Going into this episode, Felicia was probably the biggest enigma of the cast to me – she’s the mom-type character who watches over everyone else, but she didn’t have a whole lot of depth. This episode changes all that, as you see what she went through during the war, her guilt at surviving the battle, and her despair at defending a dying world. This episode wouldn’t have worked without the six that came before it, either – building the peaceful setting of Seize and everyone’s everyday lives gave the actual scenes of the war that much more impact by contrast.
Could not have put it better myself.
People certainly took to this episode across the anime interwebs. For the first time since the series began we have finally seen actual war, with tanks and explosions and everything. Everything thus far had only been hinting at war behind the scenes, such as no-mans land, so to finally see these moeblob character designs in a battlefield was something I’d be anticipating ever since the show revealed its war-torn past. Will the war ever reach the characters in the present day?
Anyway, it would appear that Filicia fought in some battle a few years ago, but prior to that there was a major conflict between either different countries or between humanity and and some other, perhaps alien, force. That could fit with the legend, so the idea of Kanata and company fighting a monster with Takemikazuchi isn’t so far off anymore.
So what were humanity fighting that lead to this war and the state of the earth as we know it? Remember that the Felicia scenes were barely more than 5 years ago so it’s not like the fighting has ground to a halt or anything. It also highlights the fact that they were still desperate enough to hire teenage girls to pilot tanks in those times as well. The idea of an alien force isn’t unbelievable but there hasn’t been any hints at aliens in the show so I’m not inclined to agree with that idea.
First of all, the Japanese somehow took over Europe. After that, or during that, there followed a technological boom, and what I expect is AI going out of control (humans in machines don’t control them like the way they moved in that flashback). In order to get rid of them, nuclear weapons were used. The Japanese died of the aftereffects of the fallout, and the French resettled the area. My guess is that we’re currently at one of the few areas that were unscathed.
Wild theorizing from psgels, most of which I think is absolute nonsense (I still have my doubts that this is even earth and why is everyone so obsessed with the idea of nuclear weaponry?) but he did hit upon the idea that those spider tanks were not acting the same way the human-piloted tanks were.
Well, the use of “them” is quite interesting, because, to me, that word would seem to imply that they were fighting something “other”, meaning other than human. So, what I’m going to assume is the “them” was some form of human technology or AI that got out of control ala The Matrix or The Terminator; I know I’m jumping to an conclusion by excluding the possibility of some sort of alien invasion or just a plain old human vs. human war of annihilation, but I’m leaping.
The use of ‘them’ is an odd one because it could just as easilly mean the human enemy. Of course, ‘them’ could just be a fansubber-brought idea but the fact that psgels and Omni, both raw watchers, came up with relatively similar ideas suggest that they are fighting something that is not human. I was in the camp of the AI vs Humans, however what dismantles that theory slightly is an earlier episode where Kanata pointed out that the tank is just a machine and that it’s the people inside that do that. She wouldn’t be making a statement like that if the tank was acting by itself. OK, Kanata is a bit on an idiot but Noel would know if a tank kills people by itself seeing as she’s the one repairing the thing. With that in mind I think I’ll stay on realistic ground and blame this war-torn planet on a simple human vs human war.