Mysterious archaeological sites. A giant robot shaped like an angel. Plots within plans within devious designs. The ATX Team gains a new member, but is she really on their side?
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.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Okay, so we see a "female" robot appear from the skies, one with wings that even shed feathers. The fight seems to turn at that point, as the DC forces retreat. The unidentified unit, the Angelg, is on the side of the Federation, at least so it seems, being a product of Isurugi Heavy Industries, a civilian contractor which changed to the Federation's side. Except they haven't really, as we see that they are still closely tied to the Divine Crusader remnants.
Which makes the pilot of this new machine, Lamia Loveless, a possible mole. She seems rather uptight and ill at ease in the presence of the captain of the Shirogane, as well as in front of the ATX Team led by Lt. Kyosuke Nanbu. The only thing that is clear to me so far about this show is that Excellen Browning's main purpose is to jiggle her boobs as often and as bouncily as possible. Doesn't change the fact that something just isn't right about Lamia. Her language problems and internal monologues are all highly suspicious.
In the mean time, the DC splinter faction they were fighting before has headed off to an archaeological site of some sort, where apparently a "chokijin," a mechanical beast of some sort, is hidden. The commander of the DC ship fires indiscriminately at the people working the site, even over the objections of his lead mecha pilot Yu, who wants to avoid unnecessary bloodshed. The Major, his superior, enjoys it, apparently.
The Shirogane responds to the DC attack. The presence of fighting seems to awaken something in the dig site. And then it gets even more complicated, as a bunch of strange creatures appear, teleporting in somehow. These would appear to be the aliens mention in the first episode. They move in to attack the mound, trying to prevent the chokijin from awakening. They turn out to be a moment too late, as the two mechanical beasts, a dragon and a tiger, awaken and begin a fearful rampage against the alien creatures. The attack repelled, the two mysterious chokijin disappear.
Again, I have to admit that I'm largely confused about what is occurring, since I am not familiar with the franchise in any way. But the show is definitely delivering what I would expect it to: there is plenty of action, with lots of beam weapons and physical attacks. There is a clear distinction between honorable men and crazed psychopaths, even if they are on the same side. We get a lot of big talk, both of the naive idealist variety and the hardened soldier kind. And there is clearly a complex political plot being laid out that will likely result in betrayal and outrage later in the show.
Also, bouncing breasts. We can't forget the bouncing breasts.
New allies? Or new hidden enemies? Lamia Loveless joins the ATX Team aboard the Shirogane, the Federation battleship tasked with fighting leftover Divine Crusader factions. Indications are that she is not all that she appears to be. The DC remnants, however, break off the battle to move on to another target: an archaeological dig that is supposed to house "chokijin," mythical mechanical beasts of great power. As the DC remnants and the ATX Team join in battle again, another player, the aliens talked about in the first episode, suddenly appear, intent on destroying the archaeological site, and its hidden treasures. However, the "chokijin," two powerful mechas in the form of a dragon and a tiger, rise out of the debris and suddenly wreak destruction upon the attacking aliens, before just as mysteriously leaving.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Apple Mac Mini with 1GB RAM, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard