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So we have broken piece of Lost Technology Tank sitting in the garage… what do we use it for?

Ans: Play Amazing Grace on it!

Gotta say, they install pretty pimpin’ sound systems inside those tanks!

Well, that’s that. This episode was a good episode compared to the previous two, since there’s character development focusing on Rio and Kanata. Wasn’t much, but it was well executed and as a bonus it contained a lot of subtext to read between the lines with! I am a sucker for that, especially when it’s well executed one.

While I’m sure others have noticed the weird fusion of Western and Japan cultural elements in the show, this episode finally made me sit up and notice it. Well, it’s not like I didn’t notice it from the start, but it wasn’t a talking point for me yet, until the trigger this episode, where the Church blessing is actually using the Japanese Yaoyoruzu! Really made me sit up and notice that since it’s LOLWEIRD the Church in the show believes in polytheism.

And of course… the Tank. At this point, it’s pretty much a Lost Technology plot device and I did take a double-take when Rio booted it up with a total Gundam-esque startup sequence etc. etc.

It also made for a good contrast about the fact that there seems to be almost no doctors or “medicine-man” types in the world, with Rio having to resort to going to the Church, despite her misgivings about it. Thankfully, Yumina at least does have some basic medicinal knowledge instead of relying on blessings and prayers. Crackpot miracle workers are one thing me and Rio agree upon… a waste of money and should be banished from the world.

And mentioning Rio, looks like she and Kanata are connected by the virtue of Ms. Blonde (since I don’t know the name and all)…

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I wonder who is she and how will she play out in the future.

Looks like this show might not be so boring after all!

10 Comments

  1. Mercurius Said,

    January 19, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    Not to mention the implications that Amazing Grace adds to the West/East fusion motif. I just hope it doesn’t become the new Aimo.

  2. Grimmer Said,

    January 19, 2010 @ 10:36 pm

    I haven’t got the feeling that this is some special blend of cultures/religions lol, just plain laziness. I guess they just looked through some picture books in order to come up with some Western medieval setting…then they made some background drawings…and then they dumped a whole load of Japanese folks in it and let them have their Japanese way. Saves time on research.

  3. Nathan Clark Said,

    January 20, 2010 @ 12:27 am

    Something that I’m really noticing is that Kureha seems to have a bit of an Onee-sama complex going on with Rio.

    Since I haven’t read the manga, that’ll be just as interesting to explore throughout the rest of the show as the whole Lost Technology theme; I’m also kinda curious about what kind of nuclear apocalypse happened to set technology back nearly a century.

    (Also, was the demon really a twenty story tall living thing? The skeleton in the lake suggests so.)

  4. The Hordesman Said,

    January 20, 2010 @ 12:38 am

    Grimmer, I don’t think medieval is the right word (I don’t see any tudor houses nor knights) and there are too many southern european traditions mixed with japanese ones for any basic laziness, seems quite planned to me. Sure, at first I thought the same but there are too many coincidences by now.

  5. buh Said,

    January 21, 2010 @ 3:33 am

    @Nathan: As far as I know there is no manga to read up ahead, only an adaptation.

    I could do without all these religious motifs though. Might come into play later on how Christian terrorists destroyed the world or something. Now that’s something to watch.

  6. viperpray Said,

    January 21, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

    Do you think thier is a chance this will get dubbed? And if so when i’v read the manga and cannot wait for the show to be Dubbed i am not a fan of subbed anime really.

  7. hitoshura Said,

    January 21, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

    i found the uniform made out of a combi of a nun and a miko to be interesting lol.

  8. Borgun Said,

    January 22, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

    I have the feeling that the whole amount of detail and how is being introduced slowly feels more like baclground. The only whimsical point is the whole WWII gear and uniforms… hard to make a plausible explanation about why they’re using Wermacht unforms, Mauser K98 carabines, BMW R75 bikes and studying French tanks of the period.

    Kanata seems to come from a place where they keep some Japanese traditions and culture. Last episode she mentioned a festival honoring ghosts (Bon Festival?) and now there’s this miso soup from where she comes from. Since we saw her keeping the book she found at the school, I guess there might be an episode ahead where she goes back to her village and someone there can read it.The walker mecha uses English and has an “Stealth mode”. I spotted more WWII German gear (Kubelwagens, Zundapp motorrad).

    Not only there’s a miko-nun, but there’s a Shinto temple door leading to a Christian church.

    As to Miss Blonde identity, looks like it was a friend of Rio’s mom. And she is green-eyed and blonde, just like Felicia. Just saying.

  9. Jya Said,

    January 23, 2010 @ 2:26 am

    It was a good episode, but I absolutely cracked up when the nun declared that Kanata had malaria. Malaria is from mosquitos. It gives you insanely high fevers, and we can’t even treat it perfectly today. It’s as if they decided the flu wasn’t dramatic enough.

  10. Yuun Said,

    January 26, 2010 @ 6:11 pm

    being a war addict and a father who is a WWII veteran. I grow up with the song, nevertheless, it still touches my heart each time I hear ‘Amazing Grace’. I hope to hear more promising music from this series.

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