「それぞれの逆襲」 (Sorezore no Gyakushū)
“To Each His Own Rebellion”
TO EACH HIS OWN REBELLION
Their prototype X-3 rocket
ship has been destroyed,
and the board of directors
have abandoned Nagisa
and are prepared to close
engine, a class of talented
students led by Sera Kaito
are desperate for any plan
at all to tackle their current
needing a pawn to replace
Yuuji, is prepared to reveal
his hand, sights set beyond
the far reaches of space….
I mean, isn’t it just? The Luke Skywalker role is split between Nagisa and Kaito, Kazuhisa makes for a great Darth Vader—a dark father figure tempting our Jedi to the more grey side—which makes Mizuki… Han Solo? Princess Leia? Both? Well, the comparison breaks down after after a while, but I can’t be the only one who saw this episode exactly like this:
Kazuhisa: No. I know I am not your brother
Nagisa: No. No. That’s not true! That’s impossible!
And then Nagisa refuses to rule the military robotics market with Kazuhisa, brother and brother, and falls off Bespin. That’s how I’m going to remember it.
Well, reminding one of Star Wars, especially The Empire Strikes back (the best of the trilogy—that’s just science fact) is hardly a bad thing, especially considering that Star Wars is itself a collection of tried and true story constructs. And, of course, just because we’re in The Empire Strikes Back doesn’t mean we’ll end with Return of the Jedi. While it may seem that all has now been revealed—Kazuhisa’s plans, Nagisa’s and Iris’s illegally adorable past, where the sci-fi cars have been before now—but none of the characters have all the information we do yet. Iris has been too pensive to tell anyone what she remembers (and is this the sign of a love… triangle? Is it even polygonal?), Nagisa never tells anyone what he’s up, and even Kazuhisa, the near-omniscient Palpatine puppet master (I know I cast him as Vader before—he multitasks) doesn’t know that there is another
Skywalker Shinamiya. And, of course, with Nagisa suddenly shivved at the eleventh hour everything is up in the air. It’s a very different kind of twist than last week’s; Classroom Crisis has been working a conspiracy played with very rational moves, but now we just have a crazy guy. I thought Kaito and Nagisa were finally getting back together after having diverged for a while, but I guess their naïve ‘customer first’ thing was just too much. Enough of that prattle. Back to insane vendettas.
Classroom Crisis has done a pretty good job making use of all of its plot elements, systematically cashing all of the plot coupons it spent so much time setting up, so I’m pretty sure that even with these new turns in the 11th episode we’re still going to get everything resolved. What I’m most want to know right now, though, is where Iris is right now, since she dropped out of the episode quite abruptly. She’s the one card that Kazuhisa does not know about (i.e. by default the most effective one), but she’s fast turning into the one card that we don’t know about. Wasn’t there a three day time-skip? What has she been doing? Is she the one frozen in carbonite, or is it the stabbed Nagisa? Who needs to save whom? We need to keep better track of that girl. She needs to resolve the plot for us.
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