「横須賀急襲」 (Yokosuka Kyushu)
“Assault on Yokosuka”
You know what’s the only thing better than taking down a heavy crusier? Taking down a battleship. And what’s better than that? Taking down both at the same darn time. Just bloody @#$%! fantastic. The only thing I’m starting to wonder though, is at what point does all this excitement end up being bad for your health. Because between this and Kill la Kill on Thursday, I don’t know if I’ll last the rest of the season without ending up in the hospital from all the excitement. (I’m only half joking).
But yeah, it’s just another fabulous episode of naval combat awesomeness, and you gotta love how well Gunzou and Iona work together. Indeed, as our battleship combination of Kirishima and Haruna find out the hard way, they’re dealing with a combination well beyond their farthest expectations (or should I say calculations?), and it’s something that becomes especially apparent when you’re foolish enough to fight them when they got home field advantage. Their use of decoy torpedo launchers to escape initially was just superb, and Iona’s calculations just perfect in regards to supplying Gunzou with the information necessary to succeed. Follow that up with Gunzou’s usual all or nothing, aggressive style, and I just run out of words describing how great of a watch this series is.
Granted, it would’ve been quite a bit more awesome if they had their own active supergravity cannon to take out both docked battleships at the same time… but I guess the way things ended wasn’t bad at all—especially when you consider how ridiculous it was that they docked in the first place (OH THE PUNS). I mean, shiz, that’s both so ridiculous and so bloody awesome at the same time. They even got a bloody epic tractor beam that parts the sea like something straight out of religious texts. Just A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Each week just continues to bring something new to change things up, and it’s like, dang, whacha gonna break out next? Send out the whole fleet? Phew*
Fanboying aside though, this episode notably continues the humanization of the Fog—or at least, that of the few ships we’ve managed to see with mental models. At this point, they’re just copying human mannerisms, and it’s admittedly interesting to see how fast they’re changing now that they have those mental models. They’re sitting down to have conversations instead of relying only on their Fog comm systems, experiencing obvious emotion whether or not they realize it themselves, and it’s ultimately a very interesting progression to say the least. Still, they’re still far from complete (and far from matching the genuine article in Gunzou), and it’s something that shows in the reason for their defeat this week. One does wonder however, if this just buys more time for the “heavier hitters” in Kongou and the Admirality Code to actually develop into actual humans, and it just looks like the future might just require more and more ingenuity from Iona and Gunzou if they want to win. The specs alone probably would’ve required more effort already, but when you combine it with potentially increased intelligence… it’s like, good luck sir.
I guess though, it becomes entirely possible that the “luck” might come in the form of Takao joining him (possibly Kirishima and Haruna too…?), and I admittedly can’t help but shudder at the potential of that happening in the future. Imagine all the “BOARD ME NOW GUNZOU” puns! Ha. Ha.
Ahem* Crappy jokes aside, I just got one last thing left to say about this episode: I thought Takao was great, but Kirishima makes some ridiculous poses. Seriously. Look. At. That. I’d board that any day—even if it wasn’t to break a stagnant status quo. Onward to next week! By the way, are any of you getting those kits from Aoshima? I really want one, but the glue + paint aspect ain’t up my alleyway. =/
Full Length: 36 (Obligatory)
Author’s Note: Please refrain from spoilers beyond this point in the manga. If you must, please use spoiler tags.