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Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen – 22

「鹵獲」 (Rokaku)

Just when I thought Argevollen was out of twists and turns, it manages to squeeze another significant one in the final three episodes—all of the prototypes supplied to both Arandas and Ingelmia were planted with a hidden mechanism that allows Perfevollen to take control of them. In all likelihood, this mechanism is just another means for the manufacturers to extend the war, seeing as Arandas was losing the war and ready to end it with a peace treaty. However, in one fell-swoop, the tides of war have suddenly shifted back in their favor with Samonji marching with an army of Perfevollen drones, Sturm Betas, and Argevollen itself under his command. One reason why this came as a surprise is because the first half of the episode had just introduced another minor twist with Independent Unit 8 being ordered to destroy Perfevollen and I figured that alone was an interesting angle to conclude the series around. After they followed that up with Izumi suggesting that he purposely placed Argevollen on the battlefield so that Samonji could seize control of it, I have to admit that the sight of Unit 8 rallying around Suzushiro to go after Samonji again did have a more finale-worthy feel to it though.

So where does that leave us now? Well it looks like even with these additional twists, the writers have more or less locked in to concluding the story around Unit 8 stopping/saving Samonji. The only question remaining is what’s motivating Samonji to continue the fight on behalf of Cayenne. The most prevalent thought would be that he’s trying to live out Reika’s idealistic dream of fighting a war where no one dies as a sort of atonement and/or tribute to her. The fact that he let all of Ingelmia’s pilots get out of their Sturm Betas here and told an extremely heated Tokimune to live on suggests as much anyway. At this point, I can’t really imagine Samonji having any other motive than that, so the other noteworthy development this episode definitely came from Tokimune. I was quite impressed to see him break a lot of the typical hot-blooded anime protagonist stereotypes and demand an explanation from Samonji but still have the right frame of mind to obey Suzushiro’s orders of getting out of Argevollen. It was just about everything that I would hope to see from a main character who’s grown over the course of the series so that came as a pleasant surprise. That goes equally for how Tokimune handles his “relationship” with Jamie. My only hope now is that he maintains that mature, obedient, and dependable persona and brings Samonji to his senses.



December 8, 2014 at 1:20 pm
  • December 8, 2014 at 1:56 pmTonameki

    I’m actually pleasantly surprised at how this anime turned out.

    • December 8, 2014 at 2:15 pmKTNO

      I stopped after the 2nd episode because it felt boring/generic, Aldnoah wasn’t the best but it was entertaining pretty quick.
      Is it worth going back ?

      • December 8, 2014 at 4:56 pmOverander

        Aldnoah is a clusterfuck compared to this.
        Argevollen does not try to cliffhanger you on every occasion. While it is slower, it decently builds its characters and the story. Also, while it has many tropes early on, the story gets more original later. The quality while not the highest, also consistent over the episodes. For me Argevollen is one of the top shows of the last two seasons.

        But if you are looking for constant mech action without a break instead a fleshed out story, you may want to skip this.

      • December 9, 2014 at 3:36 amlaaa

        Aldonah and Arge had nice starts but Aldonah nailed every episode, kept hype up and had nice chars and crazy plot twists.
        But Arge after that awesome start fell dow to bottom. No charater developments or cool traits that make them cool.
        Main is lost for 20 eps and comes out with resolve I wana do it and fck rest… side chars seem same after 20 eps. No one died no got injured and so on…

        And yes we got few backstories and what changed?

  • December 8, 2014 at 5:07 pminfo600

    …and that’s two episodes without seeing our favorite enemy ace pilot. I wonder where had he went with his blue Sturm Beta.

  • December 9, 2014 at 3:26 amlaaa

    Lol no they wana stop only guy who can save their state?!

  • December 9, 2014 at 11:58 amBlue

    Maybe it’s because I’m not really watching the episodes in full, but what stands out to me about the Argevollen show is Tokimune yelling. It hurts my ears and I’m beginning to hold it against the show.

  • December 13, 2014 at 5:18 amActus

    I wonder if this show really gets what it deserves. We had 86 comments when this show started, and now…