「漂流 エンブレイシング」 (Hyoryu Enbureishingu)
“Drifting and Embracing”
Summary: Following their escape from Ragna, our cast find themselves with damaged fold reactors, dwindling supplies, and no contractor source for funding. A decision is made to dock the Elysion with the island ship as an emergency power source, combining with an impromptu performance of Neo Stream and a new mission objective to reclaim the lost globular cluster. As NUNS move behind the scenes to address the Windermere’s active hold on the globular clusters, preparations are made for the Windermere fleet’s return home and the coronation of Heinz as their new King.
OP2: 「絶対零度θノヴァティック」 (Zettai Reido θ Novantic) by Walkure
「決別 レゾリューション」 (Ketsubetsu Rezoryushon)
The arrival of a new opening sequence coincides with the coronation of a new King, and this week’s episode surprises in its almost singular focus on the Windermere side of things—particularly the circumstances that have influenced the mindset of the Aerial Knights’ (and to some degree, the Windermere population) up until now. Given the one-sided presentation up so far, this episode ends up significant not only as a balancer in terms of perspective, but also in regards to how it manages to do something many of us likely thought as improbable: paint the Windermeres in a pleasant light.
With Herman’s discussion of family and the value of spending time with them, the revelation that Bogue seems to be the only surviving member of his family, and Keith’s potential origins son of a concubine—we’re shown the human side of a cast we’ve been accustomed to seeing as arrogant boogiemen, and as it turns out, they’re not that different from the guys on the other side in regards to the things they value and the reasons they fight. Admittedly, it’s not it’s not surprising in hindsight given what they’ve had to experience so far—especially if it turns out the UN Government did launch the dimensional weapon—but there’s a huge difference between knowing and making assumptions, and these revelations ultimately go someway towards legitimizing their cause.
The question that remains, is whether or not their supposed cause is even the same as the one they started with. If there’s one thing we get from this episode, it’s the fact that much of the Windermere population (and even the Aerial Knights themselves) expected their previous battle to be their last, and that negotiations would follow with the UN Government now that they’re in complete control of the globular cluster. Yet, with Roid and Heinz’s declarations that their new goal is the topple the UN Government, this turns out to be anything but true, and Gramia’s inability to actually speak for himself makes you wonder how much of this is actually his will. It seems more so that Roid’s pushing his own TRUE HEIRS TO THE LEGACY OF THE PROTOCULTURE! agenda at this point, and if he is, let’s just say he sure knows how to make a speech—even if it seems more likely to lead to his own death more than anything.
In the meanwhile, a chance meeting leaves us hanging with a discussion regarding Hayate’s father, and the impressions given off regarding him are anything but positive. The source being a NUNS pilot makes it far from conclusive however, and given how everything’s linked to the events of seven years ago, I wouldn’t be surprised he’s linked either to the dimensional weapon’s deployment or the start of hostilities in the first place. Perhaps he even fought for the Windermeres at some point…? Either way, it’d be yet another interesting link between everyone involved—let’s not forget that we still don’t know who gave Freyja her first taste of music—and counting the many hints involving Mikumo and her continued link to the Protoculture, this was an episode that certainly left much to look forward to in terms of potential developments.
Here’s looking forward to next week.
ED6: 「破滅の純情」 (Hametsu no Junjou) by Walkure