Ozuma – 05

A standoff betwen Gido and Bainos is interrupted by Ozuma. Both ships make emergency dives and end up in a mysterious underground paradise with clean air, water, and greenery. Sam and Mimei reconnoitre and find that Gido’s ship is stuck in the solid rock wall. Sam goes aboard the ship and is quickly captured. Bainos offers Gido assistance, but he wants the Bardanos, and will trade Sam for her. A firefight ensues, and Bainos shoots Gido’s mask off, revealing Dick. Maya tells her Theseus has taken to putting the minds of Ideal Children in the bodies of abducted Natura, like Dick. She herself is one of the original humans, who has stayed alive for centuries thanks to cloning. As General Denga’s fleet nears, Bainos prepares to use Monokeros against Ozuma.

When you only have six episodes to work with, it’s important to keep things uncomplicated. And to its credit, Ozuma has done just that, while still keeping things interesting. Case in point: Sam’s brother Dick isn’t Dick anymore, he’s Gido. Gido’s mind controlling what was Dick’s body. It’s pretty diabolical technology, but considering the Ideal Children system is coming apart at the seams, they apparently didn’t see any alternative. And since Gido isn’t the product of brainwashing, it would seem the Dick Sam and Bainos know is gone for good.

This week we were treated to another dimension of the awesome setting in the surreal “Zone”, some kind of underground seed bank. Again, we were reminded of the pure, clean, and peaceful realm beneath the Sea of Decay in Nausicaa. It’s a very cool-looking place we wouldn’t mind exploring ourselves, and what has been a consistently-excellent orchestral score really sells it here. The big finale next week will involve Maya running out of time in her current body, the Ozuma she can somewhat control, the ultimate fate of the power-hungry Gido, and, of course, General Denga. Should be fun.

Rating: 3.5