It’s not an episode of Sidonia without twists and turns, and this week ends up with even more than usual—just not in a form we’re accustomed to seeing. I should’ve expected some tentacle porn at some point given the nature of the Gauna, but oh man, was I caught off guard this time around. Surprise seems to be the name of the game here though, and perhaps the greatest highlight ends up not so much the combat ability of Tsumugi but the fabulous interactions between her, Izana, and Tanikaze. Even the most serious of series need some de-escalation before the next climax, and I certainly had quite a bit of laughs at Izana’s expense this time around. It’s just too bad for her that she’ll likely have to get used to it, because there’s certainly no way Tanikaze’s going to stop visiting anytime soon.
That said, it looks like there is a group of people that won’t need any visits anytime soon though, and it looks like that’ll be the “Immortal” Council. It’s still up for debate whether or not they’re actually dead given their immortal nature, but I certainly wouldn’t put that capability beyond that of the combined might of Kobayashi + Ochiai, especially if it might just be their bodies that are immortal. Either way, a pre-emptive strike tends to be the best course of action more often than not, and it’s clear that the Captain outmaneuvered the Council here—just in time to boot. As a result, there won’t be any change in leadership anytime soon, but one does wonder if there comes a point where Ochiai might end up putting a nematode in her too, though I suspect the obvious effect on the capabilities of the afflicted persons could be the one thing that ensures her survival as an intact individual. It makes you wonder though, does she know that Kunato’s no longer who he claims to be?
Looking forward, it’s questions galore on the part of virtually every party on the Sidonia. Can Tsumugi be trusted in the long term? Alternatively, can the Sidonia not afford to rely on her abilities? Will Kunato/Ochiai use his position to further his gains in the future regardless of any potential harm to the Sidonia itself? Did the Council have any backup plans in case Kobayashi tried to take things into her own hands? What can Kobayashi do with Ochiai’s research? And at what point would you stop given the major risks in dealing with Gauna-related tech?
There are many answers that the Sidonia crew need to find out sooner rather than later, but it’s interesting to note that for now, things are actually looking up in regards to our group’s ability to survive a Gauna attack. The successful retrieval of the entirety of Ochiai’s research only helps in the short term, and it looks like that might just be the catalyst for the series’ namesake: Daikyuu Wakusei Seneki. Loosely translated as the Battle for Planet Nine, I wouldn’t be surprised if this temporary edge held by humanity is to be used as an offensive tool in the near future, and there are no words to express how important a flip this would be considering how humanity’s been essentially losing all along. One just hopes the prejudice, inability to accept/trust Tsumugi on the part of some of the crew, and the internal mechanization and politics don’t unravel things before they truly land a significant victory. That, or one’s aversion to tentacles…
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