Hm… that was a bit underwhelming. Not that it was a bad episode, and not that it wasn’t entertaining, but it didn’t really serve much of a purpose. It was pretty formulaic. Evolutionary Invasion Object shows up, Sio and team mobilize, plan is executed, minor (and I mean minor) snag is encountered, team is victorious, the end. Like I said, not bad, but not particularly ground breaking, either. It was average. Nobunagun is an action anime, and it delivered action, so at the very least it accomplished its goal.
I honestly have very few thoughts about this one. Sio geeks out a bit over the ship, and we seem to get a little bit of history, but that’s about it for what I would consider noteworthy. I guess if I wanted to go super patriotic, then I would complain about how they depicted the American military as prideful, but I didn’t really take any offense to it. So… yeah, that’s about all I have to say. If nothing else, they at least appear to be bringing together the two teams we’ve been introduced to (based on the end of the episode), but maybe doing that at the beginning of the episode would have made this one more interesting.
A Christian Perspective:
Well, it’s Nobunagun, so of course there’s human-on-monster violence, but that probably isn’t anything you didn’t already expect. There is a bit of fanservice, with a shot of Sio’s butt in her battle suit (which is pretty much skin tight), though it’s probably debatable as to whether this can be called fanservice or not. I include it here just in case it would be a stumbling block for a brother. At the end of the episode we see the team in their bathing suits: Sio in a school swimsuit, Galileo in a two piece, Newton in a two piece, and Jack and Ghandi in swim trunks. The worst we see in all of this is perhaps a bit of cleavage from Newton, who is lying down with the back of her top undone. Again, though, I include this in case it would be a stumbling block to a brother (or sister, as there are shirtless guys). Foul language only occurs twice, although one instance is of Jesus’ name in vain.
Language: 1 “h*ll”; 1 “j**z”
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: There’s a scene of Sio from behind as she is preparing to run–she’s not naked, but she is in her battle suit, which is pretty skin tight, and the camera is pretty much set on her butt; Sio is shown in a one piece school bathing suit, and Galileo in a two piece (nothing particularly erotic, though); Newton is shown lying on her stomach with the back of her bikini top undone, but I think the worst we see is some cleavage; Jack and Ghandi are shown in their swim trunks (and therefore topless); see previous episode note about new ending
Violence: Ships fire missiles and shots at another ship; more shots fired at a ship; missiles are fired at a ship; EIOs are sliced; eggs are smashed; EIOs are shot; an EIO is destroyed, followed by explosions
Blood/Gore: There is some kind of ooze that comes out of some EIOs when they are cut