I wasn’t exactly chomping at the bit for this week’s episode. With more tequila in my bloodstream than actual blood, I was looking forward to writing it off and fucking around, rather than actually writing. The first 80% of the episode didn’t do much to make me glad that Sidonia wasn’t off this week, with Tanikaze getting bombarded by one god situation after another; all that was left was for him to find a puppy, and win a Nobel Peace Prize for finding the cutest puppy in the universe. But the last 20% made it all worth the trouble, and made the overly-happy 80% preceding it fit really well, so fuck me for ever doubting that Sidonia would pull through. That’s one good thing about the show: It can turn an ill-timed victory lap for the main character into a shitty, compelling situation.
The majority of the episode is a boring cross-section of Tanikaze’s idyllic, post-gauna-slaying life: Girls, commendations, more girls, and enough free food to comically scarf down. He even gets a locker full of rice to make up for his lack of the stuff in the beginning, and how fucking great is that for him? It’s a book-end that came six episodes too early. And then everything turns to ash in his mouth; the girls all hate or are appalled at his negligence, his commendations are replaced with a focus on the aforementioned negligence, a gaggle of identical sisters (aka more girls) hates his guts, and he probably isn’t in good enough shape to eat several bags of rice.
The transition is jarring, and works because of it. Tanikaze’s confusion is the audience’s, and the realization slowly builds that he might be a pawn in a much greater scheme, akin to a false flag plan that you don’t need to drink copious amounts of bleach to believe. He’s taken the fall for something, and Platinum-Haired Pretty Boy has something to do with it. Hell, he probably had a hand in the death of his classmate, so he could somehow pin the blame on Tanikaze. Wouldn’t put it past his lush, silver locks and his perpetual scowl that would melt all but the steeliest of hearts.