I would stand in line for this. There’s always room in life for this.
Indeed there is. When it comes to Tanikaze’s heart, there’s always more room for food, and everyone knows it. The keys to his undying affection are in his stomach, and this week’s all about the ever growing harem forming around him. Not only does he live with two people who clearly have feelings for him, he gets visited by another, and has yet one more prepping to give him even more of the rice balls he loves. The fact that a fellow pilot invites him to dinner and gets charmed by him adds another to the mix (potentially), and why not? With his godly piloting skills and suave lines—I’LL LISTEN TO YOUR STORIES ANYTIME!—he’s the cream of the crop. I’d want to photosynthesize with him. Maybe. I’d rather be him though… minus the constant abuse and injuries.
Ahem* In any case, one of the things I continue to be amazed about is how well they’re flipping between adrenaline filled Gauna combat and the more comedic moments. Put together, this mixture makes you realize how the people of the Sidonia universe are still trying to live their lives despite the circumstances, and it really puts things into perspective. At this point they know that every sortie could be their last, and despite the ominous clouds overhead at all times, they pick themselves by enjoying the little things. Clearly Tanikaze enjoys food more than anything else, but it’s nice to see how people are also just engaging in plain tomfoolery, reading books, building model kits, and other similar activities. Granted, the same situation is unlikely to be reflective of everyone on the Sidonia, but there’s no denying that they’re setting a potential example here of things we could learn from regardless. That is, to be people who are more appreciative of what we have in our lives, while also realizing just how lucky some of us are to be able to even make/read posts like this.
Moving back to the story itself, the large hive cluster’s initial assault on the Lem Star System heralds the likely start of a series of battles, and it brings with it the question of what risks need to be taken to gain the reward of a star system without Gauna. The Captain obviously believes the Graviton Beam Emitter to be worth that reward, but it’s clear there’d be some disagreement among the crew members if word ever got out about what happened—especially from Samari, who gets a nice moment in the spotlight as a squad leader who’s painfully aware of the fight ahead of them and the responsibilities she has. The new Gardes Independent Support System highlights the measures they might have to take to win, and in this context, I find it a bit sad that she didn’t get to “photosynthesize” with Tanikaze before the fighting starts. There may yet be plenty of chances later though and I guess we’ll see. I just hope it doesn’t end like the rest of the song I referenced back up top…
Then it fell apart, it fell apart. Like it always does, always does.