「嵐の中へ」 (Arashi no Naka E)
“Into the Storm”
Alright. This show has me sold. I was pretty darn excited after the first episode, but this second episode just corrosive torpedoed that to smithereens, and I’m just left with my mouth open as to how awesome this week was. tl-dr? It was 20 minutes of unadulterated, adrenaline rush inducing naval combat awesomeness.
Indeed, they don’t waste anytime at all bringing us right into the match-up between the 401 and the Heavy Cruiser Takao, and boy what a beauty of an episode it is. We got corrosive torpedoes, low-frequency torpedoes, ship transformations yielding hidden super-gravity cannons, massive life-size decoys… and well, the list goes on. Combine that with a fabulous soundtrack by Masato Kouda (making his first anime soundtrack by the way) and a CGI that looks best when mixed in with piew piew and explosions, and what more can I say? This is naval combat—no, action in general—done right, and what’s better is that they don’t just stop there.
Because ultimately, this is a sci-fi fan’s wet dream not only because of the aforementioned, but also due to the tactics employed and the terminology that comes with it. There ain’t nothing like hearing actual submarine terms used on a daily basis—SILENT RUNNING, LET’S GO!—to set the mood, and it just gets better when you consider the skillful usage of decoys (I’ll just hide that submarine under me, thank you very much) and deduction in attempting to sink the opponent.
With that said, Chihaya Gunzou’s really showing himself off as a skilled captain by far, and I’m really loving how he ain’t conservative at all when it comes to his naval combat style. There just ain’t as much action if you ain’t a gambler, and let’s just say his comment of “hypotheses are meant to be proven” just highlights which side of the equation he belongs to. What’s better is how he has a reliable crew that’s equally as over the top as he is, and gosh darn, it’s a pretty darn nice dynamic they end up setting up here between them all.
Ultimately though, it’s notably not all about the action this week—even though it essentially was almost an entire episode filled with it. We get a little more revelation in regards to the Admirality Code and the principles they operate for one (no direct attacks on land), as well as a quick mention of a “Hyuuga,” who seems to have been a notable Fog opponent defeated in the past. And with Takao’s episode ending thoughts about how she wants “a unit like” Gunzou, we also open up an interesting topic in regards to whether or not AI’s are better with or without human influence/assistance, and it’s a topic that another interesting (and somewhat similar) science fiction story in Yukikaze bought up too. Oh yeah, did I mention how awesome it’d be if it ended up being that the other ships all end up falling for him too? Cause darn, that’d be one awesome harem.
Ahem* Fantasies aside, it’s just a great episode that highlights one big reason why people watch anime in the first place: pure enjoyment. Essentially, Ars Nova seems to be one of those series that’s made for that reason, and I’m sure as heck enjoying the lights out of it. I mean, come on, fighting with ships that are virtually unaffected by typhoons? That’s just awesome. I just hope that that’s not the last we end up seeing of Takao though…
Where do we come from?
What are we?
Where are we going?
ED: 「ブルー・フィールド」 (Buru Firudo) by Trident