「私にできること」 (Watashi ni Dekiru Koto)
“To Do What I Can”
Episode at a Glance:
While under attack by the Neuroi that appeared, the naval fleet wonders why it’s toying with them. Below deck, Yoshika is shuddering in fear, so Mio gives her an intercom to communicate with her in emergencies, and tells her not to go outside. Intending to fight, Mio, equipped with her Striker Unit, leads a squadron of regular aircraft into battle. While Mio’s busy searching for the Neuroi’s core, Yoshika goes above deck and contacts her saying she wishes to help in some way. Hearing this, Mio is concerned about Yoshika’s safety, but gets motivated by her courage in this situation, and cuts off one of the Neuroi’s wings.
Using her right eye (Glam Sight?), she locates the Neuroi’s core, while Yoshika tries to heal an injured personnel. After being told she’s just in the way, Yoshika still insists on helping, so she gets sent off to get more bandages. Meanwhile, all the fighter planes have been shot down, leaving Mio to fight the Neuroi alone. Yoshika on the other hand is frightened while retrieving bandages and feels she can’t do anything in this situation, when an attack on the ship knocks her down. Reminded of how her father once told her she’d become a great magician like her mother and grandmother, Yoshika equips a nearby Striker Unit and takes to the sky to protect everyone.
With the fleet about to abandon ship, they notice Yoshika (and her relationship to Dr. Miyafuji), who can’t quite control her flying yet, but is able to produce an enormous magical shield. Insisting that she use the gun she brought herself, Mio explains their plan of attack. After a missed chance due to Yoshika’s exhaustion, Mio diverts the Neuroi’s attention again, allowing Yoshika to close in for an attack. While able to reveal the core, Yoshika can’t follow up on her attack, but Strike Witch reinforcements from Britannia are able to deliver the killing blow. During this time, Mio catches a passed out Yoshika, which draws the jealous attention of Perrine. Once awake, Mio praises the rookie Strike Witch on a job well done.
At Britannia, Yoshika is taken to the remains of the address where the letter came from, a former research facility of her father’s, and thanks Mio for bringing her here. Explaining that she used to live here with her father, the two reminisce about Yoshika’s father and visit his gravestone, which has writing on it that encourages one to use their power to protect people. Reading this, Yoshika is brought to her knees in tears, while Mio looks on. Before they leave, Yoshika asks Mio to let her join the Strike Witches, so that she can grant her father’s wish of protecting many people. Mio gladly agrees and introduces Yoshika to the rest of The 501st Joint Fighter Wing as its newest member.
「一人じゃないから」 (Hitori Janai Kara)
“Lonely No More”
Well, this series has drawn quite a lot of attention it seems, but not for the right reasons in my opinion. After going through five pages of comments last time, I will first and foremost say that if you feel so strongly that this series is so-called “lolicon” (regardless of what your definition of that word is in an anime context) and don’t wish to watch it for that reason, that’s your prerogative. Not everyone is going to agree on the issue, but I respect people’s decisions, regardless of whether or not I agree with the train of thought behind that decision. If people can be a little more open-minded about such things though, then all the better. Now with that said, the number of underwear/spandex shorts shots this week reduced drastically, and to me, was already a mere afterthought, so I don’t see any point in bringing it up anymore in my coverage. I just hope that that’s not all people care to comment about, especially if they don’t watch the show and are drawing that conclusion from the screenshots alone.
As for the actual episode, there was a fair amount of exciting action with the entire twenty minutes or so devoted to the battle with the Neuroi, which by the way, seems to regenerate just like WORMs. A noticeable difference compared to Sky Girls though is that the fleet doesn’t rely on the Strike Witches alone, as they’re supported by squadrons of regular fighter planes. Plot-wise, it was pretty apparent that this would be the episode where Yoshika changes her outlook on the war and joins the Strike Witches, but I was curious to see what would motivate her to do so. Without a doubt, it would entail her father’s involvement with the development of the Striker Unit, but that determination in her eyes (especially when she was told several times that she’s just a bother), is a character trait that definitely helped in her decision. Because of this and her earnest nature, Yoshika is also a easily likable heroine (at least to me). I felt kind of sorry for her as she cried her eyes out after reading the motto her father swore by until the very end, but hopefully that will just make her stronger over time. 「よしよし芳佳ちゃん。 元気出せ！」 (There there, Yoshika-chan. Cheer up!)
Next time, Yoshika gets some actual training along with the rest the Strike Witches. Hopefully we’ll see more of Perrine‘s jealousy too as that’s always amusing to watch.
– Miyafuji Yoshika (宮藤 芳佳) / Fukuen Misato (福圓 美里)
– Sakamoto Mio (坂本 美緒) / Chiba Saeko (千葉 紗子)
– Perrine-H. Clostermann (ぺリーヌ・クロステルマン) / Sawashiro Miyuki (沢城 みゆき)
– Francesca Lucchini (フランチェスカ・ルッキーニ) / Saitou Chiwa (斎藤 千和)
– Gertrud Barkhorn (ゲルトルート・バルクホルン) / Sonozaki Mie (園崎 未恵)
– Professor Miyafuji (宮藤博士) & Narration (ナレーション) / Gouda Hodzumi (郷田 ほづみ)
– Captain (艦長) / Mugihito (麦人)
– Vice-captain (副長) / Hori Yukitoshi (堀 之紀)
– Communications officer (通信兵) / Takahashi Kenji (高橋 研二)
– Injured soldier (負傷兵) / Nakanishi Hideki (中西 英樹)
– Medic (衛生兵) / Iijima Hajime (飯島 肇)
– Pilot (パイロット) / Miyashita Eiji (宮下 栄治)
– Pilot (パイロット) / Koizumi Yutaka (小泉 豊)