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.
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.
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.
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.
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!