This one definitely ended on a very different note, but perhaps let me get to that later. In the previous episode the hybrid Gauna (Tsumugi Shiraui) had made a significant impact on the huge Gauna attacking Sidonia, however she was unable to completely destroy it when her weapon literally disintegrated. Kunato as the pilot of the hybrid has her attack the huge gauna with her hands, however while she is doing significant damage, it is not without resources and quite quickly captures her in its tentacles. While Tsumugi is the same size as any of the other Knights, on the flank of the Gauna, she is still only a fraction of the size and her doom is somewhat inevitable!
Fortunately Nagate is able to help free Tsumugi and while the other Knights are attacking the Gauna (taking massive damage themselves in the process) she is able to recharge and plunges through the heart of the massive, careening Gauna destroying it before it reaches the Sidonia.
When the hybrid is introduced to the other pilots on the Sidonia there is much consternation and misstrust as the histories tell of us some the expirements conducted previously by Ochiai and the damage caused by other hybrids prior to their being destroyed. However there is a very cute scene when Tsumugi sees Nagate and while it dismays the other pilots she “wags” her tail like a dog causing the whole ship to rock! Unfortunately this lack of control only further plays to the fears of the pilots and technicians of the Sidonia.
However while all of this is going on the ruling council of Sidonia have chosen to exercise a vote of no confidence on the captain – she however does not choose to take this sitting down and dispatches her clone of Ochiai who uses some very strange weapons to massacre the ruling council.
As mentioned this episode has taken some very strange times and isn’t as much about the battle against the Guana but rather a more political and focus.
Hopefully this is not the theme for the season as it would be quite annoying if that was the case as this show previously was really tight and well written.