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Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai – 08

「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.

 

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March 5, 2019 at 12:06 am
28 comments »
  • March 5, 2019 at 1:38 amWorldwidedepp

    https://randomc.net/image/Kouya%20no%20Kotobuki%20Hikoutai/Kouya%20no%20Kotobuki%20Hikoutai%20-%2008%20-%20Large%20Preview%2003.jpg
    be Careful

    in the Soviet Army there was also females Pilots that was famous and they flew this kind of planes. Slow but effective

    So these are no Jokes. They may be slower then their Planes, but have more agility

    • March 5, 2019 at 1:40 amWorldwidedepp

      google for “ww2 bunker busters female pilots” and see for yourselves

      • March 5, 2019 at 1:41 amWorldwidedepp

        Night Witches

      • March 5, 2019 at 1:49 amWorldwidedepp

        i would not wonder, if they hired the “Russian voice actor” from Girls und Panzer here

    • March 5, 2019 at 6:27 pmStars

      It’s incredible how much you know about history and aircraft. This puts the female pilots in the preview in a whole new perspective

      • March 6, 2019 at 4:39 amWorldwidedepp

        for Anime and Mangas my mind behave like an Sponge. but mostly i forget their names. Just Pictures remains

        Remember the lately Battleships Animes or in this case “Strike Witches”? if done some research on them you properly would find the infos, too. But i am not omniscient . I just have an touch for them.. I keep it save inside my “adult” heart

  • March 5, 2019 at 2:05 amOkina

    In other news, it was confirmed that these pirates were also at Nanko, which means they’re specifically targeting the Kotobuki.

    If I’m interpreting the flow of events correctly, the Hagoromo was a decoy to lure the “pirates” targeting the fish (the reason for the newspaper announcement and Kotobuki Corps complaining about not getting the credit).

    • March 5, 2019 at 7:57 amStars

      Now that I think about it, that makes sense. I thought Madame was angry with Isao because he’d been willing to shoot down their airship at Isesuka, or at least partially responsible for the ship being attacked in the first place, but actually it was because he used them as bait to capture the pirates. Personally, I still think they were after the Hagoromo, though I’m mostly basing this on the explosives they brought with them. Why go to such lengths to destroy the ship if all you want is the fish?

      As for them being upset about not getting the credit, isn’t Isao taking most of the credit for himself actually keeping the girls from being targeted? I don’t know if he’s protecting them, per se, but he does seem to be aware that staying out of the limelight would be the safer option.

      • March 6, 2019 at 4:41 amWorldwidedepp

        rewatch or in this case rehear the last seconds of the previous episode. there was this conspiration that gave the roots for this here. Someone want to “crush” them

  • March 5, 2019 at 8:02 amMagewolf

    Since it looks like Mayor Isao was controlling the “air pirates” (the fish thing looks like a scam) he does seem to be the kind of guy who would blow up “allies” and a bunch of people who keep getting in his way. If I am right that also means he is tied in with Standon Oil somehow.

    • March 5, 2019 at 8:45 amStars

      If he’s controlling the air pirates then I’m sure he’s tied up with Standon Oil and the whole thing was a set-up, but until there’s undeniable proof that he’s corrupt, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  • March 5, 2019 at 8:32 amIncognito

    https://randomc.net/image/Kouya%20no%20Kotobuki%20Hikoutai/Kouya%20no%20Kotobuki%20Hikoutai%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2003.jpg
    Wait a tic, isn’t this the guy who betrayed the Elite Industries leader back in episode 04?

    https://randomc.net/image/Kouya%20no%20Kotobuki%20Hikoutai/Kouya%20no%20Kotobuki%20Hikoutai%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2025.jpg
    Johnny? So he’s basically this universe’s version of John Wick?

    Also, this week’s featured plane, the Toryu (the Ki-84 “Hayate” was already seen the previous episode):
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_Ki-45

    • March 6, 2019 at 4:45 amWorldwidedepp

      Before John Wick, there was “John Woo” films that made them popular

      • March 6, 2019 at 4:53 amWorldwidedepp

        Also an comment to your first Picture here.

        I do hope that we will not see an future “Hostage” episode. Because he now knew this “little brother” of them and such

    • March 8, 2019 at 9:48 amewok40k

      might be even reference to John Wayne…

  • March 5, 2019 at 10:11 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    • March 5, 2019 at 10:51 amRenaSayers

      Stop sweating the details you’ll wet the wire job.

    • March 6, 2019 at 4:46 amWorldwidedepp

      cut the energy Source that make the Spark to ignite the Explosives…

      No Energy to create the Spark, not Blow out

      • March 6, 2019 at 4:49 amWorldwidedepp

        But yes.. there are still Traps in this age.. condensers could do the trick when they cut the batteries

        The “high Tech” boards was invented way after WW2. Just look how “primitive” the V1 “Computer” was build

  • March 5, 2019 at 10:50 amRenaSayers

    If you consider Kirie’s backstory to everyone else’s they all had a reason to pilot an aircrafts equipped with artillery. But Kirie just sort of flew with an elderly chap and suddenly she’s affiliated with Kotobuki, I sense a character development coming soon.

    https://randomc.net/image/Kouya%20no%20Kotobuki%20Hikoutai/Kouya%20no%20Kotobuki%20Hikoutai%20-%2008%20-%20Large%2002.jpg

  • March 5, 2019 at 10:54 amRenaSayers

    • March 5, 2019 at 6:42 pmStars

      “Yeah… I’m thinking I’m back.”

  • March 5, 2019 at 11:01 amChris hall

  • March 5, 2019 at 11:39 amMagnus Tancred

    Die Hard? “Under Siege” may be a more suitable film to compare it to. :D

    What I find strange is that the Hagoromo didn’t use its AA guns for close-in defense. Another thing: does the hangar bay have doors or not?

    • March 5, 2019 at 6:48 pmStars

      I didn’t see any doors. Unless it opens inwards, I’d say it doesn’t have any.

      Haven’t seen “Under Siege” yet. I’ll add it next to “Cape Fear” on my to-watch list. I did see “The Rock” with Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage, though, so maybe that could work?

      The Rock on an Airship… Sounds like the next Dwayne Johnson movie :)

    • March 6, 2019 at 4:58 amWorldwidedepp

      They have Doors, but this one here entered from the front. and forced “shoot” open the landing door…

      But… Well, Anime Magic.. he is still in the middle of this runway and they are just landing without gap to give them time to move away from the landing runway…. so they would in Real Life crash into each other in the middle

      But as i said.. Anime magic.. and also alone the Weight of these Planes would shake them

  • March 8, 2019 at 9:46 amewok40k

    the shady pilot/magician/industrialist.politician….
    I am betting my “Palpatine for president” poster that he financed the entire attack by mercs too good to be ordinary pirates, in order to get rid of the Kotobuki girls, and make himself look great by saving the town with his private air force…. he even quickly snatches captured pirates “for judgement by law” no doubt to ensure they dont talk too much

  • March 10, 2019 at 9:13 amWorldwidedepp

    Ep 09:

    - This is more an “building up for next week” Episode
    - Did i mention the Russian Night Witches and their Slow but more agility against to fast modern planes? Seems like we have here an visual proof of that.
    - Things of World Building are starting to get serious

    Well, watch it. As i said some Political backgrounds are building up and i curious to see what they have in the Box next week

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