Well, that’s certainly one word for it.
This episode focuses on the conference between De Metrio and Le Garite before the official galactic conference. I hadn’t realized that these were two separate events, but Dizelmine says, “I’ll see you at the Galactic Conference” before leaving, so I feel safe in assuming that there’s another bigger, higher stakes meeting that’ll be coming up sometime in the future. That said, I feel like this episode was just kind of treading water. We didn’t really gain much new information or really figure out why Dizelmine is so hellbent on destroying De Metrio.
I kind of want to smack around all the females in this show; Asteria, who is usually the level-headed character, decides that the best place for Dizelmine and Villagulio to talk is trapped in an elevator. Classy. Rather predictably, it comes to light that the two of them were in school together and used to be relatively close, but something came between them and severed that bond (we’re not sure what happened at this point). It was interesting to see them interacting, but it was the kind of convoluted pleasantries that just eat up time and don’t really bring much to light. The only thing we really learned is that Madoka is the pilot Dizelmine wants to use to destroy De Metrio (surprise, surprise).
The one bit of information we get regards Yurikano and she’s the reason she’s with Dizelmine instead of Villaguilio. Apparently Dizelmine rescued her from space and when she finally recovered, she had a serious case of amnesia and had regressed to the personality she had as a young girl. I’m glad we have at least some explanation as to the difference between the calm and mature girl Madoka met at the end of the last season and the spastic, whiny girl we see crashing the meeting.
It’s blatantly obvious that she’s Dizelmine’s ace in the hole, and Villagulio is absolutely furious, and rightly so. She’s the princess of his planet and his little sister, thought to be dead for years. It takes a special kind of asshole to keep her sequestered away for all that time and not even let him know that she’s okay. After the incidents in the cockpit, Madoka wants to figure out what Yurikano’s deal is, so she and the other girls head to the Le Garite ship to get some answers. This is one instance in which I can’t blame them for taking matters in to their own hands; I really want to know what’s going on with her.
So while this episode wasn’t a total bust, the pacing was just incredibly sluggish and I felt like the entire point of the conference was to get Yurikano out in the open; this could have been accomplished in a number of ways that wasn’t so tedious. I’m not going to give this a super low score because Yurikano fascinates me, and I’m looking forward to next week just so I can figure out what her problem is.
GO Rating: 3/5