「セツナの窓辺」 (Setsuna no Madobe)
“Through the Window of Setsuna”
The merry go round of designer children continues with the previously introduced Setsuna as the next person in our planetary gear duo’s cross-hairs. In a welcome break from the typical pattern though, this week’s episode breaks the streak of consecutive awakenings, and notably gives us a few more pieces of the puzzle while they’re at it.
In particular, the (Takeshi) Kanda Incident ends up earning much of the spotlight here, and there’s much to be said about that incident and it’s effect on the present. As it turns out, Kube’s only the CEO now due to the previous CEO being setup, and it begs the question who exactly it is that’s behind it all and what exactly their purpose was in doing so. Did they know Kube would end up using the Machine Goodfellows with the first two designer children and would subsequently awaken Amarok and Malkin? Is it Puck that’s secretly behind everything? Who is this “Robin” who’s referenced near the end? And is the goal of Robin’s group to use the designer children as vessels to install human consciousnesses? Or was that just what Mao wanted to do?
Suffice to say, the additional pieces we get only serves to make things a bit more complicated as things go forward, and it might just be that the biggest threat humanity faces ain’t the Kiltgang, but themselves—or at least, specific groups of people trying to make use of either the designer children or the libido energy source they can provide. For now though, it’s key to note that this new group’s intervention ensures that Setsuna stays out of the Amarok and Malkin’s hands for now, and this multi-way fight between factions might actually have served a positive benefit for our Captain and his fellow knights for the first time. Though now that you mention it… it makes you wonder if Rita herself might not be behind this in some way?
Guess we’ll see. Next week on Captain Earth? Illegal betting and shady boxing matches galore. Oh boy. Before ending things here though, I must say… is it just me, or is it odd that our cast didn’t react to there being another Pitz-like creature? Are all the squirrels like that in this universe or what…?