Galaxy Railways II 1-13: The Nothing Happens Arc
Looking back at my posts on the first season of Galaxy Railways, I notice how after an initial post dealing with the show in general I didn’t publish anything else until episode 13. And the reason for this IIRC is that nothing really happened in the first 12 episodes. It was just a gigantic, somewhat tasty filler.
Well, the second season of the show apparently operates on the same basis. I honestly don’t get it. It’s as if the writers decided that since the show will be 26 episodes anyway, they might as well slack off for the first cours. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?
So there’s a new SDF platoon in town, replacing Vega which ceased to exist at the end of the first season. Cepheus Platoon is as cold-blooded as Vega was hot-blooded. Their train is called Hiryu (=Flying Dragon), a reference to the WWII carrier of the same name, which was the sister ship of (you guessed it) Asuka Langley’s Soryu.
Next to nothing happens in the first 12 episodes. We basically get to see Sirius Platoon rescuing galactic kittens atop cosmic trees [my metaphor] day in and day out. The Big One’s launch sequence has been improved, because now we now have lovely shots of all the Galaxy Railways trains together in the main Destiny station that looks like an enormous Connect Four board on the inside and a huge honeycomb on the outside.
Manabu has a terrible habit of repeating the key noun in whoever’s talking’s previous sentence. So for example, this is the sort of dialogue that appears throughout the show:
David: “Manabu, wait here. I need to go the restroom.”
David: “Yeah, just stay here and I’ll be back in five minutes.”
David: “I need to take a leak, man, just stay put.”
I hear you David, it’s very annoying. I don’t remember if Manabu used to do this in the first season or not, and I realize many anime characters get into this habit but I wish he would knock it off.
I spent most of the time watching these episodes praying for my favorite all-female Spica Platoon to get some decent airtime. And all of a sudden, Episode 9 happened. I am 99.99% sure I know why Episode 9 happened. TV ratings must have been awful. Station executives must have called the writers in and threatened to fire them all at once. The writers got scared. They decided to put some fan service in to get those ratings up. Things escalated. They got out of hand, or rather, in hand??
The Spica girls are in the locker room, and Ai and Maggie start to comment on the fact that Shelley’s breasts look bigger. Shelley confesses she’s using a new type of bra. So Ai grabs them to check, and then Maggie grabs them too. Eventually Louis from Sirius Platoon gets her hands on Shelley’s chest as well, and Shelley (jokingly?) tells her to grab all she wants. Cory, from the newly formed Cepheus Platoon, is nearby. We don’t know absolutely anything about her at this point, but here she starts grabbing her own breasts as if comparing them to Shelley’s. The fan service is interrupted when Spica Captain Julia comes in and tells everyone to knock it off but WAIT…she’s in a maid costume (!!) so the fan service continues. All of Spica has to dress as maids for the next assignment. Louis is in a proper dress, so I guess the fan service will be confined to Spica from now on but WAIT…she rips the bottom part of her own dress off at one point, and to top it all off Shelley whistles at her, insinuating that her invitation earlier was not a joke and that she has a homoerotic desire for Louis OMG.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show go from 0% fan service to 120% so quickly.
Episode 13 finally gives us a plot, as mercenaries hijack a prototype battle train based on Sirius Platoon’s Big One, and it looks like the entire SDF will have to work together to beat them. Hopefully things will get more exciting starting right now. Plus more Spica cosplay would be nice too.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
I wanted to finish the post with a nice picture so I typed the words “Spica Platoon” on the Google Image search thing. The first three pics were from this blog, and 7 out of the first 18 were from this blog (only one other image was actually of Spica, the others were either generic Galaxy Express images or absolutely random stuff). I gave up and took my own screenshot. If there’s ever a third season I do hope they don’t slack off and instead make things exciting from the beginning…it might increase the popularity of the show.