Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince – 04
You can always count on Majestic Prince for high-speed action sequences and Episode 4 continues the positive trend as we discovered what happened after the cliffhanger last week. I hardly know where to begin in trying to describe just why this episode was so spectacular – it was incredibly tense from start to finish and I got a charge out of every moment as Team Rabbit faced off with the new enemies. The Zannen 5 was unquestionably boxed into an adverse position – they were no match for the Wulgaru’s forces and Capt. Komine (Nakanishi Toshiharu), who is clearly more interested in his own pride, refused to let them retreat. But what became clear almost immediately is that Izuru has proven once again he’s an exceptionally resourceful pilot, despite his young age and dorky charm. The man behind Red 5 has a number of distinct quirks that makes him a bit of a square peg, but his unparalleled ability to focus also means he’s uniquely qualified to be an AHSMB pilot – he was the only one who wasn’t faltering under such stressful scenarios, and the “hero” who rescued both Tamaki and Kei from harm’s way. Such qualities are not only important for a pilot, it is also crucial for successful leadership and no question, if there was ever a certain someone who can bridge the gap of trust between the Zannen 5, it would still be Izuru.
A lot of the credit for the recent run of excellence has been attributed to its action scenes, but it’s also worth noting that Majestic Prince has the makings of something quite fascinating at the character level. I’m continually amazed by the sheer amount of development that all the major casts have received in a fairly brief period and notwithstanding the occasional verbal jabs, Team Rabbit has undoubtedly seen a reservoir of goodwill fostered over the course of their missions. The interpretation of why the Zannen 5 turned out the way they did needs to accommodate the world-building at the macro level and this episode provided insights that weaved together the origins of the genetically modified teen-soldiers, the sudden emergence of the enemy alien race and the decision behind sending Team Rabbit to the frontline. The story is a relatively straightforward science fiction, but what sticks out for me is the lopsided balance of power between the human and Wulgaru. In spite of the human’s vastly superior numbers, it appears the alien race has the edge in warfare technology and the battle outcome has been disproportionately skewed in the Wulgaru’s favor thus far. It remains to be seen if the successful rollout of the JURIA-AHSMB combo can turn the tide for the humans and to complicate matters further, hanging over all this is the big question mark next to the mysterious silver-hair maiden – what is her relationship with the Wulgaru or the humans, for that matter? Whoever she is, it’s likely she’ll play a major role in the conflict between the two opposing forces and if the opening theme is any indication, she might even be a potential love interest for Izuru.
It’s amazing how many questions were answered in a mere four episodes, and Majestic Prince is certainly off to a great start. Part of the reason for the success of this show is the presence of its winning group of supporting cast and without doubt, they are desperately in need of more screen time, especially the busty head mechanic, Saionji Reika (Oohara Sayaka) and her straight-faced osananajimi, Rin Rin. The introduction of Team Doberman this week will certainly clear the stage for some new drama and while we don’t have a lot of details about them, I suspect they will serve the roles as the mentor figures for our leads and that should add another layer of complexity to the show.
- We now know who has the better alcohol tolerance! I wonder if Rin Rin gets sugar rush from all the lollipops that she consumes.
- I love the comic strip-like art style that they used to show used to explain the Wulgaru invasion.
- The attention to details displayed in its mecha designs continues to impress – detachable arm guards that can emit force shields, now that’s pretty cool!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #MJP 04: Izuru showed once again why he’s a badass. Their origins are revealed! Who is that silver-hair maiden? Is she a Wulgaru? #Anime