In Planet With episode 5, "Paladin Break 1," the old man Takezou Ryuuzouji shares the shocking origin story of Takashi Ryuuzouji with an incredulous Yousuke Hitsujitani -- or does he? Souya Kuroi tells his friend Nozomi Takamagahara that he's an alien from Sirius, and she believes him. Or does she? The Nebula Sealing Faction kicks their assault up a notch with a one-two punch that forces Souya and Sensei to get involved. But that angers Takezou, who's way more dangerous than he let on. At the same time, the Sealing Faction's leader launches his own attack on Takashi -- with a surprise pilot! Will either Ryuuzouji or Souya survive these fights? Or will the Sealing Faction's Plan succeed -- meaning that human progress slams to a halt? Forever?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
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3 Favorite Moments
Ginko Kuroi wasn't lying when she said that the Sealing Faction's weapon wouldn't kill Seigi Nezuya in the previous episode. Although it does appear that she wasn't telling the whole truth. Souya's feeling enough guilt because the school club he just began to enjoy may have to shut down. The club President bemoaned the damage that the rampaging Grand Paladin had inflicted on the town last week, and she's afraid the town might be evacuated. That would mean their school would be closed! So, already burdened with that guilt (because Souya seems to blame himself), Souya wasn't prepared for Seigi's arrival. Remember how we last saw him unconscious? Well, he's conscious again, but he's drastically changed (4:43). He used to be bombastic and over the top. Now, he's calm and collected -- and unenthusiastic about everything. As Ginko explains later, the Sealing Faction's weapon fills the longings in the human heart, which in turn makes humans complacent. In effect, it halts their evolution. I'm not sure whether that's better than dying or not! I thought Souya was depressed before Seigi arrived, but he borders on despondent after this! Planet With is doing a great job of getting Souya into a tree and throwing rocks at him!
Nozomi has been kind to Souya since we first met her. She's also shown herself to be bright and perceptive, and in this episode, she used those traits to trick Souya into revealing that he had regained his memories (5:54). Poor Souya -- he tried to dissemble, but a) he's terrible at it and b) she's joyously tenacious! He finally panics and tries to run (with the most awkward stride I've ever seen -- 6:47 -- is he trying to mimic QWOP?)! My second favorite moment is when she realizes that she might have upset him (well, he was running away) so she sprints after him, catches up to him, and performs a from-behind tackle that would make an NFL defensive player proud (6:59)! What followed was a touchingly awkward conversation where neither knew exactly what to say, where Souya confessed that he was actually an alien, and where they agreed to treat it like a joke (interesting counter point to Takezou saying he'd made up the story about his son the Director being an alien...). Neither of them knowing how to say goodbye was so sweet... It was almost too realistic!
"The rental period on my secretary is up, Takashi..." the Generalissimo of the Sealing Faction tells the Grand Paladin director. Just as Ginko has to translate Sensei, so Kogane Shiraishi had to translate for the dog creature (21:02). So we now know that what we suspected back in episode 3 was true -- namely, that those Kogane's glasses reflecting the light during Sensei's meeting with the Generalissimo! She is, in fact, the Generalissimo's secretary. What I wasn't expecting, and what's my third favorite moment, is that we find out Kogane is a pilot, just like Souya (21:40). And she had a way snazzier flight suit than Souya does! To top it off, she enters the cockpit the same way that Souya has to: the Generalissimo seems to swallow her! That has got to be the most unusual way I've ever seen to mount a mech!
Will poor Souya ever get to eat any meat? The poor guy had to settle for daikon radish steak in this episode (1:05)! It makes me wonder if there is something thematic going on with the consumption of meat -- just look at how much meat Takezou puts away!
Did you catch that the young man Souya saw run off to defend Sirius against the dragon (in one of the first scenes back in episode 1) was his brother? I think they made it pretty clear in this episode, and I don't remember seeing it before. But heaven knows it's possible I missed it!
Goodness, this episode was packed with details, any one of which could have made my top three moments!
- Nozomi and Ginko telling Souya he was a hero who had protected the town
- The Sealing Faction's escalating assault
- The triple attacks of plenty of meat, beautiful young women, and wine against Takezou -- and how he handled it
- Takezou staying with Grand Paladin just to support his son
- Kogane's outfit reveal and the Sealing Faction leader's becoming a mech just like Sensei
This episode had more going on than some series' entire first cour! And yet, at least to me, it never felt rushed or contrived. It just flowed!
Beyond moments, there's just so much about this show that I enjoy. Take, for example, the similarities of the technology between the Nebula Sealing and Pacifist Factions. Sensei and Generalissimo lead their respective faction, and they also turn into mechs in about the same way. They share visual similarities, especially around the eyes. I'm thrilled with little details like that. They make the world feel that much more cohesive and realistic, and that provides a compelling framework for the characters.
With all of the anime goodness the series has shown in the first five episodes, I'm tempted to voice a concern that I don't see how it could possibly keep up this level for another seven episodes. But you know what? I'm going to shove that negativity aside and instead say that I'm looking forward to seeing how they top themselves. They've certainly build a solid foundation!
What did you think of the reveals in this episode? What were your favorite moments? Let me know in the comments!
Other Posts of Interest
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- Reddit Discussion of Planet With Episode 5
- The Anime Rambler - By Benigmatica: Planet With Episode #5
- Lost in Anime: Planet With - 05
- Marth's Anime Blog: Planet With Episode 5: Changing Sides