It’s the middle of the night. You’re settling in for a relaxing bath, hoping for a well deserved breather. Suddenly the phone rings and it’s the one you harbor romantic feelings for. They demand to stay at your house. And so you say yes and get up to make their favorite food: rice balls. Never mind that they have a weird obsession with rice, because everyone has their quirks. It’s easy to make anyway and it’s your chance to score! Everything is working out well until you realize you’re not alone. It’s in the pipes. It’s in the floor. You start fearing the worst. That is, until you realize there’s nothing to fear. After all, it’s only your multi-species friend burrowing through the plumbing to visit. Yup. Nothing to see here.
Okay, so that dramatic recollection wasn’t as funny as I thought it would be, but it doesn’t change the fact that we expected comedic gold and we got it. The first few minutes of this episode made me laugh/chuckle as hard as almost any other series this season, and it’s even more hilarious when you think about how the episode’s essentially about someone getting lost, having plumbing issues, and then dealing with it by moving half way across the country and getting a house with even more plumbing issues. Add in some plumbing puns along the way, and I would’ve believed you if you said I was actually watching another show. The thing is, there’s no other show that could’ve pulled off an episode like this in the manner it did, and it’s a testament to just how unique Sidonia no Kishi is. It mixes in these moments like it’s nothing, and it’s just a joy to watch week in week out.
Indeed, even the more serious moments of this episode—including the test run of a new propulsion system and a new weapon of mass destruction—were comedic in some sense of the word, and I’m still chuckling at the line: “THIS WEAPON CAN PENETRATE ANYTHING.” Putting that in after all the plumbing stuff just makes my night, and I just hope that the guys on the Sidonia didn’t have too much fun this week, because it looks like their ULTIMATE WEAPON could very well back-fire on them sooner than they think.
Then they’d really have plumbing issues.
Either way, I’ll have to say there’s honestly not much else to discuss this week aside from epic rice ball slow-mos and the usual touching moments between Tanikaze and Tsumugi. The screen caps this week really tell the whole story—there’s never a dull moment—and I’m just looking forward to seeing if the Sidonia’s Graviton Beam Emitter manages to see any actual, meaningful action. For Tanikaze’s sake though, I sure hope it does, because every battle he survives means another chance for comedy gold… and more rice. Oh yeah, more of this (or this) ain’t too bad either.