Well, if you were looking for answers, this episode won’t scratch your itch. The revelations that we’ve been waiting for all this time just aren’t very juicy. It turns out there’s an entire research facility on the island. It’s completely staffed with people, too. Do they get to leave the island when they’re done working? Or have they just been isolated from the rest of the world for the past few years? Shrug. Anyway, we have this twin-tailed shoujo. and she’s apparently just what the Gaz ordered! Unfortunately, she doesn’t awaken until White Chaika comes close. Naturally, this doesn’t happen until the end of the episode, so we don’t really know what the twin-tailed shoujo’s deal is just yet. As you watch the episode, you’ll notice that the story ends up raising more questions than it actually answers. Anyway, it also appears that the island is mass-producing Faylas. To accomplish this, the researchers chain up a kraken and experiment on it. Said kraken is nice enough to answer a few of Chaika’s questions, so the anime infodumps on our face. But like the episode itself, the behemoth doesn’t reveal anything crazy either. According to the kraken, “Chaikas are tools to fulfill Emperor Gaz’s grand ambitions.” Okay then. So what are those grand ambitions? Something that involves “a maelstrom of destruction and slaughter.” That’s it. The bad guys interrupt our heroes before they can dig for an in-depth explanation. Sigh. It figures.
Finally, a man, the head of Gaz’s researchers, gives us the origin story for all these Chaikas. They’re literally just orphaned girls. Basically, street urchins of the same age were lured away to be experimented on. Gaz or someone following his orders implanted these poor girls with the same set of memories. So where did those memories come from? There must have been an original copy, right? Anyway, as we already know, these girls were programmed to collect Gaz’s remains. Alright, so far, the only truly new piece of information here is that these girls were former orphans, and even then, that’s not exactly something that is blowing my socks off. The show continues to keep a few things close to its chest. For example, what exactly is Gaz planning to do once his remains are gathered? Maybe that twin-tailed shoujo is a clue. Maybe Gaz is ready to return to life in a stronger body, but this time, he’ll be a hot anime babe! Hey, who wouldn’t want to wreck faces as a cute, little girl in command of an army of Faylas? Speaking of the twin-tailed shoujo, she wakes up when White Chaika comes near her. It’s possible Red Chaika wakes or helps wake her up, but then again, she’s not the heroine of the story. As a result, she’s not special. For now, I’ll just operate under the assumption that White Chaika is the key that the researcher has been looking for all these years. And that’s it. That’s pretty much the whole episode.
Our heroes land on an island, Chaika gets captured, Toru saves her, they talk to a Kraken, they get captured, then they talk some more. We’re left with a cliffhanger of sorts: the researcher threatens to experiment on White and Red Chaika’s brains. It’s only a cliffhanger of sorts, because I’m sure the girls will be just fine. Some asspull will spare their lives. Just you wait. Anyway, I think the primary here is that I was looking to be blown away. Isn’t this the episode we’ve been waiting for? Well, nothing here comes even close to making my jaw drop. It’s all kind of whatever. Even the action in this week’s episode is pretty subpar, which isn’t like the show. If the anime has been pretty solid in any department, it’s been the action. Nevertheless, the duel between Toru and Cyril has, at one point, one sequence of frames repeated. Along with the marred faces throughout the episode, the animation this week is really disappointing. But on a broader level, I’m not saying that any of the revelations here are predictable. Nevertheless, nothing I’ve seen here makes me go, “Wow!” And after teasing us for months now, we’re still left with blue balls. Honestly, this episode epitomizes the Hitsugi no Chaika experience, too. Just a bunch of very ordinary tropes thrown into a bowl and shaken with a mild Bones dressing. The product is a perfectly edible salad of tropes… but it’s still a fucking salad.
I don’t have much more to say about this week’s episode. It just doesn’t evoke anything from me — any thought, interpretation, emotion, etc. This is probably the shortest post I’ve written in a long time, and I almost always have more to say. Not this time.