Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince – 03
“Surprise Attack “
It’s definitely a tale of two halves with the latest episode of Majestic Prince. The first half was decidedly light-hearted, offering a fine blend of comedy and character development, while the second half was bracingly action-packed, introducing new enemies and laying down the foundations for future exposition. There’s one piece of information that we weren’t told until now – why was Team Rabbit sent into battle when there are clearly more qualified personnel in GDF? The question has been a topic of intense debate among the naysayers and just as I suspected, there is a reasonable case to be made behind the choice. It’s hardly surprising the raison d’être is the JURIA-system, which of course, relies heavily on the pilot’s survival instinct to control the AHSMB units. Evidently, that’s an area that the Zannen 5 excels in and if the first two episodes are any indication, their endurance and keen survival impulse are the only reason they’re even alive.
I’ve said last week that fundamentally, the show boils down to its five main characters and two of them – Izuru and Kei, stood out above all. It’s not hard to imagine my utter delight to see the both of them received a fair share of attention in this episode, starting with Kei’s baking adventure in the kitchen. The simple conversation between the two revealed an awful lot about the current state of affairs for the humans and one line sticks out to me in particular – “Sometimes it’s too hard to bear, just what am I”. That’s somewhat poignant but hits the nail right on the head, for it sum up the identity crisis that our protagonists are suffering through. We’re still in the dark about where did these genetically-modified teen-soldiers come from and why did they enlist in the army. Those are some of the questions I hope the series would address in the future and the closest thing to a common thread that I can see is Cdr. Simon, who is directly linked to the MJP project and perhaps even the design template of the JURIA-system.
As things end in this episode, I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t see that cliffhanger coming. While surprising, what we’re witnessing is a logical development for Majestic Prince – the Zannen 5 are soldiers in the middle of a war and it’s only natural that physical threat is part of the package deal. That said, I fully expect Tamaki to survive this adversity, most probably with some bumps and bruises. It’s still way too early to kill off a main character and while her childish personality might not always be the most agreeable, both Tamaki and Ataru are in an enviable position of being the comic relief of the show, and their roles are essential to maintain the balance between humor and seriousness. This is indeed a series that presents some very contrasting tones from an episode to another, and even within the episode itself. The fast-paced action sequences are prominently featured in every episode, but there are some lightweight comedic material inserted occasionally as well. No question, the storytelling in Majestic Prince remains one of the most articulate and fascinating of the season, and I’m very interested to see where the show goes from here.
- I just can’t sing enough praises for the absolutely brilliant themes songs in Majestic Prince. Both the opening and ending themes are composed by the tremendously talented Ishikawa Chiaki, best known as the one-half of See-Saw. Her vocal works and musical composition in anime are legendary and some of my favorites include Gundam 00’s “Prototype“, Gundam Seed Destiny’s “Kimi wa Boku ni Niteiru”, .hack//SIGN’s “Obsession“, Kamisama Dolls’s “Switch ga Haittara” and Sengoku Basara’s “Gyakko“.
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – Now we know why the Zannen 5 were selected and wow, that’s how you do a cliffhanger! #MJP #Anime
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