「潜航限界」 (Senkou Genkai)
Ah yes, the obligatory Sci-Fi battle episode. A staple of Sci-Fi series involving military factions, it’s not a stretch to say that battles can make or break an entire series. If done well, you’ll get an episode with thrilling action that gets your blood pumping, develops characters, and sets-up for future plot development. If done wrong, you’ll get a battle that drags on too long, includes twists for impact value only, and/or something that’s just pretty light show, if it’s pretty at all. Luckily, Ozuma does it right.
Now, I’ll admit that not much happens this episode per say, but there’s heck of a lot to like here. I mean, the battle not only manages to progress the plot slightly, but also serves as a medium for revelations about the world, as well for the development of various characters. For instance, the battle tactics used can arguably be seen as a character development tool, demonstrating the capabilities of the two Captains, the loyalty they command from their fellow shipmates, as well as their various emotional reactions to certain situations. In addition, the variety of battle tactics used serve as an emphasis as to just how different Ozuma’s Earth is from ours, and really hammers in the dire straits the populace faces. I mean, when you’re using weapons like those Sand Anchors, a weapon I don’t ever remember seeing in any other series, it really goes to show the effect the world has on the military, and makes you realize how much it must effect the average person. Heck, part of me now wonders if it’s the right thing for Bainas to not give back Maya to Theseus, as she seems to be a key to the survival of the human race.
In any case, I could go on and on, but really, all it goes to show is just how much aspects are subtly included in addition to the battle and how well this episode was done. And this is without even taking into account the subtle hint of potential romance between Sam and Maya, the fact that the masked Captain is most likely the male in Bainas’ picture, and the superb voice acting behind the two Captains (Tanaka Atsuko as Bainas and Hayami Show as the masked Captain)!
As such, this episode definitely makes me reaffirm the fact that I’ll sticking with this series until the end. I admit the 6 episode total scared me off a little bit at first and the retro art took a little bit to get used to, but at this point, I think all Sci-Fi fans should definitely give Ozuma a flyer. It might not take much new pages out of the book so to speak, but it has that classic goodness from shows of years past, and I’ll vouch that it won’t be a waste of your time.
**On a side note, I’ll venture a guess and say that Bainas and the masked Captain were romantically linked before the start of the series, but reluctantly separated due to differing views about the future of humanity. (You heard it here first!) Also, I’d like to thank Suff for bringing the picture to my attention after the first episode. (Thanks! :D).
「千年の迷い」 (Sennen no Mayoi)
“A Thousand Years of Doubt”
Darn it Sam, how could you let her fall like that!? Where’s your manliness huh!? Why can’t you be like Gido and be able to run like a ninja to rescue the damsel in distress!? WHY!? Aherms*
Sorry about that. It’s just that this episode was just full of some amazing surprises, and I’m just totally in awe at the moment. The episode just lulls you in with this false sense that nothing major’s going to happen, then hits you in the face with revelation after revelation, development after development. I mean, I had some expectations on what Ozuma would look like, but nothing like THAT. And Gido… I noted how he looked very similar to the man in Bainas’ picture last time, but for Gido to actually be someone else merely using his body, that blew my mind. It fits in with the Sci-Fi theme and the fact that Theseus is made up of clones of the so called “Ideal Children,” but this is just miles beyond what I was expecting. I don’t dislike it though, considering how much it reminds me of Ghost in the Shell and the transfer of ones’ consciousness into a prosthetic body, but I just had to take a moment to pick up my jaw after that. And to top it all off, we have other key developments like Ozuma responding to Maya’s call, the revelation of how things work in Theseus, and the reveal of the Bardanos’ shelter, among other things.
Suffice to say, things are definitely starting to build up story-wise, and at just the right time. The lull in the beginning had me wondering if Ozuma had enough luxury, time-wise, to be able to afford such a break in the story, but this episode shot that worry down and probably for good. With Sam and Mimay getting ready to mount a rescue of Maya the next episode, I don’t have a doubt in my mind that things’ll continue to develop from here, and in a positive way. I reckon the rescue’ll be successful in the sense that Maya ends up back with Sam, but the process itself is bound to be anything but straight forward. I’d go venturing a guess at how the rescue happens, but considering how my guess regarding Gido didn’t quite hit the mark and the fact that the developments were just full of surprises this time, I’m just gonna sit back and enjoy the ride this time. One thing’s for certain though, Ozuma‘s ending’s shaping up slowly, and it seems to be gearing up for quite the climactic one, to say the least. There’s are some questions regarding Maya and her link to the Ozuma, but I reckon we’ll find the answers to them soon enough, as it looks unlikely the story will conclude without addressing that point, considering how integral they both have been to the plot up to now.
Alas, it’ll be a long week’s wait until next week, but at least there’re be the real start of the new season to ease the pain a bit. ^^
**Sorry for the delay guys! Took a little bit to decide on the shows to cover, but as you can see, I’ve decided to resume coverage of Ozuma until its conclusion. Also, the schedule listing who will cover what this season been finalized for the most part and should be up (in all its color-coded goodness) in the coming days.