Despite the tension that Sidonia have created for itself, the latest episode felt like… chill =/
Timeskips and Tanikaze’s rise to power aside, there wasn’t really any sense of urgency on episode 9. Surprisingly though, I don’t see it as a bad thing. If anything, I love how they are setting up the Gauna’s awareness of the Spears and how they used Hoshijiro to locate it. It looks like they plan on assaulting and destroying those spears on the next episode which would be interesting considering how this might affect Nagate’s mental state against the Gauna-produced Hoshijiro.
I have to commend how much effort Aya Suzaki has put in over her roles this season. Sidonia itself explored her potential to play creepy-as-fuck characters while Daimidaler handles her exposure to ero. And to think she came from a humble role in Tamako Market… Then again, didn’t Hisaka Yoko started from such roles?
Props to Ishikawa Kaito for that very convincing acting. Man, his speech to bring Hinata back to his senses really moved me. Not to mention, the BGM creating that fitting mood for that scene.
Did they announce another season of this? Because it felt totally weird for them to suddenly change the OP (sung by Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas?!) not to mention, they skipped a chunk of good material such as Hatta’s involvement at the beach scene, and Skadi’s arc (which I feel to be the BEST arc before Valkyria) in order to rush things up and introduce our final boss… WTF?!
Despite being another episodic series (like Daimidaler), I have to say that I enjoyed Akuma no Riddle a lot. I think the merits of it being episodic is that you tend to forgive the slow pacing and a seemingly lack of character development and instead appreciate the small chunks that they slap per episode; Whether it be a chunk of
skinship scenes character development or action.
I never expected Nanana to suddenly give out a hint like that without even flirting with (or torturing) Juugo. Is the next treasure so powerful that it would help in finding who Nanana’s killer was?
The episode was enjoyable at least but they did cram a lot of content which I found annoying since they moved on and progressed with the story without even going in-depth about the latest faction mentioned, Three Skulls. Not to mention, Yun’s relationship with it and Ikusaba’s involvement with that faction.
That was probably the highest risk-reward payoff that Sora did and honestly, even I don’t have the balls to play that kind of game. But after experiencing such crazy play, it justifies Sora’s intentions to Kurami. Revealing to her that he had no race backing him up, just sheer human tenacity that overcomes even the most hopeless situation. And I did like that turnaround. He played a major risk while aiming to establish a scenario where both of them wins.