No one likes to wait. There are plenty of things one could do in the time we spend waiting on people, on lines, or just the train to arrive, and it’s one of the more frustrating aspects of the daily routine. The fact that we can’t do anything about it’s necessity doesn’t make it any better, and it goes double for circumstances where the lives of those you care for are on the line. When it comes to combat, one of the more under-discussed aspects are the feelings of the soldiers on standby and the families that await their return, and as we see this week in particular, it’s always a struggle to stay calm and collected no matter who you are. The fact that you have no say in what happens—no ability to physically affect the outcome—is a powerlessness no one wants to feel, and Tanikaze finds out just how difficult it is to be in that exact situation.
Perhaps more cruel is his major role in Izana’s deployment as part of Planet Nine’s recon team, and it goes to show that the peaceful moments of past weeks are merely a mask covering the darker aspects of Sidonian society. The fact of the matter is that not everyone’s an ace pilot like Tanikaze—nor do they receive the privileges, equipment, and treatment he and others in the upper echelon receive. That’s not to say pilots like him didn’t ultimately earn them or to say it’s not reasonable to prioritize given the circumstances, but the fact remains that for the average pilot, that difference—however small it may be in skill or treatment—brings with it enough uncertainty to make anyone go mad.
It figures that this would lead to desertions and the belief that leaving the Sidonia would be better, and despite the generally cheerful start to this episode, there’s a lot more here than just fun and games. All things must inevitably have their end after all, and it looks like the fun times are all but over. The use of the Hayakaze Mobile Support Armor, the engagement of the recon team with a new Gauna-subtype… all herald the beginning of a fight that could either make or break humanity’s fight, and it’s a great watch seeing how both the Gauna and humanity are constantly evolving in regards to the weapons they wield and how they fight.
The question that remains is who’ll end up in the lead before it’s all said and done, and it makes you wonder just what else Kunato/Ochiai has up his sleeve. Will they complete the Graviton Emitter in time for the big fight? Is that yet another Gauna/Human hybrid in production? Who/what must be sacrificed to ultimately achieve victory? Just three episodes remain…