Ozma 04: Shocks
Ohh this was crammed with stuff.
When Bainas said that Mimei would keep Sam from doing anything crazy, I thought this prediction would only come true halfway, with Sam going all the way to the Theseus ship and Mimei helping him out in a jam or something. But not, what Bainas said was right on the money: Mimei literally kept Sam from doing anything crazy. I laughed.
The Dick flashback was cool. Young Bainas was remarkably un-heroic back then and this sets her apart from Harlock and Emeraldas, both of whom were masters of the universe practically from birth.
What really surprised most though was Gido. Here I was thinking the man was a faithful servant of General Danga’s, that Dick’s genetic contribution to this new clone had tamed the former, evil Gido we saw in a flashback earlier but oh no, he’s been playing his boss all along!! This guy’s evil, and his little ploy is so simple it’s fiendish. [One wonders, of course, just how long it would take Theseus HQ to realize Gido and Maya are not headed straight home…]
Then we get this great battle in the second half. Zephyr over at random curiosity said that all of that technology (torpedoes, depth charges) is available today. I’d add that this technology was available back in World War II, which I think is the ultimate inspiration for this (except for the ramming part, that’s just plain piracy). Whenever we find torpedoes in an anime we have to keep in mind that Japanese wartime torpedoes were superb and that torpedo warfare is a hallowed art in Japan. Anyway, for whatever reason even though this show seems to be relatively low-budget, they still found plenty of money for these scenes. As always, the idea seems to be that Gido is nowhere near as stupid as most villains are. He’s not a step ahead of Bainas, but he’s not a step behind her either. We’re going to keep getting stalemates here until a sand whale shows up~
It looks like next episode Bainas will finally realize that Gido looks a lot like Dick, and Gido, well, I figure he’ll start having flashbacks of Dick’s life. In the meantime we’ll likely reach Zone, whatever or whoever is, and things will be all set up for the finale. If the next episode packs as much of a punch as this one, I think we’ll have a great final episode.