Legends can start from the smallest of developments, and as we arrive at yet another finale, let us take a step back and appreciate just how far Tanikaze has progressed since the series’ start. It seems like just yesterday he was stealing rice from the processing plant, and perhaps the greatest thing about this finale wasn’t so much the decisive battle as it was the choice to wrap things up nicely with an ode to the past. The use of the first season’s opening theme was an especially fabulous touch, and it was nice seeing some of the best moments of both seasons one after another. It sure was good times with the Elite Four prowling around wasn’t it? I still remember that moment where they all bit the dust…
Nostalgia-aside though, Sidonia has always been a series capable of giving you chills out of nowhere, and this episode was no exception. Just when you think the series can’t surprise you further, a surprise comes that you realize not only should’ve been expected, but exceeds all expectations. Best of all, this week’s surprise comes without Tanikaze taking the lead, and there aren’t enough words to describe how awesome it was to see everyone band together to create an orbital bombardment for the ages. I had figured they had spare Hayakaze Armors sitting around, but to suddenly arrive with some 25 of them? That’s just amazing. The fact that they’re used in a way I never expected only added to the excitement, and it’s moments like these that I ultimately watch anime for. There’s nothing quite like turning into a kid again and screaming at the screen, and this episode had me off my chair going “YEAH, FIRE AT WILL! DESTROY THEM ALL AND LEAVE NONE STANDING!” Even Kobayashi was breathing hard, and who can blame her? It was just that damn marvelous.
Sadly however, a marvelous finale also means that the season’s over, and there are few things worse than not knowing when a series will return. It’s been said that there’s enough material to cover another one-cour already. so the wait shouldn’t be that long, but I’ll be damned if there ain’t anything quite like Sidonia. For better and for worse, they don’t do Sci-Fi mecha series like they used to anymore, and there’s a measure of old-fashionedness this series has that gives it a unique charm on top of its occasionally epic nature.
With that said, the second season overall is interesting in how it manages to rival the first despite going about things a lot differently. You’d think a multitude of comedic/slice-of-life themed episodes in the middle would take out the steam built up from the first season, but they managed to pull those off in such a way that I didn’t mind them at all—making me even wonder what the series would be like if they made it a romantic comedy instead. The fact that they bought things together when it counted—I’m looking at you, Planet Nine—only made things better, and it goes to show that you don’t need to rely purely on action to carry a series of such a genre. Taking it slow is definitely one way to do it, and having an interesting cast of characters certainly helps in this regard, with the many Tsumugi moments providing much laughter throughout.
There are many questions that remain however—what ever happened to that humanoid Gauna chasing Izana earlier?—and in general the Gauna are as mysterious as they were before. We never did get to see Kunato/Ochiai reveal his new lifeform/weapon, nor did we see any engagement with the Large Hive Cluster—a notable omission given the series’ name sake, though they did fight for the planet (just not in the way I initially expected).
Looking forward, there’s not much else to say here really. The series is consistent in more ways than one, and it’s a pleasure to watch as a major fan of the Sci-Fi genre. Sidonia does the little things right—all the way up to how it depicts the physics behind everything—and I’ll always look forward to watching more of it regardless of the wait in between. Maybe I’ll pick up the manga at some point…
Either way, I’d like to end things here by once again thanking everyone who’s taken the time to read my posts and visit the site on a daily basis. I haven’t had as much time to respond to comments and the like recently, but next season should bring a change to that now that I’ve gotten my first full year of work under my boot. And so, until we meet again!
ED2: 「sidonia」 by angela