12 – Returning to the Ship
…in which the current main threat is eliminated
Here we are, the final episode. It’s got some nice parts and some full parts. Par for the course, I guess.
The superpowered cannon from Sidonia manages to blast open a hole in the gauna nest’s exterior. What’s left of the pilots except for Nagate, Izana and Ren -one of the clone sisters – enter the gauna. As Nagate goes to take on Benisuzume, Ren gives him her last kabi bullet for him to avenge her fallen sister with.
Both parties have their work cut out for them. As good as Nagate is, Benisuzume is just as skilled and soon knocks him out. Though it seems like that’s the end for him, Izana pursues his falling frame and pulls him away from danger. Their frame then takes damage from Benisuzume but by that time, Nagate wakes up and is back in the fight. He runs out of ammo and seems to be in a pinch but then remembers the bullet Ren gave him and takes out Benisuzume with an impassioned speech about how it’s not Shizuka and isn’t even human.
Inside of the gauna, some of the older pilots are trying to find the master gauna only to be attacked by tentacles from all sides. It doesn’t help that their frames are close to running out of ammo. When they do find it, its armour is thick as hell, so Tsuruuchi – the photosynthesis guy – takes it upon himself to tear open a hole in it. He runs out of power before he can complete it but then another guy takes over. They expose the master gauna’s core and kills it, right in time for the anti-planet missile to blow everything up.
For a while, it seems like Izana and Ren are the only survivors but Nagate and the pilots from inside are shown to have survived.
All is well in Sidonia.
Except Kunato who’s still sulking and thinks that the world should burn because he feels cheated out of his glory. But plot twist! Nagate shows up at his door to wax poetic about his love for Sidonia and its food and people and also to ask Kunato out to dinner.
No, seriously, that happened.
His words somehow cause Kunato to question his recent despicable actions. There are tears involved.
Forget the man-eating tentacle monsters and immortal skull things, this is the most surreal moment in this whole damn show.
Moving on, Kobayashi finds out about the skull things trying to leave in case the mission failed and resolves to get rid of them after extracting all the information from Ochiai’s auxiliary brain. The last scene is of Nagate happily going to visit Shizugauna but its cell is shown to be empty. Wonder where it went.
This is it, Sidonia. The time has come for you and I to part ways. It’s been a fun few days but all good things must come to an end.
Oh who am I kidding, I’m glad this show’s over. That said, it was fun to watch/discuss this with two other people – Remy and WeekendOtaku – and also have Michels and Karandi throw in their thoughts. The comments section was the best part of this series really.
As for this episode, my feelings echo the last post. The ending functions well as season finale, wrapping up the main ongoing issues while leaving other things unresolved for future episodes (that I will not be watching) to handle. The final fights are nothing impressive but it’s executed nicely enough.
The only real problem is the scene with Kunato. What even is happening there? We have this guy who’s been nothing but horrible to Nagate from the start for no reason other than wounded pride and if that’s not enough, he also caused countless pointless deaths merely for the sake of taking his rival down a peg. Simply put, he’s an utter asswipe. Still, worse villains than him have been redeemed in stories so it’s not completely out of the question to give him a chance to grow into a better person, so long as it’s done carefully and tastefully.
You know how it shouldn’t be done?
By making the main character spew an uninspired speech about love and food that magically causes someone who’s been a cold-hearted, self-absorbed brat until this point to burst into tears and become remorseful. That’s just… I was literally rolling my eyes for the entirety of that scene. Sidonia, for all that it handles its plot with some semblance of skill, does not know how to make compelling characters.
But whatever. It’s done and I can happily pretend that everything after the ten surviving pilots returned home never happened.
Diabolik Lovers won the poll but it tied with Blood Lad.
That’s never happened before.
Looks like quite a few of you want to see my yell at a girl while she adjusts to life as a living blood bag. I’m looking forward to it because I think it’ll be fun to blog. Plus I’ve always found ranting at fictional characters to be good stress relief and I need that right now. Since Diabolik Lovers was going to be my pick anyway, I’m just going to blog Blood Lad alongside it.
Expect the reviews by this weekend.