I really liked how Sadri played off the distrust between Millia’s coalition army. It seemed like an ingenious strategy, one you could expect from an experienced general, and added in another layer to make the battle more realistic. You have to salute Orang for not panicking like his subordinates and firing upon the Glacies fighters. You also have to give Fam props (albeit reluctantly) for stopping Dian since she looked like she was going to retaliate out of spite.
Just when Fam was showing some signs of a more compelling story, it goes and trashes all the suspense and realism it created over the course of the series. I think it’s unrealistic for a ceasefire to occur in that situation even if it were Sara asking for one. I’m sure Sadri cares for Sara but I find it highly unlikely he would just ditch Luscinia (someone who he has backed for all these years) for her. I also find it unlikely that Sadri would just fall in line like the others. If only Luscinia were going to be as easy to convince. A more plausible outcome would have been Sadri partially destroying Boreas seeing as he already had the upper hand by filling in that gorge, which would then have led to a conditional surrender. Yes, the Silvius came in to save the day but I don’t think a lone ship could have salvaged that battle from the clutches of defeat. Also, that raises the question that if they were going to defend Boreas, why didn’t they just park their Exile nearby?
The scene with the Silvius coming to save the day left me very disappointed. I picture one of the writers playing a SHMUP and thinking it might be a good idea to lift a special attack from one of the games. It was not a good idea and felt uninspired. It seemed like they were just trying to save time instead of putting proper thought into how the Silvius could reenter an important battle while having an impact on the outcome.
On the other hand, this episode’s music was great. The instrumentals really fit the melancholy yet hopeful mood. The new ED really reminded me of some music you might find in an epic RPG like Kingdom Hearts. I wholeheartedly approve of the pieces used in this episode. I also found the animation to be some of the best I’ve seen in weeks.
* “Laha” looks similar to Fam. Possibly related?
* Blowing up the cliff and filling the gorge was way too simple.
* New ED video for 「Innocent Eyes」 by Hitomi Kuroishi might come later.
* For those of you who don’t know what a “SHMUP” is, it’s short for “shoot’em up.” It a genre of arcade games. Search on youtube if you want an example.
* Full-length images: 05, 07, 25
ED4: 「Innocent Eyes」 by Hitomi Kuroishi