「アルビオンの虹」 (Arubion no Niji)
“The Rainbow of Albion”
No matter what you think about the past and the role it should play in your present, the fact remains that you’ll likely have to confront it in one way or another at some point in time—whether by choice or by force when it catches up to you. In this week’s episode, it ends up being a bit of both, and it’s interesting to see how Daichi’s presence sets into motion a series of events with serious links to our main cast’s respective pasts. Best of all, it’s a notion highlighted by none other than the magical flight director girl from last week.
Indeed, the addition of Akari into the main Globe staff (and thus the cast) comes with the revelation that she’s the daughter of Governor Yomatsuri (from the ISS) and Commander Nishikubo (of Globe), and it’s a blast from the past in the literal sense. By reuniting the latter with his daughter for the first time in five years, Nishikubo’s past comes back when he least expects it, and it’s a reunion that not only gives us a fair share of laughs and priceless expressions, but ends up exceptionally fitting given the circumstances. Because if there’s one thing that bodes true here, it’s that big things usually come in groups of threes, and this event coincides with Nishikubo’s realization that he should never have allowed things with Salty Dog and the lead gears to escalate this far in the first place. By taking the time to correct some of his past mistakes (SLAM THAT CASE HARD!), the commander notably chooses to face his past by himself in this respect, and the taking of a more fatherly role for Daichi, Akari, Teppei, and Hana earns him quite a bit of respect in my eyes.
What it goes to show though, is that sometime seven adults make mistakes. Just because you’re older doesn’t necessarily make you immune to those and it doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to be wiser either. Sometimes, it takes a different perspective to arrive at the an answer you’re completely satisfied with, and it was nice to see how Daichi’s comments from last week gave him this perspective, and how quick Nishikubo is to own up to some of the things he should’ve acted on sooner.
That said, there’s only so much he could’ve done regarding the last of our trifecta of events here, and one can see the wheels of fate playing a part here in the return of the AEO that killed Daichi’s father. Perhaps the most intriguing thing here though, is how ironic things end up here as a result. Because as much as one can hate on Salty Dog for sending Daichi out with a damaged machine and little chance of winning, it’s something that had to happen as a symbolic passing on of the destiny that Daichi’s father left him, and it’s an event that led to both Teppei and Hana overcoming their respective issues to summon and utilize the Albion as well.
All things considered, things work out quite well despite the nefarious intent behind the Earth Engine’s deployment this week. The problem is, the respective factions behind the scenes clearly won’t be sitting back and watching after the events of this week, and we’ve already seen one faction’s involvement first hand. As it turns out, the Arc Faction—with its preference for low orbit impacters instead of the Earth Engine—has some hands in the Salty Dog pot, and it looks like they have their own “Kivitos Plan” they wish to execute. On the flip side, there’s another clear association between CEO Kubo (the man behind the “Macbeth Plan”) and the Kiltgang members, and things are slowly but surely clearing themselves out in terms of the politics behind it all. The question remains what exactly each plan entails and who Teppei really is, but I guess we’ll find out in due time.
As Nishikubo and Akari put it best:
Don’t worry about the small things.
And that’s exactly what I’ll do. Things are really starting to get interesting now, and the guys behind this show clearly have a set plan for how much they want to reveal and when they want to do it. The words “sit back and enjoy the show” have never been more apt, and when you consider the expansion sequence we got to see again and the reappearance of the gorgeous insert song, there really ain’t anything else to do. Actually, there’s one thing. We gotta pick who we think is stronger! A magical girl or an angel? LET YOUR PICKS BE KNOWN.