11 – Collision
…in which Benisuzume returns and brings a planet with it
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.
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.