09 – Gaze
…in which Nagate makes an odd friend and kills more gauna
Nagate is summoned for an experiment with the placenta-gauna that looks like Shizuka – whom I have chosen to christen Shizugauna – since it keeps calling out his name. Though it reacts to him, it also attacks him with its placenta so the first try is a failure. But it has helped Sidonia realize that gauna’s reproduction methods are similar to that of humans and that they may even feel emotions.
Elsewhere, Kobayashi and Yure – Izana’s immortal grandmother – arrive to Kunato manor in order to extract information from Ochiai’s clone’s auxiliary brain. That sounds very pleasant. Ochiai, once his memories are awakened, tells Kobayashi that she will one day need the power he has. Kunato manages to watch all of this live and becomes quite interested. That can’t end well. It’s Kunato – nothing ends well when he’s involved.
Nagate is once again summoned to meet Shizugauna and actually elicits a positive response from it but is called away on a mission. He’s assigned a kabizashi and also made a squad leader. Then follows a montage of missions where he kills gauna, interspersed with the time he spends happily staring at Shizugauna. That seems very healthy.
Izana and Yuhata becomes concerned – and jealous, I imagine – that he’s spending all of his time with a placenta and both ask him out on a date that is not termed a date. He says yes to both, oblivious idiot that he is. That’s going to be a fun mess.
Shizugauna’s handler realizes that Shizugauna is always looking in one direction. It’s not where Shizuka’s or Nagate’s homes are so she pinpoints the location as where the kabizashis are kept. Benisuzume is also shown to be ominously looking at Sidonia.
I will never be able to see photosynthesis in the same light again. Why must you ruin the sanctity of plant-sun relationships for me, Sidonia?
This was another entertaining episode. At this point, my biggest problem with the series is that Nagate is so bland. They say he’s like Hiroki but that old man had more personality in the few minutes he was on screen that Nagate has had this whole damn time. Sure, he makes a nice, person-shaped vehicle of plot development but ask me who is Tanikaze Nagate and I’ll come up blank. I don’t get the guy.
I like Shizugauna so far, mostly because she’s an interesting development and is also the best thing to look at in this series design-wise. The thing about the kabizashis makes me wonder if there’s some truth to the demilitarization faction’s claim. I still think disarming is a foolish policy but it does seem that gauna are attracted to kabi.