Generation Bleu. What exactly are they? Why do they work independent of the governments to combat the Scub Coral and Secrets? As the Ao and the Triton return to Switzerland to the home of Generation Bleu, we get to see a little more of the operation and people who make Generation Bleu go. But what about Ao? Is this where he belongs, did he make the right choice? This week, the series continues it’s moderate pace as we get to tag along as Ao get familiarized with his new life. Let’s see what interesting tidbits this week has to offer.
Generation Bleu has built a massive complex, as large as a small city, primarily from the material found inside the Scub Coral. Here, operations, maintenance, and other response team live, work, play, and rest. It really reminded me of a renovated version of FAC-51 the abandoned mine that Gekko state landed at in episode 16 in the original series. Especially with the reference to building it from material salvaged from the Scub Coral. IN FAC-51, there were parts and pieces of LFOs embedded into the cavern walls. And what better place to house a paramilitary “rescue” organization than the side of a mountain in the Alps?
As Ao works his way around the base, he encounters another team of pilots. Team Goldilocks are crew members of the ship Medon. All the pilots are middle school aged girls, much the same as Fleur and Elena. After seeing this, it made me wonder. Why does Generation Bleu only allow female pilots? And coincidently, around the same age as Eureka in the original series? Since we learned previously that all IFO’s derive from the Nirvash, and Eureka was it’s pilot 10 years ago, was this a result of that observation? Sadly, this reminds me of Infinite Stratos, where you have a lone male being injected into an elite fraternity of women pilots. Lastly, Goldilocks is a three girl team, while Pied Piper is only two. Was there a third member previously? Is Fleur attitude to Ao a result of something with a past team member?
As with any military type organization, you get subjected to a physical your first day on the job. As the examination progresses, the lab tech has an interesting piece of information. The biological design behind Ao’s eyes are different from ours. He may be able to see wavelengths of light above and below the typical range a human a human can see. Maybe a subtle reference to perception of not only the physical world, but the non-physical as well?
Tighten Up: To get your act together. As the episode title and the definition suggests, this episodes showcases many instances of Ao almost sleep walking through situations. The deer in headlights look, while true to how a kid would act, wont cut it as a member of Generation Bleu. There is a certain level of seriousness usually seen with soldiers, that Ao just doesn’t have. His go with the flow, passive attitude does not fit in with the rest of the crews out combating the Scub Coral. In two separate scenes, Fleur calls him out. She challenges him with a simple “What have you come here for”. Ao is at a crossroads in his life. He left Okinawa for two reasons; to help others by fighting the Secrets, and to find out what happened to his mother. It’s now or never to get it together and start chasing his goals.
And of course, what episode wouldn’t be complete without an anime reference from Elena
The Mark I in Gekko-go colors, and being christened as the Nirvash… now THAT’S fanservice.