I didn’t like this episode too much. It felt a little too disconnected from what we just saw. I mean, what was the point of having Bellri kill Dellensen if it doesn’t amount to anything? What was the point of having the guy cry in his bed if he simply forgets all about his actions in the following episode? Bellri has been a happy-go-lucky guy, right? So finally, he actually seems to face some sort of hardship. Then bam, he’s back to normal in just a week’s time. His character arc is thus all loopy and nonsensical. Maybe he’ll cry again for Dellensen in some future episode, but even if that’s the case, this sort of characterization is still random and haphazard. As for the rest of the characters, not much happened with them. Yeah, braindead girl finally got to do “something” besides mutter a few dumb catchphrases. Too bad that something still isn’t much of anything. She flies the G-Self around for a bit, but when the Mask Corps attacked, Raraiya and the G-Self immediately sank like lead. And what does this lead us to? Bellri saving the day once again. I mean, c’mon, it’s the seventh episode. Is he going to do everything? of course, I don’t expect Raraiya to kick ass. In fact, I’d much prefer it if she wasn’t in this anime to begin with. But my point is, it’s always Bellri saving the day.
Aida goes out again in her mecha… and she proceeds to do nothing. Has she ever landed a single shot on anyone in this series? No, seriously, I’m actually wondering. Hell, Bellri even tells her that she doesn’t have the right rifle for the job. So what do we see? Aida proceeds to hit nobody, then she gets hit herself. And of course, Bellri shows up in the nick of time to save her. But hurr, “I won’t let you tell me what to do.” Well, excuse me, princess. But I mean, this isn’t really Aida’s fault. She’s just a fictional character. For whatever reason, Tomino doesn’t want the girl to do a damn thing, and it’s becoming quite blatant. Klim also gets his ass kicked a lot, but he actually does some damage. He doesn’t just take it and do nothing in return. Aida literally does nothing. She’s just a giant burden to the point that it’s almost comical. But really, it’s just sad. ‘Cause at the moment, we have two major female characters, and they’re useless. Hell, make it three if you want to count what’s-her-face. Y’know, the cheerleader who claims to be spying on the pirates, but uh… yeah. In fact, she had even less to contribute in this week’s episode. I don’t remember seeing her face again after the episode’s halfway point.
Luckily, it isn’t all for naught. Bellri’s mom actually did something. I think she deserted the Capital Tower just to be with her son. The whole operation with the glider was kind of silly and bumbling, but she’s the only character who actually underwent any major change in this week’s episode. As long as Tomino doesn’t find some reason to kill her, her life’s going to change a lot. I just wish they didn’t give her stupid lines like how she forgot to bring cinnamon biscuits for her dear son. C’mon, for a light-hearted line, it’s not even funny. It just makes her seem vapid. And if you really think about it, everyone else remained the same. Mask Corps showed up to fight, but it didn’t really amount to anything. I thought the previews said Bellri would make a big mistake, but I don’t see it. Klim Nick gets his ass kicked, so he needs to be saved again. Aida is helpless, so she needs to be saved again. Raraiya is… Raraiya. And Bellri’s the hero. So when you really think about it, only his mother underwent any actual development! Hilarious! Not as funny as her cracking up over that dumb hippo, though. There’s just one problem: for the life of me, I cannot recall her name. What the fuck is her name! Anyway, one more thing before I wrap up this post.
Apparently, the Kuntala were used as food at the end of the Universal Century. Is it possible they were also grown for food? Nah, that wouldn’t make sense. If you could grow humans, why wouldn’t you grow, well, anything else? But I digress. Now that we’re past that little sordid business, no one’s eating the Kuntala anymore (I think), but they’re still considered second class citizens. As a result, our Masked Hero and his band of merry fighters would totally love to make a name for themselves. If they garner enough achievements, who knows what might happen! Maybe one day, they might even rule the Capital Tower! Yeah, I don’t think that’s happening. In fact, the whole situation is quite sad if you think about it. Again, they’re second class citizens, right? And what are they doing now? Just throwing themselves at the enemy in the hopes that they’ll impress someone. It’s like Operation Human Shield from South Park, except the exploited minority isn’t in on the joke. They don’t realize they’re still being exploited. Or maybe they do, but they just want to tell themselves there’s light at the end of the tunnel. The entire squad is made up of Kuntala, so… it’s pretty obvious what’s going on.
I actually wish the story focused more on Kuntala, ’cause they actually seem kind of interesting. As for the rest of the story, we’re just waiting for this oh-so-dangerous threat from the heavens to attack, and God only knows when they’ll happen in a 2-cours series.