「銃の名はライブラスター」 (Ju no na wa Raiburasuta)
“The Name of the Gun is Livlaster”
Here we are. The Captain’s back on the bridge and it’s pretty much more of the same in terms of the quality we saw last week. The animation was superb—how about that Earth Engine transformation again? Or the epic HUDs?—and they addressed some of the questions people had from the first episode too. Of course, with more answers come more questions too, but it’s a two-cour ride and I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the ride. I’m just thankful I don’t have pain inflicting head gear and creepers keeping me from leaving my house…
That said, this week’s episode wasn’t so much about the fight between the Earth Engine and the Kill-T-Gang as it was the circumstances surrounding it and aftermath of the fight itself. Don’t get me wrong, the fight itself was spectacular, but the real meat of the episode came from the events that came as a result of it, and the show’s really laying out a lot of cards early on. Best of all, it does enough so that you’re still able to follow the general story line—even if some of the pieces leave you tilting your head—and it’s just great to see that there’s clearly a lot they intend to do with this show. There’s something to be said about being ambitious in this day and age, and although it sets up a bigger fall if things don’t work out, I’m definitely one of those guys that prefer a show aim for the sky and fall rather than not aim for it all.
For now though, let’s stick with what we do know, and the first on that list is the fact that Arashi Teppei and Mutou Hana have apparently been in the custody of a group known as “Salty Dog” since they last saw Daichi years back. Strange names aside, it seems like they’re an organization supporting or enforcing Globe in some shape or form, and it’s a kind of interaction that ends up quite reminiscent to the Generation Bleu x Big Blue World link in Eureka Seven AO. All things considered, it looks like there’s going to be a fair amount of political grandstanding and power play behind the scenes—not only with our main group here, but between the Intercept and Ark Factions, and the people behind the Kill-T-Gang, who seem to be plotting some sort of “Macbeth’s Revolution” to top things off. Phew* Talk about a mouthful. Now I know why all those agencies we know of in real life just have alphabet abbreviations!
In any case, I quite like how our MC in Daichi essentially takes the first step for the audience here in regards to basically saying “screw the politics,” and it’s a step that’s not without a significant bang. Or should I say, not without a libido filled laser beam? Either way, there’s a lot to be said about how Daichi’s character is developing, and it’s nice to see that when push comes to shove, he’ll turn away from his apathetic side and do what needs to be done.
The question that comes up however, is how much of a part he’s actually playing in his own actions. Because the thing is, one could argue he’s merely being controlled and pushed by the events happening so far. The whole act of getting into the Earth Engine seems to have been mostly under a trance of some sort, and when you consider the fact that the Livlaster might actually be an extra-dimensional life form using him for some means, it makes you wonder how much of what he’s doing is really his choice. There’s clearly something off about how he acts and reacts from time to time, and this is definitely another type of potential internal “power play” to look forward to here as the series goes on.
Ultimately, there’s just a lot here and the series is just barely hitting its stride from what I’ve seen so far. The workings of fate seem to have just started, and it’s going to be great seeing how Hana, Teppei, and Daichi end up coming together initially. They’re going to have to come together fast though, cause with some sabotage from Salty Dog and the return of the Kill-T-Gang looming, there’s going to be lots to do. There’s also a new potential addition to the main crew in Akari—if the ED sequence is any indication—and gosh darn, why can’t I hold all these great looking female mains? I thought Hana was a winner due to how she acts and the alien pet thingie she owns, but that flashy orange hair on Akari is quite something… Anyway, that’s about it really. I’ll leave off with a few memorable quotes from this episode and a full length below as well:
I don’t want to die. I just need to hit it right?
I want to show her my boomerang!
Full-length images: 36.
Author’s Note: Sorry for the slight delay guys. Just returned from PAX East yesterday evening!
ED: 「アメジスト」 (Amejisuto) by HANA (starring Ai Kayano)
NeXT stop for more power…after all, it from libido, orgone (also sexual power)….COUPLING…heheheh…Hana X Daichi or if you want Daichi X Teppei? hehe?
Are you blogging Dimey Dollar Cybersteel?
It’s Highschool DxD mixed with liquid mecha. Go Nagai-style.
I hope Im not the only one that cant stand this guy
If only someone put the lead gear on him instead.
“Don’t mind the way I look or talk. I am most definitely not a villain. Now I will place this slave headset on you.”
There must be a legit reason for him to be such a dick. I’m sure things will be resolved without any further violence. The main character seems to be an understanding guy.
*looks at preview of next episode*
Alright, who gave this guy authority over children and why isn’t he in jail yet?
Agreed. It’s sad a lot of people wrote him off as a generic emo teeange pilot (a.k.a Shinji) based off on one episode.
Thankfully the show proved he isn’t immediately on the following episode. It’s nice for a change to have a bones mecha pilot who doesn’t wait til mid-end series to turn badass.
Yea…the preview said that this dude sabotages the Earth Engine next episode. How stupid/evil/vindictive do you have to be to sabotage your only defense against an alien apocalypse?
It’s anime. What do you expect. Most of the time, anime = black and white characters with cheap back stories.
We all know this. Yet we still endure.
seeing him touching/ hogging Hana mutou kinda remind me of SAO’s King oblivion and Titania. Futhermore they give out the same vibe….. creeps
The only thing that absolutely made me rage was how they had him be a creeper instead of a “stiff government suit.” I can understand being a stickler for the rules, but its clear hes just on a power trip and thinks Hana is actually his. That shoulder stroke /shudder.
Hes fairly two dimensional though. I would absolutely love it if it turns out he is in some way justified in keeping the two under such heavy surveillance as opposed to a simple obnoxious douchebag.
The way he kept touching Hana gave me the creeps, this guy is serious bad news.
Don’t you hate it when you have a crew of people who are super chill and love looking out for each other and then you have that ONE guy who’s an arrogant douchebag but gets away with it because of his position/status? Yeah……this guy is a bit to hand fisted for my tastes. He’s obviously going to stand in everyone’s way but hopefully there is more depth to him besides “I’m a jerk….hate me!”. Such people always felt cheap to me.
Anyone notice that the rocket Daichi’s dad was on was called the Star Engine? Since Daichi rides the Earth Engine, he’s called an Earth Driver. That would make his dad the Star Driver! FABULOUS!
Best thing is, they probably did it on purpose. xD
Hana reminds me of Shirley from Fate/Zero.
Please, please don’t let anything horrible happen to her…
THANK GOD hes not like the whinning mc from eureka seven.
I think Japan has the wrong idea or definition of the word “Libido”. They seem to use it along the same context as willpower or heart, but they ignore the sexual connotation of the word.
Not sure what part of that connotation they’re ignoring. That female mecha pilot was all teh sex; can’t imagine what will happen when she gattais with the other guy :V
I think he’s talking about the fact that Daichi is powering up with the same so called “libido power” and yet, he’s power seems to be more of will power than any sort of sexual connotation.
it seems to me that libido in japanese can roughly mean wish, dream and greed, etc, so that gun is powered by dream and the Cybodies in Stardriver are powered by greed.
A big question here is that if Daichi could summon the blue Livlaster into his hands, and break free of Salty Dog’s oppression, why didn’t Hana do the same thing considering she is the master of the pink Livlaster?
Who says she is the master of the first livlaster? I consider her more the delivery girl that grants the livlaster to a worthy earthling. I thought Teppei was being trained to handle the first livlaster, but who knows…
Next episode, Daichi will summon livlaster again to shoot an annoying prick! …or so I wish, but I doubt a MC that murders the baddie in cold blood is part of shounen heroics
They said she couldn’t actually use it. She was the bearer and had possession of it only.
And sometimes you need a different perspective. I imagine that growing up with those slave headsets, robs you of any wish to try and break free.
Star Driver with E7 AO-like characters. I LOL. MC is clearly a mix of Renton & Takuto, Hana is the weird cross between an islander and an alien and Teppei is clearly the Sugata here.
This show is so classic. It might be an overdone formula, but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
sure Hana, I bet you want to put your hand all over that boomerang this whole time eh?
Like a helicopter.
Akari: Because BONES still believes Ed should have been a girl.
So basically is I leave that gun on the counter and nobody touches it, it will actually jump up and shoot someone?… Damnit…
Screwed either way. Gotta say though, when you put it that way, that box is pretty useless, haha.
So Ed grew up, jumped dimensions, and changed her name to Akari.
I thought the exact same thing when I saw her. The hair, the goggles, the l337 h4x0rz skillz!11 It all reminded me of Ed from cowboy bebop, but less tan and possibly more socialized.
Akari has a great design 🙂
Loving this so far! Unlike with Star Driver Captain Earth seems to have a much clearer sense of direction and the main cast is definitely growing on me
Somehow not feeling this episode as much as the last. Maybe I am too old? I get the feeling that I would have loved this had I been younger.
Still, 3 episodes rule.
“There’s no such thing as your Livlaster.”
Daichi: *summons the Livlaster unto his own bare hands*
Like a boss.
Pretty much sums the episode up.
Still on the fence with this. The episode felt heavy, like the “many plots and dark designs are stirring in the background but we aren’t going to explain it” rigmarole that was present in Eva.
Hana is the main reason I’ll watch since this show will be my main Ai Kayano fix this season. Considering that Sidonia will trounce any other mecha show this season, I need more reasons to watch Capt E
So how many factions are there ?
1.Good guy ,Captain Earth
2.Fake Alien, Killgang (which is in fact control by human)
3.Real Alien (which is not come in story yet)—> this one kill Daishi father
right or wrong?
4. Bad humans playing silly buggers.
Daichi is a boss, he don’t take no shit from a Dog.
First day he wears the lead gear is the first day he destroys the pain emitter. Very boss.
I’m already starting to love this series, despite it only being the second episode.
At first I was a little put off by how fast Daichi’s personality seemed to switch, then I realised that the one we saw in the first episode might actually not be his ‘real’ personality, what with his apathetic outlook at life and all. I’m guessing the switch really came when he saw Teppei and Hana, then suddenly this guy’s acting more like a teenager again. The punchline came at the very end of the episode for me when he suddenly mentioned how much he liked the wind here, compared to his monologue of how he hated the wind on Tanegashima in the first episode mainly because of his father’s death. The 2nd one probably cleared that up for him when he realised that his dad might have died for a noble cause rather than perish in an accident like he was originally led to believe. Like a boomerang, he’s back where he feels like he belongs.
Aside from the Glasses Scumbag, I quite like how the episode explores the different perspectives. The Kill-T Gang duo’s relationship looks interesting, as are the political stuff and a certain light-heartedness the episode seemed to bring.
One more like these two, and I’ll probably put this on a must-watch list.
speaking of the gun controlling Daichi is another alien life form, the same gun could be the the girl in the blue sailor suit. based on my speculation the sailor suit girl appear in front of Daichi and disappear an somehow Daichi end up holding a gun. what come to surprise is Peter westvillage doesn’t even notice her
Yeah, perhaps your right. This Girl with the Flute and Sailor Uniform, could be a manifesting Picture inside his Mind, and for others it looks like this Gun.
But then, we have here 2 Guns. One was sleeping with this Girl in the bubble, where the two awaken her. Is this Gun a 2nd “Earth Engine”? or is it the real “Alien Engine”?
So, this 2nd (first original gun) has still it’s secret. It is just a matter of Time and Strong Attacks of the Enemy, when we get to see it…
My guess into the Blue, this 2nd Gun will be a Upgrade Part for Earth Engine, perhaps a Shield or something. At last something Big to Combine
Girl like to Protect someone
Boys like to Blaster someone away 🙂
After rethinking it all over again and again, deeper and deeper and with my experience
i came to the conclusion, that this Huge Crystal thing on the Dark Side of the Moon, is the “counterpart” of this other Gun.
I bet on it..
Tanegashima housed another futuristic anime with giant robots and conspiracies, accept JAXA was more deeply involved. I just hope that this show turns out better than Robotics;Notes. I haven’t finished all of Uchyuu Kyodai and its been a while since I’ve watched it so I don’t remember how much of Tanegashima is involved outside of JAXA in that show. It’s not really relevant, I just found it interesting and a little troubling that I’m learning so much about Japan’s history and historical figures (though accuracy varies wildly), dialects (Any woman with Kansai-ben is automatically best girl) and geographic regions using video games and anime.
So, if i understand it right. The Bad Guys in Space, are not living on the Moon. They are somewhere on Earth (Because this Red light Tower, in Background there where Clouds) And this “Men in Black” Guys that hold this 2 (or 3) with this headband under control…
Great, i just hope that this Anime dont life only from the Power Plays of this Company’s. Because they reduce the MC to nothing
I wait for Episode 3
I just hope, they explain. Why he could summon his “Gun” into his hand. Where did he learn that? No one explain it to him… Perhaps this will get cover in future Episodes. That this Girl can speak to him, in his Dreams or something
something alike “If your are in Danger, and need my Help. Call ME!!”
This anime looks very interesting! I am so following it! 🙂
Kill-T-Gang organization namer needs to work on their marketing skills. Maybe they don’t care about public relations?
yes, Kill-T-Gang —> “kill the gang” as if their main aim couldn’t be more obvious! XD
How suicidal do you have to be to model your supercomputer after HAL 9000 and then name it after a trickster archetype?
It reminds me more of the PC game Portal the “end boss” there
On one side these settings get into my nerves:
The superiors or governments knowing the MC might be the only one able to use the world saving Mecha, weapon or whatever; yet they won’t let him use it or get near it.
Even if the MC gets a hold of that mecha or weapon. Superiors or governments always end up telling MC it’s not theirs and they’ll take it back. Amusingly just like Captain Earth, most of the time somehow it disappears from whatever secure location it was kept and appears in our heroes hands when really needed.
And lets nor forget the government or superiors always being the bullies towards “the savior”.
And yet they expect them to save their asses and the world.
At least here Daichi pretty soon showed he had some balls and gained a lot of points with me.
And about the Livlaster, I know it comes from the subs. But couldn’t that be Liblaster being Libido x Blaster?
I gotta confirm this later, but didn’t the unsubbed eyecatch use the term Livlaster too…?
EDIT: Yeah, it’s officially listed as Livlaster by the show itself.
https://randomc.net/image/Captain%20Earth/Captain%20Earth%20-%2002%20-%2034.jpg And here is one of the contenders for best male protagonist ;p
Color me surprised when Daichi went outside to destroy the signal tower. I thought he was just going to sit there and take that crap from the Creeper.
The fight was cool…but
https://randomc.net/image/Captain%20Earth/Captain%20Earth%20-%2002%20-%2010.jpg Where was mah piledriver?! Some kind of gun came out instead ;/
Yes, the mix in this Episode whas good. Some Jokes, some fights, and some secrets revealed
This Anime is Germanguy approved
and well, some Company Power play here, was the Force of some Secret revealed. But i just hope that the Balance will still be good