Well, allright allright allright. Episode 4 picks up the slack after the lackluster third episode. Now that the Gauna destroyed Akai and his elite team, it’s up to Nagate’s team to retrieve anything that’s left in the battlefield. But not before Sidonia itself has to make a destructive sideways maneuver that messes up with the gravity control of the space station.
In order to evade the approaching Gauna, Kobayashi -the masked lady who’s in charge, makes a decision to use the space station’s thrusters unconventionally to make the station strafe sideways. The gravity control malfunctions because of this, plunging many patrons to their deaths.
After that spectacular devastation, Nagate and three others are sent to retrieve anything that’s left of Akai and his team. Unsure of their abilities, the team arrives to the wreckage and retrieve a spear that can be used against the Gauna, which comes surprisingly handy because that aforementioned Gauna closes in on Nagate’s team shooting massive beams of plasmic energy. Hoshijiro’s Garde malfunctions heavily forcing her to abandon it and try her luck in an escape pod. This infuriates Nagate, making him go toe to toe with the gargantuan space beast. All the while his colleagues cheer him and watch him do the fighting via the monitor screens in the space station. Well, most of them anyway.
This episode was packed with action and spectacle. First we get to see the Roland Emmerich -style building collapsing chaos that ensues when the space station capsizes sending many people hurling towards their demise. Things get surprisingly bloody, I might say. And as if that wasn’t enough, the show puts Nagate once again fight against the Gauna, and that too was also pretty awesome, especially seeing Nagate get angry again. His character works wonders, when you put him in that seat of the space mech. Disregarding orders from his superiors he engages the Gauna, and he kicks the living shit out of the monster, destroying it.
The episode ends on Nagate’s decision to go and save Hoshijiro. The trouble is, his rescue path is leading him out of Sidonia’s range, making his return near impossible. Can he rescue Hoshijiro? Can he bring them both back safely to Sidonia?
As I said, this episode was almost entirely action-oriented, and it seems the show gets a whole lot better when it does. The gravity malfunction scene was memorable and it displays the gorgeous production values of the show. Also, Tanikaze’s duel with the space monster was suitably aggressive and fast-paced.
Yeah, I liked this episode quite a bit.
Best scene: People making Jackson Pollock paintings with their falling bodies.
Most memorable bit: The escape pod looks like a vagina. Hell, everything in this show looks like genitalia.