Captain Earth: Episode 4 – “Assault of the Planetary Gear”

Captain Earth focuses on Daichi Manatsu, who stumbles into a secret organization when he returns to Tanegashima after being gone for several years. He had made friends with a boy named Teppei when he was younger, but had no idea that Teppei was part of this organization. It turns out that Daichi’s father, who died when he was younger, also had ties to this organization. Near the end of the first episode, he makes it into the organization’s headquarters, and is given a gun by a scientist named Peter Westvillage, which allows him to pilot a mecha known as the Earth Engine.

In Episode Four, we see that Amarok, the blue-haired Kiltgang, tells his partner Malkin about Albion appearing and interfering with him as he attacked the Earth Engine. They decide they need to go check this out.

Meanwhile, in the wake of Teppei and Hana saving Daichi with a Machine Goodfellow, the two are taken in for various evaluations. While talking with Teppei, Peter reveals that the Machine Goodfellow that Teppei used had been secretly taken during the Kanda incident, at the same time as Teppei because the unit recognized Teppei personally. Peter then drops a bombshell: he suspects that Teppei is a Kiltgang. Teppei neither confirms nor denies Peter’s hypothesis. Tsutomu declares that the information about Teppei being a Kiltgang will be classified top-secret, and that also goes for headquarters.

Amarok and Malkin arrive on the island in a food truck, posing as crepe sellers. Daichi and Akari happen to come by and purchase crepes from Malkin. Pitz, who is riding on Akari’s shoulder, suspects something is amiss with Malkin.

Daichi goes to visit Teppei at Globe’s base; Teppei looks sad and shares his feelings with his friend. Daichi thanks Teppei for saving him; because Teppei surprised him, Daichi gives Teppei the necklace.

Malkin and Amarok arrive at the base in the food truck, and Malkin manages to get a virus into the base’s antipersonnel fortress system in order to shut it off. They make it to where Daichi and Teppei are. The two Kiltgang have a confrontation with Teppei, and it’s revealed that Teppei’s real name is Alaya. Before things can go any further, Tsutomu and some others appear with weapons drawn.

While this is going on, Akari works at clearing the virus out of the system. When she gets rid of the virus, the system comes back on line and begins attacking Amarok and Malkin. They flee, and they escalate the battle outside. In the end, it’s up to Daichi to save the day.

OK, I have to say that I hadn’t seen the “Teppei is really a Kiltgang” twist coming. While I could tell there was something different about him, I hadn’t clued in that he was actually a Kiltgang.

This episode also explains that Hana has an unknown type of organelle in her body that Homo sapiens don’t. The hypothesis is that the energy she used is a variant of the Orgone energy that is stored on the Blume. So there’s also definitely some different about Hana, but I don’t think that she’s also a Kiltgang, especially after seeing the way Pitz reacted around Malkin. However, I’m not sure what exactly the deal with Hana is. I’m hoping that more information will be revealed about Hana as the series progresses.

I was glad to finally have names blatantly stated for the two Kiltgang. I think they may have been said back in Episode One, but because I was so busy trying to figure out what was going on that the names went right by me and were forgotten by the time I watched Episode Two.

Now I’m curious to see how the “Teppei is really a Kiltgang” thread is going to play out. Right now, Daichi still seems to be unaware of this; if Daichi finds out, how will this affect their friendship? And what will happen if headquarters, Salty Dog, or the Ark Faction come across this information? There’s a lot of potential directions that this plot point could go in, and I can’t even begin to predict how this will go.

The story of Captain Earth is unfolding slowly but surely. I’m looking forward to seeing Episode Five in order to find out how the story will continue to progress.

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