OP2: 「ZoNE-iT」 by KOTOKO
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The long overdue new opening sequence is finally here and humorously enough, it looks a lot more exciting than the series has actually been. Its foreshadowing of Argevollen’s eventual showdown with Sturm Alpha is kind of wasted too because we got to see its conclusion in this very episode. On the plus side, the second sequence is a lot better than the first one and features another catchy song from KOTOKO. See above.
It probably goes without saying that there was any doubt in anybody’s mind that Tokimune would pilot Argevollen again, but I must say that I’m quite pleased with how this episode concluded in a rather ominous manner. Samonji’s final words where he said he “lost” in light of Sturm Alpha’s defeat pretty much implied that Tokimune either a.) died in the pilot seat or b.) suffered some irreversible neurological damage. I’m thinking the latter at this point, but regardless of what actually happened, I’m just grateful that the episode preview didn’t just give it away like it has in the past. Instead, it even seems to allude to the possibility that Samonji might resign from his position, after having to bear the guilt of both Reika and Tokimune dying under his watch. The other possibility is that the “Farewell/Parting” episode title is in reference to Tokimune’s death, but I think it’s highly unlikely that the writers would kill off Tokimune at this point. It’d be a pretty gutsy move and I’d give them praise for it if they did, but I just can’t fathom anime writers killing off their main character with over half a dozen episodes to go. If anything, Tokimune will survive thanks to Jamie, which would finally give her a purpose in this story.
Aside from the “NR Syndrome” fallout on both sides, what I was most surprised about this episode is Liz’s obsession with “using” Richthofen to get revenge for Conrad. Unlike Jamie, I clearly gave Liz’s character too much credit when I said she’d probably be the person that saves Richthofen from self-destructing. Well, she sure proved me wrong this episode by saying stuff like, “You can’t die until you kill Argevollen.” Talk about being obsessed with your deceased superior. I can understand Liz’s desire to avenge Conrad, but her willingness to sacrifice Richthofen makes her come off as a very one-dimensional character. To put it bluntly, I thought there’d be more to her character but I’ve pretty much lost all interest in her now. She could just go and die next episode for all I care. 🙂 After all, we know the real focus now will be on how to usurp both Cayenne and Zarl from their positions and put an end to the war. If nothing else, the new opening sequence definitely confirms that Cayenne is evil.