Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince – 21

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I just can’t shake the feeling Majestic Prince is going to break my heart before it’s all over.

All of the talk from the Production Committee about a potential second season of GKMP is interesting, because if any show over seemed right on track for a fully-realized finale in two cours it’s this one.  The series has never been too frenetic in terms of pacing, laying out its story at a measured but not labored pace, and when it did establish the central plot it did so in no uncertain terms.  It’s very clear what’s happening in this show, why it’s happening, and it seems as if everything has been perfectly timed for it to happen when it’s supposed to happen.

On the whole there’s a lot that happens as it’s supposed to happen in Majestic Prince.  This is a show that’s of and all about anime mecha and classic sci-fi – while it has fun tweaking the tropes ironically (this is the 2010s after all) it very much reveres the groundwork laid by those series that have come before.  And at this point in the story we’re supposed to have a setup episode, so that’s exactly what we got.  Call it “calm before the storm” or whatever you like, but this was pure – it set the table for what was to come and made sure the stakes were well-established.

Alas, for GKMP doing all that also means setting a whole lot of death flags, which is why I can’t shake that nagging feeling we’re looking at a tragic ending.  I keep waiting for Mushibugyou’s Oooka to show up with his trademark “That’s wrong!” here, as everyone is busily hoisting their own fatal banner – Izuru certainly holds the lead now that two-thirds of Dobermans are demised, but you can make a strong case for about half the cast.  Indeed, one might almost say it’s a matter of whether Izuru or Asagi is more telegraphed to sacrifice themselves for the rest of the team, especially the other.  Izuru has gone into full brother mode with Asagi now, which makes the latter pretty uncomfortable – yet it’s also revealed that Asagi’s mindset has now very much turned towards protecting his little brother no matter what.  He also seems to have told the other Bunnies about the DNA situation despite telling Simon he hadn’t, which leads Tamaki to assign family roles to everyone except, of course, Suruga.  That’a highly symbolic of the way Suruga’s character is constantly shafted in this show – it’s a shame and a waste of a solid performance by a very good seiyuu.

While there’s an annoying subplot surrounding Anna (Asagi’s loli admirer) refusing to evacuate the Star Rose, most of the attention on the episode is focused on Izuru’s fate and on Simon.  The latter is stepping out of the shadows in a big way, taking command of the entire “Heaven’s Gate” (hope it turns out better than the movie) operation from the Star Rose, which he reveals to be built around a drive engine Theoria brought with her from Wulgaru.  He also steps in personally regarding Izuru’s situation – refusing to allow him to sortie with the others but allowing him to be on standby on the flagship.  There’s also a bit of a vibe between he and Theoria (who’s also fighting on the mission), which makes me suspect that the sharing of DNA might have been a little more low-tech than we were originally led to believe.

All the pieces, then, are seemingly in place.  Both sides are headed for what they see as the final battle, declarations of love and familial support are flying left and right, bad cakes have been tasted and rejected, and the fate of two races is seemingly at stake.  It seems a fait accompli that Izuru is going to end up taking the field in the end – it could hardly have been foreshadowed more strongly – and most likely he’ll have an encounter with Jiart which will be instrumental in deciding everything.  While Majestic Prince has never quite soared to the heights of true greatness, it’s certainly done a fine job of cogently and entertainingly bringing us to this point, and I look forward to what happens now with a good deal of anticipation – and no small amount of dread.

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3 comments

  1. s

    on the 2nd season. I could see them fleshing out the rest of the Wulgaru civilization. It's been hinted that there are noble houses but haven't really seen anything of that sort be fleshed out.

    Not to mention just destroying the gate only temporarily stops them and if anything makes Earth a more tasty target since they were only ones to really fight back.

  2. A

    I think what he meant by not telling anyone else refers to the fact that Simon is the father.

    I just love how it's all building up to this large-scale, all-or-nothing last desperate struggle for the finale. That's just the way it's gotta be. And if there is one thing this show knows how to do is to manage its budget, so you can say I have great expectations from this.

  3. R

    this episode is not that much but that's not a bad thing. they did good by not doing it as the usual emo-ish calm before the storm episodes common in mecha anime. and despite it being rather upbeat, there is this certain genuine sense of dread hovering in the whole ep.

    am a bit suprised that the star rose turns out to be a carrier/command ship. now this gets me intrigued. considering that teoria was able to smuggle all those tech from the wulgaru homeplanet, it is possible that there is a faction supporting her ideals among the ranks. and i wouldn't be surprised if jiart turns out to also share her ideals.

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