The sixth episode of Ars Nova is upon us and it’s the best one yet. Because as Haruna and Kirishima jump in to protect Makie, we get an episode that gives us the best of both worlds. Whereas previous episodes had a tendency to be either action-packed or development focused, this week’s episode combines both to great effect, and it brings Ars Nova to a whole new level.
As it turns out, mental models are quite capable of fending for themselves. Haruna ends up showing the strike team what it means to have “intent,” and it’s a significant development. Because despite the conviction behind those words, Haruna doesn’t actually realize her true intent until the very end—which is that she’s protecting Makie not for the information she possesses, but for the bond they created. It’s a development that culminates her transformation from an AI to something remotely human, and I cannot stress how important it was for Haruna to develop that way. Because although it was obvious from our standpoint that she was doing it for their friendship, it shouldn’t mean that Haruna herself should automatically know. There’s a key distinction there, and it’s clear that the people behind this series realize that, and the opportunity it gives for character development. It’s something I feel many other series would’ve failed miserably in doing, and I have to give my kudos to the guys behind Ars Nova for doing development right.
The importance of our characters’ realizations is only one part of the equation however. The bond itself ends up every bit as significant as the realization, because under normal circumstances, you’d think there’s no way they could be friends. One of them is the enemy of mankind. The other, is a human construct made for the purpose of eliminating that enemy. It’s like someone saying Germany, Japan, and the United States could be friends during the second World War. The idea just seems ludicrous, and it’s something that Haruna and Makie themselves end up pointing out multiple times. But just as the warring powers in our world have become friends, they too find out they can be friends—shattering the preconceived notions they had of each other and bringing about a change greater than any weapon.
It goes to show that a little bit of communication can go a long way, and there’s an endless amount of social commentary one could elicit from Ars Nova. The tagline of “Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?” ends up being more significant than ever before, and the series just keeps adding another dimension to itself with each passing episode. Suffice to say, I’m pleasantly surprised every time, and this is one show whose next episode I can’t help but be eager for. Here’s looking forward to Gunzou, Iona, and everyone else continuing to be their awesome, bad-ass selves.