Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Episode 16 Back Arrow


It has been a couple of months since the fight between Rekka and Luton. The establishment of an independent Granedger is pending, with Atlee chose to be the queen of this new nation. The other polities of Lingalind gather to pay their respects for this momentous signing. Things appear calm for the moment, and many old friends and allies come to wish the Granedger well. The Prax Armored Division even goes so far as to defect from Luton to the new Granedger nation. However, many of the old divisions are still there, and not all present trust one another.

In the meantime, Back Arrow and Shu travel to Rekka to orchestrate a settlement arrangement there. Ren takes offense to their presence and attempts to assassinate Shu, but he bluffs to escape and Back Arrow keeps her at bay. Kai arrives and puts an end to the fighting, revealing that he has been reading the ancient texts and presses Shu for missing gaps in the records. Rekka's new advisor suggests that Ren kill him to give Emperor Zetsu an excuse to attack the Granger, but a sudden attack on Rekka makes everyone scatter. Over Rekka's capital, a new flying crimson battleship has arrived and begins laying waste to the city. It is being controlled by Tae Howa, the disgraced former Rekka noble, who was gifted the vehicle by Elect Supreme Rudolph.

Wow, this one genuinely surprised me.

I'm persistently dazzled with the plotting of the arrangement, and I think Kazuki Nakashima is truly conveying in such a manner. At first, I felt that the political parallel of Lutoh versus Rekka was intentionally straightforward so it could go about as a background that the crowd would not need to ponder while the robots were punching. It has quickly become clear that not only are things much, much more nuanced than they initially appeared, but I think they're only being two major political groups is a big benefit. There is an increasingly large cast with divided or conflicting loyalties, side switching, double agents, etc. and the “simplicity” of the two major states is helpful in keeping it all straight.

I realize I am inclined to be astounded by unexpected developments, yet wow the disclosure of the new war vessel was truly stunning. I assumed there was some powerful object or relic or something that Shu was after - his drive to leave had to be coming from somewhere - but the final moments with Tae piloting the vessel came by complete surprise. I assumed he was being given a new powerful Briheight, but a second battleship? Definitely an exciting surprise and yet another tectonic shift in the geopolitical landscape.

As a minor note, it was truly sweet that Atlee had the chance to be sovereign. Having that entire scene where everyone discussed the practical and personal reasons that Atlee was chosen to be their leader was a tender moment I thought.

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