Considering how dissapointing last week’s ep was, does Coppelion still have a chance at striking post-apocalyptic gold? …No, but it at least has the chance to strike bronze.
So the girls manage to track down the supplier of both the advanced suits and food supplies to remaining survivors. While initially held in suspicion, the SDF recognize him by the symbol on his keychain: tiger stripes and 3 stars. His name is Denjiro Shiba, and he was responsible for building the power plant at the request of Tokyo government actions. And while he’s prepared to turn himself, one remaining survivor gets attacked by an unknown group while avoiding radiation sites. From here on out, it’s up to the Coppelion to save the day.
For the most part, the melodrama remains the same. However it’s the context of the backstory that makes it more acceptable. Denjiro has a completely understandeable reason for staying behind, as he’s responsible for building the defective power plant and is the only one knowledgeable enough to try saving those left behind. As such, his issue links directly with details on the Coppelions(powers, cell structure, etc) and hints at further details in the story, something that the story of the Convicts failed to do.
Even the victim has a more empathetic reason for staying in this disaster. During the nuclear accident, families were scared enough to abandon any weak ties, including the elderly. Unlike the convicts, these people had very little choice in staying behind, and it’s much easier to empathize with those seeking a new life. There’s also the fact that for once, there is a genuine threat to our 3 mutants. They are well-armed and powerful enough to pose a threat to the SDF, even if it’s only one plane. So thank god Ibara can hold her own in a firefight.
This ep didn’t really save the show for me. In fact it’s firmly established the flaws it’ll keep for the future. But it does give more relevant commentary and intrigue than before. And with Ibara now holding a Rocket Launcher to chase the B-2 Bomber, it’s safe to say we’ll get something exciting to look at now.