Yeah, we could have had the boring "Hiro goes to do his job, Papa betrays them, klaxxohime makes her move on Hiro, Zero Two has to cry to free him, then they turn around and destroy Papa and all is saved", but instead the ex-Gainax staffers finally started doing what it is they know how to do and that's -- well, the track record speaks for itself : Nadia
-- aliens reveal; Evangelion
-- aliens reveal; Gurren Lagann
-- aliens reveal; Kill la Kill
-- aliens reveal. That's just how that sort of thing works for them.
The "Birth of APE" episode already narrowed down the options for what was going on with the three hooded members to either lizard men from the Hollow Earth or space aliens. Then looking back, even the shooting star scene in episode 7
can be seen as foreshadowing, and not just a bit of lazy animation.
There are certain anime titles that get under my skin when they turn out to be wildly at variance with what it says on the tin and not in a good way, and Darlifra
is one of those, not helped by my immediate reaction to 002 being one of "Begone, thot!" : if there's a couple that I have any interest in, it's the much more understated Mitsu/Koko and not the irritating mains. Whether this last minute gear change will give us the crazy action robot romp we might have initially expected, or whether it's an excuse to open the saccharine pumps, only the next few weeks will tell. Given their calendar games in the past (Mother's Day Japan-edition and then the Royal Wedding), I expect episode 21 to be the big Mitsu/Koko one, though.
Also, episode 24 is Tanabata.
This episode's word play : VIRM + APE = VAMPIRE. Coincidence?