Another season 2 announcement!
Sidonia no Kishi Episode 12 Review
Knights of Sidonia Episode 12 Review
The announcement of a season 2 for Sidonia no Kishi is probably one many have been waiting for. It’s actually quite something to see many series get confirmations for second seasons. Examples include, Non Non Biyori, Kiniro Mosaic, OreGairu, High School DxD (though that’s a third season), Gundam Build Fighters, and more. I’m glad to see that there’s more to come for every single one of these series because there’s a lot left to see for each. But let’s look at the present for now. Did Sidonia no Kishi do a good job this season?
Sidonia no Kishi Episode 12 Impressions
Man, the CGI really does this anime justice when it comes to the fight scenes. Although the frame rate is still not where I’d like it to be as it’s very low at times, some of the slow-motion parts where Benisuzume gets close for an attack are very impressive to see. It certainly would not have been possible budget-wise with normal animations. Though, it’d be nice if they touched up¬†the asteroids as they look very out of place and distract me from watching the fight scene properly. Other than that, I’m very happy with how the fights translated into anime format with how the fight scenes are choreographed so nicely. On that note, let’s talk about how the anime compares to the manga without spoiling things. I did read pretty far into what season 2 will eventually cover, and some choices, like how the fight with Benisuzume ended, made me feel a bit uneasy because the manga deals with it differently. What I assume will happen is that in the first episode of the second season, or maybe when another battle happens, they’ll go back to the time this episode took place and expand upon it further. I suppose it’s more of a time issue and they didn’t want to rush the rest of the scenes, but then again, what they skipped was arguably more important than the majority of the episode. Moreover, it’s not just about consistency. If anime-only viewers saw everything play out the way it did in the manga, they would probably be more excited for the second season as well. But if you’re an anime-only viewer, you won’t really have much of a problem at all with how the anime played out because you’re unaware of what it skipped, and the adaptation is still well done.
Sidonia no Kishi has been an anime that I looked forward to week to week. However, it has never been a show that I¬†greatly looked forward to every week. The setting, premise, fights, Gauna, and sci-fi elements all intrigued me. It started off as something that reminded me of Shingeki no Kyojin, but it’s been clear for quite some time that the two¬†are reasonably different. There’s something that’s bothered me for some time though. While it does sci-fi well, it just feels like everything it’s doing, and everything it is has been done somewhere else before. The show as a whole feels generic in almost all aspects except for the animations and sound. It’s not the case that a show needs to be original in order to be great. A show could do typical things excellently, and turn out fantastic. The problem is when a show is generic in many ways and doesn’t excel in any of them. If a generic show is to be good, then it cannot be satisfied with merely doing everything decently whereas a more¬†original one could.¬†This is because generic shows are, well, generic. What they do¬†has been done before many times, and we should expect more¬†as a result. For me, Sidonia no Kishi simply didn’t go above and beyond in most areas. The acceleration event back in episode 4 was an example of something that was a bit original in the sci-fi genre in anime. It showed the situation humanity was in, and to what lengths they have to go in order to survive while doing it in a way you don’t see often in anime. Aside from that, the fact that Gauna are smarter than the characters thought they were, the powerful pilot Nagate, the multitude of deaths of side-characters that seem to add tension when in fact you know that the main pilots will probably be fine, and so on all feel like things I’ve seen done before to more or less the same quality.
Nevertheless, what’s shown in this season doesn’t necessarily entail that the sequel will be the same as this one. What do I think now that I’ve read more of the manga? Do I think it becomes more original or that it does its generic parts with more competence? Well, it’s a bit of both. Things get more interesting because of the last thing you see. Yes, that Gauna that said “Tanikaze” is what I’m talking about. The addition of that… character (I guess I’ll call it that) adds some much needed sweetness to the story. It helps let Nagate be a bit more developed than he currently is as well which is very much needed since he still needs a good amount of character development. The whole ordeal with the Gauna, what they really are, and the sci-fi mysteries also become increasingly more fascinating¬†as the series progresses. Ochiai, the “great power” that Kunato was interested some episodes back, and things like that become more important in driving the story forward. I haven’t read up until the latest chapter, but I think that if it continues to advance at the pace that it is, it will no longer be as generic in certain areas because it will eventually progress beyond points other shows and manga have¬†covered¬†in the same genres. It’s when I see this beginning to happen¬†that I find myself appreciating a lot more of what Sidonia no Kishi has to offer. This is the type of show that gets more interesting as it progresses since there’s almost an unlimited amount of things to explore all with great potential. If you’re an anime-only viewer, you’ll get to see some of it next season provided that it goes with the same chapter per episode pacing as this season. In the end, while this season may not have astounded me, it’s still decently done, and by the looks of things, it’ll only get better from here on out. While I wait, I’ll just go back to reading some more of the manga.