Railgun 10, Gargantia 11, and a pointless Yuyushiki screenshot

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Suisei no gargantia 11 is a head-scratcher. Not for the social commentary the episode offers, with Kugel trying to be the man who would be king. That part’s heavy-handed and obvious, though still interesting. Kugel and Ledo talk for maybe one minute about the whole Hideaze-are-people thing in between talking about turning the heathens to whatever religion Kugel’s managed to concoct. That was happy chance to have to stay in the cockpit and thus make his presence fearsome. It certainly worked, but I wonder if that virus or whatever isn’t a ruse of some kind. He doesn’t appear to be an AI, but I wonder if he’s there, really in control, or if Striker hasn’t got something going on, and sharing it with Chamber. Hmm.

Fortunately, we can't hear what Flange is thinking.
Fortunately, we can’t hear what Flange is thinking.

But it’s ridiculous that the people suddenly turned into religious nuts because of his big robot, even if they were some sort of worshippers like we saw on the old footage Ledo saw two episodes ago. It’s even more ridiculous that Flange’s fleet gets taken over without a shot. Flange knows they’re outgunned, you can see that he believes they should surrender, but the crew barely raise an objection. And this talk about rations doled out by the person’s value doesn’t seem to raise any eyebrows, either. This is a common problem with SF, and I’ve seen it before in Anime shows, where the mass of people making up a community work as a single mass with no individual personalities, doing blindly whatever their bosses say. It’s one of the things that sank Fractale and No. 6.

Finally, some color in the fog.
Finally, some color in the fog.

You could argue that they’re making a comment about religious theocracies compared to the more vibrant life aboard Gargantia, but many of these are the same people! Therefore, I’m delighted that they brought Rackage back, one of the only free thinkers left in the series. I’m looking forward to her causing some trouble. As for Ledo’s upcoming crisis of conscience, that’s just bad plotting. I know he was overwhelmed by Kugel’s return, not to mention his old life, but I can’t believe he didn’t raise more of an objection or even think deeply about things until he saw Amy on the scanner. Bah.

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S 10 finally gets out of the dark factory maintenance corridors and catwalks and into the sunlight, but not until we have another battle between Misaka and Mugino.

Level 4 facial distortion.  Therestina's a level 5.
Level 4 facial distortion. Therestina’s a level 5.

It’s not bad. Mugino tries to take advantage of Misaka’s exhaustion by overpowering her with meltdowny rays, while Misaka responds with just enough brute force and guile to survive. And if you wonder how Misaka found the time to recover all of Frenda’s bombs, and how she managed to carry them around, not to mention hiding a few to take Mugino by surprise (bonk!), you let it pass because this is the way this franchise likes to work. Or you don’t. Who cares? It looks cool.

Misaka's one moment of trash-talking.
Misaka’s one moment of trash-talking.

Meanwhile, the database is destroyed, we get one more showdown, making it a draw, and potential for a later confrontation. Misaka doesn’t know if the project is over with yet, though we do. But even we’re not sure if Shinobou was able to make a change in that one Sister before getting caught. Something has to drive Misaka back into this mess, and we don’t quite know what it is, yet. Never mind. After nearly three episodes of intense battling, it’s nice to get out in the sun and just mull over things for a bit. Hey! It’s Touma! Misaka’s greatest comic foil. Just what we need!

Whoops, wrong show.
Whoops, wrong show.
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4 thoughts on “Railgun 10, Gargantia 11, and a pointless Yuyushiki screenshot

  1. ” Kugel and Ledo talk for maybe one minute about the whole Hideaze-are-people thing in between talking about turning the heathens to whatever religion Kugel’s managed to concoct. That was happy chance to have to stay in the cockpit and thus make his presence fearsome. It certainly worked, but I wonder if that virus or whatever isn’t a ruse of some kind. He doesn’t appear to be an AI, but I wonder if he’s there, really in control, or if Striker hasn’t got something going on, and sharing it with Chamber. Hmm.”

    I personally think that Kugel is dead. Striker made no mention about the age of the data that it forwarded to Chamber. It was also suspicious that Kugel didn’t respond to Ledo’s distress signal, as Ledo pretty much confirmed that communication was more than possible because he would have rushed right over to the other side of the world. The hologram’s saying that it required another unit for a worldwide missionary project to work also seemed suspect. As we have seen before, the Machine Calibers do not have the tact for diplomacy; they spout the ideals ingrained in their programming. They don’t know how to do simple things either, which could be seen with Chamber’s trying to fly with a bunch of boxes tied to him and his shredding of all the fish all the while stating that the nutritional value remained unchanged. As Chamber has stated, it is an interface system designed to support its pilot, and this might also apply to dead pilots, which could explain Striker’s behavior. I suspect that the Machine Calibers can only send distress signals when their respective pilots are living, which is why Striker didn’t send any back to Ledo, as they have no reason to send such signals themselves because they are pretty much invulnerable except against enemies like the space-born Hideauze and opposing Machine Calibers.

    “Therefore, I’m delighted that they brought Rackage back, one of the only free thinkers left in the series. I’m looking forward to her causing some trouble.”

    I suspect that Rackage struck a deal with Striker. Notice that she and her slave girls don’t bear the mark of Providence. Striker might’ve reached out to her because of his pilot’s inability to lead (possibly ever again). As she was the type to assert herself over others, the machine probably deemed her worthy of cooperating with. But Rackage has other things in mind, which is why she stated that she’ll let Pinion live… for the moment, that is. Perhaps it will all come down to Pinion to find out that Kugel is dead and inform Ledo about it. Ledo can outreason Chamber by saying that the strong should lead the weak. Seeing as how Kugel is no longer living, he is very weak. And Kugel not being outed would mean that the highest ranking official wouldn’t have the most success, and that just can’t be acceptable. That would allow for Ledo to battle Striker with Chamber’s consent, but I don’t know he’d deal with Chamber after that.

    • I don’t know if Rackage struck a deal or not, but she does seem to have special status there. It’s an excellent twist, the bloodthirsty pirate working on her own plans within the belly of this perfect order Striker or Kugel has dreamed up, especially because she’s not doing it out of any altruistic beliefs.

      I wonder if Kugel is dead or not, since if they’re capable of creating such a convincing AI they would have used it for other things, such as the robots’ interface. But if he is alive then I don’t believe he’s … normal. Why work on enslaving the backwards humans on this planet? They’re supposed to be slaughtering hideaze.

      • Yeah, I think Striker/Kugel is enslaving the humans on the planet in an effort to create a second Alliance (that might one day rejoin the first one). Pinion is supposedly valuable as an engineer, and perhaps Striker plans on setting up a society similar to that of the Alliance’s by advancing society over an extended period of time until the humans currently on Earth develop the means for space travel.

      • Well, since the people on that earth are several generations from getting anything in space, it’s an extended project indeed. The resources and infrastructure needed for space travel are far too advanced for the salvagers on earth now.

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