Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince – 05
「小惑星基地潜入作戦」 (Shōwakusei kichi sennyū sakusen )
“Operation: Infiltrate a Planetoid Base”
After the high intensity of the first four episodes, this was supposed the breather week for Majestic Prince – clearly, that did not happen! The introduction of Team Doberman – Randy Maxwell (Katsu Anri), Patrick Hoyle (Murase Ayumu), Rakesh Chandrasekhara (Fujiwara Yuuki) – continues the positive trend and their presence helped established the characterization of the Zannen 5 who has, without doubt, grown on me in a big way. Izuru and Kei – a personal favorite of mine, remained the obvious stand out, but Ataru is the character who made his mark in this episode. His goofball persona isn’t a false guise, but as we learned this week, there’s more to the pilot of Gold 4 than meets the eyes. We were told two episodes ago he has exceptional memory in selected areas and evidently, such competence was applied in the area of electronic gadgetry – not just guns and rifles, he was proficient enough to fix a bomb that was damaged during their mission. While Izuru is the bold and forceful one, Ataru is comparatively more reserved and insecure, but that doesn’t mean he’s a pushover – in fact, he’s most certainly capable of pulling it together when the time calls for it and his role was vital to the success of Operation MacLean this week.
Speaking of Operation MacLean, the supposedly straightforward mission turned out to be a highly suspenseful thrill ride from start to finish – one where we feared for the lives of our protagonists at every moment. The topic of teamwork was clearly an integral part of this episode, and while Izuru’s raw skills in the battlefield is beyond doubt, it’s undeniable he tries to take on too much of the heavy-lifting himself. As Randy aptly pointed out, you can’t keep a team together if you don’t believe in your man – that’s an advice that Izuru has taken to heart, and by delegating the tasks at hand, he has not only grown as a character, but also succeeded at unleashing Team Rabbit’s true potential in a crucial battle. As usual, the fast-paced action scenes were amazing to look at and we got a glimpse of some new mecha capabilities that wasn’t made apparent in the previous episodes, chief of all is the weaponry and force shield system of Kei’s Control Unit. I don’t think there’s any doubt the state-of-the-art CGI has served the many choreographed battles in Majestic Prince admirably and it strikes me as even more impressive that the animation quality has shown no sign of deterioration after four action-packed episodes.
Naturally, I am suspicious of what were the aliens up to at such a secluded base and it’s not just that one point – the entire notion of the Wulgaru remains riddled with questions and I suspect there’s a story of conspiracies brewing in the backdrop. Where things go from here is anyone’s guess, but it seems like Team Doberman will have a larger role to play in the story than previously assumed. Courtesy of Randy’s well-intentioned mischief, the Zannen 5 had their first experience in porn-viewing and no question, it was full of hilarious moments – the childlike Tamaki mistook it for wrestling and Kei was so furious that she gave Randy the “death glare”! Despite his womanizing demeanor, Ataru was so perplexed by the video that he fled the room almost immediately and to my surprise, it was Izuru and Toshikazu who ended up watching the video all night. That’s a side of the characters that I would love to see more of and judging from the sheer hilarity that Team Doberman brought to this episode, their addition to cast can only be good news and I eagerly await the next shenanigan that Randy pulls on all of them!
- It appears that Rin Rin has the face of a porn star. Let’s throw in Reika and have a full-on yuri skit!
- Who’s this mysterious girl?
- The tentacle-like feature of the Gunner Unit is pretty handy.
- Team Rabbit will be graduating from the academy next week. Things are certainly moving quickly!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #MajesticPrince 05: Team Rabbit’s accomplishment: Watch porn and blow up an enemy base, all in the same week! #Anime