「Hit & Away」
Ernesti’s solution to the Levitate airships come in the form of crude anti-air projectiles. It’s cheap, and gets the job done. What more can you ask for? Cristobal forges ahead into enemy heartlands, paying no respect to the rumours he had heard about the enemy’s strength. He pays for his error with the ultimate cost – the price of his life. I like how Ernesti was shown to seriously consider the offer Cristobal made, and we are reminded that he is mostly a self-serving individual, especially pertaining to matters involving Silhouette Knights.
Say he was reincarnated on the Zaloudek side, the world probably wouldn’t have stood a chance against the combined might of Ernesti and Horatio, and I’m sure the boy wouldn’t have given a damn for the lives lost in the war either. Has he even thought about the dead mecha pilots? No. We only ever hear him grieve for the destruction of the Silhouette Knights. In this regard, I find him to be a rather callous person with a couple of screws loose in his head. But since he’s on the side of good, his dubious moral compass will mostly go unquestioned, while he carries on doing as he pleases. Fortunately for Fremevilla, and unfortunately for Cristobal, Ambrosius had the foresight to grant Ernesti with everything he asked for. This was not an offer Cristobal could match, contrary to his intial beliefs, consigning him to an young death as he stubbornly elects to go down with his Silhouette Knight.
After that battle, times are looking good for the Silver Phoenix crew. Everyone survives, Eleonara gets established as the new monarch of Kuschpercha, and Ernesti dabbles with the new etherite technology he picks up from the wreckage of the Levitate ship (I’m just a tad surprised that the chunk of ether made it past censorship). But the Zaloudek princess wants revenge for the death of her younger brother, and you’d bet that Horatio would use this as an opportunity to bring some costly projects to life. Using the explosive jet thruster technology he witnessed from Ernesti’s Ikaruga, a sovereign of the skies is invented. A draconic levitate ship, with the armour to withstand anti-air measures, and the firepower to raze cities. Literally, it fires a particle cannon that can even disintegrate castles. Talk about overkill!
The British Patron Saint would like to have a word on the matter of knights squaring off against dragons. Speaking of which, I wonder how Ernesti will go about prevailing, if he can even do so at all even with all of his current inventions. Judging by the previews, the Zaloudek Empire even look to have come up with counter measures for the anti-air projectiles. If I had to guess, a stalemate will occur for the meantime, until Ernesti manages to make a breakthrough in applying the newfound ether technology to further bolster Ikaruga’s capabilities.