What They Say:
With renewed resolve to fight to protect the island, Ao takes on the G-Monster with some help. And in the aftermath, Ao begins to learn that the world is more complicated than he had thought.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With Ao now more caught up in events than he expected to be based on what happened at first, things are starting to move faster for him as he has to deal with some very global issues and organizations that are watching and tweaking what’s going on. With these kinds of forces out there, and the G-Monsters themselves, it’s a lot for Ao to take in and he can’t quite understand some of it .Case in point is the big action at the beginning here where he and one of the Generation Blue pilots end up outside the Zone of Action and he’s confused about that in itself but also that nothing will start fighting with them while they’re out here. When he feels like he’s defending the whole island, it’s hard to imagine things being so confined when it comes to the combat.
While Generation Blue is trying to keep him out of it at the moment, or at least not quite as involved in the action as he wants to be, Ao does have some decent minor tactics up his sleeve and that catches enough attention that he’s drawn into the battle more, which has some spectacular results. You really have to appreciate the scale of what they show and how Ao was responsible for it, both in the positive ways and bad ways when you see the fallout from it. He’s still coming across as the person who is only doing this to defend his friends and family, some of which are people that were practically outright attacking him just a day ago, but he’s also not aware of all of the consequences of his actions as it unfolds.
While the first three episodes had a lot of things going on in them, this one feels curiously lighter in terms of meaty content. The second half is a bit of a jumping around kind of work where we see Ao being shown some of what Generation Blue is up to, a Trapar mine and some of the social aspects of the world where there are many that are against the military and the way things are going in that regard. What is interesting on a character level is that Ao does learn more about the Nirvash in that it was something that was definitely his mothers, but also something she had used ten years prior to do something with the Scub Coral in which she disappeared. It’s appearance now either means she’s dead wherever she went or alive and has sent it back. Which is the right kind of motivation for him to continue beyond just defending his homeland.
In some ways, this is similar to the original series in that it took some time for it to really connect for me or really like the characters. What we’ve gotten so far is a visually pleasing show and a lot of elements being thrown at us, but it’s only just now starting to hint at where it wants to tie it all together. There are key moments that draw you in, such as the revelation about Nirvash here, but so far it’s been the action that has been the most captivating. This episode is no exception when it comes to that as Bones has once again made some spectacular sequences, but they’re still devoid of real connection for me. Hopefully things will get stronger in that area as they did once before and this series will just get stronger.
Streamed By: FUNimation
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