I believe they don't work with one another because they simply don't trust each other. Each faction either has an ideological mistrust or deep fear of the others that leads to bigotry (really not so different from the real world). Tomino is reminding us that we are much better at judging others based on our beliefs than judging ourselves as indicated by the number of times someone has accused another of being violent by nature while being unable to recognize their own bellicose temperament. This mixed with ambition inevitably leads to conflict, even on a purpose that one might think would inherently garner common understanding. In this case that conflict emerges in the form of everyone trying to do Reconguista for themselves and their own. Spatial drift and our own tribalism and ambitions seem enough to divide humanity and doom it to conflict, no matter how tragic the history or strong peace enforcing social norms are. The irony of Reconguista is that everyone ends up fighting to go back to Earth on their own terms because in their ideals they see a common humanity as a part of their identity, and the thought of drifting, changing, and decaying away from Earth is unbearable (as stated and demonstrated very clearly by La Gu), yet they will fight and dehumanize other people to achieve those ends because they don't trust othersWellman wrote:Yeah, I sort of wish instead of episode after episode of Bellri and the crew beating back the Capital Army, we could have gotten to the introduction of the other factions sooner.
The leader of Dorette was in like what two episodes before this one? How is their plans for Reconguista different enough that the Full Moon ship/GIST group don't just work with them instead of the Capital Army? And WTF is Cumpa playing at in the first place with all this war he instigated and secretly condemns?
Still liking the show a great deal, the designs are great, G-Self is awesome and it looks like Tomino *adjusts tie* is in top gear now.
As for what Cumpa's up to, it seems to me that he recognizes these impulses in the human condition for violence and division, and, if I'm reading his agenda right, he thinks if humanity is consigned to this fate of never ending tribalism and conflict, he would much rather have his group of people, who he probably feels are one of the dispossessed, be on top. Cumpa actually have a very deep insight and twisted sense of wisdom of these problems with human violence, oppression, and racism. He's just chosen to use that gift cynically. This would also explain why he has such a strong alliance with Mask, because he sees and understands the ambitions of this young Kuntala, and I would not be surprised if Venus Globe sees the Kuntala as like them. In Luin he's found an ideological ally as well as someone with dedication that he can use as an instrument for his own ends. Cumpa's Capital Army is an insurrection force built up for the use of the more aggressive and even desperate factions on Venus Globe, and, now, for a young Kuntala who wants power and revenge for his people in the name of justice. Its aim isn't just Reconguista, but the elimination, or, rather, "weeding out" of other groups that Cumpa deems as having an innate nature for violence (yes, it's meant to be ironic). The winner dictates where humanity goes after Reconguista, and VG and the Kuntala don't just want a voice, but ultimate dominion.