「大飛行船強盗」 (Daihikōsen gōtō)
“The Great Airship Robbery”
After delving into the character’s backstories and motivations these past few weeks, I was rather hoping we’d be continuing that trend, but instead that all took a backseat to more of an episodic structure as the Hagoromo was taken captive by a group who are definitely air pirates, and certainly not hired thugs or anything ridiculous like that.
One of the alleged pirates must be a familiar face, only who could it be? Is it the pirate who spared the goofy looking – I mean, the bravest bird in the skies? Or was it the pirate in the bar who claims he doesn’t drink anymore? I’m honestly curious whether those moments were meant to humanize the masked foes or ready the audience for an upcoming reveal that these people may not be as bad as they seem. Someone has it out for Kotobuki, and I believe these men were hired to get the Kotobuki squadron out of the way. Mayor Isao, as suspicious as he is, at least doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would order an airship with allies on it sabotaged and blown out of the sky.
The bartender turning out to be an ex-sharpshooter was a great example of an escalating joke gone right. First, he pulled out a gun from behind the counter, then revealed an entire stash of weapons, and finally took out half-a-dozen or so bad guys with skills that would make Neo from the Matrix green with envy, only for the audience to find out that his wife left him because he couldn’t part with his gun collection.
In other news, it was confirmed that these pirates were also at Nanko, which means they’re specifically targeting the Kotobuki. Additionally, Kirie appears to have come to the realization that since she’s fulfilled her dream to fly, she has no aspirations for the future. When compared to Reona or Kate, who are using their earnings to care for people in their lives, Kirie’s life is fairly simple, and this may be starting to bother her. The most compelling protagonists tend to be ones who have a dream they want to make a reality, but since Kirie’s already living her dream, it may be about time she found another goal to set her sights on.