「眼差」 (Me Sa)
It’s often been noted how fickle humans are—with one’s opinions subject to change at the blink of an eye. It’s a great representation of our ability to make our own decisions and to be able to take into account new perspectives, but it doesn’t change the fact that it makes for some pretty tough times when things ain’t going right, and it looks like things might just take a turn for the worse in the near future. We got Benisuzume looming on the horizon itching for the Kabizashi, Ochiai making prophetic statements about his power being needed in the near future, and the absence of any overtly negative events in this episode just reeks of impending doom.
For now though, things are suddenly looking up for Tanikaze, with Kunato’s self-imposed absence playing a key part. Combo that with Seii supporting Tanikaze on the front lines and the return of Hoshijiro—at least, a Gauna resembling her—and it’s really like a cloud nine experience for our main character at this point, even if it’s required more sorties to make up for it.
In the blink of an eye, Tanikaze’s star’s shooting back up, and it’s quite fitting to note how his return to the top gets compared to Doctor Yure’s previously controversial plan to drastically increase the Sidonia’s population despite a lack of resources. There’s something to be said about the flip in reception now that everything’s worked out fine for both Yure and Tanikaze, and while it’s great to actually see them not getting the short end of the stick for once, it’s exactly this lull in overall negativity that ensures this upswing’ll be short lived.
Ultimately, it must be noted that Hoshijiro we’re seeing here isn’t her at all, and the fact that Tanikaze’s using his interactions with her as a springboard for his positive rise is just one of many elements here that don’t bode well for the future. The last thing the Sidonia needs is someone potentially sympathizing with the enemy—unless of course, they aren’t what they seem or he ends up actually establishing communications with them—and it goes without saying that this sample’s presence on the Sidonia itself may just be the kind of entrance the Gauna need to finish them off once and for all. That is, if it’s not already starting to play it’s part, as the increased amount of sorties seem far too coordinated with her presence on the ship to be a coincidence. At this point I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s the one calling them in an effort to set up for Benisuzume and her apparent desire to obtain a Kabizashi, and it just doesn’t look good considering the emigration fleet’s imminent departure as well.
To say the least, there’s a lot going on here along multiple fronts—there’s also the Captain’s auxillary brain stuff with Ochiai and Kunato looming over that like an evil specter—and the Sidonia is gearing up to be an even bigger powder keg than it was before. Slowly but surely, history’s starting to repeat itself in some shape or form—with Saitou coming back via Tanikaze, a new form of Gauna appearing once again, and Kunato slowly turning into this generation’s Ochiai—and it makes you wonder whether or not the other remnants of the previous defense war will be able to use their prior experiences to guide Sidonia out of what seems to be a near-guaranteed apocalyptic scenario.
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