「遊星歯車装置の強襲」 (Yusei Haguruma Sochi no Kyoshu)
“Assault of the Planetary Gear”
Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the Kiltgang. Composed of designer children representing the Planetary Gears Amarok and Malkin, they’re led by Macbeth Enterprises and they’ve come to feed on your libido (and sell crepes on the side). Because you want them to. Or something. Ask Pitz. S/he knows what’s up. I think.
In any case, Captain Earth’s fourth episode ends up being one where the puzzle pieces start coming together a little bit. Of course, we’re given more questions in their place, but it’s nice actually get some background information onto the company behind Machine Goodfellows and some more clues as to what exactly the Kiltgang are and what they seek. The fact that Teppei was apparently taken from Macbeth Enterprises in secret (along with the interface for Albion) ends up being a pretty interesting development in particular, but it’s something that pales in comparison to the fact that each of the designer children seem to literally become the Gears that they pilot. Top that off with the apparent awakening of specific memories and personality traits upon utilizing this interface for the first time, and it’s quite clear they’re nowhere near done laying on the levels of complexity here.
For now though, the big thing here is that Teppei’s apparently no longer the same person he was before as a result, and it’s a notion that throws a wrench into things in terms of where exactly his allegiance will lie and what actions he’ll take from this point forward. It’s likely a sure bet that he doesn’t end up betraying Daichi in any significant regard before it’s all said and done, but the fact he can utilize his position to manipulate the Kiltgang could end up playing dividends in the future in some shape and form, and there’s really quite a bit of similarity here between Teppei as a character and Sugata from Star Driver.
With that said, one has to also mention how Daichi’s also quite reminiscent of Takuto from Star Driver (mixed in with a bit of Renton from Eureka Seven), and I quite like how he’s become a character that both does what needs to be done and says what needs to be said. His take down of the mobile weapon the Kiltgang come in with and his assertive push regarding Teppei belonging with him just highlights this especially, and although there’s a bit of oddity in terms of how he seems to act—he seems unnaturally calm and acts not quite his age at times—there’s a lot to be said about how he and many of the characters are coming along in this show in general. Nishikubo (I feel we could all use someone like him as a mentor or something in our lives) and Akari (the reactions she gets are priceless) are two good examples in particular, and Captain Earth’s side characters are really shaping up in their support of Daichi and his fight against the libido vampires.
Notably however, the aforementioned aren’t the only things we get this week, and I quite liked how they stuck in a little bit about Hana having unknown organelles within her cells that humans don’t have. It was pretty clear she wasn’t exactly human to begin with, but I felt that that small factoid really helped hammer in the fact that appearances don’t always represent the truth, and it was nice that they put in the effort to try and explain some of that in the first place. There’s also the fact that Teppei’s hand seems to have a eight sided symbol (for eight planets?) of some sort, the fact that Globe HQ has some pretty crazy anti-personnel laser systems as defense, and ultimately it was an episode that while lacking its usual flair, was quite filled with content. Looking forward, it looks like our group goes to space next week, and it looks like there’s going to be plenty more there as well. Until then, I guess we’ll just have to satisfy ourselves with some belly button forte screenshots… Oh and don’t forget that there’s a difference between actually feeling and wanting to feel something, because you can probably bet on that popping back up at some point in the future.