Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince – 18
「都市学園防衛戦(後篇)」 (Toshi Gakuen Bōei Sen [Kou Hen])
“Defensive Battle at Cosmopolitan Academy (Conclusion)”
Majestic Prince is the very essence of a mecha porn! Yes, I fully realize this is starting to sound like a broken record, but the show just keeps on one-upping itself – and at this rate, it’s almost impossible for me to contain my sheer exhilaration. I don’t know how Majestic Prince does it – whether it’s the second long-range snipe from space or the three-way face-off between Izuru, Klein and Toshikazu, every single mecha action was meticulously choreographed and the grandeur featured here might just be its finest piece of work yet! Speaking of the massive snipe, it looks like the slip from last week was nothing more than a missed shot – it was a flub both on the part of Ataru and of course, my failed prediction. Klein survived the initial shot by a stroke of luck and the ensuing showdown was, needless to say, a feast for the eyes! Izuru has shown us, yet again, why he is the ace of aces – the pilot of Red 5 has no intention of letting Klein pass and by hook or by crook, Izuru was going to be defend Gurantseere Academy at all cost! Luckily for him, Izupyon doesn’t have to go it alone in this fight and his ever-so-dependable comrades were all ready to stand by his side, no matter how dire the situation gets! Teamwork is just as important as raw skills – it’s without a doubt to Majestic Prince’s credit that everyone received a fair share of the spotlight this week and the epic clash, one that pits the entire Zannen 5 against Klein, is surely a supreme exemplar of such an effort!
There’s no denying it – Izuru would not have made it out alive had it not been for his comrade’s timely reinforcements! Toshikazu was a clear standout in this respect – while he has seemingly found his niche in a supporting role, the valiant effort that he displayed in this confrontation was no less than an ace! The pilots of both Red 5 and Blue 1 have undeniably proven their worth at the front line, but that doesn’t mean the ones in the rear are nothing more than sitting ducks! Kei, my number-one girl, has just given me yet another reason to fall all over her – it’s certainly beyond doubt that she has a mind as sharp as a steel trap, and her quick wits played a role of utmost importance in this mission. Kei’s strategic advice was both audacious and spot-on, and such a striking feat is, no question, a testament to her growth as a character – the pilot of Purple 2 has come a long way since her moment of falter back at Episode 4! The Zannen 5 might have emerged victorious, but it sure as hell did come at a great cost – for starters, Rose 3 is completely in shambles, and the rest of the AHSMB units have also sustained some pretty severe damage! I’m hard pressed to call this a grand slam for the humans and as Captain Amane aptly pointed out, Earth’s forces have been diminished to close to none – and such an outcome doesn’t bode well for the humans, not one bit!
The defeat of Klein might have been a win for the humans – but interestingly enough, his demise hasn’t dealt any sort of death blows to the Wulgaru’s morale. The alien race has remained overtly hubristic, even after the death of a supposed high-ranking officer. It seems like esprit de corps is a notion that is completely foreign to the Wulgaru and the excessive egocentricity that prevails is hardly a pretty sight! Just like the humans, the Wulgaru has their fair share of treachery, malign and artifice, and it’s no surprise that Prince Jiart is right at the center of all this commotion. His true intention hasn’t been spelled out just yet, but it is also increasingly clear that Jiart has some sort of grand plan in the making. Whether it’s a blatant revolt or a complete annihilation of the human race, we’re certainly in for a bumpy ride as the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place. Teoria will most likely have a role to play in this conspiracy – what that may be is anyone’s guess, and while we weren’t privy to the nuts and bolts of the encrypted message, she does appear to be genuinely perturbed by the recent turn of events! Jiart is quite an imposing figure to say the least and unfortunately for Radha, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time – nobody crosses Jiart and the subsequent carnage that he unleashed should give us an idea of how intricately complex the political ballgame is! This might not be all that obvious at first glance, but both the Wulgaru and the humans are in point of fact more similar than they would care to admit – it remains to be seen if a win-win solution can emerge before all the dust settles and Team Rabbit will, no doubt, be front and center in this ensuing resolution!
- Majestic Prince has just spoiled me rotten, period – I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve replayed the first ten minutes! That was wow, just WOW!
- Stab him and stab him again, just how sturdy is the Wulgaru mecha? – It took the combined effort of the entire Zannen 5 to bring this one unit down!
- That’s a pretty nifty trick that Purple 2 has over there – It’s all about the little details, and Majestic Prince has yet to disappoint me one bit!
- “I want to see Tamaki chan” – Don’t give up, Patrick! I’m rooting for you.
- “Don’t you dare doze off!” – Can you blame the guy? He must be exhausted.
- Quick question, who do you think has the bigger boobs, Tamaki or Reika? – Rin Rin is going to pamper those lovely puppies real good!
- “What’s with the long face?” – Rin Rin needs someone to cheer her up! How about threesome?
- A setting of flower fields, coupled with the sight of mecha in ruins – The scenes in this episode reminded me somewhat of the beautiful ED sequence, “Trust You”, from Gundam 00. A truly spectacular performance by Ito Yuna, one of my longtime favorites!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #MajesticPrince 18: I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve replayed the first ten minutes. Astounding, marvelous and splendid – the very essence of a mecha porn is right before your eyes! #Anime
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