When it comes to the fight against the Gauna, there’s no rest for the wary. They’re resilient, capable of adapting, already superior in terms of raw capability, and tend to arrive in numbers far larger than what humanity’s capable of sending out to fight them. It’s a wonder how humanity’s managed to survive so far—they’ve had quite a few close calls already though—and this week was just another example of how even with new weapons and a more even playing field, the Sidonia’s just one miscalculation away from being blown to smithereens.
Little did they know that that reality was actually a lot closer than they thought—no thanks to the Gauna’s new ship-borne Hyggs Cannon. The ability of the cannon to literally go right through the Sidonia’s armor makes it a fearsome weapon to behold, and the lack of a major charge time would make anyone quake in their boots. Just like that, the tables turn in an instant, and even the almighty Tsumugi is bought down—though not before she ends up saving an innumerable amount of lives by deflecting the first cannon shot. Needless to say, our new chimera friend has fast put herself in the hearts of viewers and members of the Sidonia universe alike, and one does hope that she still has some fight left in her. It’d definitely be a pity to see the best girl bite the dust after only a few episodes in the limelight…
Either way, Sidonia no Kishi ends up as action packed as expected following the first large scale battle of the season, and it’s great to see how it leaves off where it started in the first season. In some ways it’s unnerving just how consistent the series is, but there’s much to be said about how great that result is for viewers in general, and for fans of a genre this series represents so well. It’s here though, where I must note that this episode does bring a first for me in regards to questionable developments, and there were two things that ultimately made me tilt my head a bit and wonder.
In particular, I refer to the fact that virtually no one on the Sidonia suspected a Hyggs Cannon formation until it was too late. I suppose that as outside viewers it was readily apparent that the Gauna was prepping a cannon from the get go, and the fact that the Gauna haven’t done it before made it a plausible thing to not realize, but there’s a measure of predictability when it comes to this, and it crosses me as odd how delayed the response was and how there weren’t any preparations made to try and at least steer part of the Sidonia away from the first shot. One could argue they didn’t have time, but the fact they said they’d do an emergency course change after the next shot fires alludes to there at least having been a chance initially, and part of that felt like it was twisted in such a way to give Tsumugi the chance to shine by deflecting the shot.
That’s not to say this makes a major overall impact, but considering how well the series has orchestrated its developments up until this point, I feel one should at least make a point to note how unusual it is to have developments stick out as oddly as they did here. The fact that Tanikaze’s Gardes booster essentially self-navigates itself toward the center of the Gauna is also interesting because of how convenient that ended up, and one wonders if perhaps there was an explanation that got cut out here. Alas.
Looking forward, it looks like we can expect more of the same—that is, more of the usual goodness. The fact that placenta Hoshijiro seems to be making a return always bodes well, and one wonders if that might not play a part in the hopeful recovery of Tsumugi. In the meanwhile, one does hope the Sidonia’s prepping something new for the near future, because they’ll certainly need it. Perhaps their own equivalent of Hyggs Cannons? One can hope.
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