What do you do when a Gauna-powered, planet size object is about to collide with you? Well, I guess it’d depend on who you are. If you’re Kunato, I guess you can just sit there and wait for what you believe to be inevitable. If you’re the Immortal Council, I guess it doesn’t matter cause either way you seem to have escape options of your own. But if you’re a normal person, chances are you’re going to want to fight to the bitter end for whatever slim hopes you might have, and that’s exactly what we’re getting. With only one episode left in the season, it’s now
up to two platoons with 48 experimental weapons, an exterminatus, and all the Hyggs Particles from the Sidonia to prevent them from meeting a devastating end, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The problem? Well, considering Benisuzume single-handedly wiped out a whole platoon by herself—strategically taking out the commander first while she was at it—and the remaining squadron’s down to their last shots, things don’t look good at all. But that’s how things have always been and it’s times like this where legends are born. In this case, it’d be the re-birth of the Knights of Sidonia, and it looks like the path is set for Tanikaze and Co. to claim that title—by literally going into a Gauna and taking out its Master Gauna—if they want to survive.
All things considered, this is the kind of penultimate episode that I wish every mecha Sci-Fi would be able to execute. It’s fast-paced, there’s huge stakes (You’re six hours away from annihilation!), a great soundtrack, thumb-biting moments, twists and turns every step of the way (surprise, it’s Benisuzume!), epic reveals/usages of last ditch attempts to ensure survival, and there are just few ways to make things more exciting for viewers of a series such as this. Of course, that’s not to say those are the only tactics to ensure success, but that’s what I mean by execution. There’s a difference between utilizing the aforementioned story-elements and successfully executing them in such a way that viewers are actually invested in what’s happening and what will happen, and Sidonia just does a great job ensuring that the latter ends up the case.
Indeed, it’s especially great how this series approaches things from the physics point of view, and it’s clear that there was a lot of effort put in here to ensure that the physics here is somewhat correct. Granted, I’m not a physicist myself, so it’s not like I’ve run simulations or calculations of my own, but even I know the basics and it’s great to see things like inertia, momentum, acceleration, deceleration, attraction of gravity, recoil (and everything in between) being used to give things a more realistic and believable touch. This week’s episode in particular highlights this, and it shows that a little effort in the gritty details does go a long way.
Looking forward, there really isn’t much to say. There might be a lot of questions left surrounding the Sidonia and Gauna, but there’s a time and a place to address those—how about that second season?—and it’s clear that this is not the time. With life and limb on the line, the questions and answers can come when the time is right, and this is truly one of those cases where you can sit back and enjoy the ride, because that’s essentially what the last few episodes of this season are meant to be. Here’s just hoping that things don’t leave on some epic cliffhanger next week though…
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.