Knights of Sidonia 11 … Damn, I wish the entire series was as good as this episode.
When KoS does a big battle scene it is always fantastic: fast, fluid action with terrifying moments, aided by the amazing art and soundtrack. And at this episode’s conclusion, you wonder how the hell Nagate is going to get out of this one, with Benisuzume, or what’s left of her, squirting tentacles into his gardes and forming into what has to be Shizuka, sitting on his lap. Before, what was going on with Izana and Tsumugi, you had the feeling that it would be all right because Nagate was still around, but who’s going to help him now?
Well, someone had better, because he spent most of his screentime this episode being resourceful and heroic. First there was Izana and that guy (after a strange and pointless talk by him about discovering alien worlds–how do you like it now?) being chased around by that giant who looked like Attack on Titan thing crossed with a gauna, until the ledge is cut off and they’re falling–and Nagate catches up to then. It’s a bit of a shame that Izana didn’t have more to do in her side-story except survive, not that survival doesn’t require any less skill and bravery than skewering gauna does. I was hoping that they’d have let her make more of a difference. One more thought: I knew that little ceremonial sword those pilots got would come in handy …
For making a difference you have to look at the two main battles, Tsumugi and Benisuzume and Nagate and lot of gauna. The first one was great to look at for a while but got a little stale because it was basically a red dot and a pink one flying around and crashing into each other. We also had Norio/Ochiai smirking about how Tsumugi was the more advanced model, and he’s not wrong a lot. So it came as little surprise when Tsumugi got the upper hand. Unfortunately, Benisuzume has more guile than Tsumugi, and soon I was wondering if this was the last we’d see of her. As for Nagate, he pulls Izana and the guy out of danger, fights off a couple dozen gauna, and then rushes over to stop Benisuzume just in time. But again, NOW what’s going to happen? Great episode.
Kekki Sensen 11 is a quieter episode, but still an amusing one, at least until the end. Much of it was White, or Mary MacBeth, telling the story of her and Black, er, Will as children. White is born without psychic powers in spite of her parents being casters. The parents love her anyway, and so does Black, who has powers to spare but has decided not to use them. This infuriates White (and me too, since he gets bullied a lot). Still the siblings are close and always work out their difficulties. And there’s some business with a camera.
Naturally it gets darker, so at the end she captures and “blinds” Leo, and Black takes him away and starts a new armageddon, or something. More unpleasant stuff follows … but I sort of wonder if White is actually dead or not. I also don’t get the idea that she has no heart but instead a shield inside to protect her (the shield acting up is what I assume to be the reason she lives in the hospital), and besides, characters who are supposedly powerless quite often have a lot of power. As for her looking at pictures in Leo’s camera, maybe that triggered the change of heart in her. Like Will once photographed Mary, Leo photographed White. Well, next week, look for a lot of things blowing up. Two more questions: what about Leo’s eyes? They didn’t just pluck them out like I thought they would. And why did the kids get the nicknames “White” and “Black?”
DanMachi 12 almost feels like a side story. They’re still down in that lovely, peaceful 18th level where the trees are lush and the goods hopelessly overpriced. And for it while it remains placid, just a peeping at bathing girls scene and some backstory from Ryou, and then some adventurers who are jealous of Bell’s rapid rise decide to ruin the fun by kidnapping Hestia and challenging Bell to a duel, and turns invisible and beats the crap out of him, until Bell makes the inevitable comeback. Hermes set this up in order to teach Bell that there are some unpleasant people out there (he also set up the peeping–probably trying to teach Bell something else). I suspect the show was also trying to teach us the viewer about the unpleasant people, useless because we’ve seen them since episode one. It gets ridiculous when Hestia uses her powers, as if she couldn’t use them before, and then that big skull shows up, the episode ends, and I’m scratching my head.