I was going to question the logic of a casino that (naturally) doesn’t allow minors as customers but does allow them to be dealers. But then, when you have the Yakuza running things (in Japan as in America, that’s a consistent part of legally sanctioned gambling) and the dealer has the ability to make balls go wherever he wants them (Orgone energy indeed) sticking such a minor at the roulette table makes perfect sense. And that’s where we’re introduced to Jin (Uchiyama Kouki, who seems to be in just about everything these days).
I must confess, things in Captain Earth are becoming remarkably coherent for a BONES sci-fi original. The newest turn in the story introduces us to the newest Designer Child, the aforementioned roulette dealer – a boy who has no memory of his true nature and drifts along seemingly disinterested in what life has to offer. He’s one of the “Missing Five” which presumably refers to the eight ego blocks created in the Kanda Incident. That means more creepy kiddos to come, but for now the focus is on Zimbalt – which is Jin’s true identity as a Planetary Gear, and the one he reassumes as soon as Moco’s telepathic kiss restores his memories. The Planetary gears are becoming impatient, it seems, with the continued success of Globe in foiling their plans.
This is an interesting near-future vision of Odaiba, with a mob-owned casino that looks exactly like the Bellagio in Vegas (state-sanctioned casinos have been a matter of some debate in Japan, including on Odaiba – and the main champion of the idea has been right-wing zealot and Bill 156 creator Ishihara Shintarou) – clearly a political statement by BONES here. And into this steps Daichi’s new Scooby Gang, sent to Odaiba to break up the Planetary Gears’ efforts to create a new Kill-T Gang (again, it’s Pitz that provides the intel). The running gag with Daichi’s irritation at being called “Captain” gets old pretty quickly, but this is a turn in the plot that has quite a bit of potential.
There are some other tidbits tossed out there as well, the most interesting of which is Zimbalt’s “We are the real humans” comment. It seems that the Planetary Gears have humans working for them – at the very least, their maintenance guys betray nothing that makes them look remotely alien or even distinctive. There’s certainly some background here that hasn’t been disclosed yet, and the line where human ends and alien begins may not be so clearly defined. That would certainly apply to “Neoteny” Daichi, who has extraordinary abilities that can’t be explained away the way Teppei and Hana’s have been.