Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince – 02
OP: 「私は想像する」 (Watashi wa Souzousuru) by 昆夏美 (Kon Natsumi)
「ヒーロー誕生」 (Hīrō tanjō)
“Heroes are Born”
There’s definitely nothing else quite like Majestic Prince. This is an old-school space opera through and through, filled with compassion and intelligence. It’s a real shame MJP doesn’t seem to have found a broader appeal among the English-speaking audiences, but irrespective of how you feel about the series, the show delivered yet another knockout in its second week. No doubt, there exist some controversies among the viewers as to whether the character designs by Hirai Hisashi and the widespread usage of CGI will prove to be a wise choice. But setting aside the pre-determined rooting interests, I find the harsh criticism that was directed at MJP mostly unfounded. The attraction of its aesthetic designs is simply a matter of personal preference and when the matter concerns an opinion as subjective as that, there’s no inherently “right” or “wrong” answer. All I can say is, I am comfortable with my own judgment and Majestic Prince is truly a real treat if you’re as big a fan of old-school mecha as I am.
The list of the things I love about Majestic Prince is long and there are definite strengths that make it stands out from the rest. It was clear from the very first episode that the heart and soul of this series are its extensive range of mecha and in terms of pure artistic designs, I would rank the selections in Majestic Prince even higher than those we’ve seen in Suisei no Gargantia and Kakumeiki Valvrave. The keen attention to detail displayed here is genuinely impressive – not in the animation but in the intellection behind the minor aspects of its design templates. Specifically, the DNA-embedded JURIA-system is an interesting concept that fascinates me greatly, even as its exact nature remains vague. The fight-or-flight component of the system relies heavily on the pilot’s survival instinct to control the AHSMB units and to that extent, it partially explains the sudden advancement of Team Rabbit’s combat performance during the premiere. This is the second time Majestic Prince has surprised me with its ability to present such weighty information dump in a format that is easily comprehensible and without a doubt, that’s a testament to the spectacular work of director Motonaga Keitarou and writer Yoshida Reiko.
For two episodes in a row, Majestic Prince has shown it doesn’t take itself nearly as seriously as its mecha stable-mate from this season. The lighthearted storytelling is especially apparent in this episode – not only did the Zannen 5 became instant celebrities overnight, but the AHSMB units are now also branded with outlandish corporate sponsorship logos, that is reminiscent of Tiger & Bunny. Fundamentally, the show boils down to its five main characters – Izuru, Toshikazu, Tamaki, Kei, Ataru – and no question, I’m very interested to see how Team Rabbit adapt to such drastic changes in their personal lives. Each of them has their unique quirks, but by and large they’re good people that I genuinely care about. Izuru and Kei in particular stand out as the somewhat dopey leader and the cool-headed strategist of the team. What comes next for the Zannen 5 is hard to tell but being a two-cour series, the creators has the time and opportunity to slowly roll out the exposition in a seamless manner. I expect the world-building to continue in the similar grand fashion and hopefully, we’ll be fortunate enough to learn more about the silver-hair maiden (Itou Shizuka), who was briefly introduced this week.
ED: 「サヨナラっていう」 (Sayonara tte iu) by 石川智晶 (Ishikawa Chiaki)