「バクの街」 (Baku no Machi)
As the midpoint of Captain Earth arrives, so does the end of the designer child themed episodes for the time being. With Baku awakening to his Kiltgang memories (surprisingly due to the revelation that the yakuza were actually all just walking illusions), it’s all about singularities, and it’s generally another typical episode for the most part. Week after week, it’s as if they’re taking two steps forward then one step back, and one wonders when they’ll ultimately piece together things in some string of coherency.
For now though, all we can do is work with what we have now, and this week does bring its fair share of puzzle pieces into the equation. Singularities in particular end up being the talk of the town, and the key details seem to be that they’re special abilities the designer children have that require a particular set of circumstances to activate, and of which differ from one child to the next. Adding to this, it seems as though the “Neoteny” (or the Livlaster users) seem to have an ability quite similar to this as well, and it is interesting to see how they’re gradually linking together regular humans, designer children, and Neoteny in a phylogenetic tree of sorts.
At this point, it’s clear there’s a link between all the aforementioned groups, with a base similarity in their humanity, but with key differences in their abilities and life span. And in the grand scheme of things, I find it quite fitting that that’s how it boils down, because it ties in quite nicely with how the series revolves around a variety of factions that have different views toward the same goal (of saving humanity), the notion that differences tend to lead to conflict, and the fact that all this inevitably leaves people feeling a need to find a purpose and a place to belong.
With that said, it’s also important to note the brief conversation in the gun range we get this week as well, because it could very well address a key issue many of us seem to have had with this series in general. And by this, I mean the “development” of Daichi in particular, and the fact that he’s clearly not the person he was at the beginning of the series despite not really being given a reason for it. Up until now, many of us have tried to explain this with the assumption that the Livlaster might actually be causing Daichi to be someone he’s not, and it looks like that just might be the case. It still remains to be seen whether or not it’s a case of the Livlaster actually using the Neoteny to fire itself or whether or not the Livlaster is actually an extension of one self (and thus potentially a personality they might otherwise have suppressed), but there was a pretty obvious change that occurred pre/post Livlaster usage on Daichi’s part, and it looks quite clear that much of the strangeness of his personality is intentional.
That doesn’t change, explain, or excuse why some of the cast hasn’t been as thoroughly developed as I had hoped, but it does show a measure of calculation in regards to how they’re planning to do things here. As with previous episodes, this definitely bodes well for the second half of this series, but they’re not making it particularly easy on the part of viewers to get to that point.
As such, I will confirm that with this thirteenth episode, I will sadly drop coverage of Captain Earth in order to ensure that certain key shows are covered for the summer season. I will however, still continue watching, so it’s likely either me or another author will do an END post for this at the end of the summer, so please do look forward to that. Until then, I’d just like to apologize to everyone for dropping this series—I’m just too disappointed in how things are going so far here—and I’d also like to thank everyone who has come in on a weekly basis to comment/view my posts on this series. I hope you’ll continue to visit though, because there’ll be some intriguing changes coming up in the next season, so stay tuned for those!