Well not much hard sci-fi and action going on this week but given how we got Chiaki-chan cosplaying as Marika, I am not going to complain too much. It was strange, it was whacky, but it made perfect sense, sort of. I guess when cruise lines hire their pirate raiders they don’t pay particular attention to specifics so long as their patrons are entertained. To that end I was entertained watching Chiaki do her best Marika impression, and it helps plenty when Chiaki is starting to adore Marika’s outfit and get a good taste of Pirate Theater. On a more serious note it seems that this War of Serenity Succession has gotten a possible new twist in that Gruier might be a clone given how similar she looks compared to her rival. Moreover while you can identify a genetic marker across generations, it seems odd that Gruier’s biometric data was already inputted two years before she could have been conceived. I had joked last week about Taiidan Clone Emperors but it seems very possible that instead we have Princess Gruier Serenity I the second.
While cloning would be a way to ensure an unbroken line of succession, somehow I think that there will be more to it. Gruier seems to think that their unbroken line is the key to keeping their independence but I still wonder how that can be. If the readings are correct from the Bentenmaru’s sensors then Gruier’s rival seems to have brought much more of the Serenity Fleet and possibly has more clout with the Navy given how she wore a more military uniform and is not dealing with pirates. I am sure we will get answers next week but that is something to chew on in the meantime, while we wait for the explanation.
Misa still shines as she took over the role of Space Mom and laid down the law on Marika and Gruier. Sure they may be high up there but they are still kids and they need a curfew. As for the rest of the crew they are a dedicated bunch to have gone through the trouble of staying up all night to finish their work and not complain about it.
Marika’s response to the ambush was fairly sound given the tactical error their foe mad when the pursuit force was so woefully under gunned that Marika was able to turn around punch them in the nose and get out of it. The thing to remember about an ambush for the attacker is to catch the foe with their flanks exposed, hopefully panic will ensue when with the first volley but you should never neglect having a pursuit force of some size if your objective is to obliterate and not just delay the enemy. Marika was correct in that the best response out of an ambush is to surge forward, however given that she only had a single ship, she was correct in attacking the ambushers where they were weakest. She punched a hole to escape while dealing some minor damage to her foes by taking two Corbacks out of the fight or at least ensured that neither one could operate independently.
I hope next week will provide some more thrills as well as give more information about Serenity royal succession and how this ghost ship fits in.
A Message From Your XO, EO
I would say that the defining moment of this episode was Marika making the decisions on whether to attack, and to not allow the princess to contact the Serenity escort ships. She really showed off some sound, decisive decision making during a tense situation. Which I can definitely appreciate after making a lot of decisions in Mass Effect 3 lately, which is where most of my time has disappeared recently. She made up her mind to fire on the nearest pursuing ships, since the status quo situation wasn’t going to benefit the Bentenmaru with two other squadrons out there to close in on them. They were chasing her, and given what she knew of the political situation, likely to attack; Marika knew the situation she was in and how serious it was. It was an admirable move to commit to the hit-and-run attack, and smart to disperse the cannons’ beams like grapeshot to knock out their sensors and other fragile systems. The second nice call was to not let Guire’s emotions and optimism get the better of her and deny her request to contact the ships. I kind of doubt that they’d have acted differently if they’re from the opposing faction back on Serenity, and it also gives the Bentenmaru another surprise to play on the Serenity ships if they get cornered or need to bargain. Definitely some great command decisions.
Chiaki in that uniform is pretty moe~
Don’t try to fight it.
Chiaki didn’t have a monopoly on the cool poses this episode.
Hmmm, looks like that coup faction is led by the Zabis. I hereby declare them Zekes, and may the might of the Bentenmaru, the Morningstar Defense Forces, and the Galactic Empire crush them into space dust like the Zeonic scum they are!
This week’s Mandatory Misa.