「卒業」 (Sotsugyō )
In more than one way, this episode was a reward for the excellent character build-up of its first five and the emotional intensity experienced here was a direct consequence of all that heavy-lifting. It was perhaps a bit of a breather – something that I was anticipating last week – and one that is absolutely essential before the action picks up again for its second arc. This is a good time to reflect on what an incredible job the show has done with its characters and how every one of the Zannen 5 is profoundly alone, despite their world-famous repute and closeness to each other. The revelation that Team Rabbit will be graduating early doesn’t fundamentally change anything – such a concoction is further evidence that the higher-ups are desperate and the JURIA-AHSMB combo are their best chance against the Wulgaru. Interestingly enough, the Zannen 5 was not blindsided by what their superiors were up to – in fact, they realized almost right away that the MJP soldiers are merely experimental subjects and their advanced promotion signified more dangerous missions ahead. This raises the very troubling question of just who is on their side and if there’s any adult in this universe whom the kids can rely on – especially when their lives are on the line.
To my great relief, Instructor Suzukaze is that certain adult who stands out in this respect and the fact that she will become the Captain of the Godinion indicates a higher survival probability for the Zannen 5. I don’t think there’s any question that Rin Rin does genuinely care for the well-being of Team Rabbit – she was the only one who showed concerns for their state of readiness and the lone wolf who spoke up to her superiors when questionable judgments are made. On the other hand, Commander Simon’s intention is not nearly as transparent and he is certainly an individual who is shrouded in enigma. While I have no doubt he has the best interest of human race in mind, his shady dealings with the silver-hair maiden and some of the more radical ideas that he has brought forth are controvertible, to say the least. Then there’s Lieutenant Amane (Asano Masumi), whose thoughts and discussions have shed some light on the global scene of Earth’s politics. The great irony is that personal ambition will always stand at odds with a win-win solution and indeed, the inner disputes over the AHSMB-JURIA technologies only underscores the chronic tension that exists among the humans themselves.
Setting aside the complex matters at hand, what has also become indisputably clear to me is that Majestic Prince is an unabashedly sentimental show – and at the heart of all that is the Zannen 5 who, needless to say, has grown on me in a big way. Whether it’s the packing scenes, the graduation ceremony or the sight of fellow students paying their tributes to Team Rabbit, there was certainly an honest display of emotion that was particularly gratifying in this episode. I felt a real tug to the heartstrings seeing all five of them received the well-earned recognition from their peers, and it’s such unapologetic decency and innate humbleness that make shows such as this so special. We got our first glimpse of the Wulgaru’s inner workings at the end of this episode, and it seems like their side of the story will be the focus next week. The appearance of the alien race does look pretty human, but actual details of the mysterious life-form remained scarce – why did the prince retreat when he clearly had the upper hand and what is their relationship with the silver-hair maiden? Those are some of the questions that I hope the series will answer in the next few episodes and I have no doubt their part of the story will be center to the larger picture of Majestic Prince.
- It looks like Team Doberman survived for another day!
- Poor Toshikazu can’t seem to catch a break!
- Manga, cooking book and a lifestyle magazine! I’m surprised they didn’t find any porn stash.
- It seems like Kei has successfully conquered her stage fright. A job well done!
- Now that Rin Rin is permanently stationed as the captain of Godinion, does that mean there’ll be more Reika x Rin Rin moments?
- The mysterious girl from the last episode remained covert in this one.
- The brilliant insert song this week is the B-side track of its first OP – 「ココロ」 (Kokoro) by Kon Natsumi
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #MajesticPrince 06: A sentimental take of graduation day! Team Doberman survived for another day. #Anime