What do you get when you have a team full of teenagers trying to save the world from destruction? Chaos! The SDS team is having some serious growing pains in this week’s episode of revisions. The mecha battles take a bit of a backseat this week in favor of some much-needed character development!
Japanese Title: 未来の姿
After their small victory against the Revisions last episode, the members of the SDS have become overnight celebrities adored by the people of Shibuya. But, with their newfound celebrity, the stability of their team takes a nosedive. Can they eventually learn to pull it together as a team? Or will petty squabbles spell disaster for the SDS and Shibuya?
Fanservice: The girls get some much-needed time off from patrolling and indulge in a spa day and it is just as cliche and arbitrary as you’d expect. The girls compare bust sizes and talk about their feelings for a certain hot-headed guy… It serves no real purpose other than to get the girls out of the picture for a few hours so Daisuke and Gai can have a pissing contest.
Civilians are people too: This week’s episode brought us a pretty big reveal. All along we’ve been under the impression that the Civilians were just mindless mechanical behemoths. But, we find out that they’re actually people who lost their physical bodies.
Themes & Trivia
Ender’s Game: Okay, so this isn’t directly referenced in any way in the anime, but there are a lot of parallels to Orson Scott Card’s novel, the biggest being the reveal about the Civilians. In the novel, Ender and his team have been taking part in a number of simulation battles in preparation of fighting a seemingly malevolent alien race hellbent on killing humanity. After finishing their final simulation, it is revealed that the simulations were actual battles and that Ender and his crew are responsible for the genocide of an alien race. Something similar happens here when Marin discovers that the Civilians they have been fighting and killing are humans…
Kids Will Be Kids: At the end of the day, Daisuke and the rest of his team are just high school students, so it makes sense that they’d act like, well, kids. They fight over stupid stuff and make more than a few mistakes, but, that’s to be expected when you get kids to fight in grown-up battles.
So, there were a few things worth noting in this week’s episode, the biggest one being the shift in the focus of the conflict. In episodes 1-4 the conflict was largely external, the SDS v. the Muto, the SDS v. Revisions, or Daisuke v. Everyone Else. The conflict always came from outside the group that needed to either be taken out or overcome, a clearly defined ‘bad guy’, but, in this week’s episode the conflict comes from within the group itself. Now, this isn’t the first time that there has been internal conflict between the members of the SDS. Hell, Gai and Daisuke go at it at least once and episode. But, this is the first time that the conflict between the members of the SDS has been the focus of its own episode, because there was always something more important to focus on. Now that the characters have some more down time more of the cracks are starting to show and we get some really great character moments that there wouldn’t necessarily be time for when everyone is dealing with an impending Revision attack.
We get a chance to see the members of the SDS as teenagers and not soldiers, fleshing out who they are as characters and how their very different personalities clash with one another and that’s something that was kind of missing early on. Everything else kind of took a back seat to the epic mecha battles and the fight for survival, so it’s great to finally have some time to flesh out some of the more mundane issues the group has… like Daisuke’s inflated ego or the budding love triangle between Keisaku, Marin, and Daisuke… Despite everything that is going on Daisuke and Co. are still just high schoolers and it was a welcome change to see them acting like kids for once…
Also, I’ve been ignoring most of the slow panning shots of Milo and her skin-tight bodysuit that have been sprinkled throughout the series so far, but, I cannot in good conscience ignore the all female spa day in this week’s episode. Nope. Sorry. So, because the girls worked so hard during their last patrol they are given some much needed R&R courtesy of the people of Shibuya and the police… and how pray tell do they relax? With a super steamy homemade hot spring/spa. Yup, all of the major female characters (except Milo) strip down and spend the better part of the episode naked and soaking in hot water. I wouldn’t even bring this up if there wasn’t a scene where Lu is comparing the differences in hers and Marin’s bust size… seriously?! There is time for this?!
Shades of Grey
Episode 5 took a bit of a step back from the larger conflict and took time to delve into the more mundane everyday goings on of the SDS group. Everyone has been kinda doing their own thing, and it shows now that they’re being forced to act as a team. Sometimes the biggest obstacle isn’t an external force, but an internal one and the SDS team is learning that first hand.
I’ll be back next week with another Revisions review, but in the meantime, be sure to check out MANGA.TOKYO’s other amazing Winter 2019 reviews!!
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