Ozma 3: Rockin’
This episode was great. It had about 7-8 episodes of development in it, with the story coming a whole lot clearer (and hitting a lot of good points for the Leiji fans). Even the visuals were much much better 🙂
So it seems we have a planet with two groups of people: the Natura and the Theseus. The Natura, as the name implies, are all natural people, the regular folk. The Theseus are the cloned, Ideal Children. Apparently the Theseus’ genetic pool is starting to break down from too much cloning so they’re starting to take in more Natura people and experiment on them to renew their race. (I assume, but I guess we haven’t been told it’s true, that long, long ago the Theseus ultimately descended from Natura and they’re not really separate species but divergent groups).
The Bardanos pirates, for their part, are Natura people who are hunting that mysterious sand whale, Ozma. Moby Dick, basically, as the captain is obsessed with the whale (I’m guessing because she blames her lover’s disappearance on the beast, her lover being Sam’s older brother). But it would seem that all is not what it seems, Sam’s brother might have been captured by the Theseus as part of the Natura experimentation and Gido might carry his genes). And to boot Maya, who is apparently the latest, best result of this Theseus Natura-experimentation, is able to summon Ozma, and at the same time is a thousand years old so she can’t be a result of Theseus experimentation, maybe only partly.
Is it all clear to you now? Hehe.
1. That Captain Bainas drinks wine of course reminds us of Harlock. In the Leijiverse villains drink from wine glasses too, but they fill them with human blood first. Let’s hope Bainas isn’t drinking human blood. Wait, check that. It’d actually be cool if that were the case.
2. If Maya is a thousand years old, and she’s a queen to the Theseus, then does that make her a Millennial Queen?
3. It’s interesting that the Bardanos crew member that riles Sam up is called Soryu. Officially so far his name has not been given any kanji but the only real “Soryu” in Japanese is the “Blue Dragon” an aircraft carrier in World War II (and its namesake in the submarine force today). And of course the most famous Soryu in anime is Evangelion‘s Asuka.
4. Bainas reaction to the fight was very different from how I expect Harlock’s would have been. Though maybe that’s because the Arcadia weren’t as unruly.
5. The Domino Diet vote was interesting. Danga (I think that’s the dissenting commander’s name, that is, Gido’s boss) opposed the use of Natura to revitalize the Theseus genetic pool. He strikes me, in Harry Potter term, as one of the Death Eater types that are very concerned for the purity of their race. He doesn’t want anything to do with Natura genes. The parliament voted against him and for the bill, though.
6. The deal with Gido seems to be this: Gido was an old (or ill, or both) Theseus commander. He picked Sam’s brother (who had been captured) to provide genetic material for him to be reborn. So the Gido we see with the mask today is probably a mixture of the old Gido (the Theseus man) and Sam’s brother. The mask might hide some imperfection on his face (since this Natura experimentation is new).
7. Zone. Actually, in Endless Orbit SSX Zone is the name of Harlock’s nemesis.
P.S. This is my 500th post~
EDIT: Elaborating on the Soryu deal, it turns out there have been 3 generations of Soryu in Japan. Thefirst generation was a ship for the Emperor’s use in the Meiji era in the 19th century. The second one was the famous aircraft carrier prewar and during the war. The third is a JMSDF submarine, just commissioned in 2009. See [here].