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Review: Captain Earth, Episode 6: Kivotos Plan

Review:

So Captain Earth has kind of been my neglected show this season… I’m still playing catch up, and I actually watched this particular episode a couple weeks ago. Suffice it to say, my memory of what exactly happens is vague, save for the bit of help I have from Wikipedia and the little bit I remember.

What I do remember is that the member of Salty Dog who was present in the early episodes makes a return, this time in an attempt to rescue Hana. Daichi, of course, steps up to save her, but the question becomes whether or not he actually has it in him to shoot someone, despite the fact that he was quick to call the Livlaster. Beyond this, the episode deals with the specifics of the Kivotos Plan (for which the episode is named). Interestingly, while it sounds like a despicable plan, it’s something that I would not be entirely shocked to see humanity implement at some point. The basic idea is that a small group of humanity would be salvaged from the destruction of mankind. While Captain Earth deals with mankind’s destruction with the threat of space vampires (more or less), I would not be entirely surprised if our earth was facing destruction and some plan was put in place to save a select few “elite” people. Do we have the technology? Who knows?

Well… I don’t have much else of substance to say here.

A Christian Perspective:

I think we can learn a little something from Daichi’s solution to the hostage situation in this episode. He had the Livlaster, and could have easily shot and killed Hana’s assailant in order to save her, but then he would have had that on his conscience. This man (whose name I don’t remember) even seemed to taunt Daichi a little, and to gloat when Daichi silently admits he doesn’t have it in him to shoot someone by dismissing the Livlaster; however, Daichi finds another way to complete the task at hand, thus saving Hana without having to spill any blood. Despite the easy—and, perhaps, obvious—solution, Daichi ultimately refused to compromise his morals. As Daichi was in saving Hana, so should we be in following Christ. The world may provide an obvious, easy, and quick solution to a problem, but that doesn’t always mean it’s the right solution. Let us, like Daichi, refuse to compromise our morals, and instead search for a solution to our problems that are in line with Jesus’ teachings.

Content Guide:

Alcohol/Drug Use: Two characters are shown holding glasses of what appears to be champagne

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Kiltgang girl is shown in her usual outfit; CEO’s secretary is wearing a top that shows cleavage; a flashback to young Hana curled up in the water ball (or whatever it is) is shown, which, if you remember, shows Hana naked, although she is curled up, but at one point she does uncurl, and we do see the side of her butt (09:29 – 09:59); another scene shows young Hana curled up in a ball and floating in water, then she is shown uncurled at one point, which again offers a partial view of her butt (10:32 – 11:03); young Hana, curled up in a ball, naked—again (16:38 – 16:43); during the episode preview, the Kiltgang girl is shown in her battle outfit

Violence: Daichi is shown using a simulator to practice piloting and fighting in a robot; a character is shot at; a character is hit in the face with a boomerang; a character hits his head; a character punches a wall several times; robot fights in the preview

Blood/Gore: After a character punches a wall several times, we see something on the wall—it’s dark, but it could be blood

 

Review: Captain Earth, Episode 5: Starry Sky’s Picture Book

Review:

This is one of those times where I’m writing a review some time after actually watching the episode, so while I can recall the general idea of the episode, some of the finer points escape me. Perhaps they escaped me from the get go. For starters, I’m not quite sure why Teppei and Akari go into space to revive Teppei’s dad in the first place, but that is the premise of the plot in the first place. I guess with that said I can’t really critique the episode itself.

That being said, if you like action, then there is plenty to be had this time around. Teppei and Akari aren’t the only ones seeking Teppei’s dad. The difference is, their enemies seem to have a much more nefarious plan in store for the new character. This, of course, results in some tense moments that, as I previously mentioned, will please those fans of action. Uh… yeah, I really don’t have much to say. I’m playing catch-up on this show. Sorry.

A Christian Perspective:

I got nothin’.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “d**n”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Beginning of the episode shows Teppei putting his shirt on, thus you see some of his chest; Hana flashes Daichi (nothing is shown, as we see her either from behind or above that point) 00:30 – 00:45

Violence: A flashback shows a robot being stabbed in the face; a character is shot with a tranquilizer; a character is shot with a bullet

Blood/Gore: Blood can be seen coming from a shot character; the shot character is bandaged, with blood visible through the bandage

Review: Captain Earth, Episode 4: Assault of the Planetary Gear

Review:

Yay for coming back to an episode I started watching a couple weeks ago! If you’ll notice in the content section, I initially tried to actually note every time frame that included the Kiltgang girl. I won’t be doing that again. Marking a specific instance of fanservice is easy enough, but trying to chronicle every appearance of a main character who wears a fanservicey outfit is a lot more challenged. Anyway, on to what I remember of this episode…

If you watched the preview from the previous episode, then you probably figured out that the Kiltgang invades the military base on Earth. Truth be told, I don’t remember much prior to this, except that they masquerade as crepe (and ice cream?) sales people. They get to the base, hack its system, and invade. Their target? Teppei. Basically, if you like your action shows, then this will probably satisfy you. Gunfire and explosions are available aplenty, thought that’s not to say that there isn’t any plot centric information divulged here. Um.. yeah, I really don’t have much to say here.

A Christian Perspective:

The only thing that comes to mind is to comment on the fact that the Kiltgang masqueraded as crepe sales people while on earth. I thought of 1 Peter 5:8, which reads: ” Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (NIV). In all honesty, while this was the first verse to come to mind, I think 2 Corinthians 11:14 (And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. (NIV)) would be a better comparison. In both instances, we have the enemy masquerading as something they aren’t. Satan masquerades as an angel of the light, while the Kiltgang masqueraded as sales people. Obviously the two aren’t really comparable in terms of threat, but the point is that both instances refer to enemies pretending to be what they aren’t. If we go back to the verse from 1 Peter, then we can see that we must be alert and of sober mind so that we are not caught off guard like the military base was in this episode.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: The beginning of the episode shows the Kiltgang guy shirtless; Kiltgang girl is shown–this, of course, means the usual–skimpy outfit, cleavage 2:56 – 3:06; Akari exposes her stomach to Daichi in an effort to cheer him up, and she starts wriggling–at some point she is also shown from behind, and you can see a small part of her butt crack above her shorts (she’s also shaking her butt) 4:14 – 4:46; Hana is shown having her body scanned, and it’s eventually shown that she’s in her bra–the camera zooms out as the scan finishes to show Hana in her underwear as she is removed from the machine 4:49 – 5:22; Kiltgang girl (Malkin) again (cleavage, and various angles) 8:49 – 8:50, 9:00 – 9:06, 9:14 – 9:27, 9:30 – 9:33, 9:38 – 10:02, 12:49 – 13:28, 13:32 – 13:37,15:11, 15:15 – 15:19, 15:23 – 15:35, 15:42 – 15:47, 15:50 – 15:52, 15:54 – 15:56, 16:03 – 16:13, 16:40 – 16:47, 16:56 – 16:59 ; the camera zooms in on the Kiltgang girl’s breasts (cleavage) at one point 13:01 – 13:11; basically the Kiltgang girl is very involved in this episode

Violence: A mech is stabbed, slashed, and then explodes; exploding vehicles, shots are fired, a mech has its arm blown off, stuff like that

Blood/Gore: A character is shown with blood on his forehead; a character is shown with blood running down his nose and face

Review: Captain Earth, Episode 3: The Rainbow of Albion

Review:

Teenage anime boys doing crazy things that violate the rules and yet they ultimately face no consequences? Yep, that’s about the sum of it. To be fair, though, it seems to be the catalyst to set off another plot point within the show–that of another faction working in the shadows. Daichi has made himself an enemy, if nothing else. This episode also introduces a new character in the form of Akari, who you may recognize from the first episode. With their newfound freedom, Teppei and Hana find themselves living with Akari and Daichi in Nishikubo’s house. Admittedly, this plot element is nothing new. Teenagers of differing genders living under the same roof? Definitely been done before. Clueless teenage girl walking into the room naked? Yep.

On the plus side of things, we are introduced to some new plot elements this time around, including a new ally in the end of the episode. Where the plot of the episode is going is still anyone’s guess at this point, but this episode at least managed to get me interested. I can’t really put my finger on what it is that has drawn me in. Maybe it’s the characters themselves, or maybe it’s to know where the story is going. Whatever the case, I’ll be staying with it for now.

A Christian Perspective:

Well, I don’t really have any lessons to take away from this one, although it is mildly annoying that they chose to put the bit of fanservice in here that they did. It really wasn’t necessary. Granted, it is reminiscent of the Shinji/toothpick scene in Evangelion, which I have to admit I found amusing, so maybe that makes me a bit of a hypocrite? Of course, seeing Shinji naked isn’t likely to tempt me to sin. Hana, on the other hand… Well, whatever the case is, it’s there, I wasn’t a fan, but other than that the episode content wasn’t anything that you haven’t already seen.

Content Guide:

Language: 1 “h*ll”

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Hana walks into the dining room naked, although the initial scene has a character’s head blocking all of the inappropriate stuff; the camera then angles around to something of an over-the-shoulder shot of  Hana (again, you see nothing) (8:12 – 8:18); the camera again shifts, and this time you can see the tops of Hana’s breasts (8:19 – 8:20); a female character is wearing a top that shows cleavage (roughly 12:03); the Kiltgang girl is shown chest up–clothed, but showing cleavage (12:38 – 12:43); the Kiltgang guy is shown in his mecha, and he appears to be shirtless (I won’t bother time stamping these, because he’s probably going to be shown throughout the remainder of the episode); Kiltgang girl is shown in the previews in her usual outfit (skimpy, cleavage) (24:25)

Violence: Explosions as the Kiltgang member destroys missiles; the Earth Engine fires at the Kiltgang; the Kiltgang punches the Earth Engine several times; a robot is stabbed in the head and then sliced across the chest; a robot explodes; previews show a mech firing a shot and blowing up a vehicle; a second vehicle is shot (and explodes) in the previews

Blood/Gore: None

Other: The rainbow thing that Teppei can make and the energy that was coming out of Hana’s hands in this episode are unexplained–whether it’s supposed to be magic or something else, who knows; a character mentions that maybe it’s thanks to God that something happens, to which Teppei replies, “God? I’ve never seen God.”

Review: Captain Earth, Episode 2: The Name of the Gun is Livlaster

Review:

It might be a while before I really know what to make of this show. There’s nothing about it that makes me think it’s boring, but at the same time it hasn’t exactly hooked me with any kind of deeply engaging plot. Sure, there’s plot developing: the relationship between Daichi, Teppei, and Hana; the Kiltgang (I think that’s their name) stuff; and what appears to be another enemy faction called the Macbeth Revolution (again, I think I got that right). As of now, though, these are all things that we have to see develop, especially the Macbeth Revolution.

After watching this episode, Daichi may be a bit more like the typical giant robot hero than I previously expected. I don’t know if calling him idealistic is entirely correct, but his personality seems to take on a bit of a carefree flare this time around (or perhaps a rebellious one, seeing as he proceeds to destroy the signal tower shortly after being forced to don the pain-inducing headwear). Despite the previous episode’s long robot transformation sequence, only a portion of this episode is devoted to battle, with the majority of it probably lending itself to plot and character development. This isn’t a bad thing really, unless you were hoping to see lots of giant robot action. I think I’ll be following this one for now in order to see where it goes.

A Christian Perspective:

There’s not a whole lot here to worry about, although some of the skimpy clothing and risqué camera angles could be a point of temptation. If you think this would be the case for you, then maybe skip this one (or at least the marked times)

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: Pink-haired girl’s skimpy outfit (as seen in opening credits and later in the episode (where it also shows cleavage), 15:25 – 15:37; 15:47 – 15:53, as well as in the next episode preview); the enemy female pilot is still in the battle suit from last episode, which appears to be skin tight, and the camera has some risque angles (around the 3:32 and the 5:40, 5:50 (approx) mark, for instance); Daichi is shown being put into some kind of machine wearing nothing but his boxers; a woman is shown wearing a top that shows cleavage (14:34 – 14:37); there is a flashback to the young Hana in the bubble from the previous episode, where she was naked, but they didn’t show anything really explicit (although you may be able to see a small part of the side of her breast) from 18:53 – 19:03;

Violence: Things are blown up; a robot is shot; something hits a robot and explodes; a robot is punched, shot (?), and then explodes; a tower is shot and explodes

Blood/Gore: None

Review: Captain Earth, Episode 1

Review:

Captain Earth is an original concept by Studio Bones. The story focuses on Daichi Manatsu, a boy who apparently lost his dad in a space accident. It turns out that Daichi’s dad was a “captain”, though what exactly that means has yet to be revealed. In some ways, this is a stereotypical giant robot show, at least by my limited understanding of the genre. Daichi ends up stumbling upon a giant robot, which he is ultimately put in charge of piloting, and which he is somehow able to pilot with seemingly little trouble despite an obvious lack of exposure to such a thing. A long robot transformation sequence is even included. On the other hand, the series seems to be devoid of some of the usual protagonist traps. Daichi doesn’t seem to have a stellar life, but at the same time he doesn’t seem to be depressed, a la Shinji. He doesn’t particularly give off the air of someone who just wants to escape the trappings of everyday life, either. If anything, he seems like a bored high school kid.

The first episode also creates more questions than it answers. We are introduced to two people that Daichi met as a kid–a boy named Teppei with some mysterious ability and an unnamed girl–who we know very little about as of now. We also don’t get much of an introduction to the bad guys, either, although I do know that there are plot summaries out there. I wouldn’t say that any of this detracts from the show, but rather that it gives us a reason to come back, at least for now. There are some issues with fanservice, which I’ll discuss below, but this certainly isn’t the most unsafe show for Christians out there. I’ll be coming back for the next episode.

A Christian Perspective:

The worst thing in this episode is some fanservice. There is some non-explicit nudity in the form of a young girl floating in a giant bubble. You don’t actually see anything but the side of her butt at one point, although it’s pretty clear that she’s naked. There is another female character dressed in a skimpy outfit–a bikini top-esque top and short shorts. This, of course, means cleavage, and her shorts also seem to show a bit of her butt crack. Later, this same character is shown in what looks to be a very tight, form fitting outfit. While in this outfit, she is shown in a sort of bent over pose at one point. It certainly isn’t the worst fanservice out there, but it’s still there, so if you choose to watch this show, then be prepared for this content. Outside of that, there is a bit of mild violence, although I expect there to be more violence in the coming episodes. It’s a giant robot series, after all.

Content Guide:

Language: None

Alcohol/Drug Use: None

Nudity/Sex/Fanservice: There is a brief flash of what appears to be a naked girl curled up holding something (you couldn’t see anything explicit from what I could tell); a female character is dressed in a skimpy top and low riding shorts, which equates to cleavage as well as what appears to be some exposed butt crack; naked girl floating in a giant sphere (same as the flashed image before)–again, you can’t see anything explicit, except for the side of her butt at one point; a woman is shown in a very form fitting outfit; the woman in the form fitting outfit is shown from behind in a sort of bent-over pose

Violence: A space capsule (?) explodes; missiles are shot, and they explode; the next episode preview shows a robot being hit with energy blasts

Blood/Gore: None