04 – Choice
…in which Kanato is an idiotic asshole and Nagate kills a gauna
After shit hits the fan in the form of the elite squad’s destruction, Kobayashi is quick to retaliate with a laser cannon thingy. But the gauna evades it masterfully and remains on its crash course to Sidonia. In a last ditch attempt, Kobayashi orders an acceleration maneuver that royally messes up the gravity in Sidonia, leading to massive casualties despite the warning.
They do manage to get away from the gauna but it’s temporary and the cost is high.
The Gardes pilots are gathered into one massive defensive squad while four of them, including Kanato, Nagate and Shizuka, are collected into a group to go and retrieve one of the kabizashis (the only weapon that can be used to kill a gauna) the elite team lost. There is a danger that they might go too far out of Sidonia’s range and cannot be retrieved. Nagate spots the kabizashi and Kanato grabs it in typical dickish fashion. He’s basically made to be hated.
For some reason, the gauna abandons Sidonia in favor of the retrieval squad. It also does something unexpected – fire a cannon of its own, effectively scattering and neutralizing the team of four. Shizuka’s frame malfunctions and self-destructs. Though she manages to eject, she’s now adrift and wandering far.
Meanwhile, Nagate pulls out his badass card and attacks the gauna, skillfully analyzing its attacks and using them against it. He single-handedly takes it down, much to the shock and admiration of everyone else. Instead of heading back to Sidonia, he takes off in search of Shizuka. In the process, he crosses the literal point of no return.
But I’m sure he’ll be fine.
I guess waiting till now to decide wasn’t a bad idea since I’m now curious enough to see at least this season through. This series does present a lot of questions that I want to know the answer to.
At least I’ll get to listen to the cool OP and ED on a regular basis. I’m getting used to the art too.
I still don’t give a shit about all but one of the characters – it’s a struggle to even remember their names. The one who has caught my eyes is the Captain – Kobayashi. Her(?) unflinching resolve and cold practicality in the face of the gauna threat, combined with her general inscrutability makes for a very curious character.