Well, the majority of this episode is devoted to distracting the Dorette fleet long enough for everyone to make their way to Towasanga. I don’t really have much to say about the action itself, though. At best, it seems… functional? There’s some fighting in this week’s episode, but just some. Mostly distractions and skirmishes. Certainly nothing to really write home about. Bellri does shoot down some mobile suits, but for the most part, he took a backseat as the lesser members of the story got more screen time. I didn’t expect for our heroes to reach and explore Towasanga in a single episode, but I thought they’d at least touch down on the colony on the far side of the moon. And according to the previews, there’ll be more fighting in space before they finally set foot on the moon. It seems like we’re dragging this out a touch.
By the end of the episode, we’ve somehow gained a new character. Meet Ringo, who has been taken prisoner by the fine folks aboard the Megafauna. We don’t know much about him just quite yet. Also, Raraiya has recovered her intelligence somewhat, so that, too, is like gaining a whole new character. But back to Ringo for just a moment, I’m not sure what he can contribute to the story, seeing as how the series is already bursting at the seams with underdeveloped characters. Noredo Nug, anyone? Yeah, yeah, yeah, the weird-ass pope has some strange interest in Noredo, and she’s also responsible for Raraiya’s well-being… but you gotta admit that these are flimsy reasons to have her in the story. Maybe she’ll have a bigger role in the second half of the story, but every time I see her, I always think, “Oh yeah, she’s a character on this show…” Still, we’ll see.
Like always, there are some interesting plot developments to chew on. For some reason, various individuals from the various factions seem to think that the moonfolk are desperate to surrender just so that they can be allowed to live on Earth. Oh, I have no doubts that those like Dorette have their eyes on the blue planet, but why surrender when it seems quite possible that they could just flat out conquer Earth for themselves? They are the suppliers of the photon batteries, aren’t they? Shouldn’t the Earthnoids be afraid of the fact that Towasanga is also technologically superior and thus capable of conquering Earth at any time? Oh right, right… Klim Nick thinks that the moonfolk haven’t seen war before, so they’d be easy pickings or something, I guess. Oh well, I guess we’ll find out for sure when we reach Towasanga.
Honestly, the episode didn’t engage me. I was mildly bored as I watched it. Maybe it’s just the lull from the holidays speaking for me, but I just couldn’t get much out of this week’s episode. Anyway, let’s move onto the smaller stuff…
Stray notes & observations:
— Ooh, a new OP. It’s still kind of lazy, though. Like the first one, it simply reuses scenes from the series. I think I prefer the first song better, too.
— Noredo and Raraiya are modeling off some new outfits for Bellri. The latter definitely seems a bit less childish than usual. The idea here is that they want to disguise her when they all head to Towasanga. Apparently, poofy pants are enough to do the trick.
— That is a super short skirt, young lady. And it’s pretty funny that Aida can dig a number like that up in Sankt Porto, supposedly a holy ground.
— Whoa, whoa, whoa… Cumpa and Mask are openly discussing assassinating Dorette while Manny’s in the room. Is that really a good idea?
— Gusion claims that they have no idea where the Rose of Hermes Blueprints had come from. I don’t think anyone from Towasanga’s side is going to buy that flimsy excuse. Oh, super high-tech blueprints just appeared in our hands out of nowhere!
— Lots of information being bandied about. Raraiya was apparently part of an independent unit. The pope them mentions the advent of something or other. Turbo Brockin mentions some supposedly lazy organization that only cares about the transport of photon batteries. If you’ve read my posts on other series, you can probably guess that I’m not a big fan of this sort of world-building. I just think it’s lazy to have everyone sit in a room and vomit information at the audience. It’s not engaging. There’s no drama in it.
— Holy shit, did Raraiya throw that apple core a long distance or is it just me? Then again, I’m not exactly sure how weak the artificial gravity is on Sankt Porto…
— Manny walks up to our heroes just to tell them that she’s staying on Garanden? Okay…
— I also like the part where Bellri’s like, “Noredo, you should go back to Earth with my mom.” Noredo replies that it would be romantic to take a trip to the moon, and the guy just turns away as if she hadn’t said anything important whatsoever.
— That slight head tilt when Mask sees Manny ready to board the Garanden. The show is good with the small things. I just think it gets a bit… murky with the bigger story.
— Manny wants to learn how to pilot a Mobile Suit so that she can compete with Barara. I wouldn’t mind seeing this.
— We finally learn Raraiya’s full name… not that it really matters yet.
— It seems that there are potential couplings on every faction.