When you’re locked in a battle with the odds against you, you’re inevitably going to need a game changer to turn the tide if you want to win, and boy did we get that this week. Just when you thought things we looking grimmer than they ever were before, we get the revelation that the Sidonia’s been developing new propulsion system and
super high speed projectile accelerators that can fire “kabi” bullets. Needless to say, it’s the game changer we’ve been both hoping for and expecting to some degree—I mentioned the need for one a few episodes back—and Tanikaze manages to demonstrate just how effective it can be by rescuing the pioneer fleet with it.
With that said, it becomes interesting to note that the aforementioned revelations and use of the weapon successfully aren’t actually the highlights of the episode, but rather just a foundation from which to subtly hint at what could be some very important details. For one, the fact that the “new” simulators are based on ones from a century ago means that the Sidonia (and humanity in general) has actually devolved overtime. It makes sense considering what we know happened with the Fourth Defense War, but hearing about it and actually confirming it are two different things, and one wonders what other technology/weaponry they have that they either haven’t been able to replicate yet or of which the Captain’s intentionally holding off of. Either way, it’s not a coincidence this comes shortly after the event with Ochiai and the auxiliary brain, and his words look to hold truth in more than one sense of the word. Whether they want to or not, they will indeed need his power at some point—whether physically or via the information he possesses—and it’s not without its fair share of irony (and risk).
Then there’s the fact that the Kabizashi have been confirmed to produce radiation that attract the Gauna. As we’ve mentioned previously, there’s always a measure of true to legends/myths even in real life, and it’s a notion that rings twice as true when it comes to fictional constructs. The interesting caveat to this however, is that it seems like even if you don’t have any Kabizashi, you’re not immune to being targeted—the pioneer fleet found out first hand and the fact that Earth was attacked in the first place attests to this—and it leaves you wondering what exactly the missing piece is that attracts them in the first place. Or alternatively, is it possible that some agents intentionally snuck a kabizashi piece onto the fleet? Or is it that the Immortal Council’s actually relying on something from the Gauna to live, and that’s attracting them instead?
There’s a lot of questions to say the least—that hybrid human/Gauna creation from Ochiai not withstanding—and while the episode’s generally a positive one that gives our cast some hope, it’s a relief that ends up short lived. The arrival of a new Gauna threat culminates the bad vibes we’ve been getting over the past few weeks and at eight thousand times the size of the Sidonia—ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?—it’s presence literally overshadows all the positives from this week, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Just when the Sidonia crew feel like they can finally annihilate the Gauna, it could very well be that they get annihilated before they even get to properly use their new toys, and Tanikaze has his work cut out for him if he wants to ensure the Sidonia’s survival. That’s assuming he’s able to turn the tide even with his best effort…
Looking forward, it looks like Sidonia needs one more game changer to ensure its survival, and one wonders if the human/Gauna hybrid may not end up being used in some shape or form. Or perhaps it’ll be the Hoshijiro clone that makes the difference? She’s definitely shown affection for Tanikaze—spotting a hot new “dress” pattern—and it’ll be interesting to see how things go from here. Either way, it looks like we know how they’re planning to set up the end of this first-cour here, and they arguably couldn’t have picked a better way to do it. I just hope it doesn’t end in some ridiculous cliffhanger…