What’s wrong is that this anime sucks. But I actually liked the first half of the episode. It felt like the old Knights of Sidonia… kind of nostalgic, even. If you’ll recall, Kobayashi and company were testing out some graviton cannon… whatever that is. It just looked like some penis-shaped weapon, though. At first, they were able to punch a hole through some rogue planet, but at the start of this week’s episode, disaster quickly strikes. The cannon is part Gauna, and for it to fire a laser, you have to feed it with energy.
Well, like almost every story about super-destructive weapons out there, our researchers quickly lose control of the weapon. The induced Gauna placenta begins pulling on the Hyggs particle supply, and as a result, tentacles grow and attempt to penetrate Sidonia. That sounds kinda… The whole ship is destabilized, and pilots are forced to sortie without any clue what they’re going up against. After all, the entire project is highly classified. They just get there and see this Gauna attached to their very home. Yuhata obviously knows something, but at the same time, she knows she can’t say anything… or can she? No one wants to rock the boat though, but more on this in a bit.
The whole situation seems precarious until the entire cannon just turns into the bulbous mass that you see above.
Then all of a sudden, it blinks out of existence. Where the fuck did it go? The official spin is that the Gauna just vaporized itself, but of course, we know it simply just disappeared. Into another dimension? Another timeline? Regardless of what truly happened, for just one half of the episode, it felt like I was watching the first season again. Man at the mercy of something it doesn’t understand, impending disaster, man’s own folly being the root cause of this whole mess, a population that is already hanging in the balance continues to lose more valuable lives and resources, so on and so forth… but much like the out-of-control penis cannon, all of a sudden, this all disappeared.
Yure, a.k.a. the useful Shinatose, nearly died trying to shut off the supply of Hyggs particles. She also admits that they know almost nothing about the weapon that they had just created and lost. Because of this, they literally cannot prevent this incident from occurring again. In fact, what if something worse happens? But there are no more checks and balances in the system. Kobayashi eliminated anyone who could oppose her, so she can tell Yure to proceed with the project. Who’s going to say otherwise? Yuhata can object. Yure can object. They both know vastly more about the situation than the rest of Sidonia’s population… but neither of them seem to mount any sort of resistance. Obviously, it would be foolish to just flat out oppose Kobayashi, especially now that she has pretty much consolidated all the political power on the ship. But neither of them seem to be trying to undermine her in any way. I don’t think they’re dumb enough to trust her wholeheartedly, but other than looking concerned, they don’t do anything… nor does it seem as though the story has time for them to reflect on their precarious situation.
Like I’ve said, the more promising first half of the episode simply disappeared into thin air. Well, it’s really Nagate’s fault.
Once the story’s hero, he is now the series’ own undoing. As soon as the narrative focuses on him, everything goes to shit. Every. Fucking. Thing.
My dear naked En… why don’t you stop being tsuntsun and just apologize to the guy?
So she decides to bring him riceballs. Girls don’t do anything but feed their men, and it’s always the same fucking thing over and over. Great storytelling.
Unfortunately, she’s beaten to the punch as Samari is already here to see our ladies’ man! The pilot goes and invites Nagate out to dinner.
At first, the conversation is not 100% shit. Samari has a lot of doubts. She has her doubts about the upcoming war. She doubts herself and her decision making. She feels inadequate compared to both Nagate and Tsumugi. There’s so much to potentially unpack here!
But Nagate is just all… “Hurr hurr I think we would have lost more lives without you.” And he doesn’t even stop eating the entire time. She’s opening up to him, and he just stuffs his mouth silly. He has nothing remotely useful to add besides a throwaway line…
…but anime’s going to anime! The protagonist can be as bland and boring as he wants, but anything that he says is pure gold! As a result, Samari blushes. Over what? OVER FUCKING WHAT?
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
And just like that, she wants to photosynthesize with the guy. But thank god for anime being anime, because the guy passes out before they can actually get to any of the intimate shit like sexing. Y’see, we only want girls to desire us. When it comes right down to it, however, we don’t have the balls to actually have sex with any of them!
Then we have this completely useless moment. The useless Shinatose can’t seem to get her suit to boot for some reason. Something about body parameters. What’s the big deal then? So you can’t wear the suit.
NO THE SUIT MUST LITERALLY EXPLODE AND REVEAL A NAKED CHICK.
It only gets worse from here on out. Yuhata drops by Nagate and Izana’s new home, so what do you do when anime girls congregate in one place?
WE MUST ALL SHARE A TIGHT AND UNCOMFORTABLE BATH.
BOOB TALK. BOOB TALK. WHAT ELSE WOULD GIRLS TALK ABOUT?
ITS LIKE WITH GUYS! ALL I DO IN WHEN I SHOWER AT THE GYM IS TALK ABOUT MY FRIENDS’ DICKS. And yes, that’s right. Izana’s body has chosen to be female thanks to Mister “I’ll Listen To Your Stories Any Time.” So her boobs grew out, and that is the reason why her suit exploded earlier. Everything is Nagate’s fault. The entire episode went to shit as soon as the spotlight went back to this personality-less fucker who just stuffs his mouth full of food all day. But I guess he’s living the manchild’s dream, huh? Crack pilot whose power level keeps getting higher and higher after every episode, girls of all species are in love with him, and people just can’t help but feed him a train of free food.
That giant Gauna cluster destroys some colonists at the end of the episode, but I don’t even care anymore. Here, just make up your own “Your mom…” joke.