The questions surrounding “Perphevollen” were answered quickly this week, as the Evangelion-like Trail Kriegers do in fact function as a “hive mind”. It seemed like the most probable possibility after seeing the preview for this episode, but what did surprise me was Cayenne’s militarist mindset that seemed to have rubbed off on Samonji. The former’s desire to take back the land that Arandas lost so that the deaths of their soldiers haven’t been in vain is going to clash with the politicians’ desire to reach a truce (as Izumi explained), so I’m rather curious to know what “favor” Samonji asked of Izumi. At the moment, I get this weird sense that Samonji actually wants to go along with Cayenne’s bloodthirsty desires, partly because it puts him in the pilot seat of a U-Link System that Tokimune’s described as feeling like he’s with Reika. That, and he hopes to be in control of the weapon that Cayenne’s been prepping in case his superior refuses to stand down if/when a truce is announced. Whatever the case, the writers made it pretty clear that Samonji was shouldering some burden and not acting like his usual self, as suggested by his fleeting and transient presence and the emotionally detached post-sex scene with Suzushiro.
Aside from all those story-driven developments, I’m admittedly unsure how to take the more light-hearted party that the rest of the episode revolved around. I kind of applaud the writers for slipping in something that felt so unnecessary without making it feel terribly out of place, plus using it as a means to reiterate how Tokimune’s relationship with Jamie is likely going to be nothing more than friends. At the same time, I’m rather confused on how these developments should be of any priority this late in the series, considering all the other things that the story could be focusing on. For instance, there was nothing from the Ingelmia side this time around, whether it be Richthofen or Lontar/Holmes/Garp. Expanding on what’s happening from their perspective is probably better use of the limited time left, which leads me to suspect that the writers once again have more time to work with than story to tell, much like we saw in the first half. Conversely, these developments have been woven into the main story at opportune times so that they don’t feel like “filler” at all, which compounds how I’m torn over whether I should praise or question the writers’ decisions. For now, I’m surprisingly edging more towards praise. (Yay, go XEBEC.)
Looking ahead, it doesn’t appear like the preview hints at much time, other than seeing the Perphevollens in action. While I get the feeling that this new weapon will change the tides of the war, I’m most interested in seeing how the rest of Unit 8 feels about their captain using the same technology that killed Reika.
I’m just as torn between 2 opinions…
-Praising the writers for making the plot bearable (almost) every week, flowing between strategic, tactical, and personal level plot lines.
-Questioning the mentality of Samonji and the build-up from the start of this series to his final decision this week to “pilot” the control unit for the Perphevollen drones and the obvious start of his downward spiral to oblivion.
…wait, are the two opinions both praises? Derp.
Also, lack of proper screenshot of PLOT.
Saimonji did ask the two people who are emotionally involved with Reika or the project what they think. He did it in a unique way, but he did ask. The others would most likely have a problem with him leaving them. For all they know, that thing has a chance in making someone go berserk. Besides with what just happened to Tokimune, they really haven’t had any bad experiences with it.
I also noticed Seeker wasn’t at the party, but nobody missed him. He didn’t get the invite?
That was really good. Saimonji’s decision to pilot Perhevollen really felt like a natural outgrowth of his entire character up to this point. Cayenne hooked that fish quite masterfully. Also liked the “oh snap!” moment when I realized they were monitoring Argevollen for combat data for the drones; they probably used Tokimune’s fighting style as a basis for the program that helps control the individual drone’s movements. Cayenne seems to be loyal to Arandas, not the corporate people as I initially suspected, and I can even emphasize with his desire to take back the land they’ve lost through any means necessary. In the end though I’m pretty sure that the corporate’s have been using him far more than he’s been using them.
Soooo, they did it??
Cant wait how will it go on counter-offensive.