Coppelion: Episode 12 – “Promise”

Coppelion is an anime set in a postapocalyptic setting, where a disaster has taken place in the capital and the people had to be evacuated. Genetically engineered children called Coppelion were created; they were born with a strong resistance to the environment so they can walk through the capital in order to look for any survivors. The Coppelion attend the National Defense Academy technical school, hence why you tend to see them dressed in school uniforms while out on missions.

The first part of the episode focuses on Ibara, Aoi, Ibuki’s husband, and No-Sense as they’re waiting at the train station for the train to arrive. Unfortunately, the Ozu Sisters find them and a battle breaks out. It gets pretty tense when the train arrives and the battle is going on, but they are able to make it onto the train and head on their way.

Once they’re on the train, the focus changes to the tenseness of whether or not they’ll be able to make it through the Zone and out of the Old Capital. Ibara volunteers to drive the train so the humans can get into the shelter and be safe, but right after, she learns about what happened to Haruto. She ends up being filled with grief, and Aoi has to give her a pep talk in order to get her to ease the grief enough so she can get to the controls of the train in time. The train makes it out of the Old Capital safely, and it looks like everything will be fine; however, something unexpected happens at the end of the episode that could put everyone on the train in jeopardy.

While this is going on, Taeko is trying to help Ibuki deliver her baby, with guidance from Granny Ayame through the communicator. Rather quickly, Granny Ayame is able to discern that the umbilical cord is wrapped around the baby’s neck and that the baby is near suffocation. Granny Ayame says a Caesarean section need to be done, but since Taeko has never done one before, she is told that she will have to decide whether she will save Ibuki’s life or the baby’s life. Taeko finds herself having to try to make this tough decision.

This episode of Coppelion raises some questions that make the viewer think about them and the consequences of what any of the potential answers to these questions are.

The episode was almost as tense as episode 11 had been, although once the train made it out of the Old Capital and was declared safe, I thought some of the worst was over. The unexpected happening at the end was a bit unexpected for me as a viewer, and I thought I was almost as caught off-guard as the characters were.

At this point, there are only two plot points that are still outstanding: if the train will be able to make it safely to its intended destination and what will happen with the delivery of Ibuki’s baby. According to the preview for episode 13, it will indeed be the final episode of the series; therefore, these questions should hopefully be answered before that episode ends.

At this point, I’m really looking forward to watching the show next week in order to see how the story of Coppelion will come to an end.

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