Arpeggio of Blue Steel – Ars Nova episode 8 – 9: Failed Diplomacy

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Episode 8

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Well, this episode was just about 60% tea party and relaxation on the beach. If there is one kind of show that I never expect to see an army of cute little girl drinking tea on a beach and enjoying a BBQ it would definitively be a military anime where humanity is on the brink of extinction. I’m still unsure how I feel about this fanservice because it somehow played a role in the show. I just wish that they would have went to play pool or something instead, something not involving a beach and swimsuit all around.

There is one thing though I’m really glad happened this episode and it is that we finally now know the reason why every single mental model is one of a girl. The reason is so painfully obvious and stupid that I nearly facepalmed all alone in my room. All ships are girl because human refer to ship as girl. Well, that was quite the plain and simple explication for something so crucial and odd about the show, but I’ll take it.

Overall this episode was rather void of much action or badassery, I feel like I was watching some shoujo adventure more than I was watching a military shounen this episode.

Episode 9

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In this episode of Arpeggio of Blue Steel everyone made an impossible escape, and while the outcome of that escape was rather expected, I must say I was fairly impressed with the way everything turned out. This episode was the first time we saw Iona work alongside other ships and Mental model, it was definitively neat to see a fleet slowly rise up rather than just the usual tactics that the team pull off. I’m most eager to see this show turn into some large scale naval operation rather than the lone wolf method that has been seen up to now, I think it can be universally agreed that having multiple battleship fighting each other is always more entertaining than just a few.

The other thing that really caught my attention that episode was how infuriated Kongou was after chasing after Iona. I always knew that Kongou had emotion and was just repressing them, but I never expected that she was just some kind of angry teenager. She acts exactly like the 16 year old girl that start dressing like a Goth and who claims she has no more feeling for this world and yet she gets angry and annoyed at every single comment people make at her. I hope that I just misread her character because with the current way she acts she makes me want to punch her in the face so bad.

Last important note for this episode was definitively the sudden ending where Iona was shut down. While it is quite obvious that Iona and Gunzo won’t die just yet, I could see them lose the submarine and continue their journey with the fast cruiser instead, since their delivery is on there after all. We will figure this soon enough, because I’m catching up on the show right now too!

ZeroGhj signing off

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