We begin pretty much where we left off in the previous episode, and spend about half of the episode wrapping up the battle that had started during the pilot. In this time, we are finally introduced to Ghandi and Newton, both of whom appear to lend more of a supporting role inbattle, as opposed to Jack and Sio’s combat roles. I wouldn’t exactly call the battle tense, but there was plenty of action to be had nonetheless, so if you’re here for the action then you’re likely to be pleased.
Afterwards, we get to see the aftermath as Dogoo goes public with the existence of the Evolutionary Invastion Objects. We also get a little bit (emphasis on little) of information on what the EIOs are. Within all of this, we watch as Sio deals with the public finding out about her existence as an E-gene holder, and we are shown her struggle about what to do with hernewfound powers. Honestly, it’s nice to see that we’re getting some realism here, instead of simply seeing Sio jump into a position that puts her very life on the line. Of course, you can probably surmise what she will ultimately decide.
At one point, the big… lamb… thing expresses a sentiment that is very Christian in nature. He mentions that Sio would have to give up the life she had built thus far, and even her very life. This is reflective to me of what we as Christians are called to do–that is, to lay our lives down in service to Christ, even being willing to die for Him. Granted, Sio isn’t being asked to die forChrist, but the idea of laying your life down for something bigger than you is still there. Maybe I’m reaching a little too hard for a connection here.
All-in-all, if you liked the first episode, then I think you’ll like this one. Heads up, though: it appears that a bit of fanservice is coming our way, as the episode 3 preview showed Sio (at least, I’m guessing it’s Sio) having her top unzippered, and the sides of her breasts being exposed. Hopefully this will not become a regular thing.
A Christian Perspective:
Violence remains the biggest factor here. How you feel about violence in media will probably affect how you feel about Nobunagun. Beyond that, there is some language used (a total of four utterances of profanity this episode), and there is the scene from the episode 3 preview that was mentioned at the end of the review. The interaction between Sio and Asao does lead one to question just what the creators intend their relationship to be, though it does seem to be staying on the safe side of friendship.
Language: 1 “d***it”, 2 “s**t”, 1 “h**l”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: During the preview for episode 3, a female’s top is seen being unzippered, with the sides of her bare breasts exposed
Violence: a man is impaled by a monster right off the bat; a character shoots and destroys several monsters; another man is impaled; a character stomps on a monster’s head; more scenes of monster blasting; various scenes in the episode 3 preview, including Sio being hit in the head with something and Sio being blasted with some kind of beam
Blood/Gore: some blood can be seen on a character’s back
Other: It still isn’t entirely clear what they intend to do with Sio and Asao’s relationship, although from their comments, it seems more likely to stay safely within the realm of friendship