07 – Resolve
…in which Kunato crosses a line and Nagate takes the fall
As expected, this episode fills in the blanks of what happened in the mission that killed Shizuka.
The gauna hive, which has at least 27 individuals inside it, proves to be a tough opponent for Sidonia’s forces. Kunato’s squad which includes Nagate and Shizuka is tasked with severing its tail which would greatly diminish its offensive prowess. They set explosives on it and are supposed to detonate it together but Kunato, the absolute, petty asshole, deliberately sabotages Nagate to make him set off his charges prematurely.
Everything goes downhill from there. The gauna even uses the remaining charges against the Gardes pilots. A lot of people die. Nagate is a little in shock over what happened and is almost caught by the gauna but Shizuka rushes in to save him despite Kunato’s orders and dies in his place. It’s actually a nice, sad moment.
Back in the present, Nagate has shut himself in his room and has cut off contact with others. There’s public outcry for his dismissal, from both civilians and other pilots but Kobayashi is insistent that he remain an active pilot. Bear Cook literally breaks down his door to get him out. Izana takes him out and even manages to get him to eat again. They’re a good friend. Somewhere along the way, Nagate remembers his grandfather’s words about gauna not waiting for his tears to dry and uses that to find his resolve again.
There’s a large group that’s still advocating pacifism. That oughta work well against giant, man-eating aliens – just go shake hands with their killer placentas. Kobayashi seems to share my sentiment and refuses to back down from war. Instead, she arranges a ‘departing ceremony’ for those that wish to leave Sidonia. That sounds a little ominous.
Midorikawa Yuhato, i.e Nagate’s green-haired aggressive fangirl who also happens to be a tactical genius, takes over as Sidonia’s… well I don’t know what the position is called but she’s the one calling the shots on the bridge, right under Captain Kobayashi. She’s unhappy with the arrangement since she wanted to be a pilot to honor her dead brother but the higher-ups feel that she can fight the gauna better by directing others. Her first job seems to be to direct the strike against the planet where the gauna from the previous mission has fled to. Kobayashi gives her permission to assemble the teams. Nagate and Kunato are both in it, and the latter warns the former not to say anything but Nagate seems to have no interest in fighting other humans.
As Sidonia’s troops approach the planet, they find a gauna shaped like Shizuka’s Gardes frame. Plot twist!
Kunato. Where do I even start with his utterly revolting waste of oxygen? I said last episode that I suspected him of foul play and sure enough, it was confirmed in the worst way possible. I can maybe understand why he’d try to screw over Nagate in training or something. He’s a petty, entitled jerk after all. But this level of sabotage is evil on a whole other level. He could have gotten Nagate killed – which he clearly didn’t mind – but more than that, his actions caused a pivotal strategy to fail and resulted in the loss of countless lives. I don’t think there’s any redemption for his character anymore.
Moving on to the demilitarization faction, someone please explain to me how ‘The gauna will leave us alone if we disarm’ makes any sense? As in, how do they know that? How can they possibly be willing to bet on that? I can see why people are discontent with the military rule, especially after the gravity incident, but blindly believing that the gauna will go away if they throw away the kabizashis has zero logic behind it. Sure, it’d be great if it were that easy but if they’re wrong and the gauna attack a defenseless Sidonia, it’d be a complete slaughter. All in all, I find it hard to take any of them seriously.
This was a pretty good episode. I’m even looking forward to the next one.