I really don’t know how I feel about Akihiro’s brother conveniently showing up right after he tells the story about him. I’d probably be more willing to accept it if you knew from the start that Akihiro had a brother and last week’s episode just happened to be when he told their back story, but it feels like Masahiro literally appeared out of nowhere (Akihiro even forgot about him). But that’s a pretty minor point in the episode. More importantly, Barbatos is back with a moving armory dock as well. While the new weapons are cool and all, what exactly happened to the mace he was using? I didn’t see it in the mobile armor.
Next week’s episode should be another fight against the pirates introduced this week. I’m curious to learn more about this Gusion mobile suit…apparently it’s related to Barbatos somehow. I recall McGillis saying that Barbatos was one of a series of mobiles suits from the Calamity War, so that’s probably the easy explanation for how they’re linked. Given that Takaki barely managed to survive this week and the fact that we’re nearing the halfway point for the series, I’m guessing character death should be expected for next week’s episode. Let’s see how things pan out.