Coming into this third week, one of the biggest things for me was seeing if Coppelion was going to continue the skipping and rushed development we saw in the second episode. Luckily, it seems like it was only for that portion—at least, that’s what I hope—and the third episode ends up righting the ship somewhat. It doesn’t quite make up for the shortfalls of last week and the development is far from ideal (partially as a result of last week), but if it stays like this the rest of the way, I’d gladly continue watching.
With that said, what we get this week is essentially a quick resolution in terms of the “delivery man” responsible for supplying the remaining people living within Tokyo. As it turns out, it’s the same man who caused the incident in the first place in Tristar Industries scientist Denjiro Shiba, and things actually turn out far more positive in terms of his meeting with our main characters than expected. Of course, considering the back story—Denjiro’s essentially doing this because he feels guilty at this point—it makes sense, but it’s still quite surprising how well things end up here, and it’s not without a bit of irony that the man who was on the cutting edge of scientific innovation now speaks of science as a kind of curse instead.
But as they say, if something gets resolved too easily, there’s probably something else coming. And we get that literally moments after the aforementioned encounter—in the form of the sudden appearance of a B-2 Spirit Bomber piloted by unknown assailants. Strange decisions to land and try and capture the grandma aside, the appearance of these unknowns suddenly make things very darn interesting, and there ain’t nothing like seeing Ibara wielding a Type 91 surface to air missile to get one excited for the next episode.
Suffice to say, it’s also interesting to note the revelation that new, higher level contamination “zones” are suddenly popping up. And while they’re probably caused by the “goods drop off” from the bomber, it makes you wonder what the purpose of that is. At the very least, it seems like they’re intentionally doing this to try and keep people out of the area, and I gotta say, if they possess weapons such as the B-2, one can only wonder what else they have up their sleeves. On the bright side, it seems like our heroines also have some tricks up their sleeves too—each of them seem to have some kind of genetically enhanced ability—and they might just need every bit of that and then some in the future.
Overall though, it’s a decent episode to say the least. Some of the more emotional scenes could use a bit of work in terms of how they’re delivered—especially considering how last week’s episode didn’t do well in this regard—but I can at least get behind some of the struggles our heroines have. After all, they essentially wouldn’t have been born if this accident never happened, but at the same time, it’s not like the fact they were born is all fun and games either. And well, the experience so far has been somewhat flawed to be sure, but there are things to like—including the continuously gorgeous backdrops from GoHands—and that’s good enough for me. Here’s looking forward to some surface-to-air missile awesomeness next week!
Author’s Note: As usual, please refrain from spoilers past this point in the manga. If you must, please use spoiler tags.