Who would have thought we'd see a Hideauze cameo in Majestic Prince?
space squid). That's not really surprising given that mecha anime is a pretty insular world in terms of intellectual content, and the question of free will is at the heart of so many series. Again we see the idea of clone soldiers - this time in the wreckage of a Wulgaru ship that's crashed on Mars. Daneel leads the bunny pack on a mission to infiltrate the wreck and discover everything they can before it succumbs to deterioration or plummets into the ravine whose edge it's perilously clinging to. Inside the ship are Wulgaru "foot soldiers" - clones supposedly lacking in any free will, who cannot act without the presence of a "cartridge" and will die as soon as it runs out of them.
Giuliano calling her "Koneko" (Kitten) - but it doesn't play as cruel or mocking on his part, but kind. More than any mecha show in recent memory I think Majestic Prince wears a genuine and heartfelt compassion for its child soldiers on its sleeve - it's plain in the actions and even the faces of the adults decent enough to feel shame over what they do in the name of preserving humanity. This theme is the core of mecha anime if any is - yet it's rarely as emotionally open as it it here. Yet again I see a similarity to Symphogear, whose point of view clearly expressed a transparent and occasionally sloppy affection and sympathy for the mahou shoujo in its cast.
Daneel memorizes from the Wulgaru ship is surely going to prove vital to developments in the coming weeks.