Knights of Sidonia S2 Ep. 7: Destroying your own story

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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.

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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.

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The whole situation seems precarious until the entire cannon just turns into the bulbous mass that you see above.

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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.

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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.

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My dear naked En… why don’t you stop being tsuntsun and just apologize to the guy?

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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…

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…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?

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ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

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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!

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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.

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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?

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WE MUST ALL SHARE A TIGHT AND UNCOMFORTABLE BATH.

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BOOB TALK. BOOB TALK. WHAT ELSE WOULD GIRLS TALK ABOUT?

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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.

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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.

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17 thoughts on “Knights of Sidonia S2 Ep. 7: Destroying your own story

  1. Gorzerg

    I agree, this season has just lost a lot of what made the first interesting. Particularly the fear of and struggle with the gauna, which with overpowered nagate and chimera and all the mad scientist stuff happening (not to speak of the awful harem section of the show getting more and more screen time) just ended up feeling secondary; also the political situation, with the immortal “controllers” of the ship being so selfish and cowardly but at the same time preventing the most foolish choices from being taken and how the captain reacted to their choices. Now, with the immortals dead the captain’s personality fell completely flat: she is just the classic king/bandit chief/captain/boss of some sort that is supportive of the Main Evil Magician/Scientist/whatever and that gets disposed of as soon as there will be no need of him/her. I even wondered for a while if she had gotten overtaken by a parasite (doesn’t look like it, but she might as well frankly).
    I’m also sorry that they just dropped the characterization of the nagate’s rival, I sort of liked him, but whatever.

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  2. eternia

    I facepalmed when Samari went to throw herself at Nagate.
    What makes this glutton guy so attractive?
    My bad, because he is the protagonist.
    His harem members:
    – Hoshijiro (pilot, dead)
    – Izana (hermaphrodite)
    – Tsumugi (pink elastic penis)
    – Samari (team leader)
    – Yuhata (the strategist)
    – The twin (cyborg? humonculus?)

    Future harem members:
    – Izana grandma
    – captain Kobayashi

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    1. spectreandy

      “Harem In Space” should be the subtitle of this show.

      Literally the only thing that differentiates this show from the other harem dreg is its horrible fucking CG. Wow, did they fuck it up.

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  3. ndqanhvn

    As a girl I could tell you that…in private sometimes girls do talk about breast sizes, especially during school days, when it ties to the anxiety of puberty. Sometimes we do compare each others’ too. I remember those talk makes me quite embarassed as I am a bit more developed than usual during secondary school.

    Of course, it’s not to the degree that anime usually potrayed.

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    1. E Minor Post author

      One thing to talk about boobs. It’s another thing to talk about it every single time some girl is naked in an anime.

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      1. ndqanhvn

        Yes, the frequency of it is pretty weird in anime. It’s like whenever anime girls together, they would have nothing else to talk about.

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        1. Anonymous

          The manga is finished. It ends with the caption “Tsumugi is dead so everything is lost”.

  4. Anonymous

    I stopped reading the manga for the same reason. Later on some annoying tsundere robot falls for him too. It only gets worse from here on out really. Even the art went to shit. Before, there were nice uses of blacks to add contrast and atmosphere to its bleak world. Now everything looks washed out with white and no details. Also, don’t give me that “he lived underground with his dad alone so its to be expected hes socially awkward”. That’s no excuse for having the main character of your series this lame with a mental intelligence of a 5 year old.

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  5. WakeMeWhenSidoniaEnds

    I bet I know what’s gonna happen next episode. First 3 minutes: Brief glance at what happened with the colony. Rest of the episode: “OMG, Nagate senpai! I’m a girl now! Look at my boobs!” Followed by the rest of the harem fighting over who gets to feed him first.

    Did some other company/agency take over between seasons? Was there a massive budget cut? Did they fire all the writers? What exactly happened to make this anime so bland and fanservice?

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    1. Anonymous

      It’s over. Tanikaze spends the first half of the episode showing off that he can carry three harem members in his NOT-BROKEN-AT-ALL robot at the same time and two of them are not even human.
      In the second half he just physically throws away the fight he has been through.

      You won’t believe what happened in 8 and 9. They balanced the un-plot in the most unimaginative way possible: Nagate took a long date with Izana that lasted halfway through episode 9. Then at the end of the episode she is put in a lost cause mission and going to die. Yep. It mirrors Ep. 5 and 6 of the first season. This show would not be remembered in any way after it ends.

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  6. Anonymous

    You won’t believe what happened in 8 and 9. They balanced the un-plot in the most unimaginative way possible: Nagate took a long date with Izana that lasted halfway through episode 9. Then at the end of the episode she is put in a lost cause mission and going to die. Yep. It mirrors Ep. 5 and 6 of the first season. This show would not be remembered in any way after it ends.

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  7. F# Major

    Thing is, it’s not even the Anime that’s bad, it’s the Original source material (the Manga) that just got stupid. The anime is just repeating the manga word for word pretty much. The author Pretty much meanders with the story like this forever because he doesn’t know what to do. I had to drop the manga too around this point.

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    1. Anonymous

      Just to torment you, I’ll tell you what happened afterwards: NAGATE had a French kiss with Benisuzume. I did not make this up.
      And then he got a robot maid who is too pacifist to be a robot.
      And then he declared his love to Tsumugi, even as she is supposed to be his daughter.
      Oh. And he canonically slept with the captain.
      This covers the about 40 chapters from the point you dropped it to the current issue.

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  8. Anonymous

    It’s over. Tanikaze spends the first half of the episode showing off that he can carry three harem members in his NOT-BROKEN-AT-ALL robot at the same time and two of them are not even human.
    In the second half he just physically throws away the fight he has been through. This show ruins the robo/mecha genre for about the next decade.

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