Aldnoah.Zero #09 — It Has Been –0– Days Without a Flashback

August 30th, 2014


I love the month before the end of the season when every single show completely stops trying.


I can actually feel my spleen recoil every time someone says “X years ago” in Japanese at this point. It doesn’t help that it feels like everyone in any piece of Japanese media is incapable of telling a lie unless it’s because they’re insecure and/or self-destructive, so we always end up with these ridiculous bouts of exposition that nobody should believe in the slightest, yet are always taken at one hundred percent face value. And yes, like Tokyo ESP yesterday, the entire first half was utterly wasted everything with nearly three minutes rambling on the kinds of faces people make, so that’s why I spent a paragraph talking about the first 90 seconds. Blogging.

Not much else happened of any note or worth, which is actually kind of impressive considering that they didn’t even bother having Eggboy show up and still managed to just sit around staring into empty space. When part of your direction involves “slow zoom in on dinner,” it should really either be time to reevaluate what you’re doing or make sure that is the most spectacular looking dinner ever. The princess is the super specialist person ever and everyone wants to be like her, whose-his-face is still having his episodic PTSD attacks (now with extended flashbacks!), so on and so forth. The only thing of note was at the very end when Angsty Girl was having a Flashback Angst Attack in the shower and the world’s worst maid walks in to insult her some more, leading to a strangling and crashing, but the princess is obviously not dead, so all I can see this adding is another episode of fighting on the bow of a ship in the ocean while they recover/repair and Angst Girl getting an extra helping of angst. Joy.

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13 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Fellow says:

    Well, the Aldnoah engine did go off, so that’s some evidence for the Hime is Dead camp.

    But yeah, she’ll probably just be alive again next episode due to arbitrary plot convenience.

    • Aroduc says:

      If she really is dead, then the super special ship they’ve spent about 15 minutes over the last few episode gassing on about how special it is and how she is the only possible person who can power it will be a bit more wasted than they already were.

      Or maybe they’ll discover it can also be powered by eggs.
      Or that Eggboy is secretly a lost prince.
      Or he’ll find a button marked “Ignition” and push it to the awe of everyone else.

      All equally probable.

      • algorithm says:

        Or they’ll just stuff her head in a glass tank and use it to power the ship. It worked in Gurren Lagann.

    • Ronin8317 says:

      It will explain how the princess survived the first assassination attempt, and why she doesn’t seem to care about her personal safety.

      But let’s face it, the whole point in the shower scene is to sell BluRay :-P

  • algorithm says:

    You gotta love how MC isn’t an emotionless robot but you need some big sis translator to tell. Also PTSD is all the rage these days. Learning to pilot mecha can be done by playing video games apparently.

    • Ronin8317 says:

      You realize that everything that Inaho’s sister said is.. wrong?

    • Anonymous says:

      More shows will do that soon. Every character will have only one facial expression and a big flashing box will appear to tell you what they’re feeling at that moment.

    • FlameStrike says:

      Eh I was under the impression Angst girl was lying about having no Kat experiance. She’s supposed to be some assassin or something after all.

    • Rhyagelle says:

      They teach mech combat in high school, maybe the games are based on the real controls of the machines, and she is a martian assasin fgs i’m sure she’s been in a simulator at least.

  • anon says:

    She is just Unconscious..

    She must be, to let the Anime alive

  • Haba says:

    Why isn’t anyone asking the important questions?

    Where the hell do they get fresh salad?