As it turns out, the dead do indeed tell tales after all, and some terrible ones at that. Hoshijiro in particular—at least, some Gauna reproduced and/or corrupted versions of her—returns with a vengeance, making it a cruel twist that really makes one’s stomach churn a bit. Granted, there is some consolation in the fact that Kunato’s totally mind @#$%!-ed as a result of this fight, but it’s ultimately very little considering how much it’ll take to get Hoshijiro’s creepy laughter throughout much of the episode out of my head…
That said, it’s another superbly executed episode that does much in terms of building on what we’ve already been shown. Sidonia no Kishi’s been nothing but clockwork in this respect, and it’s a notion highlighted not only by the aforementioned fight, but also the sudden flashback to the Fourth Gauna Defense War from a hundred years ago. Appropriately fitting considering the focus on Tanikaze and the new threat they face, there’s much to be said about the revelations that come about from this look into the past, and it doesn’t look good at all.
As Hiyama notes herself, she has a “bad feeling” about the situation in general, and one can’t blame her considering how things are repeating themselves here. Mirroring the situation 100 years ago, there are once again people calling for the discarding of the Kabizashi, Sidonia’s reeling after a recent near breach and an attack by a new type of foe, and Saitou’s highlighting their efforts against the Gauna again—albeit in the form of Tanikaze, who’s revealed to be not Saitou’s kid, but a clone with immortal characteristics.
Needless to say, the phrase “it all makes sense now” can’t be more appropriate here, as the latter explains not only why Tanikaze’s shown a propensity to survive even the most devastating injuries, but also why he’s constantly being deployed despite his experience, and why he’s been chosen to pilot the Tsugumori out of all the possible candidates. The fact all of this comes together so nicely is just a testament to the great storytelling that’s going on here in Sidonia no Kishi, and quite frankly I’ve been rendered rather speechless at how the pieces fit together here. Ultimately, there ain’t much to ask question-wise now that they’ve revealed so much about Tanikaze, and the fact that they’ve covered this so well means any vital questions we still have are likely to be addressed in the future at some point—making this the quintessential example of “doing story-telling right” and a show where you really can afford to sit back and watch without having to worry about fridge logic at all.
All in all, it’s just a mouthwatering episode that highlights the horrors that await in the vastness of the final frontier. The thing is though, isn’t in particularly risky holding on to that Hoshijiro placenta sample like that? I mean, I get chills running down my back every time they showed of her, and the last moments of this episode really don’t do any favors in that regard. There’s something especially sinister about her presence—literally and figuratively—but I guess it’s par for the course considering the fact that Sidonia’s being run by an Immortal Council (that’s hiding the technology to render people immortal while they’re at it) and the fact that they seem to be relying on a man who nearly led to Sidonia’s annihilation as a basis for the archives and some of the knowledge/tech they possess. The Sidonia’s a powder keg waiting to explode, and things just look worse and worse as the days ago by—all this despite Tanikaze’s expected rise in the ranks. It makes you wonder what would’ve happened if Kobayashi never discreetly cloned Saitou back then in the first place…