Knights of Sidonia S01E06 – Salute

06 – Salute

…in which Nagato is a chick magnet and Kunato is up to something



In Sidonia, Nagato is welcomed as a hero. Even the classmates that looked down on him before are now warm and welcoming. He and Shizuka get health checks. He’s unnaturally fine but she takes a while to recover.

Izana and Nagate visit the graves of the elite four who died and run into Midorikawa’s sister. I’ve been wondering when she’d show up again.

The speaking skulls and Kobayashi discuss Nagate and his ‘grandfather’ Saitou Hiroko with whom they all seem to have some history. We see that they deliberately turned Nagate’s insubordination into a tale of heroism to get the people on their side. The skulls, whose purpose is to guide Sidonia safely (and keep up their immortality on the way), say that they will use Nagate for that purpose but that if he becomes too troublesome, Kobayashi must dispose of him. Charming people, right?

Later, Nagate, Shizuka, Kunato and the fourth girl become full-fledged pilots. Kunato makes an overture of friendship that I do not in any way trust.

Nagate approaches Kobayashi in the midst of it all and asks why she favors him and why he heals so fast. There are no clear answers but she asks that he become one of the knights of Sidonia.

Shortly after that, Midorikawa’s sister shows up and tries to monopolize Nagate. Izana is having none of it and then there’s a weird scuffle at the end of which Shizuka ends up on a sort-of-date with him.

I don’t get what they see in him but oh, well.

A hive-type gauna is spotted and the new pilots are called to duty. We see Shizuka smilingly salute Nagate before everything fades to black. Next thing we know, Nagate is in a hospital and Shizuka is dead.



I’m going to pretend that the clumsy harem antics in this episode don’t exist and focus on the ending.

We don’t know much but the known facts are like this:

  1. Shizuka is dead, which is definitely a surprise but maybe the salute and fade-to-black was a sign.
    2. Nagate remembers nothing of the mission but he’s being heavily criticized by both the public and his comrades.
    3. Kunato is lauded for his actions and that plus an earlier scene of him plotting makes me wonder if he has something to do with Nagate’s problems.
    4. Nagate was gravely injured and probably should have died but he’s walking already.
    5. Izana is on Nagate’s side and that’s no surprise.

Yeah, there are more questions than answers here.

Not that good an episode overall but these last minutes are interesting.

Also, title drop!

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8 Responses to Knights of Sidonia S01E06 – Salute

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    Yep….all I can say is….it’s definitely not yet coming to a close, and stay tuned lol😂 No seriously though, there are some surprises in this episode, and despite the fact that I still could not care less about the characters, it was a bit of a shock to have Shizuka ending up dead. And I really mistrusted Kunato as well. He is one of those characters that no matter what he does, you will always mistrust him. As for the series…it seems like this series is determined to keep it 50/50. Some things are really cool, but there is an equal part that is so inherently bad in this show. Still, there are a couple of cool things still to come (and even a few surprises).

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    • D says:

      Alright, I have faith in your words 😀

      Honestly, the part where the girls where fawning over Nagate bored me to tears because he’s really not that interesting a protagonist but those 5 or so minutes at the end almost made up for it. I’m looking forward to seeing where they go with this.

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  2. Remy Fool says:

    The ending was surprising. Looks like we’ll find out more in the next episode since the preview seems to show us what happened.

    I was wondering how the other clones felt to see one of them being promoted before the others. Was she the best out of the clone sisters? If I recall correctly, Kunato is rank 1 in the class and Shizuka was rank 2. Perhaps she was rank 3.

    I now ship green-haired girl and Izana. Run away from boring main character, you two!

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    • D says:

      Yup, we probably will. Bye bye, Shizuka, you will be missed…by Nagate. I don’t care.

      That’s possible. They all seemed cheery to see her promoted but who knows. We’ll likely never know.

      …ok I admit that their very suggestive positioning gives some fuel for the imagination. If that were the case, would Izana’s body become male since that’s how Sidonia’s third gender seems to work. Yes, I’m grumbling about that.

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      • Remy Fool says:

        He will never forget the taste of her urine.

        Mmm probably not. Oh well.

        Hmmm guess we will have to see. It’s a bit silly, yes.

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      • D says:

        It’s just – I think it’s very cool that they have a third gender but then they go and ruin that with the whole ‘shift to male or female depending on partner’ thing. What’s wrong with them staying intersex irrespective of their lover’s gender? Clearly, reproduction isn’t an issue since cloning is rampant. Gah.

        I know I’m overthinking this but I get frustrated about this shit.

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      • Remy Fool says:

        I think it’s silly, too. Nothing wrong with G x G ships or B x B. The third gender is a bit of a letdown in this show.

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      • D says:

        Or non-gendered partners. Ah well. One day, anime, one day.

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