「深海の秘密」 (Shinkai no Himitsu)
“Deep Sea Secret”
As Suisei enters its final chapters, things really get rolling as Pinion and Ledo begin their whalesquid hunt. Surprisingly, the whalesquid end up a lot less menacing than expected—only 1/120 of Chamber’s combat prowess—but I guess it’s fitting, because this episode’s not so much about the fighting and Pinion finally getting back here as it is about the revelations behind the Hideazue origins.
Indeed, the first half of the episode—with all those whalesquid larvae getting slaughtered—just reeked of something not feeling quite right, and all really came to a head with Ledo’s initial inability to access the information garnered by Chamber’s translation of various left over artifacts. Admittedly, I was somewhat surprised when Ledo actually overrides the initial rejection of his request, but it’s one of those pleasant surprises to say the least, as the following developments really start changing the landscape…
…because as it turns out, the Hideazue themselves are pretty much human-engineered (and in other ways, seem to be actual humans themselves, merged with characteristics of the Hideazue—or at least, there were such variants made at some point in time). There’s also the confirmation that an ice age occurrence (these cycles do happen in history from time to time due to various factors as a kind of cooling mechanism for the planet) led to the initial exodus and experimentation in the first place. Generally, none of the above ends up being too surprising at all (considering pretty much all of the above was hypothesized by either myself or other commentators), but actually seeing the revelation (especially after the massacre that came before it and the death of that special Hideazue/Human hybrid at the end) did notably gave me some chills regardless.
In the end however, the question ends up being one that, while used frequently as a plot device, is still something that ends up still interesting regardless. That is, the question of what do you do when you’re on the brink of potential extinction. In trying for your solution to salvation, is there a right and wrong if it’s something that ultimately saves your species? Or is it something that’s not worth it if you have to sacrifice everything that makes you human to do it? Sure, achieving the ability to induce artificial evolution is arguably the pinnacle of science, but at what cost does it become not worth it? It’s a philosophical discussion for the ages if I’ve ever seen one and one that really never ceases to arouse my interest no matter how many times I see it. There’s just something innately “human” in the nature of the question, and the fact that I’m a science major myself just adds to the experience for me in this respect too.
Regardless though, we can kind of picture how things have gone on since (at least in the Suisei universe)—which is that theoretically, the two sides have likely never stopped fighting since—and it just goes to show both the magnitude of the issue and of the potential of both sides. Still, if there’s one thing this episode really seems to hammer in for me, it’s that the likelihood that there’s a non-violent solution is higher than ever. I had mentioned this previously as a potential end result, and it definitely seems that the information Ledo has uncovered could really turn the situation around peacefully—again, via the discovery of some kind of means of communication with the Galactic Alliance/Hideazue. I wouldn’t be surprised if the whalesquid themselves have some unique ability to communicate with the Hideazue in space at this point—perhaps via something built into them structurally—and in many ways, it’d be fitting to say the least. Of course, this latter part is wild conjecture, but it’d admittedly set up some pretty nice dynamics if Ledo ends up communicating via the whalesquid and stopping the war that way.
Looking forward, I’m admittedly slightly worried at the fact there’s only a few episodes left… but at the same time, this episode and the amount of information we got this week did speed up the potential time table for a proper resolution quite a bit. Guess we’ll see how things work out.