SO IT REALLY WAS THE STRIKER AI ALL ALONG…. AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!
Oh man, Urobuchi…. you really go the extra mile don’t you? That head falling off scene was just pure nightmare fuel. Otherwise, this was probably the most entertaining and action-packed episode of Gargantia in a while. The mecha vs mecha dogfight was pretty amazing to watch after spending 11 weeks seeing utter one-sided dominance of Chamber’s technological superiority to everything else in the series.
Of course, that’s not just it, the Earthlings got some pretty cool parts for themselves too.
Rackage just instantly shot up the ranks to be the coolest character of the series with this episode, secretly plotting rebellions and then wrecking up entire battalions with her pimpin’ ass rocket lobster mech.
Pinion finally got rid of that silly DBZ hair and now looks pretty spiffy with his natural hairdo. And not to mention being a real bro by supporting Ledo in his fight vs Striker, even when he could’ve been one-shotted easily with those crazy lasers both mechs have. Remember, those ancient laser cannons only provide 1/120th of the power output of Chamber!
Back on the Gargantia, the Key earlier is actually plot relevant! And it’s used for something called the “Stairway to Heaven”. It’s not gonna be an orbital cannon… is it?
Phew. Glad this episode didn’t require me to go read up Wikipedia for half-an-hour before I could write it! One more left and let’s hope Ledo becomes the first Urobuchi protagonist to get a decent ending (i.e. doesn’t get permanently traumatized for life).
End card by 和泉つばす
UPDATE: Double butcher bingo by popular request