Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince – 15

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As Izuru recovers in the infirmary, Suzukane learns from Simon that the AHSMB units contain their pilots’ DNA. When awakened, there’s a chance a unit could eradicate a pilot’s personality. Indeed, when Izuru wakes up, he seems different and strange to his teammates. Meanwhile, Amane has been promoted and put in charge of Team Doberman, leading the defense of Vesta Base. When they’re overwhelmed by Wulgaru forces led by Rumes and Radha, they call the Rabbits for assistance. They too get bogged down, so Izuru, initially on standby, sorties without armor and saves the day. But Rumes was able to hack into GDF mainframe and gather intel on the MJP project and Gurantseere Academy.

This was a diverse episode that managed to deal with the aftermath of Izuru’s unit awakening by showing the subtle yet very noticeable change in him without going overboard, everyone’s reactions to that change, another fresh and frenzied battle, and surprisingly managed to check in on one of our favorite characters of the first half of the series, Lieutenant Amane. She jumps three ranks in this episode, and after dealing with inept superiors for so long, she was more than deserving of them. She proves to be a confident, competent commander, fearless in the face of impossible odds. Her promotions, while well-earned, also underline the increasingly desperate position of the GDF, with its dwindling forces.

The GDF got a good deal this week, with nine AHSMBs and their two motherships taking on two huge Wulgaru fleets and mostly thanks to the new-and-improved (for now, at least) Izuru are able to send one of them packing. We say one becaue Rumes withdraws of his own accord. The point of the battle wasn’t to invade Vesta, but to gather her secrets. Now the Wulgaru know where mankind’s elite pilots (and final hopes) are developed. That’s bad news, but even though things are a bit dire, there’s still plenty of reasons to maintain hope the Rabbits and GDF can and will prevail against their hunters.

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Rating:7 (Very Good)

Stray Observations:

  • The symptoms of Izuru’s unit’s awakening: he’s more direct, less dense with Kei’s feelings, and he’s basically gone from iliciting mild pity and disgust to making everyone blush with his Glint-On-Demand teeth. Even his manga is better too.
  • This begs the question: is he still Izuru? Will he continue to change the more time he spends with his awakened unit?
  • Tamaki shocks the cook by exhibting her knowledge of the “Suspension Bridge Effect”, only to be distracted by Giuliano.
  • Izuru takes too brave a bite of Rin’s latest confection, and it almost kills him. Cute little slapstick scene. 
  • Ange has to be saved yet againby Izuru. S/he can’t be happy about that.
  • We also dug the girls-night-out to celebrate Captain Amane’s many promotions.
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Tamayura: More Aggressive – 03

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Potte still has no other members of her photography club, and she freezes up at the club presentation in front of the school. Kaoru, Norie and Maon attempt to make contact with Mitane, but she runs away. Dougou and Shimokamiyama not only recommend she snap photos for the school yearbook, but also use the stage at the upcoming Cherry Blossom festival to promote the club; she agrees. She finally tracks down Mitane, and she asks her to join the club; an enthused Mitane gladly accepts.

Well, we were wrong at the very end of last week’s synopsis: Mitane didn’t come to the club and join, the turned tail and retreated. Turns out she’s even shyer and less sure of herself than Potte, and on top of that she feels guilty for using Potte as a subject without her permission. But before they’d met or spoken any words, both of them formed a picture (if you will) of who the other was: in both cases, good people they want to share their love of photography with. Both are also overthinkers, as Potte kept her distance out of worry that it was presumptuous of her to start a photography club at all.

Turns out idea of a photography club had been bouncing around Mitane’s head since she was a Freshman…and that’s where the idea stayed. Pottem on the other hand was “aggressive” enough to finally start one, and once Mitane has spoken to Potte, a new door has now been opened that will serve both of them well. Both are in awe of the others’ work and are excited to learn how and why they take pictures. We think they’ll both support and inspire one another. But will two incredibly nervous girls be able to recruit others to the club?

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Rating: 8 
(Great)