Apparently, fun time is over and they have decided to develop a plot. Though it isn't anything original, just the Dogs attacking the Cats.
What They Say
Episode 10: I Came to Get It
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
It's Christmas time (already?), and Elis is excited to learn about Earthlings and their religious beliefs, only to be disappointed when Kio tells her that in Japan, everyone celebrates Christmas, but very few actually follow the religion that gave it birth. As Elis, Kio, Aoi and Manami stroll along a mall all decked out in Christmas decorations, Manami takes the opportunity to urge Aoi to make her move. Christmas is a great time to score relationship points, by giving a gift and doing something special. She notes how Elis and Kio have not made any progress as a couple, so Aoi should take the opportunity to launch an "attack."
Up above on the Cat Mother Ship, the crew is talking about Christmas as well. It appears that they will be allowed to get in on the gift giving and holiday cheer as well, as the Catian Government back at home has passed a special resolution allowing it (they don't normally allow gift giving?). Their little reverie on Christmas and the joy that Santa Claus brings is interrupted, however, by an attack by the Dogisians: while the Dogs cannot operate openly, they have dirty tricks available to them, such as launching obsolete human satellites at the Catian ship. They do not present much of a threat, but they still are annoying. Having dispensed with the primitive attack, the Captain, Kuune, announces that she is going down to Earth, as she's been invited to Kio's house for a special Christmas meal. She's also planning on bringing Kio a nice present.
And so, Kuune gets to pig out on Japanese food, squealing (mewling?) in delight. After the meal, she gives Kio his present, a very handy one, it is: a Catian powered suit, just the thing one could use when in a tight spot. Elis is not really happy about the gift, as she would rather that Kio did not need to arm himself for fighting.
Turning back to Jens, the Dogisian leader, it would appear that she had a somewhat more complex plan in mind, and now she is ready to unleash it, with her sidekick Muttley snickering his agreement. But before we can find out exactly what it is, instead we have to see Manami and Aoi talking yet again about Kio, with Manami urging Aoi to grab her chance, especially when she might have a real shot at getting Kio's affection. Manami gets quite emotional about it, speaking about how you have to act now before it is too late. Of course, we know that Manami is talking more about herself and her own feelings than the situation that Aoi is in. Of course, before we get too attached to this meaningless interlude, suddenly Aoi and Manami are nearly run over by a large truck that was parked down the street. There is no driver, as it is being remotely controlled. The truck rams into Kio's house, and suddenly a group of Assistaroids come out to attack. The heads looks like those of Catian Assistaroids, but the bodies are definitely those of Dogisian robots.
Back in space, the Catian mother ship is also under attack, as swarms of Dogisians Assistaroids have landed on the hull, torn through and are invading the ship. Melwin, using what seems to be some sort of clairvoyance that can search back in time, discovers that the Dog robots were hidden inside of the old satellites that were launched at the Catian ship, and used inertia to carry them to the ship, without the need for power of any sort, which would have shown up on the Catian sensors. The Dogs seem to be aided by talismans, similar to those that Ichika gave to Aoi a few episodes back. One has to wonder whose side she is on.
Things get worse on Earth, as the Dog Assistaroids overrun Kio's house and even attack Captain Kuune, rendering her immobile by injecting her with harmful nanomachines that prevents her from remaining conscious. While Elis fights off the robots that attacked Kuune, the news only gets worse for them when Melwin, the First Officer, left in charge of the mother ship, contacts them (trying to reach the Captain) and reports that the ship, other than the bridge, has been taken over, and the dogs have set the Catian ship onto a crash course with Earth in two weeks. The Cats on the bridge can do nothing about it, and for the moment, neither can Elis, since her own personal ship was also attacked by the Dogisians and is out of action. Things are looking pretty grim, and the Dogisians would appear to be in the driver's seat.
It would seem the production team decided that it was time to introduce an element of danger and excitement into the mix, as the Dogisians launch their most ambition, and potentially lethal, plan yet: an attempt to take over the Catian Mother Ship and kill all of the Catians. On Earth as well, Elis, Kio, Aoi, Manami and Captain Kuune, who is visiting from the main ship, all come under attack from a group of Assistaroids whose heads look like those of Catian Assistaroids, but whose bodies clearly mark them as being something else. Will the Dogs' dastardly plan succeed? Will the Catians be able to counter the attack? Those questions will have to wait until the next episode. For now, we are presented an episode that is both action packed and yet very wordy, as there are long stretches devoted to Manami pushing Aoi yet again to make a move on Kio, along with other bits of exposition. The sudden ramping up of the tension is perhaps welcome in some respects, but is slightly jarring in other ways, as no one had any idea the Dogs had such resources at their disposal.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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