma. The old man is simply there. Sure, the show is holding off on his character development, but until something significant happens with Marito, he is a wasted character.
— I’ve beaten the Inaho dead horse enough, so I won’t comment on his character until anything significant changes.
— Did Asseylum render herself temporarily deaf for the time being? No, no she did not. We see her talking to Eddy later without any side effects, so I’m not quite sure what the significance behind the “Cover your ears!” scene was. Also, both the princess and Inaho find themselves glancing at each other every once in a while. What are we building up to here, and more importantly, will Slaine be happy about it?
— When we return to Inaho and crew, it’s already nighttime. Our heroes, however, are still busy shooting down those stubborn missile arms. At what point does Femianne decide that she’s just wasting her time? I mean, they’ve been at this for a while now. Why not cut your losses and return with overwhelming firepower? Why is she fighting alone? What are the rest of her clan doing if she’s out here by herself? I get the feeling that these Orbital Knights are too egotistical to ask for help. Like Vlad, she feels the need to fight her enemies all by her lonesome, but unlike Vlad, she thinks she can succeed where he had failed. Still, I await the day we meet a practical Orbital Knight, one that can match Inaho in wits and isn’t afraid to, well, require assistance. At the moment, we’re still stuck in the brawn vs. brains holding pattern. The Martians have overwhelming force, but due to a combination of stupidity and hubris, a trainee is kicking their ass. This was fine for the first encounter with Trillram. It was tolerable for the second encounter with Vlad. But the soul craves variety, and Femianne isn’t scratching that itch.
— Plus, if a significant amount of time really has elapsed — and again, it is now nighttime when it previously was not — then what has Slaine been doing in the interim? A sky carrier is constantly on the move, however, unless he decided to land his aircraft somewhere… which he hasn’t. I find it hard to believe he’s been flying around and around this entire time, though.
— Oh lord, the good guys stumble upon a Martian Kataphract deep within the Tanegashima base, and it’s the same one in Marito’s flashbacks:
And of course, he has recovered enough to tell everyone all about the damn Kat. He’s got a captivated audience, so why waste it! More importantly, however, I wonder which of our protagonists will get to take command of this special toy. Not only that, whoever it is will need the princess’s blessing.
— Yes, the higher-ups buried Marito’s Tanegashima Report to keep this Kataphract a secret, but then why just abandon the damn thing? I assume they couldn’t operate it, but still, why wouldn’t Earth’s best scientists simply take it apart and try to copy the technology, then? Or is Martian technology just too advanced for Earthlings to reverse engineer?
— Something offscreen then grabs everyone’s attention, but alas, we must return to Inaho and crew. Dammit Inaho, just finish use your Gary Stu powers and finish this damn battle already. I want to get back to the secrets of Tanegashima base!
— I don’t really understand Yuki’s problem. Slaine’s been fighting alongside them this entire time, but still, she goes, “Nao, stop it! He’s a Martian–” Lady, what else would you suggest he do? The guy said it himself he has nine rounds left until he’s completely defenseless. C’mon, I just wish the side characters in this show would show some common sense.
— According to Slaine, “[t]he Hellas’ fists can transform into singular macromolecules,” so as a result, “[b]ullets won’t scratch them.” Haha, what?
Inaho: “Patch me into the signal from your stabilizers.”
Slaine: “We use different systems!”
Inaho: “That’s fine. I can figure it out.”
— Femianne apparently names each and every single one of her missile arms. Instead of cats, I guess she’s crazy about missile arms.
— I like the use of the insert songs, at least. I mean, there was that one time I didn’t; I thought it was pretty silly to play an insert song as millions of people went up in flames in the first episode. But since then, the insert songs have added some excitement to the action.
— With Inaho and Slaine on the ropes — I know, it’s hard for me to believe too — a Martian battleship emerges from the Tanegashima base, and it’s powered by no other than Princess Asseylum herself.
I like how the ship can sit around for fifteen years, but still operates perfectly fine without any sort of maintenance required. But back to the princess, I guess she’s done hiding her identity to the world. Even so, Darzana and others seem to look at the girl with some distrust in her eyes. We already know Rayet doesn’t trust the princess. This is what interests me about Aldnoah.Zero. I won’t deny the action’s pretty well done. Unfortunately, the characters have been pretty flat ever since the series started. The drama between and within the various factions is thus the only thing left for me to pin my hopes on. Earthlings can’t help but see the Martians as their enemy, and can you blame them? Still, Asseylum is a very powerful chess piece. I can’t help but wonder if her guilt will allow others to manipulate the girl into being someone’s unwitting pawn. And eventually, Rayet’s involvement in the princess’s assassination will come to light, too. I can only imagine how that will play out.
— And just like that, Femianne is dead. Was she the only female Orbital Knights? I also find it a little disappointing that these Orbital Knights are just enemies for our heroes to take down. Between the three that we’ve seen — Trillram, Vlad, and now, Femianne — they have no discernble personality. Even Cruhteo and Saazbaum are hardly all that different from each other. Bad guys need to be interesting too, you guys.
— Ah, how could I forget all about it! Now that the immediate threat has been dealt with, Inaho and Slaine can fight each other for Asseylum’s approval! That’ll be exciting! Asseylum can’t be happy to see them shoot at each other, though.