Knights of Sidonia S01E07 – Resolve

07 – Resolve

…in which Kunato crosses a line and Nagate takes the fall

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Overview:

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!

 

Thoughts:

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.

 

 

 

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8 Responses to Knights of Sidonia S01E07 – Resolve

  1. weekendotaku says:

    Yeah, I really don’t understand how Kunato lives with himself. Purposely sabotaging the operation just to make Nagate look bad was absolutely vile. This guy is reaching ridiculous levels of villainy.

    I’m guessing the gardes don’t have black boxes, else Nagate could prove that he did get the order to detonate when the others didn’t. Taking one on the chin is one thing, but Kunato is going to cost Sidonian lives. That has to matter at some point.

    There may be something to the pacifists’ claims that disarming will stop the gauna from attacking, as Kobayashi gives credence to the group that wants to leave and basically says she won’t stand in their way. The possibility of it all gives me Ender’s Game vibes, but we’ll see how it turns out.

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    • D says:

      I wondered about that too – if there’s some kind of recording that can be used as proof against Kunato. But Nagate looks unlikely push the topic. I really want to see him get his comeuppance though.

      For some reason, the departing ceremony doesn’t sit right with me. I guess we’ll see how it turns out. I’m concerned about how the pacifists got that idea in the first place. But I suppose there’ll be all sorts of people in a crowd.

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  2. raistlin0903 says:

    Yep, told ya, there would be some surprises that were still coming. This was one of them.
    Oh man, I seriously hated Kunato in that episode. Not that I had ever been a fan of him in the first place, but this was the episode where the hate became especially strong😀
    Well on the disarming protest, I think in any society there will always be people who think they know better and are willing to try really stupid things to overcome their own fears. We all know something like disarming will obviously not work, but maybe in their twisted minds they thought it was the best way to save them, and maybe get rid of some fears.
    Anyway….beware of things to come….(” cue ominous music 😂😂”).

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    • D says:

      I’m joining that club. That guy needs a hot poker shoved through his eyeball. Both his eyeballs.

      I’m on episode 9 now and it looks like there’s some truth to gauna being attracted to kabizashis but that still leaves the question of how the pacifist faction came to that conclusion. Plus, if they attacked and destroyed earth before the kabizashis were found, then throwing them away is no guarantee of safety.

      I can use some ominousness. 😀

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  3. Remy Fool says:

    I yelled at the screen as I watched Kunato act like a dirty buster. How DARE he?!

    You summed up how I felt about the departure ceremony and the outcry for pacifism. One is ominous and the other moronic. At first glance at least. Y’all making me change my mind with your comments.

    I think green haired gal inherited the executive officer position. XO for short.

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    • D says:

      Same. I was pretty much seething. And I don’t even particularly like Nagato.

      Oh don’t worry, it remains ominous and moronic from what I’ve seen so far. Pacifism is good and all but in this situation, it really doesn’t work. How the hell do you put your faith in murderous, non-communicative aliens and hope for the best?

      Ohh. I saw someone calling her XO in another episode but I didn’t know what it stood for. Thanks for clearing it up!

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      • Remy Fool says:

        Mmm. Kunato is good at pushing those buttons!

        It really doesn’t work out in these situations. Aaaahhh humans are so stupid. This is like America right now.

        You’re welcome! You all catching things I missed, too. That’s the power of three people watching episodes at the same time wahaha.

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      • D says:

        Three minds combined is a force to be reckoned with!!

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