「Trial & Error」
The NTR Labs makes a dynamic entrance. By the way, I’m not joking, that’s literally their name. Apt too, considering that they figuratively NTR’d Ernesti’s mecha designs. Also, who would have thought that the theft of the Telestale was no mere Occident? But with the Order of the Silver Phoenix currently in full procession, it seems that both of these issues will be swiftly resolved.
Experiment Gone Wrong
At least he had the common sense to introduce exoskeletal powersuits that can be used by your ordinary laymen for heavylifting during production, and personalised keys to prevent a second hijacking of his Silhouette Knight models. But Ernesti’s nonchalance towards the fact he almost died really shows that he has a screw loose somewhere. Although Addy’s affection for Ernesti can be extremely overbearing (I’m still surprised she hasn’t tried some mecha cosplay), she made an extremely good point of concern about how little Ernesti seems to value his own life. There’s nothing wrong with his enthusiasm, rather he comes across as selfish for not caring about how worried other people might get. Also, not thinking about those who would deeply grieve him if he were to end up dead. But I guess that’s the life of a genius mad scientist dangerously aspiring to greater heights. That eccentricity arguably possesses benefits that largely outweigh the cons, including the drive that allowed Ernesti to make it this far.
The next step in Silhouette Knight history actually deviates from the strict adherence to a humanoid structure. Meet the Tzendorg, what I would describe as half man from the torso up, and half horse from the waist down. It’s massive size can be put into perspective, where it gallops onto the stage at an incredible speed while dragging a huge load carrying 3 Silhouette Knight models. If NTR Labs thought that their Karrdator Dash would be the furthest advancement that could be made for a long time, the Tzendorg will definitely prove a rude awakening that shakes the rust out of their stagnated cogs.
In spite of my criticisms levied at Ernesti’s dangerous experimentations, he was working on some next level jet propulsion technology that should theoretically pull Laihiala into a new age. Though it doesn’t look like they’ve got anything yet that can handle such raw power, I fully expect Ernesti to have invented a mecha that can withstand such brute force by the end of the series. There hasn’t been a problem yet which he didn’t manage to eventually resolve.
By now people will surely have realised that the Centaur prototype is merely a stepping stone for creating the ultimate Silhouette Knight. Will it be the one from Ernesti’s dreams? Who knows. You’ll find out in due course. But looking at next week, I can’t imagine people won’t be hoping for the old man from NTR Labs to get his ass whooped. I’m about as excited as King Ambrosius for the upcoming battle we’re about to see, and hopefully our young Silhouette Knight runners get to prove their worth!