05 – Adrift
…in which there’s romantic drifting and interestingly acquired water
It’s the aftermath of last episode’s battle. Kunato throws a hissy fit because he’s a pitiful human being. Sidonia moves away from Nagate and Shizuka, leaving them to fend for themselves in space. She’s happy that he came back for her but also angry that he’s essentially there to die with her. But that’s quickly put aside in favour of immediate survival while letting their Gardis frame gather energy. Their supplies are limited and Nagate’s frame won’t move just yet.
We then get to see two awkward teenagers be awkward together, with some nice moments I’d have cared more for if I’d been in any way invested in these two and their burgeoning romance. All I have to say is that blushes look horrendous with Sidonia’s character art.
We do get to learn a bit about Nagate’s past with his grandfather who raised him underground. Shizuka, on the other hand, is dodgy when asked about her past.
Time passes. A week later, Sidonia has recovered from most of the gravity fall’s damage. Some history is also revealed. When the first humanoid gauna destroyed Earth, a large number of ‘seed ships’ escaped which means Sidonia is possibly not the last of humanity. Kobayashi and the Bear Cook are apparently six centuries old (or maybe more). We don’t know how though. That raises the question of what they are biologically. Plus there’s the weird skull things Kobayashi talks with to consider.
Eleven days later, our adrift duo is out of water. Nagate, who can’t photosynthesize, becomes dehydrated. Shizuka saves him by filtering water out of her urine.
I was caught off guard but it makes sense in-universe. Luckily, a rescue force arrives before they have to take any more drastic measures. Turns out that the entire defence unit mutinied and set out to find Nagate and Shizuka. That’s pretty nice of them.
For all that Sidonia’s character design is shit, the architecture and space stuff look very nice.
This episode was not as good as the last since I found little interest in watching Nagate and Shizuka chill in space and have a long, stargazing date. There’s one thing of note though. It looks like photosynthesizing is done in the nude which means that line from episode 3 was basically an invitation to get naked together. And that makes me wonder if “Will you photosynthesize together with me?” is a common euphemism for sex in Sidonia.
You gotta admit that as far as come-ons go, this one’s pretty lame.
Kobayashi’s (and Bear Lady – what even is up with that?) lifespan definitely raises some questions. So the does the whole ‘humanoid gauna’ deal. What are gauna, really?
Speaking of which, Shizuka gets this bright idea that gauna are maybe trying to make friends. I don’t know if that will turn out to be true but holy shit, how did she ever get the idea that a bunch of humongous monsters that like to eat people are trying to make friends with said eaten people?