Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince – 08
「ケレス大戦」 (Keresu taisen)
“Battle of Ceres”
After a string of character-driven episodes, it’s about time things started to heat up again and that’s exactly what we got in the Battle of Ceres! The action and suspense, as expected, were ratcheted up to the hilt in the latest episode and it has just about everything I wanted in an epic mecha flick – great space battles, strategic warfare planning, cut-throat rivalry and some unexpected revelations at the end to tie it all together. Better than half of the episode was consumed by large-scale space combats and not surprisingly, the clash between Izuru and Jiart was right at the center of the fierce battles. As it turns out, Jiart holds a peculiar enthrallment with the pilot of Red 5 and their most recent collision underscored once again the stark difference between the alien race and the humans – not physically, but from an intellectual standpoint. Jiart can be compared to a potential powder keg in this war and he is indeed, the perfect embodiment of unconstrained free will – not only does he answer to no one, he also doesn’t show a blink of qualm in taking out his own allies. He sees the entire war as a sick hunting game – one that exists solely to satisfy his personal bellicosity – and presumably, that’s where of his fervent interest in Izuru stems from.
Jiart, of course, did emerge as the victor of this dogfight – there was never any question that he was the superior pilot, not to mention the technological advantage that his bio-mecha possessed. Izuru’s imminent rout was more than apparent, but the precise instant of his downfall was also where the real surprise of the episode started to transpire. Similar to the ones he calls “Lamata”, it appears that Jiart has no conception of a human appearance and the sight of Izuru – made visible through a fissure on Red 5’s damaged body – led to a somewhat haunting moment where the two different humanoid beings meet eye to eye for the first time. The unexpected convergence raised a number of interesting questions as to the Wulgaru, but more importantly, it brings the human one step closer towards understanding the enigmatic being. It’s not pure happenstance that Izuru was able to connect the alien race to the silver-hair maiden almost immediately – his unusual fascination with the girl has been made conspicuous from day one, but how would the latest revelation changed the character dynamics is something that is worthy of our attention in the coming weeks – especially as regards Teoria, who will most likely received a proper introduction next week!
There’s no question that Izuru was yet again, a clear stand out of this cast, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the Zannen 5 were pushovers or sitting ducks in this imposing battlefield. In fact, the entire team received a fair share of the spotlight and Asagi, in particular, excelled in this mission as the substitute leader of Team Rabbit. The pilot of Blue 1 has always been the most inscrutable member of the main cast and more often than not, his uncompromising sensibility and excessive deliberation keep interfering with his ability to perform. I was ecstatic to learn that things were not working against him this time around and it felt like a well-deserved reward to finally see Asagi’s hard work paid off, in a spectacular fashion at that – not only did he courageously serve as the sole vanguard of the lineup, he also succeeded in motivating the team when it seemed like the cooperative effort was breaking apart. The action-packed set pieces of this episode have impressed me to no end, and as everything start to wind down next week, it’ll be interesting to see where Team Rabbit goes from here and how will they hold up after the latest unveilings – some of which, no doubt, are bound to lead to more questions than answers!
- I’m embarrassed to say I can hardly keep up with all the weaponry jargons in Majestic Prince – Tactical Heavy Laser System, Sublight Missiles, laser canons, force shields, missiles and more missiles!
- While those petty decoys from Red 5 didn’t faze Jiart one bit, it was pretty impressive from a viewer’s perspective.
- Izuru’s keen survival instinct saved his life once again – seeing the JURIA-system at work left a silly grin on my face!
- Team Doberman survived for another week! It looks like they could very well breeze through the first cour without any casualty – did I just jinx it?
- First Rin Rin and now Kei – I approve of Randy’s superb taste in woman!
- Komine’s ineptitude was recorded by the reporters – let’s hope he gets removed by the top brass next week!
- Have a break, have a… protein pack?
- Both Kei and Teoria were featured in the preview for next week’s episode. A love triangle in the making? – I’m probably reading too much into this!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #MajesticPrince 08: The Battle of Ceres was easily the most action-packed set piece yet and it has just about everything I wanted in an epic mecha flick! #Anime
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