Well while there was the possibility of a five on two skirmish, it seems that the Serenity Defense Force has yet to spilt along factional lines. Gruier still seems to command loyalty among the rank and file but her underlings will have to answer some questions since it seems that they were pursued mostly because they had stolen a ship and the Talbot led flotilla was sent to sun them down. I don’t suspect that the opposing force was actively trying to thwart Gruier’s plans since they did withdraw along with the Corback that they were pursuing. Still it seems that courtly intrigue is slowly building up with the Barbaroosa taking on a contract to pursue the Golden Ghost Ship as well. While the people who hired the services of Chiaki are unknown I don’t see them coming to blows given the PV. Overall the color palette is simply too colorful for a grand act of vile treachery between Marika and Chiaki.
That said whatever is in this Ghost Ship must sure be something since it seems to be only a first generation colony ship. Either there is some ancient technology still worth scavenging or it is carrying something that is of great importance. It’s been a long time since the heydays of Homeworld, but I cannot help but draw the comparison between the is Ghost Ship and Kushan Mothership, given how there is a vast and mighty Empire out there I wouldn’t mind it in the least if the Ghost Ship was carrying a hyperdrive core that allowed for far jump capabilities. Besides both started out as colony ships on a great journey to home, but time will tell what magnificent treasure is being carried.
Chiaki makes a comeback and I for one am most happy that Marika gets to greet Chiaki with hugs and kisses all the while exposing Chiaki’s love for princesses. As much as Gruier seems to revel in the lack of ceremony I can’t help but notice that Jenny Dolittle and Princess Serenity have some history as well as a very lucrative business arrangement. Part of me sees a military industrial complex at work here, but hey the Yacht Club is such a fine group that I can put those thoughts to rest. I just love how Jenny is able to do things on a whim and isn’t afraid to flaunt her power when she feels like it. Mami seems to be telling tall tales and has been spying on Chiaki who has come to her for many a parfait. Once this treasure hunt is over I hope that Marika and Chiaki can share a parfait.
Still I was rather disappointed that the Yacht Club was only going to provide a cover for Marika and Gruier being absent. At least they did get away with hazing Gruier as the newest member of the Yacht Club. Mami is making an interesting case for herself and put forth a good argument for an OT3 between Marika, Chiaki, and Mami. Certainly it seems as if Mami is smarter than she looks and is on very good terms with Chiaki and Marika as she can get both to reveal so much about their personal lives. While I am sure that the Yacht Club doesn’t want to attract too much attention, Mami is quite right that the Yacht Club is the wretched hive of scum and villainy at Hakuoh Academy. Jenny is a future industrial power with a penchant for ruling by decree, Marika and Chiaki are both heirs to privateers, and the rest of the club seems to have had their run ins with the local authorities as well.
Other than Marika jumping Chiaki and the former berating the latter for secret rendezvous with Mami there wasn’t a whole lot of information being rammed down our throats. Serenity seems to be constitutional monarchy that is made up of the rare M-Class planets, while other planets like Morningstar were terra-formed before they became habitable. It seems that there is a general movement to secede from the Empire and while some factions seem to be mentally prepared it remains to be seen if any system with the aspirations for independence can rebel. Certainly if rebellions started everywhere at once then the Imperial Fleet would have to be spread dangerously thin or simply have to wage a longer campaign of re-conquest. Quite why the Empire seems to get so much ire despite being largely absent will be an interesting revelation. It would certainly be something if the Empire wasn’t interested in control as peace, certainly imperial policy allows for a great deal of autonomy though there seems to be heavy restrictions on vassals going to war with one another.
I would like to see if the Empire is practicing oppressive enforcement on a few systems in a bid to slowly gain dominion or if the rebels are simply chaffing over the inability to wage war against one another. Even if there weren’t lethal shots being fired here there and everywhere this episode it was an enticing sample of warship maneuvers and it was a relief to see the escorts behaving like escorts for the larger Talbot-class. There seems to be a new ED song but I am not sure if the accompanying animation will stick. I am all for new songs and such but I don’t like the recycled animation and I do hope they add a little more to it. Next week should be more action oriented as they will be fighting in celestial phenomena, and we finally get confirmation for torpedo/missile spreads, how they will deal with logistically troublesome ordinance should be interesting if they choose to bother with it at all.
A Message From Your XO, EO
This episode was mostly exposition, and yuri. Given that comrade Crusader has written a more comprehensive post, I’m mostly going to just comment on the yuri shipping. Marika X Chiaki continues to be wonderful. It’s a perfect mix. Enthusiastic and unrestrained Marika on one side, and Chiaki as an excellent shy/stoic tsundere. Not quite kuudere exactly, due to her reactions to Marika’s advances, but a cool tsundere is close enough to my favorite -dere archetype. And as restrained as she is, she can turn on the charm like when the princess entered the room. Chiaki is definitely my favorite of the pair, but I definitely like them both, and both of them together. Can’t wait to see why she’s wearing that pirate captain outfit next week, since it looks just like Marika’s. On a minor note, I have to say that for such a bit character, I’m really liking the fujoshi-looking comms officer on the bridge. I’ve always had a soft spot for characters like her.
Yeah, come on, Chiaki! Be honest with your feelings!
So elegant. A perfect pairing with Marika’s brashness.
I do love her enthusiasm.
This week’s Mandatory Misa.