Truth has left, and life at Generation Bleu is returning to normal. Much to the frustration of Ao, they wont be chasing after him to find Naru, and figure out what Truth really is. Thankfully this week, the writing and directing decided to keep th focus narrow. And interestingly enough, we get to see just how our young pilots family’s, and especially their fathers, play into who they are and why they do what they do.
As a result of Ao trying to run off to find Naru, he get’s himself in a little bit of hot water. While being chastised, President Blanc comes down for a personal visit. While determining Ao’s punishment, he refers to Ao as one of his children. This brings a surprised look on Ao’s face, as well as a bit of jealousy and frustration from Fleur. As we know nothing about Ao’s father, what would this mean to him to have another pseudo father figure in his life, along with Ivica?
In the meantime, the team is ordered to the Middle East to destroy a secret and deactivate a Scub Coral. As politics delay their attempt at stopping the secret, Fleur and Ao get some time to talk family. Here, we learn a little something about the each of them and their relationships to the their fathers. As expected, Fleur’s relationship is strained. And more than just because she’s the president’s daughter. When she was young, her father had to choose between saving her, and the wife/mother. And he chose to save Fleur. As is the typical meme, Fleur is upset that he did save her mother. Honestly, as sad as I would be, I’d be happy to be alive. As for Ao, he hates his father. What? So does he actually know his father? and why no mention or picture of him to this point?
What I’ve seen building until now, with this episode reinforcing it, is a strong sense of family, and family bonds. There is a constant struggle between the ‘children’, and their parents. We have Gazelle and his dad at odds, Fleur rebelling, Ao with a hatred of his, and people like Ivica and President Blanc acting as pseudo parent. It will be interesting to see where this theme of family will go.
As strong as the family theme was, let’s look at the Secret this week. Every week, I keep getting this Evangelion vibe every time a secret comes crashing through the scenery, looking for a Scub Coral burst. But the one interesting fact they through out at us this week is that the Scub Coral bursts, and secrets, have existed for hundreds of years. And, not every secret is unique each time. This weeks secret was first spotted in the 1700’s. So what are they? How long have the cycle of burst and Secret taken place? And if fusion blast follows when a Secret reaches a burst, what is the world landscape like after all this time?
LOL lightning and geopolitics aside, I enjoyed how these kids found their “victory” over their fathers. Still, where the fuck is Renton? I sure wish he’s not in some weird Adroc space or some shit.