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Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai Episode 9
This week’s episode really made me feel like I had missed an episode or wasn’t paying enough attention in a previous episode. I think the larger political conflict centering around Julia and Isao works for the most part, but this whole thing with the Yufang and holes was a bit jarring. I’ll be curious to see which one ultimately takes focus in the end, but I find myself mostly confused for now.
From a casual perspective, this episode was entertaining to watch. We get to see parts of the girls’ lives outside of Kotobuki, which I think adds to their characters. It would have been nice to get some more context, but I’d say it works for now.
I guess this could be seen as an explanation for Emma’s distaste for sky pirates. I can see her projecting her parents’ gullibility on to people who swindle others for a living. If so, that’s an insanely roundabout way to introduce her, though. Everyone else got their own episode and everything.
It’s hard to take this subplot seriously, since we only get hints of the details. I get that Isao seems to be increasing restrictions on pilots, and Julia works against that, I suppose. It’s just a bit difficult to see the big picture. From this week’s episode, we seem to be getting a sense that Isao is not to be trusted, despite his cheery demeanor. However, I don’t think he’s done enough to convince me that he’s a good villain.
So…did I miss something about the Yufang? I was expecting some kind of secret society, but this episode made it sound like it’s an entirely different world. Did the Yufang people use the holes to invade the world and leave it in its current state? I’d love to get a better sense of the world the series is trying to build.
Given how grim Madame seems throughout the episode, I was honestly expecting some kind of dramatic moment where Reona ends up quitting the squad. She seems to be making a hard case that the girls will need to decide how to proceed as the Kotobuki squad given the upcoming regulation changes.