Well… I don’t have a lot of positive things to say this week. For the most part, this episode seems to serve for introducing a new (or perhaps, steady) locale for our hero, as well as something of a character introduction (or re-introduction). We get reacquainted with some familiar faces, sans-e-gene form (Newton, Ghandi, and Galileo), and we meet a few others for the first time. Honestly, it could have been a pretty good episode, but there was just too much perversion overall.
Let’s start at the top and work our way down. The first thing that set off an alarm was when Sio was heading to the base with Jack. She seems to have some kind of attraction to Jack, but then comments that it’s wrong because she has Asao. As someone with no desire to watch a yuri anime, I really hope this doesn’t go that route. Obviously this does not bode well for my desires, but maybe they’ll pull the “confused teenager” routine or something. Shortly after this, we get a scene where Jess (Newton) first french kisses Jack, followed by Sio, with Sio getting a lot of attention (she even comments on the feeling of Jess’ tongue). I’m sorry, but why was this necessary? I mean, I’m all for a little comedy to break up the action, but this is really just perverse. What’s worse is that they’ve made this her personality, so there’s a good possibility this will continue into future episodes.
The other thing worth mentioning is that Ghandi seemed to be hitting on Sio. It could have been him simply teasing her, but I’m not sure. Honestly, he only makes comments, making the scene with him the most bearable out of all my complaints.
So, was there anything worth seeing in this episode? Well, yes. There were certainly some questions raised (and answered) in regards to the Evolutionary Invasion Objects. I won’t say anything beyond that, because if you do watch this episode then I don’t want to spoil the only parts that are actually worth watching. If it wasn’t for these revelations about the Evolutionary Invasion Objects I would just say skip this episode altogether. Hopefully this was just a one episode hiccup, and not a sign of things to come. Also, I hope that the Sio and Asao’s relationship will ultimately be one of friendship, and that they won’t make it more than that.
A Christian Perspective:
Well, I sort of vented all of this above, but this certainly isn’t a very Christian-friendly episode. Hints of yuri (that will hopefully come to nothing), french kissing (including a female-on-female), and a male character hitting on a female character are all things that are featured in this episode. Of course, there is also the violent content in here, but by now you’ve probably come to expect that. I also don’t mean to downplay the first three issues here, it’s just that I’ve already vented in detail in the actual review, so to go into detail here would be redundant.
Language: 4 “h*ll”, 1 “s**t”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Probably not the most accurate place for this, but Newton (Jess) french kisses both Jack and Sio, with Sio giving a detailed description of what it feels like (apparently she does this to everyone); we see her do the same to Galileo, although the whole act isn’t actually shown; the same camera angle issue from last week when Nobunagun is calling her gun
Violence: Bombs are fired at EIOs; an EIO fires something at a boat; an EIO is cut in two; shots fired at an EIO; an EIO is stomped on by Newton; an EIO is shot and it… explodes?
Blood/Gore: a bit of blood is shown on the end of a tissue; blood on the end of two more tissues
Other: The Asao thing… I really hope they’re not going there, but the fact that when Sio seemed to feel attraction to Jack she commented, “This is wrong, I have Asao” seems to suggest they are; on the other hand, Sio seems relieved to find that Jack and Newton aren’t dating, and when she’s confronted about liking him she blushes while denying it