10 – Determination
… in which some secrets are revealed and Nagate saves the day again
Remember Nagate being asked out by both Izana and Yuhata last episode? Guess how that turns out.
Yeah, they all end up in a threeway outing where both Izana and Yuhata are irked at each other and at Nagate for not being able to spend time alone with him. I say they should have a threesome and be done with it but what do I know?
They end up in an obscure inn whose host turns out to be none other than Kobayashi, except that only Nagate knows her face. The other two are blissfully oblivious. Yuhata’s plan is to dig up the remnants of Ochiai’s research. And just like that, what starts out like a fluffy filler episode takes a turn for the dramatic. The three of them go exploring in a tunnel despite Izana’s entirely justified reservations and end up walking right into a high-security isolation ward where Yure and her men knock them out with tranquilizers.
Nagate wakes up and Yure shows him a man-gauna fusion that’s the result of Ochiai’s experiments. I don’t even want to know he made that possible. It’s long dead but its body is used to harvest man-made kabi – the material used for making kabizashis. There’s a weapon in development using this and Kobayashi wants Nagate to be the test pilot. The three are safely returned to the inn but Izana and Yuhata don’t know what happened. Elsewhere, Kunato is also displaying a lot of interest in Ochiai and his experiments.
Nagate visits the engineers with Yuhata and finds out that the VR simulator he used underground is currently only in development on the surface. The lady in charge is sceptical about his claims but this great mystery is solved when a guy pipes in that the VRs they’re developing are based on systems that were in use a century ago, i.e, before most of Sidonia was ruined by those two gauna.
Just then, a gauna is spotted heading for the pioneer ship of the demilitarization faction that’s heading for the planet they intend to colonize. Sidonia is too far away to help but Nagate insists that he can use the new tech to save them. Kobayashi concedes after a while, though she was originally intending to let the pioneer ship fend for itself in order to teach the dissenters a lesson. That’s cold, captain. The reason she lets Nagate save them is because he reminds her of Hiroko. She even says she’ll try to change her ways before she drives him away like with Hiroko.
Nagate puts on an impressive show and saves them all. Everyone’s happy, even the pacifists who keep insisting that the gauna was headed towards Sidonia and not the pioneers. Self-delusion is a wonderful tool.
In other news, Izana is promoted to pilot but they’re unhappy about it due to the low survival rate and their dwindling time with Nagate. But he insists that they still have time together. He might end up eating those words because there’s a gauna 8000 times the size of Sidonia headed towards it.
I have a feeling that Kunato is going to cause trouble with his interest in Ochiai but I’m not sure if we’ll get to see it this season.
I’m eating up each and every glimpse of Kobayashi. She is one of the most interesting characters in this show. In that scene with the pioneer ship, we get some insight into her thoughts. She’s definitely a shady person with secrets but her loyalty to Sidonia seems genuine and her subtle attachment to Hiroko and now Nagate does a good job of humanizing her.
Though the above segment doesn’t talk about Shizugauna, it does pop up in this episode. The only noteworthy scene is when it crafts its red scales (?) into a pretty dress to show off for Nagate and also learns to write his name. It’s really very cute.
I can’t even imagine the size of a gauna eight thousand times the size of Sidonia. It’ll be fun to see them figure out how to fight it. I want to see Benisuzume show up again too.