Episodes fourteen through sixteen are a bit tough to talk about because there is so much to take away from each segment individually. Yet when you put them together, the dimensions of humanhood just stack up so high that dissecting it all can feel somewhat overwhelming, which is where I’m at right this moment.
Episode twelve takes us to the post-win celebrations and anxieties as the team prepares to head to Nationals with the weight of representing Tokyo on their backs.
How well can we know our favourite characters? How do we define the outlines of a hero? Where is the fine line between good and evil when both of those are relative societal constructs as a whole with ever-evolving moralities and ethics? And finally, why is the idea of unity so black and white versus actually being diversely inclusive and actually unified?
Episodes ten and eleven follow team Mizusawa as they try to qualify for Nationals, which shall be taking place at Ōmi Jingū. During the tournament, the varying ability levels separating the team members becomes rather apparent and causes a bit of tension.
Episode three starts off with the kiddoes in boot camp, taking place about five years (maybe two?) after the attack on Shiganshina, as they are working on becoming soldiers for the various sections of the military. As soon as some of the characters that I will grow to love and hate with equal measure started being introduced, all I could think was, “Holy shit, they are babies!!!” They are all so young and so green.
After last week’s fantastic pilot, I wanted to see the development of friendships and teamwork between this motley crew of kids, with some tiny rough patches for conflict and better storytelling, as well as some kind of explanation (or the start of) what the initial intention was of sending kids alone into space. While I suspect it is some sort of coming-of-age ritual, I also can’t help but wonder if it’s