Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince – 09
It’s hardly a surprise that the Battle of Ceres concluded with the humans suffering considerable losses and with about half of its forces annihilated, the defense squad of Earth is undoubtedly boxed into an extremely adverse position. Casting aside the trivial aspects of human politics, the interesting question here, of course, is why the Wulgaru pulled back when they clearly had the upper hand. Even when they were overwhelmed by the humans in terms of sheer number, the Wulgaru’s edge in warfare technology is utterly beyond doubt and the alien’s battalion was on the verge of obliterating mankind in this crucial battle. There are a few possible reasons for the Wulgaru’s unanticipated retreat, not least of which is Jiart’s peculiar fascination with the pilot of Red 5 – a prospective prey in his twisted hunting game that for now, he deemed worthy of being kept alive ! As expected, the truth of this mortifying debacle was concealed from the general public on Earth, and Team Rabbit was branded as the heroes who brought about human’s sensational victory in this battle. There’s no question that such a blatant deception doesn’t sit well with the Zannen 5 and I suspect the most recent developments will exacerbate their identity crisis even further – especially as regards the latest bombshells that was revealed this week!
What we were told in this episode was certainly an eye-opener and the newest revelations have shed light on some of the most inscrutable aspects of this war, chief of all is the identity of the mysterious silver-hair maiden (Itou Shizuka) – who is presumably, the person Jiart referred to as Teoria. As it turns out, she is in fact, a Wulgaru, but one who has defected from her planet in pursuit of what I assume is a path to peace. Her role in this galactic conflict is a game changer and I don’t think it would be a stretch to say her intervention behind the scenes is the sole reason why the humans even stand a chance. After all, Teoria was the informant who clued the humans in on the imminent alien invasion and more importantly, her facilitations were crucial in the development of the JURIA-system, which is, indeed, derived from a template of the Wulgaru technology. What her real motives are has not been made apparent, but based on the intricate insights that were made known this week, she’s definitely not your run-of-the-mill pacifist who is looking for the easy way out. While her involution might have given the humans a fighting chance, it’s also undeniable that such treacherous act has led to countless bloodshed of her own people and for her to come to rest at a resolution like that would, no doubt, require an unparalleled tenacity on her part.
Then there’s the question surrounding the Teoria’s enigmatic connection to Izuru’s past, which has indubitably raised a few eyebrows. Kei, in particular, seemed to be somewhat disconcerted by Izuru’s fervent interest in another girl and such a breakthrough, to my greatest delight, has notably confirmed the budding romance that is gradually brewing in the backdrop. It has not been made clear whether Izuru’s enthrallment with Teoria is of the romantic kind, but what we know for certain is that Kei’s affection for Izuru is real and their latest hoopla by the water fountain has pretty much cemented her status as a potential love interest for Izuru. Of course, the drama looming in the stage set is never quite as straightforward, and I have a certain suspicion Toshikazu and Jiart might also have a role to play in this romantic subplot. Somewhat surprisingly, Toshikazu has hinted at a possible romantic endearment for Kei in their brief exchange this week and that, combined with Jiart’s keen fascination with Teoria would effectively make this complicated set of relationships a “love pentagon”. Such an unexpected unveiling has, without a doubt, got my adrenaline pumping hard and it almost goes without saying that I can’t wait to see how the pieces of puzzle fall into place!
- The many faces of Kei were just priceless – serious, amused, pissed off, suspicious and naked!
- That’s quite a poetic moment that Izuru and Teoria shared over here – Kei has every right to be jealous!
- “Can I have a space-sized Star Rose Parfait?” – Kei has a huge sweet tooth. That’s so adorable!
- Tamaki, Sports Illustrated Pajamas Issue!
- “Really? I think he’s a hottie!” – wait till Tamaki sees Jiart’s ass!
- “Kiraboshi!” – that’s a pretty nice wink you have over there!
- The futuristic landscape that was shown in this episode was simply stunning!
- Apparently, Toshikazu is fond of scented candles. The “Zen” in him helps soothe that big hole in his stomach.
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #MajesticPrince 09: A tough road ahead for the Zannen 5 – a “love pentagon” in the making and a Wulgaru spy who has defected to the humans #Anime
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