「感覚 エマージェンス」 (Kankaku Emajensu)
Well, that was certainly a wild ride. One moment we’re chilling around a fire eating apples, only to be interrupted by an impromptu song from Mikumo that leads to all out galactic fight utilizing bio-waves as physical weapons. There’s certainly more questions than answers after this episode, but if there’s one thing for sure, the Protoculture ruins are bad news. The question is, for which side?
As we find out, the use of the ruins and competing over them gave us results that hurt both sides, and it’s ironic that the very weapon the Windermeres are hoping will extend their cultural reach with might just lead to their own extinction. Cassim in particular seemed to age quicker as a result, and at the very least, there was a tremendously negative effect on the remaining pilots and their combat prowess. Even Heinz was left shaking in his boots after the fact, and on the flip side, Freyja’s synchronization with Hayate ends up coming with its own ironic twist as well—seemingly causing Var Syndrome-like effects (go figure that Hayate’s also piloting Messer’s plane while he suffers from similar issues) rather than preventing it.
The fact that Roid seems to be the only one close to understanding what’s going on makes things even more complicated—brain tuning also reeks of ominous vibes—and that’s without going into detail in regards to Mikumo, who experiences an “awakening” of sorts that completely throws things into disarray. The fact that she collapses at the end and we receive an ED sequence focused exclusively on the Mikumo we’ve known up until now makes you wonder if she’ll ever wake up again, and whether or not she’ll be the same person even if she does. The questions surrounding her origins are many as well—was she merely found somewhere by the scientists or was she created by them?—and it’s safe to say that this was a significant episode that progressed the plot while leaving much to the imagination.
I will say though, for all the confusing developments toward the episode’s latter half, I quite liked how they went about things here, and the whole discussion between Cassim and Freyja started off the episode with a nice touch that emphasized their similar origins while highlighting how they have different allegiances and philosophies despite their common heritage. It was great demonstration of how much age, experience, and the people around them have come to shape their respective views on life, and it goes to show just how important it is to take the time to talk to others and to also considering how things are on the other side of the equation.
Ultimately, their discussion doesn’t end up changing the paths taken by either, but it’s clear that both sides came out better for having had it, and it was a honest, genuine interaction in a series that hasn’t executed particularly well in that regard. The ominous foreshadowing with the rain, the dark backdrop, Kaname’s doubtful line of questioning, and Cassim’s interesting reaction to the Immelman name merely added to the atmosphere of things here, and it’s safe to say that the series took large strides forward this time around with this week’s developments.
Until next week, some things to note:
ED8: 「LOVE! THUNDER GROW」 by Mikumo Δ JUNNA