Aldnoah.Zero – 03

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Last week A/Z left the two bands of Terrans we’re following in Tokyo with some steep hills to climb: Lt. Marito to save the civilian stragglers and his students, and Inaho and his friends to mount some kind, any kind of counterattack against Sir Trillram’s purple pillbug. The damn thing has to have its weaknesses; they turned out to be very glaring weaknesses in the end, but time, prodding, and a good deal of decoy work was needed to reveal and exploit them.

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After Inaho devises plan and they prepare as best they can, It’s SHOWTIME, Everybody! and A/Z does not disappoint with the righteous action that follows. I particularly liked Asseylum handling a grenade launcher while Rayet handled the wheel of the decoy truck. Inko pilots a Terran kataphrakt along with Inaho and Calm, so the ladies aren’t sitting on the sidelines here.

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As it turns out, Trillram’s kataphrakt is totally blind without help from recon drones in the air, easily obscured by smoke bombs, and while most of the pillbug’s surface is covered by that impenetrable barrier, there are “bald spots” that enable it to function at all, which Inaho finds when the pillbug falls into the bay. As Count Saazbaum pointed out, there’s no time to waste; the kataphrakt’s technology revolved around a strategy of quickly and utterly defeating the enemy.

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But the “rats” who survived the initial onslaught were small, crafty and had enough time to chew through that technology. Needless to say, it was extremely satisfying to see the damn thing finally go down, with Inaho dedicating his coup de grace to the friend whose hand slipped out of his the day before. He and his friends old and new proved something this day, both to the rest of the world and their conquerors: the Vers aren’t invincible, and if they want to play at war, they’ll get one.

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Another nice shift in momentum for the good guys: Slaine shedding his status as Terran lapdog, when he comes to pick up Trillram and learns of the plot to assassinate the princess. Trillram is still too arrogant for his own good and turns his back on Slaine, who snatches up his sidearm and terminates his command with extreme prejudice. Now if only Slaine can somehow meet back up with Asseylum. There’s far more work to be done…and traitors to expose, if any of Vers will still listen.

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Author: braverade

Hannah Brave is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

4 thoughts on “Aldnoah.Zero – 03”

  1. honestly? the only element keeping this from a pure 10 in my book is how predictable things have been so far. BUT OH MY GOODNESS!!! (I have kids and can’t swear at home) For being totally obvious where everything is going, this show is masterfully executed.

  2. This kinda reminds me of Independence Day. Eventually the arrogance and overconfidence of the Vers will expose their weaknesses, enabling the Earth forces to gain some grounds against them. But what I’m really interested to know is of the path Slaine will take. Does he join the Earthers, since the princess is with them? Or does he report the conspiracy and the princess’ survival to his immediate Martian Overlord, Count Cruhteo was it? Finally, the epilogue scene was so satisfying.

    1. I’d assume he’d seek out the princess, and wouldn’t trust another word from someone in a Vers uniform…I’m hoping he’s not that stupid. The problem is finding her.

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