「情け用無の爆撃機」 (Nasake-you mu no bakugeki-ki)
“The Aggressive Bombers”
What is happening? Last week, Councilor Julia was disparaging Isao’s tactics, this week there’s an attempt on her life. At least the Kotobuki Squadron are as confused by this as I am, and by this, I don’t mean the assassination attempt, but rather that Isao was apparently behind it. As Reona pointed out, he doesn’t seem like a bad guy. He’s young, handsome, and always smiling brightly. Even the way he pouted like a little kid at not getting to shoot down a surrendering airplane was kind of-
Oh. I think I see what the problem is.
Allen mentioned that he doesn’t know if the curtain call will be for a tragedy or a comedy, most likely because he doesn’t have a clear grasp of Isao’s character yet. Some say he’s a good man who looks out for the little guy, while others say he’s incapable of understanding emotion, that his smiles are as fake as knock-off jewelry, and just going off the way he’s been animated, I’m inclined to agree. There’s not a single smile of his I can recall that ever came from his heart, which must have been some clever foreshadowing, because as it turns out, he’s the Joker card of this story. In most games, the Joker card is useless, a pretty decoration you toss aside to play solitaire, but in certain games, it can be used as a trump or wild card. After the revelation that Isao has been buying up land to prevent anyone else from having access to the holes, it’s safe to assume he’s decided what the game is, and the Joker’s playing for keeps.
Trying to find Ol’ Sab in this series has been like the weirdest game of Where’s Waldo. Personally, I thought it was the robber in the mask and goggles, but his voice was a little too young for him to be a guy who has to be at least in his seventies. I thought for sure Kirie had him made this episode, though, only for the mystery pilot to end up being the fierce motormouth and ex-air pirate, Naomi (Itou Shizuka). It seemed like another dead end for Kirie, until it she let it slip that Ol’ Sab mentored her, too. And in response to Kirie asking her why she flies, she raised a very good point. Do we really need a reason for doing the things we love?
Next time one of the holes appears, Isao will try to fly through himself, that much is certain. When I saw Chika nearly get sucked into the hole – I actually thought she was sucked in for about a minute – it made me think that there’s a real chance this series could dive straight into multidimensional travel with the Kotobuki Squadron winding up in another world. For now, though, Isao better prepare himself for the storm that’s coming his way, because these ladies have learned what kind of man he is, and they’re ready to take action.