Posted by psgels on 11 January 2007 with categories: Soukou no Strain

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And finally, Soukou no Strain continues after its new years break. This episode was all about Ralph and Emily. It explains why Ralph did what he did, and the secret behind Emily. Ralph also did something incredibly reckless. Especially Ralph and Emily’s backgrounds were very interesting to see.

Again, with this being the raw version, I didn’t manage to pick up everything. What I think happened was that there once was an alien race, aka Emily. It consisted out of a number of girls which were exactly alike, and basically, they were all linked with each other. (As in, when one feels pain, the others do as well). This explains why Emily felt the same as Emily.

Anyway, the Emilies were quite advanced, as they had the technology to build spaceships. Then, at one point, they were discovered by the humans. Since humanity is evil, it realized the potential of the Emilies, and started to experiment with them. If I’m not mistaken, it’s because of them that people were able to build Mimics. In the end, the Emilies were totally controlled, and used to power certain variations of Strains. I’m not sure why this ended up to be Ralphs enemy, but the fact remains that he was sent on a mission to defeat an enemy base, full of these sorts of Strain-like things. Obvioulsy, he knew nothing about it, and when he found out, the shock drove him crazy.

It seems that all of the Emilies were there, killed by Ralph, except for two of them. One Emily was being stored in the school we found Sara in during the first episode. The second one had her mind transferred in a mimic, to later become the doll Emily. Her purpose was forgotten, and she was discarded as a useless Mimic. For some reason, she ended up on the same spaceship Sara was in. When Ralph killed the last one of the alternative Strains, it broke and revealed the girl. She begged him to save one of their remaining sisters, aka the Emily on earth. I’m not sure what he did after that, but it made him end up with Deague. If I had to guess, it was to get his hands on a special type of Strain which would make it possible to attack the place where Emily was kept. What Deague gained from it still beats me.

In any case, Ralph went to rescue Emily, with perhaps a bit extreme methods. He had been so emotionally wrecked that he stopped caring for human life, other than that of Emily. We see that during this episode as well, when he’s even starting to get problems not killing Emily herself. Still, I’m not yet sure what was behind his attacks in the third and fourth episode. Based on the later episodes, he didn’t know that Emily was so special, otherwise he would have just taken her in episode 8. Also, what are these goals he’s been after that required such intricate planning? Is he planning to destroy humanity because of the things they did to Emily? (I hope not, by the way)

In any case, in this episode, something similar happens when Melchisidec starts experimenting on the Mimic-Emily. Of course, this would evoke bad emotions with Ralph’s Emily, so she starts begging for him to save her. In the end, he kills off the entire crew of Deague. Quite reckless indeed. He’ll be screwed if some technical failures suddenly turn up.

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  1. Sonhex says:

    Ralph slaughtering the Deague crew; I didn’t see that coming. I admire Strain’s ability to be totally unpredictable. The alien brain, or rather the eyes, really freaked me out…

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  • afgm
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:30 PM)
    Where is all of this information coming from, btw? Does anyone here actually have primary sources for their claims? Or is this all speculation.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:27 PM)
    @Ninja: no they didn’t care as much in Africa since the environmental condition/resource balance was tipped in disfavor. Places like Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire and Aouth Africa that were good for colonizations were pretty much settled with little resistance.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:23 PM)
    @Bam Although on the subject of weaponry an interesting distinction there is that while the stone and wood weapons used by the Indigenous Americans were extremely effective against soft targets, they had a tough time against European Armor. African Iron spears had no such problem, and the reason for that will be obvious to anyone who has handled iron.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:20 PM)
    @Bam Yeah we both mentioned weapons and decided that wasn’t the decisive factor. In Africa, you had European forces with breech-loading rifles and flamethrowers (and later even more devastating firepower) going against indigenous forces who were armed with spears and muskets at best and because of environmental factors, the Europeans were never able to gain more than a tenuous upper hand.
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:17 PM)
    The weapons are something I already talked about btw a half hour ago
  • Vincent
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:16 PM)
    @Bam Guns and cannons are fine, but they aren’t tanks or sub machine guns. The sheer number of Inca indians could have easily overwhelmed the Spanish had the rival Indian factions not betrayed their own country.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:13 PM)
    @Ninja: each case happens to be vastly different m8, as both the nature and form of the forces that went to Africa versus the Americas were quite different then eachother. South and Central America just had better natural habitats for colonialisation, so they set-up shop to a much bigger degree.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:06 PM)
    I think you’re all forgetting the decisiveness of guns and canons against primitive weaponry, That in conjunction with civil unrest and famine pretty much became their undoing.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:05 PM)
    And for the record, I am very much opposed to Colonialism personally.
  • ninjarealist
    (Friday, Oct 24. 2014 10:05 PM)
    @I mean, most of the countries in the Americas are essentially European. In Africa, the Europeans have merely left a bitter footprint. You see a similar pattern when you compare South/Central Asia to Oceania. The Europeans did succeed in almost completely annihilating certain Oceanic cultures, but in South/Central Asia, attempts at European Colonialism were doomed from the start.

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