02 – Starlit Sky
… in which a girl is eaten and a century of peace ends.
Knights of Sidonia continues to flesh out its world. We now have suits equipped with blush-inducing urinal biocatheters and humans capable of photosynthesis. Technology really is something, huh?
Instead of immediately picking up at the gauna crisis from last episode, we see glimpses of the trainees prior to that. One girl in particular, Yamano, gets a lot of attention. We see flashbacks to her little town and their celebration for her impending pilothood. It’s all very nice and no one’s surprised when she dies a terrible death in the next ten seconds. Nagate is also critically injured and the other trainees scramble to escape while the ones at command fire a cannon. But Nagate somehow – who knows how – heals and successfully fights off the gauna, only for Izana to haul him away before the cannon hits.
Mankind is back at war but no one seems to be taking it seriously just yet. Some even blame Nagate for being jinxed and bully him. His differences and ignorance of modern habits due to spending his life underground rather than on the surface exacerbates his problems. But Izana sticks fast to him and is unruffled even when he throws up on them. That’s true friendship right there.
Speaking of throwing up, Nagate seems extremely traumatized by the incident with the gauna. He has horrible nightmares and can’t keep much down. He even faints and is helped back by a skilled trainee girl, which pisses Izana off. The top trainee, whom I’ve unimaginatively dubbed White Hair, who’s been irritated by Nagate from the get go is further angered when a group of elite pilots come to talk to Nagate instead of him.
This must be the most uninspired review I’ve ever written.
I continue to be fascinated by the world-building and at the same time, thoroughly disenchanted by everything else. Words cannot captive how much I did not care for anything that happened in this episode.
Is it just me? Does it get better?
Is the Izana-Nagate-Shizuka love triangle vibes I’m seeing just my paranoia or will I actually be subjected to that kind of torture?
So many questions, so few answers.
I’ll give this a couple more episodes. If it remains lacklustre, I’m jumping ship to Heavy Object, which came second in the poll.