June 23, 2012
Oh, what an awesome episode. Sato crossed me up several times, and had me in stitches at least once. Somehow I have the idea that next episode is going to be a surprise, too.
Kane's secret is out in the open, and they won't be doing it again. The younger brother is one of the officers on Parabellum, presumably the pilot. (We still don't know his name.)
The council started unexpectedly, and early. Marika did well, and I think she did a lot to enhance her prestige. Enough so that the other pirate captains agreed to her plan. She challenged Quartz Christie to battle, and the other pirate captains all looked like they agreed.
No one talked down to Marika. None of the other pirate captains treated her as just a schoolgirl. That was really nice. I guess her reputation had already gotten around, and the fact that Bentenmaru is the only pirate ship to survive a battle with Grand Cross is enough to make the other captains take her very seriously, irrespective of her other achievements. Courier used that, too, in a later scene. And it worked, big time.
Courier wore her nerd clothes to a meeting with the EW officers on all the other pirate ships, instead of her glamor outfit. And I think I understand why. With EW officers, glamor doesn't matter. Nerd credibility is where it's at. And protecting her ship from Grand Cross's EW is big time nerd cred.
Besides which, that's the real Courier. She dresses like that on the ship because it's how she feels most comfortable.
Next episode we get the main battle. A fleet of pirates are going to have a meeting engagement with Grand Cross. All the EW officers are going to work together, coordinated by Courier using all the new comm equipment that Marika bought.
Luca is back. They kind of fudged the whole question of how the substitution happened, which is unsatisfying. (But we know it happened after the dinghy race, which means it didn't happen at the hospital.)
We also learned why Ririka is known as "Blaster Ririka". Even after all these years, she's a crack shot.
There is no longer any doubt in my mind that Ironbeard is Gonzaemon. But I'm not sure they're going to formally reveal it to us.
Quartz Christie? I think what we're going to learn is that she's a princess of the Empire, and she's out here doing this just for kicks, because she's bored, a spoiled brat, and a tom-boy. If so, it means she isn't a very nice person.
But there's more to it than that. Something about really being pirates, about letting their Letters of Marque lapse and being real outlaws. I'm not sure what's going on about that. Another possibility is that they will trade their existing Letters of Marque for new ones issued by the Empire itself. Ironbeard and Quartz already seem to have such. (And remember Jenny making a comment to the effect that she'd heard there were ways to get new Letters of Marque? Foreshadowing?)
Marika really spent the bucks on upgrades. They've added two new engine nacelles to Bentenmaru, for one thing. Sensors and radar have been upgraded. The reactors have either been repaired or replaced.
But... the high point of the episode was finding out why Chiaki was hiding under her blanket. And I sympathize. I truly do. But it was hilarious; that whole scene was wonderful.
The hell of it is that while she was doing it, she looked like she was having fun. There's a barrier inside Chiaki. A kind of pomposity. It's a feeling of expectation she has about herself, an image of how she thinks she should behave. And her true self is on the far side of that barrier and she doesn't want to admit it. Eventually it's going to shatter and she's going to give in -- and she's going to be a lot happier for it.
Kenjo knows this. He knows that Marika is the key to making it happen, and that's why he doesn't mind having Chiaki spending time with Marika. It's something that has to happen before Chiaki will be ready to become captain of Barbarossa, but it's also something that has to happen for Chiaki to be happy and to really be an adult.
As to next episode's battle? The Next Ep teaser showed an Empire fleet coming out of warp. I have an idea it's going to be "no game". The pirates will engage Grand Cross, and give her a struggle, but before it can come to any kind of conclusion, Quartz Christie's mother is going to show up with a fleet and stop it all. That's my guess. And then we'll find out if she's Queen of the Empire, or Queen of something else.
And between EW and Marika's tactics, I think we won't see any pirate ships getting destroyed.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 23, 2012 09:44 AM (+rSRq)
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Posted by: ubu at June 23, 2012 09:56 AM (GfCSm)
Only one episode to come, and I just don't see how they can wrap everything up. Frankly, it looks to me like they're planning for a sequel.
I sure hope there is one. There's plenty of story potential left in this canon. And Marika and Chiaki (and Gruier and Grunhilde) are wonderful characters. I want more of them!
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 23, 2012 10:10 AM (+rSRq)
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Posted by: J Greely at June 24, 2012 10:36 AM (2XtN5)
I'll keep my crude question about her suit design to myself....
As for the Grand Cross, In spite of possible SDF-1 comparisons, the way it makes a face before attacking, I think of the old Video game Sinistar.
Posted by: Mauser at June 24, 2012 06:34 PM (cZPoz)
Posted by: J Greely at June 25, 2012 10:24 PM (2XtN5)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
[spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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