With a chance meeting comes the penultimate episode of Sidonia’s second season, and it delivers on every front we expected it to. Twists, epic action scenes, and even more twists are the name of the game here, and this is definitely one way to ensure the series sends off in a memorable fashion. Seeing Tsumugi single handedly fend off Benisuzume was fabulous in and of itself, but the added rush of seeing Izana escape from a (seemingly) new type of humanoid Gauna just takes the cake, and that wasn’t even the tip of the iceberg here. We had Tanikaze heroics in every sense of the word to boot, and there’s nothing quite like the show he puts on—defeating a whole screen full of Gauna by himself, then laying waste to the remaining three with just a knife and a Hyggs head cannon. Talk about awesome.
All things considered though, the Tsugumori Mk. III really showcased just how different it is from its previous iterations in this fight, and it needed every single one of its new additions. Any other frame would’ve been devastated from the collisions alone, and the fact that Tanikaze’s using it for the first time without any specific tuning demonstrates just how powerful both he and his frame can get. In this sense, the whole bit about “we can still make it better” serves as a testament to human ingenuity in the Sidonia universe, and it’s a mettle that explains just how they’ve managed to scrape by in the face of what has—up until now—been superior competition.
It’s just too bad that for the time being they’re not quite there yet, and there’s a measure of irony in how part of that is due of our cast’s humanity as well. Tsumugi’s brief hesitation after seeing “Hoshijiro” crawl out of the cockpit ends up costing her big time, and the tables turn in the blink of an eye as a result, leaving us with a finale whose forecast is pretty much the usual at this point: grim with a high chance of death.
Or is it? Benisuzume’s embrace of Tanikaze’s frame and insertion of her pilot into his cockpit for some romantic one-on-one hints at the desire for more than just mindless killing, and the fact that she learns and uses Tsumugi’s phrase of “I’ll penetrate your core now” shows there might be more brewing under the surface here.
It may just be that all this time the Gauna have been trying to develop methods of their own to communicate, heralding perhaps a glimmer of hope that things might have a peaceful ending here. That being said, it could be too little too late at this point, and I for one can’t quite see an ending where Kobayashi and Ochiai would be amicable to just letting bygones be bygones at this stage. The former’s definitely too focused on the objective to do so, the latter’s obsessed with creating something superior, and neither seem like they’d welcome anything aside from total annihilation of the Gauna—a pity considering how many of the pilots would likely treasure any kind of ceasefire that’d ensure their near term survival.
And with that, we’ve arrived at the end of yet another season, and perhaps the last bit of Sidonia we’ll see in a little while. Time sure flies, but thankfully it looks like we’ll have a finale worth sending the series off with for now, and that’s probably the best thing we can ask for.