Episode 8 of Planet With took us for a mild ride and introduced us, again, to the re-shuffling of the two opposing factions. Their objectives remain the same but the people backing the two idealist alien pets are not.
Japanese Title: 力, 己にこそ宿る
In a fan-service moment that was just about right (I mean, come on, onsen scenes are made for fan-service and this was one of the most decent out there), Takatori-san (who is by far the sexiest female character in this series) uses the opportunity to share her reasons for joining the Sealing Faction. Every person has their reason to follow a certain ideology and Takatori-san has a deep aversion to power. Power corrupts, absolutely or not, and Takatori wants to see it through that humanity will never awaken to the point of using their psychic powers to either hurt each other or another planet, like the Sirians did. After all, her role model, a detective she used to work with, was killed because a child with a gun felt powerful holding the sidearm.
On the other hand, Torai is the hero Soya could never be (probably because Soya is still a child) and finds it difficult to betray humanity. After all, it’s up to humans, and to each individual, to decide what they’ll do with their newfound powers. These animal aliens should have had a StarTreky Prime Directive or something. Yet, their schism signifies that a difference of opinion is the only way forward.
After Takatori takes another ridiculous sealing machine to attack humanity, it is Torai and not Soya who saves the day. The former Paladin realized (with a little help from Takatori) that the psychic power that gave them their powers was just awakened by the little sand bottles. They were not the source of their powers. He was able to transform, defeat Takatori, and turn into cotton the sealing machine.
Now, Soya has lost all his will to fight. Not because he is afraid (well, maybe a little) but because he believes that by defeating the dragon, his revenge is complete. I was almost ready to believe that he would have been persuaded to return to the fight because of his obvious feelings for Nozomi-chan, but it was the Q-like being who gave Soya a reason d’etre: the dragon is still alive and is sleeping at the dark side of the moon.
Fan Service: Well, every anime needs to have its moment. This was it for Planet With. Just a tease at Takatori’s boobs. Not bad.
OPPAI: Well, boobs are amazing, we can all (men and women) agree to that. In Soya’s case, they were the reason he was able to break from Shinaichi’s hypnosis. The way they decided to show the whole ordeal was hilarious and it reminded why a good narrator moment is always welcome.
His concentration powers were pushed to their limits.
Sealing Device: There must be a reason these devices are getting sillier by the episode. A dragon with a pyramid head? But… why?
Shiraichi: This woman is definitely the new comic relief of the show. She didn’t seem to be so goofy in the first episodes when she played the diligent secretary. Now, she is just a jealous ‘schoolgirl’ with no self-esteem but with good reasoning. I mean, if I was Soya I would have jumped back to the fight. I think. Or maybe that would be too shounen?
I like where this series is going. A few alien species will work together to defeat the obviously over-powered dragon (he has to be stronger since it was already defeated once). Maybe he will wake up to find that the humans are also awakening to their powers and see it as an opportunity to start its cleanse of the universe from war-mongering idiots by destroying Earth. Then Dog and Cat and Sirius orphan and Earth Mechas will fight together. Probably.
Damn, I have been openly against fan-service many times before, but this one was just right. So right, that I might make a GIF out of it and show it every time someone drools over an ecchi title.
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