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 6, we see that Malkin and Amarok have a relationship with CEO Kube, but he refers to them as Moco and Amara. They are working as special test pilots for him. I have to admit that I was confused for a bit of episode, because they were depicted as being Kiltgang, who are aliens. Later, we see Malkin and Amarok hack their way into the room where Puck, CEO Kube’s computer, resides. It turns out Puck has a connection with Malkin and Amarok, and that Puck is disguising himself as a useful tool for CEO Kube. We also learn that CEO Kube is using the Kivotos Plan as his way to create a utopia with the people he has chosen.
This episode also provides more information for both Teppei and Hana. We learn that Teppei is a Planetary Gear, and that he’s constructed from a material called Ego Blocks which are crystallized and digitized souls.
Meanwhile, we learn that Hana is not a Planetary Gear and does not have an Ego Block body. She was created as a tool to fire the Livlaster; however, she couldn’t do it. She was originally in a world where everything was veiled in darkness; one day, she saw a light and heard a voice calling to her, and she wanted to meet the person calling to her. That’s how she ended up on the island.
Daichi’s uncle, Toshiaki, comes to the island to try to convince Daichi to come home. As they talk, Hana is taken hostage by the guy from Salty Dog who had been her keeper. Pitz is able to let Daichi know about what’s going on, and Daichi tries to save Hana…
This episode was filled with a lot of exposition, and not much in the way of action to propel the story forward. The most action that seemed to be in this episode was when Hana was taken hostage and Daichi tried to save her near the end of the episode.
The exposition is important, and I thought it really helped me to better understand a little more about the protagonists in the series. There was also exposition for the antagonists, but after getting this exposition, I still feel like I don’t truly have anywhere near a clear picture of who they are and how they relate to each other. About the only thing that was made clear to me for the antagonists is what their motivations are. Outside of that, though, I’m still feeling a bit lost and confused in regards to the antagonists.
Captain Earth has an interesting premise and I like the characters, but I wish I wasn’t still feeling like I don’t know or understand much about the antagonists at the end of the sixth episode. As I understand it, this series is supposed to have 25 episodes, so that could be playing a part as to why it feels like the exposition of the series is taking so long. I’ll keep going with Captain Earth, and I hope that the antagonists will become clearer over the next few episodes.
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