「陸繋島 （ベルハルス）」 (Beruharusu)
For an episode that will probably only be remembered for its orgasmic spa experiences, there was surprisingly a fair bit of foreshadowing. In addition, we finally see the face of Tokimune’s sister–Nanjou Reika (Hikasa Youko). Judging from the way this episode started with Tokimune dreaming of his sister and how it ended with Samonji arriving at the sunflower field where Reika’s last picture was taken, I get the feeling that Samonji knows exactly what happened to Tokimune’s sister. Assuming that’s true, I also get the feeling that he might feel responsibility for her death, which may explain why he’s been so lenient with Tokimune. If not that, Samonji’s run in with an old friend, Eraldo Quasimodo, heavily implies that he was demoted at some point from a General/Marshal to a Lieutenant. Whether or not that was for insubordination in order to save his men I’m not sure, but if it was, the short spiel that he gave Tokimune in episode four would make perfect sense. Whatever the case, there’s little doubt in my mind that Samonji at least knows of Reika, since the opening shows him and Tokimune at odds with one another.
As for the rest of the episode, Independent Unit 8’s stopover at the neutral island of Bellhals certainly felt like a “calm before the storm” type of episode. I didn’t particularly care for the Tokimune x Jamie moments since their pseudo-date couldn’t catch a break, but I did like the reintroduction of Schlein Richthofen, whom like Tokimune, realized that he just ran into a soldier from the opposing army. Little did they know that they ran into their “rival” of sorts from back in episode three. While the preview suggests these two will have a rematch next time, what will be interesting to watch for is how Argevollen’s newly updated software plays into things. What’s more, Richthofen’s run in with a man named Gorzy foreshadowed the existence of a new weapon that Ingelmia is constructing. In all likelihood, this is a prototype Trail Krieger, which would give Richthofen a huge edge over Tokimune since he’s clearly the more experienced pilot.
Aside from holding a coupon with the best written English that I’ve ever seen in an anime, it’s probably worth talking about Jamie a bit. More specifically, I can’t help but feel that her character’s role in the overall story continues to diminish the more we learn about Tokimune’s sister and Samonji’s past. I often find myself scratching my head over on her character’s purpose, other than serving as some civilian comedic relief now and then and maybe becoming a damsel in distress for Tokimune later on. While I’m hoping that she’ll amount to more than that, I can’t really say that I’m expecting much from her. Next week’s action-filled episode will probably either reaffirm my pessimism or give me new hope though.