Cheesy, fluffy, and lighthearted it may be, cannot deny KnA knows how to pour some fuel on fires of complacency when it so desires. Any chances of reverting back to happy-go-lucky sci-fi certainly have been dashed after an ending like that, although to be fair you know the real fun is in those romantic proclivities. The boyfriend to girls everywhere? Now that’s setting the anime romance bar high.
Considering all the foreshadowing of killing, assassination, and Ulgar’s gun shown a couple episodes back it should be unsurprising we’re getting movement on that front now, although I still believe that Ulgar (and increasingly every other kid for that matter) won’t turn out to be the fox in the henhouse. Sure he’s got the gun, knows how to use it, and just came out with it planted firmly against Luca’s head, but considering the other information received in terms of Luca’s father’s position and his political leanings it all seems a little too perfect a setup. Something tells me this is more coincidental than arranged, an opportunity for Ulgar to exact revenge against a family who likely has something to do with why he and his own father are estranged. Sure it’s not enough to explain why the kid brought a gun in the first place, but when we’re dealing with attractive wormholes and mysterious “abandoned” spaceships (quotes mandatory) I expect the truth is less insidious than initially apparent. There’s more at play here than simple killing, and the answer likely lies in the backstories of the kids waiting their turn in the sun.
As far as that shining goes we also got a bunch of it this episode—and then some. The romance angle for example was always going to appear sooner or later (these are a bunch of teenagers barring Funicia after all), but I never expected the pairings to emerge so quickly, or for Yunhua to desire getting involved in the action to boot. It’ll be interesting seeing what guy Yunhua winds up leaning towards considering her personality (and which of the boys gets the shaft in the process), but the real fun of course is going to come with beating the obvious into Kanata because you know damn well Miss Spicy Level II isn’t through with her attempts, awkward questioning and all. For all of KnA’s straightforwardness its character interactions are hilariously on point, and with some seriousness now to help round out the lighthearted comedy, we’re certain to start seeing just what this series is made out of.
Only question is whether that’s before or after we inevitably get Ulgar’s backstory and life history next time.