Let the Kobayashi Revolution begin. The Captain’s in the
haus house now, and it’s all about using everything at humanity’s disposal to take the fight to the Gauna. The course is set to the Lem System and the fight for Planet Nine is set to begin earnest. Armed with brand new upgrades and Tsumugi coming along as a one women/chimera/hybrid army, things look more optimistic than ever before for the Sidonia crew—that is, if it weren’t for those meddling Gauna and their inability to let our plans get off without a hitch.
Murphy’s Law is king in the Sidonia universe after all, and things start rolling earlier than expected due to a surprise attack. The fact that it used to be one of the Sidonia’s own colony ships gives it a topping of irony to boot, and there’s much to be said about how capable the Gauna are to be able to develop a countermeasure for Tsumugi in the relatively short time they’ve seen her. Granted, the amount of time that’s actually passed in between their first combat might’ve been much larger than we as viewers see, but there’s no denying the intelligence of the Gauna or the threat that they pose.
The interesting question that results though, is whether or not that intelligence makes them sentiment creatures capable of actual communication. The fact that they’ve already attempted to emulate humans by creating life-forms in their visage supports the notion that communication is possible (and maybe has already been attempted), but it doesn’t change the fact that for now, it’s certainly too risky of an endeavor to try on any grand scale, especially given the past interactions between both sides. Indeed, it could very well be that their attempts to communicate might be more of an attempt to understand humanity better so they can annihilate them for good, and it’s here where many different viewpoints become apparent in the Sidonia universe.
None of the “alternative views” will ultimately win out while Kobayashi and Kunato/Ochiai are leading the fray, but it is important to note how as of this moment, there are at least four major viewpoints: those who believe they should avoid combat at all costs, those that pray/hope to avoid it, those that believe fighting is the only option, and those that believe communication is possible. Needless to say, the introduction of each viewpoint serves as an important reminder of the differences inherently present in humanity despite the obvious genetic similarities between them these days, and it goes to show how being put on the same boat doesn’t necessarily mean everyone’ll still be on the same page. Put it all together and it makes you wonder if Kobayashi herself might end up running into issues and rebellions herself in the near future, even if it could just be a red herring to make us think there’s more on the horizon in this angle.
Either way, it’s time to rock and roll with the 96 Gardes Formation, and the future promises to be filled with action packed, adrenaline rush inducing combat. I just hope that amid all the fighting however, the people of the Sidonia universe don’t stop forgetting the essentials of everyday life. And by that, I mean the courtesy of knocking on doors before entering, the value of rice balls (and food in general), and the necessity of receiving some quality R&R in between. Trashing doors into people’s faces does not count, by the way. I swear, you can never really go wrong with the more light-hearted moments in this show…