As expected, things end up flashing back to the fight with the hive-type Gauna to start off the seventh episode, and well… it was every bit the ridiculous battle that we thought it would be. The sheer scale of the hive was insane compared to the Guardians, and it really is amazing that they managed to subdue the target at all—especially when you have a certain @#$%! person intentionally screwing things up in order to paint Tanikaze as inept. Indeed, it’s all about Kunato and the lengths he’d go through to ensure his pride and superiority complex stay intact, and it sure looks like he’d be willing to risk the survival of the entire ship in order to accomplish that. Talk about an insidious element. I guess it just goes to show though, that’s just one view of how humanity could be—forever unable to truly work together even in the face of extinction.
However much I wish Kunato dies a painful death aside though, there’s much to be said about where the aforementioned leaves everything results wise, and this week really starts what seems to be a series of changes and developments that stem directly from the hive-type encounter. For one, the deaths of multiple pilots leads XO Seii Ichirou to pilot a Guardian once more, which then places Yuhata in the drivers seat as the Captain’s new bridge sidekick. For the most part, it’s as expected in this regard, but there’s definitely a fair share of surprises here—especially when it comes to the views of the anti-military demonstrators. I’d been wondering what exactly it is that they wanted considering the necessity of the military in order to combat the Gauna, and well, let’s just say it all makes sense now.
Ultimately, I’m of the belief that they’re being ridiculously naive in thinking that the Gauna will just let them be if they discard all their Kabizashi’s… but at the same time, one does wonder if there’s any merit in their statement considering all that’s going on in the background. That said though, it’s possible no one knows the true answer to whether or not it’d work, which would make keeping the Kabizashi’s the best choice given the circumstances… so the odds definitely ain’t on the demonstrator’s side at this point in time. Figures thus that the Captain’s just like “the people are a non-issue,” because in the end, you’d rather be safe than sorry, even if the Captain’s reasoning may not so much be related to this as it is her desire to destroy the Gauna and “rebuild the homeland.” She can’t possibly mean Earth… could she? Cause darn, I get the feeling certain people wouldn’t be too hot on that idea if they found out.
But yeah, generally, it’s just another superb episode in terms of overall execution on both the director and the original creator’s part. The fact that they used a flashback to fill back in the blanks really added a lot to the enjoyment of the past two episodes, and it’s a decision that also facilitated this episode’s focus on resolve and the aftermath of their previous altercation. Best of all, it made it so that they could unveil of the “Exterminatus” planet destroyer with just enough time left to showcase the results—which includes the return of partially destroyed frames and dead pilots from the hive-type encounter. In the end, the only words that come to mind are “I should’ve seen this coming,” and things really can only get worse from here…
Author’s Note: As usual, please refrain from spoilers, especially if they’re not in response to a query of some sort. If you must, please remember to use spoiler tags.