Captain Earth: Episode 7 – “Our way.”

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.

Episode Seven opens with an explanation about the designer children and Kiltgang. It turns out that Amarok and Malkin are also designer children, and that when they or Teppei use a Machine Goodfellow, they become Kiltgang. Finally! This is the explanation I’ve been waiting for! Now I have a better understanding of Amarok and Malkin, but I do wish it hadn’t taken seven episodes to get to this point.

Meanwhile, Daichi, Teppei, Hana, and Akari are hanging out, eating watermelon, and talking. As they talk, Pitz suddenly starts acting up. Hana is able to understand Pitz and can tell that something’s wrong. They report to Tsutomu and the others at Globe, with Hana saying that Pitz told her that the Kiltgang are going to act soon. At first they don’t believe her, but when Malkin arrives in her mecha, they know something is indeed going on. Daichi, meanwhile, is standing by in the Earth Engine’s cockpit. While Tsutomu argues with Daichi, it comes out that headquarters ordered for Daichi to undergo Earth Driver training and that he has been doing it for a while. Daichi takes off in the Earth Engine, and it turns out that Amarok also arrives.

Hana tries to get Teppei to go to the Machine Goodfellow but he refuses to, because he’s afraid that he won’t stay who he is. His mind is changed when Akari slaps Teppei across the face and she has some words for him.

Just as it seems Daichi’s had it, Teppei arrives on the scene to help him out. It turns out that some surprising things happen during the battle, and the episode ends with the four teenagers becoming the Midsummer’s Knights, the Tanegashima base’s independent attack force.

From seeing the preview for Episode Eight, it appears that the first seven episodes were designed to establish the premise and elements of the series and that Episode Eight will finally get the main story in motion. In some instances, it felt like this establishment ran a little on the long side and had some confusion surrounding it. Fortunately, I’m a patient person and was able to wait it out to this point. If I wasn’t, I might have dropped Captain Earth before this point.

I was glad to finally get all the pieces I needed to understand what was going on with the Kiltgang. However, I wish it didn’t have to take seven episodes to get that understanding. It was also made clear early on in this episode just how much deception has been going on between the various groups of the antagonists in the series.

Now that the various elements of the series seem to have finally been established, I hope the rest of the series will truly progress the story and be an enjoyable viewing experience.

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