Knights of Sidonia S01E11 – Collision

11 – Collision

…in which Benisuzume returns and brings a planet with it

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Overview:

The huge gauna nest that’s 8000 times the size of Sidonia is fast approaching. Not only that but it’s also dragging along a dwarf planet, possibly to ram the ship with it. What a way to die. It soon becomes clear that Sidonia can’t avoid the collision with evasive maneuvers so the only option is to kill the gauna nest and destroy the planet.

Luckily, Sidonia has an anti-planet missile for the latter. The guana are the problem because even that powerful a weapon can’t penetrate its armor – only kabi has that ability. Forty-eight pilots including Nagate and the newly promoted Izana are among the group, and each of their frames is equipped with the newest weapon, a longass barrel that fires kabi bullets. But it’s still in experimental stages and may cause trouble to the pilots.

If you’re wondering about Kunato, he’s sulking in his home and ignores his orders.

The Gardes pilots are to destroy the gauna and get out of the way in time for the missile to blow up its target. Easier said than done though. Everything goes well enough at the beginning but then the gauna (and goddamn, that is huge) starts firing cannons from its surface and Benisuzume comes out to play which means that bodies start dropping at an alarming rate. Soon enough, one whole platoon (which contains half of the force) is dead and the second one is also losing members.

Kobayashi is insistent on continuing the mission so Yuhata comes up with a plan to use all of their Hyggs particles to fire a cannon that will open up a hole in the gauna nest, allowing the pilots to go inside of it and kill the master gauna. The immortal skulls are not happy about this and even prepare a ship to flee. Good to know where their priorities lie.

They fire the cannon and the episode ends.

 

Thoughts:

This is a perfectly average episode. Though I was excited to see how Sidonia would combat the gauna nest and Benisuzume, the actual execution felt a little lukewarm. Or maybe that’s just me. It just feels like an action sequence that I’ve seen a thousand times before. Heroes fight enemy, enemy rallies, heroes in trouble before coming up with a last-ditch attack.

It’s a very predictable scenario. There’s nothing wrong with it but it’s not exciting either.

Since we’re at the penultimate episode and still know jackshit about the gauna’s origins or intent or their full capabilities or even why kabi is their one weakness, I’m going to assume that this season will end without clarifying much. I could watch the next season I guess but I’d really rather not. I’m curious but I’m not that curious.

 

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5 Responses to Knights of Sidonia S01E11 – Collision

  1. Remy Fool says:

    I think Kunato by now has quit being a pilot. That’s why Nagate was promoted to being squad captain two episodes ago.

    This episode wasn’t as engaging as some of the previous episodes were, but it was acceptable. I think you are right in thinking that explanations will be left for season 2. I bet this season probably ends in a cliffhanger, too. Oh, well.

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    • D says:

      Maybe the Beniszume breakdown killed his spirit. I doubt this will be the last we see of him though.

      …Remy, are you clairvoyant or what?

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      • Remy Fool says:

        You’re probably right in both counts.

        Nooo or else I would be making big money playing in a mahjong parlor.

        Just repeating what you and weekend came up with in your previous post since it makes good sense. So, really, you two are the espers/ psychics!

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  2. raistlin0903 says:

    You are quite right. It certainly wasn’t bad, but it feels like pretty much something you have seen countless times before. It is not really original. Still, it wasn’t all bad. I did quite like the fightscenes in this episode, and what little intrique there was, was pretty ok. As for Sidonia answering questions…I am wondering if that incredible event is ever going to happen in the first place 😂😂

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    • D says:

      The fight scenes were good. For some reason, I always enjoy seeing their frames lock together and speed away in that circle formation. It looks damn cool.

      Yup, not holding my breath for that :/

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