It was bound to happen at some point…and when it finally came I wasn’t bothered by it much. Kawamori was being Kawamori this week and he wanted to remind us all that he does have a screw loose and that he is still a new age hippie. I was probably one of the few people who tried to focus on other things than Zessica, glorious though she may be. Thankfully nakkidness was not the only thing on the menu as we do get confirmation on the schemes of the Abductors. So despite the rather oppressive atmosphere on Altair they haven’t completely abandoned decency to an extent. Their goal was as some of us conjectured to find a female element user that they hope can jump start their birthrate which had crashed.
While I can sympathize with their desperation this doesn’t change the fact that they have been killing women on a significant scale for some time now. Quite why they haven’t simply tried to slowly infiltrate Vega remains a mystery but my guess is that not everyone can pass through the dimension gate and survive. Hence why they use drones and remote piloted mecha to harvest people and why Jin and Kagura are so valuable as both can pass through. I get the sinking feeling though that Mikage is likely the one who killed off all the women on Altair and has his own agenda given how he wants Kagura to believe that Jin is out to steal his smelly woman. While Alicia has been kept in stasis and is revered I wonder why this is. Was it because she was the only one that survived the passage only to die shortly after? Or was she the only one to come through intact? That Altair seems to have some of her songs suggests that she might have been alive for a while, or they picked off her CD from a corpse during one of their harvests.
Still I guess that Altair needs a woman who is an element user though they have a very faulty way for determining who is strong enough to pass. Certainly other female element users have been sucked through the gate before so why hasn’t it worked yet considering that there had to have been stronger element users in ages past. I am not convinced though that one woman who can pass through the gate is going to solve their problems mostly because even if their Eve were to have more than one partner, you are still talking about a very limited gene pool. Still it may well be that there is no real solution and it was all a lie from Mikage, or that it all somehow makes perfect sense in Kawamori’s mind. Then again it might not be that big of an issue considering there is evidence that there was an Eve if our mitochondrial DNA is right. As mecha fights go things just got downright silly and I am not just talking about the nakkidness, because that Un-Guarded Attack was funny in and of itself. Leave it to kooky Kawamori to base a mecha attack on rock, paper, and scissors. It was stupid, stupidly brilliant.
Radius Gniss got a heavy armor upgrade but sadly it wasn’t armored enough to survive a stupid attack. I just wonder if this will be the end for Jin and if Izumo is going to get more desperate now that he might have to rely only on Kagura. Izumo is probably going to get even more desperate if Jin is dead, hopefully it doesn’t mean that he’s going up the harvest quotas. All things considered it seems as though Izumo has scaled back the harvests in an effort to identify their Eve rather than casting a wide net and hoping for the best. If nothing else since this is not a full on invasion and their motives seem borne more out of desperation than malevolence there is some hope for peace. Even if this is not the case maybe Sazanka is their Eve, certainly a world full of only men is the kind of place she would like to be so long as Cayenne and Shrade are forced to go to Altair as well.
On the shipping front is seems certain that Zessica isn’t simply toying with Amata and Yunoha is willing to enter the Amata sweepstakes. This doesn’t look good for Mikono but I am glad that her first combat outing was not an unmitigated disaster and that she did not put her own modesty before winning. I must say I hardly noticed how Mikono has changed from that spineless person that wanted to run away. Hopefully Mikono will gain more confidence and find out what her element power is. Andy seems to be making some headway with Mix though as at least now they can carry on a normal conversation and Mix isn’t just letting Andy stew when he has a problem. Jin really is more than just a casual fan of Alicia it seems, hopefully for his sake Alicia is merely in stasis and not dead. While Jin seems to have very particular tastes it’s hard to fault a guy who is loyal even in stasis or death. If he survives and Alicia lives then hopefully she won’t reject a rabid fan.
Next week looks to be a Mix-centric episode and I cannot be happier, I just hope that Andy makes the most of the opportunity.