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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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 03:32 PM)
    @Firechick,
    Shion no Ou, Rurouni Kenshin trust and betrayel, Simoun, Higurashi, Jigoku Shoujo(Hell Girl)
    They got some damn good titles under there belt but the minute your bring up there name it’s always back to Umineko and fate/stay night and how they were butchered.
  • Firechick
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 03:04 PM)
    Yeah, Deen has its problems, but they’re not bad. Two of their anime happen to be on my top favorites list. Also, people are forgetting they made Higurashi.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 02:59 PM)
    And I hear these idiots go on “Oh it should have been fifty episodes long” Oh yeah because it not as if it would have f*cking pacing issues!
    The hate for Deen has gotten to the point where people make them out to be ten times worse than they are. Hell even recently they have been doing a fairly good job(Pupa not counted) and yet no one gives a f*ck. Minute Deens behind an anime it’s all “F*ck Deen!”
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 02:56 PM)
    Fate/stay night was a decent adaption and you can bet your ass we wouldn’t have gotten Fate/zero or our UBW reboot without it. I am pretty f*cking certain the anime is what got most people to play the game in the first place. And Umineko…have you idiots even played that game? It’s nigh impossible to adapt well. The budget for the second season alone would be astronomical.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 02:54 PM)
    @Ninja, seems like Deen isn’t touching the script either. It’s just the Deen hate really pisses me off. Alright Pupa, hate jusified on that one but it’s always the same shit. But look what they did to fate/stay night, cg dragon, Umineko, HATE HATE HATE…Fucking hell.
  • ninjarealist
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 02:43 PM)
    @AidanAK47 Apparently it’s most of the same staff from the first season, so I have faith it will still be a fitting sequel to the first season.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 12:35 PM)
    So Deen is taking over Log horizon season 2. Not really sure what to think about that. Certainly not in the camp that I see going “OH NOS, Deedn shit and everything they touch is shit. LH S2 is Doomed ROFL LOL!!”
  • joesan
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 03:39 AM)
    Glad ps is back. Hope he keeps his motivation up. Reading his previews really helps me sort out whats new each season.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 03:14 AM)
    @Emma: Are you talking about the Charles Burns Black Hole or the anime?
  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 03:10 AM)
    Are you guys familiar with the Ayakashi offshoot Mononoke directed by Kenji Nakamura? If not then I highly recommend this creepy miniseries, but it is better to watch the Bakeneko arc of Ayakashi 1st so you become familiarized with the badass simply known as The Medicine Seller.

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