OP2: 「孤高の光 Lonely dark」 (Kokou no Hikari Lonely dark) by Miku Itou
New season; new OP/ED; new world; and the same old Plunderer. What, thought things would change that much? Not in this story kiddo. It may be all time travel and discovering the past, but never think this show doesn’t know where its desired strengths lie. Because it does. Oh does it ever.
Given the quick change in scenery last episode some sort of explanation was naturally in store, but I cannot be the only one expecting something a little more. Yeah World War III and global devastation certainly makes sense enough for the very brief mention we got of it (I wanted that history lesson goddammit!), but alien intervention out of nowhere? And of the benevolent kind? Oh now that demands further explanation. At least we know what Althing is now and have an explanation (sort of) for how Counts and the Abyss seem to work. Because obviously when an unknown being has the power to make everyone obey its commands absolutely you know someone will figure out how to leverage that sooner or later—just ask Palpatine about that.
As for school setting and accompanying cast, well, it’s certainly going to be a ride. Although the killing was surprisingly nonexistent, don’t expect for a second that this arc will remain happy-go-lucky peaceful; between Nana’s ambiguous request, the hidden mechanisms of Althing, and the dominating presence of Schmerman in these proceedings I guarantee it won’t be long before someone starts sticking the pointy end in another. Personally I wager Nana wants Nina, Jail, and crew to kill off Schmerman given his growing baddie status (not to mention how hard it’s being pushed), but why and how are obviously something we have yet to find out. Good thing the origins of the Aces are already being teased then, because nothing says encouragement like a little human experimentation and no care for the consequences.
Best strap yourselves in boys and girls, Plunderer has finally reached the summit and is all out of brake pads.
ED2: 「Reason of Life」by Hina (Rina Honnizumi), Lyne (Ari Ozawa), and Nana (Shizuka Itou)