What They Say
With many of its central personnel lost in the war, the Earth Federation Government is forced to rebuild, and Brian Midcrid, president of the Unified Colonies, takes the position of its president. During an emergency session of the Federation Diet, he publicly acknowledges the existence of extraterrestials, and reveals the events of the L5 campaign to the masses in what will later come to be called the "Tokyo Declaration". He goes on to state that these aliens pose a serious threat to humanity.
President Midcrid continues, asking for the colonies to unite with earth, and to expand their military forces in a plan called the "Aegis Plan". Under the plan, new weapons are developed, and more mechs are mass produced as the entire planet's defense network is strengthened. But threats still lurk in the shadows. The remnants of Bian Zoldark's "Divine Crusaders". Those within the Federation and its army who plot to turn it into a military dictatorship. And none have yet realized...that the true threats are coming from a world "so close, yet so very far away", and a world of silence...
The planet is being invaded by foes from a parallel world, and from the past.
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Now with Archibald Grims out of the way, maybe we can start to see other villains turned into ashes or bloody pulps. But first, we need to have a flashback to The School, where we see the happy family dynamic between Big Sister Ouka and Latooni, Seolla, and Arado. Arado, in voiceover, notes that he remembers those days, and hopes that Ouka will remember too. In the present, Dr. Cero wants to save Ouka, but she fires upon him on the ledge. He is rescued by Arado, but the only way to save Ouka might be a terrible gamble: Cero has to be put into the cockpit of her machine, where he can attempt to restore her lost memories and release her from the GEIM System's control. Thanks to Shine's predictive abilities, and some teamwork between Latooni, Arado and Seolla, they manage to get close to Ouka and get Cero in. He has carried with him a complete backup of all of Ouka's data, which includes her memories. He now restores them to her. Setme can only watch in rage as Cero undoes Setme's plan to destroy the School siblings.
Elsewhere in the Earth Cradle, the ATX Team are dealing with a rather serious problem: Setme has accessed the central core to the Earth Cradle: Sophia Nate. She is abusing her power over the internal systems to regenerate the machines that have been destroyed so far. But she's lost her trump card, for Ouka has now regained her memories, and in her unit, the Rapiecage, she can unleash quite considerable destruction. Outside, the battle continues as well, as many are still fighting off the army of Shadow Mirror dolls left behind at the Earth Cradle. The centerpiece of the conflict, of course, is the battle between Sanger and his clone Wodan Ymir. It is revealed that they both want to protect Sophia Nate. The real Sanger for her own sake, the shadow of him for another reason: Shadow Mirror needs Sophia Nate to be the core to their Magus Nebo. The duel is fierce between the two, but it is Sanger who wins, as his is the sword that cleaves evil. Well, that was pretty obvious, what was going to happen.
Can we kill Setme yet? Sadly, it's not going to be as easy as that, since Setme has access to a large and powerful unit that is drawing directly on the machine cells in the Earth Cradle. It seems like it's going to be hard to destroy her. But her attempt to seize control of Sophia Nate herself results in an unexpected enemy for her: Wodan. With what's left of his strength and power, he removes Sophia Nate from the core of the Earth Cradle system, and hands her over to Sanger. And now, finally, we're going to see the end of Setme. No unit can get close to her, since the machine cells she has control of can absorb anything physical that approaches her. But that does not affect Ouka, who has come with the rest of the School children. Her unit was already infected with the machine cells, and so she launches a suicide attack on Setme. It's not an irrational choice. Her body was already ravaged by the overuse of the GEIM System before. She would have been unlikely to survive regardless. Thus, another heroic sacrifice in order to destroy one of the most despicable pests in this entire show. In a huge explosion that destroys the Earth Cradle, it is over.
As we've come to the final episodes of the season, it's necessary to start wrapping up the storylines. Two of the plot strands have now been ended. So, all that would appear to be left is to finish off the Shadow Mirror, the Inspectors (who for all of their star billing in the title have not really been the focus of the show) and the Einst, who still have Excellen in their clutches. I expect resolution to come quickly for these three things.
Another horrid villain goes down to the fate she deserved, but at a cost. As we reach the final episodes of the season, it's clear that we're not going to be left hanging, but instead will have closure for all of the main strands of plot (there are just so many of them, but only the major ones will receive any attention). The action is fast and furious at times, with so many units involved that it's hard to keep track. And yet there's still time for an old fashioned sword duel in the middle of all this. Only in a Japanese giant robot show.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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