The princess is alive? I take back what I said about the previous episode, this was unwanted drama between teenagers– haven’t we seen this all too well before? Rayet tries to kill herself, and the princess does everything she can to save the young woman who just tried to kill her? None of this makes much sense, but that tensions are very high. Something that Urobuchi sure knows how to handle, but they should have at least killed her off to push the Terrans into trying something new without the Aldnoah Drive’s activation key in place.
This episode however did point something out clearly for me– Slaine is the most important character of this show right now. He wants to save Asseylum from any sort of danger whether its Terran or Martian and yet he sees the honest betrayal from Saazbaum after he killed Cruhteo. He can pick either side based on the intentions of his admiration for the Princess. Redemption would probably best fit his character here and that makes him very important between the two races. Not only that but the very end was much better than the rest of this episode in that Count Saazbaum repays his debt to Slaine’s father by releasing him. You can very much see the amount of loyalty and trust the Vers Empire has put into place as we also saw this with Count Cruhteo’s loyalty towards the Vers family. I’m intrigued by how the Tharsis was out of commission, and no one could pilot it without an activation switch. Was this foreshadow that Slaine might pilot Count Cruhteo’s beloved Kataphrakt later on?
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 5/10