Last episode, things really went down, or I guess more accurately, we got the setup to everything going down. The Federacy has decided that the only way to deal with Kiriya is to send Shin and everyone on what is basically a suicide mission under the name “Spearhead.” Hey, at least they’re used to this kind of treatment.
We begin with Ernst having a little chat about the suicide mission. Apparently, there was a belief in the Federacy about some kind of “disinfection” involving getting rid of the 86 as a way of protecting their own country. The 86 are a liability, pretty much. Everyone’s the same when you really get down to it.
The Federacy never really wanted them, at least not behind the scenes. It looks like since the beginning they had planned to get rid of them. They’re nothing more than bloodied weapons that do their job a little too well, they think. You know, because bloody weapons that can’t understand human emotion are definitely known for throwing themselves in front of people they care about to protect them like we saw Shin do. Good weapons they are.
And thanks to Grethe, the weapons have a new weapon. It’s this giant freaking stealth plane that’s a ground effect aircraft. For those who also just heard that term for the first time, it’s something that flies really low to the ground to stay undetected. Maybe that’s a real thing. Maybe not. I don’t have all the military secrets, ok?
Regardless, Grethe is piloting the thing, meaning she’ll be putting herself in danger too, showing she’s one of the good ones. Of course, Frederica isn’t a fan of this plan, because unlike Shin and the gang, she actually seems to care about being alive and not dying out there, so she doesn’t want to go unless she can get back. She decides to solve this by throwing a tantrum. I would do the same, really.
Or it’s the exact opposite. She’s throwing a tantrum because they won’t let her go out there on the suicide mission. It makes sense, but she wants to be the one to help deal with Kiriya. She owes him that. She’s also not happy about Shin going out to die for a multitude of reasons, but the biggest being that she doesn’t want to lose “another big brother.” And so she breaks down, making her, I believe, only the second person to cry for the 86. Right next to Lena, of course.
It’s finally time for everyone to get into the giant-ass plane and go to their death, but not before getting some kind words from everyone. Ernst, in particular, says their highest priority mission is to get out of there alive, which I have to admit, almost made me tear up a bit. The Federacy sucks, but at least they try not to. Also, Ernst will like, destroy the world if they die. His words, not mine. I don’t know what that means.
There’s no time to think about that, though. The mission is a go, and everything is progressing smoothly. And by “smoothly,” I mean over the credits, we hear the screams of pain and agony of all the fallen Federacy soldiers getting slaughtered. But you know what? They aren’t running. They’re backing up the 86 even at the cost of their own lives. Say what you will, but that’s something the Republic would never have done.
So, was it worth the wait? In case you didn’t know, this episode actually got delayed a week for “production reasons,” AKA, A-1’s a bit behind on the series. That’s not a new thing; originally there was no second season, just a second cour. This whole season also exists for that reason.
My general thoughts are this: as long as the series remains the same quality, I really don’t care how long it takes. Something delayed will be good eventually. Something rushed will remain forever bad, yatta yatta, Miyamoto, yatta yatta. I agree with that philosophy.
And this episode was pretty good. Decent. Not the best episode I’ve seen, but it was fairly good, especially the stuff with Frederica. I will say one thing that might be a tad controversial, I do like this more character-focused story we’re getting in the second season, but I do think it’s time to pick things up. The plot has been moving extremely slowly, which overall is a good thing, but it’s starting to drag a bit.
The first season was also very slow, but there was still a lot going on to keep you interested. Here, not so much. It kind of feels like we’re in a loop. Shin and his mental state have been a major part of this season and series, but I don’t know how many times we’re going to keep doubling back to Shin turning out like Kiriya. It’s not like this is the first time Frederica was upset about that.
I like it, and I love Shin to death, but I feel like it’s time to get a move on. Let some action happen. I consider this a second season, but I do think it works better if you call it the second cour. Then the lack of a lot of action doesn’t feel out of place. Basically, as long as it picks up the pace a bit and doesn’t get My Hero Academia Syndrome, I’ll be happy.
This episode as a whole? I don’t know. It was kind of all over the place. I feel like last episode should have been the send-off for the suicide mission, not this one. Also, the Federacy keeps going back and forth. On the one hand, they hate the 86, and you’re supposed to see that they’re fundamentally the same as the Republic, but then they die to give them an opening. I don’t know. Maybe it’s respect? Anyway, it was touching, if not a bit confusing.
What I think they really need to do is give us action for the whole rest of this season pretty much. I’m sure we’ll have at least a good 2 or 3 episodes of it now, but the time for talk is over. We’ve been building up to this the last 7 episodes. Give us something good—also, Lena. I know, I know. We’re supposed to be in suspense, but barely showing her since episode 1 was definitely a choice they made. That’s all I’ll say. Anyway, decent, but not an amazing episode, and I look forward to the next one in a few weeks because it was delayed yet again.
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Do you think the delay was worth it? Lemme know. There are some different views for this one.