Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince – 11
「オペレーション・アレス」 (Opera shon aresu)
The action-packed space battles are broadly perceived as the main attraction of Majestic Prince. But in reality, the show is also carving out its own niche as a heartfelt drama, and the latest episode was yet another beautiful display of character individuality and intellectual depth. Tamaki, in particular, was a standout this week and while her unfailing optimism was always apparent, it was not until this episode that she rose above the level of comic relief and connected with me emotionally. On the surface, she seemed like a fairly normal 15-year old – innocent, lovestruck and mostly harmless – but what makes her especially distinctive is how shamelessly she indulged in her inner goofball and there’s absolutely no pretense whatsoever in everything she says or does. Clearly, the instinct-based JURIA system is very much dependent upon the user’s mental state and it could be such naiveté that makes Tamaki exceptionally well-suited to be an AHSMB pilot. But for all her childish and cockamamie demeanors, Tamaki has proven more than once that she is a very competent soldier and the display of her raw skills was never more conspicuous during their latest mission on Mars. I don’t think anyone would question the significance of Tamaki’s role in Operation Ares – the spinning top-like maneuver that she performed with Rose 3 was quite a visual feat and it was her quick thinking that opened a pathway for Suruga to make his crucial snipe, thereby making the mission a success!
Speaking of Operation Ares, it did not turn out to be the rescue mission that I suspected last week. Instead, it was an infiltration operation that gave the show the perfect chance to further explicate on the alien’s warfare technology and perhaps more importantly, the prevailing ethos of their civilization. The stark difference of their technology to that of the humans is certainly quite jarring and it appears that the Wulgaru is leaps and bounds ahead in terms of biomechanical development – the entire capital ship is constructed with organic tissues, as a case in point! Then there’s the grand dilemma surrounding the basic rights of an evolved sentient being and the fundamental view within the Wulgaru society that completely disregards that. Their cloned soldiers are not capable of free will and function only as killing machines – nothing more or nothing less. That the Zannen 5 is suffering through an identity crisis of their own is utterly beyond doubt, and Toshikazu brought up an interesting question that compares their own intrinsic worth to that of a Wulgaru trooper. The similarities on the face of it are uncannily apt – after all, Team Rabbit themselves are genetically modified soldiers created for the sole purpose of fighting this war. But there’s also huge discrepancy in that particular notion and as Izuru appropriately pointed out, the Zannen 5 have their full intent and discretion intact – they are not robots that blindly follow orders, and their participation in this war predominantly comes at their own choice, or so it seems.
No matter what their actual role in this war is, it appears there’s at least an adult out there who cares for their well-being and the fact that Suzukaze Rin is in charge of the Godinion indicates a higher survival probability for the Zannen 5. Unlike the dopey Captain Komine, Rin has notably proven to be a more proficient leader, and her keen decision-making aptitude and the ability to keep calm under the most dire scenarios makes her the perfect fit for the job. It remains to be seen if the success of this mission could turn the tide of war around and Commander Simon seems particularly interested in the location of a certain Gate, which I presume to be the space passage that connects the alien’s planet to Earth. What comes next for the Zannen 5 is hard to say – as it always is, but it looks like Teoria and Daneel will become increasingly involved in the human’s affairs and such a development has, no question, introduced a brand new character dimension to the series – one that, I suspect, would bring Team Rabbit closer to finding their own identity!
- A mandatory ass shot for the guys and a full-length image of Daneel for my female readers – who were kind enough to make their presence known last week!
- The many faces of Tamaki was such a blast to watch – excited, ready-for-battle, Nyaa!, relieved and bouncy!
- Hideauze (aka Space Squid) spotted, exterminate all of them! – I like them better as the delicious ika shiokara.
- That’s quite a nifty trick that Daneel has over there – I would have aced all my papers in college if I could do that!
- “3D girls are a pain in the ass” – But… there’s nothing to grab onto in the 2D world. I much prefer my 3D girls, thank you!
- “Master Daneel is in danger, we ought to hurry” – Tamaki has forgotten all about Izuru and Toshikazu, what a great friend she is!
- “Who is that? Is it Master Daneel?” – Wrong, all wrong, it’s just your lovable pit crew, who was busting their butts trying to save your life!
- “What’s with all this nyaa crap!” – Kei had the best line in this episode and it had me laughing-out-loud!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #MajesticPrince 11: A spinning top-like maneuver that clears the path for a crucial snipe – the attention to details in Majestic Prince continues to impress, both in its action sequences and character drama! #Anime
Full-length images: 01, 02, 07, 10, 18, 31.