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Metallic Rouge Episode 11 – Quick Summary

In Metallic Rouge Episode 11, “Target Planet,” Rouge, Cyan, Naomi, Eden, and Ash approached Venus. On the plus side, they had almost arrived! On the negative side, their enemies had noticed their approach – and had hurled lots of ordnance at them. Can Eden, in his weakened state, navigate through the barrage? If he does, do they stand any hope of infiltrating their enemy’s stronghold? Or will they get help from an unexpected quarter?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from Metallic Rouge Episode 11

Metallic Rouge Episode 11: Naomi is getting better at offering support to Rouge

Naomi offering emotional support? What’s the world coming to? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

I had several contenders for my favorite quote. I settled on one that showcases the banter between Naomi and Rouge. I’m pretty sure that once the series is done, their relationship is what’s going to stick with me.

Well, that and Opera. Opera’s cool. More Opera would be appreciated.

Naomi and Rouge were making their way toward the carnival ship. Rouge suddenly stopped and expressed a worry that without Rouge’s influence, Cyan might do something reckless.

Naomi placed her hand on Rouge’s shoulder and said (12:53), “If she gets reckless, it’s our enemy that’s gonna get roughed up. That’s our Cyan.”

“Good point,” a relieved Rouge answered.

It was nice seeing Naomi offer some emotional support.

Favorite Moment from Metallic Rouge Episode 11

Metallic Rouge Episode 11: Rouge has learned what she thinks is important

Rouge has learned what she believes is important. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: That’s No Moon

If you follow my science fiction writer blog, you know that I’m working on a new trilogy called The Sword of Sirius. I’m almost ready to start writing the third book, which will be called Firebreak. That’s relevant to this blog because the story includes an infiltration subplot – some of the characters have to infiltrate an enemy city. You know, kind of like what Naomi, Rouge, and party had to do in this episode. So, I’ve been thinking a lot about the logistics.

Let me preface what I’m about to say by observing that infiltration scenes are tough. If your enemy has advanced technology, it’s doubly tough. You have to give a lot of thought to how your protagonists could get through the defenses unobserved.

Which was – and I say this with all possible charity in my heart – obviously not something on the minds of Naomi, Rouge, or their friends. 

Metallic Rouge Episode 11: Their landing was not subtle

I think I’d file this under “Not Subtle.” Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

“The Alters and the Puppetmaster are bound to know we’re here,” Naomi said (04:19) after their shuttle left a fiery debris trail as it hurtled itself onto the enemy’s sanctuary. After which they all proceeded to run down the middle of well-lit corridors.

It didn’t so much pierce my suspension of disbelief as run it out of the building and onto the street, where it taunted my gravely wounded suspension of disbelief until it died. There were Xs on its eyes and everything.

Delivery: Rouge Takes Charge

Fortunately, I’m here for the characters. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t even care that they tried to sneak through the facility with the subtlety of an O class star because of moments like my favorite one from this episode.

Rouge has come a long way since we met her in the first episode. She’s more self-assured now. She has shown signs of thinking strategically, too. As she and Naomi raced toward the carnival ship, Rouge said that first, they should find the device related to the Eve Code.

Naomi was surprised and said so. She expected Rouge to go after Gene, her brother, first. Hiding within conveniently placed alcoves, Rouge explained that Gene’s wish was to stop Silvia and her crew. More importantly, she intended to protect the freedom of both humans and Neans.

“I’m going to see that wish through,” she told Naomi (14:52). She spoke with conviction.

“I see,” Naomi replied. “I like that look on your face.”

Metallic Rouge Episode 11: Naomi felt proud of Rouge

Naomi seemed kind of proud of Rouge. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

“Much obliged!” Rouge said as she led the way to the ship.

It’s not a huge, dramatic moment. It’s not a pinnacle of action. But it’s the culmination of Rouge’s emotional journey. Whatever cold observations I might have about the plot, I can still acknowledge a satisfying character arc when I experience it. And I found Rouge’s journey (at least so far!) to be very satisfying.

What did you think of what Puppeteer did to Cyan? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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4 thoughts on “Metallic Rouge Episode 11: Favorites

  1. So, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Jungheart survived and is the Puppetmaster. I can imagine that his goal is obviously not to free the Neans, but to take permanent control of them himself. Cyan was probably copied from Rouge for that purpose. Exactly why Silvia and the Alters are able to work with him with that in mind, I have no idea. But, then, I have no idea about most any of this. What really blew *my* suspension of disbelief out of the water was the whole thing where Gene and the Nine are family – right down to one of them being his father, it would seem – which does not really line up with how the story began, ya know? It’s like in Final Fantasy 8, when the playable characters all coincidentally grew up in the same orphanage whose matron became the Sorceress, and only one of them had any memory of it. It’s ridiculous.

    1. I like your Jungheart theory. I keep hoping Opera’s a “good guy,” but it doesn’t look like that’s going to pan out.

      Eden being Gene’s father is, well, confusing. I’m past the point where any considerations like that bother me. I’ve decided I’m along for the spectacle, and I’m getting plenty of that. On the other hand, I admit to a secret hope that they’ll drop some plot rosetta stone and bring everything together!

      Which would be cool!

      But… I guess we’ll see!

  2. Metallic Rouge seems like an awesome anime, although I have never seen this anime, it is an anime I will add to my backlog and give it a go when I get some time. And a pretty good blog post.

    1. Thanks!

      I hope you enjoy it. It’s one of those shows that’s trying very hard to be something unique. I like that! I can’t always follow that, but it I work with it and let it just be whatever it wants to be, I have a lot of fun watching it.

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