The business of testing out new prototypes keeps the SRX Team busy for the moment. But their secure location turns out to be anything but that when the test is disrupted by a DC attack. What is their objective?
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.
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The plot (if you can follow it) thickens. First, we see another Federation battleship, the Hagane, overseeing the salvage of the remains of a giant mech (from the first series of battles before this series of SRWOG started, no doubt). Then, Bullet is hard at work analyzing those creatures that attacked the two chokijin from last time. Things are now getting complicated, as apparently they were not Aerogaters, the aliens who attacked Earth before.
Oh, and Excellen possesses magical lens flare, as many other naked females in anime from every genre do.
Over at the Federation's Iku base, it appears that the SRX Team are going to be busy testing some new prototypes. Meanwhile, the DC remnants continue to plot their nefarious plans. The evil Major has a couple new pilots, children from "The School," the Federation's laboratory for pilot testing which has a rather unsavory feel to it all. Understandable then, when the Federation liquidated the lab, some of the remnants left and joined the DC faction.
The testing the next day goes well, with Ryusei beating the prototype being operated by Latooni. After the fight, however, the testing personnel have an ugly surprise, as suddenly their radar detects four unknown units headed towards them. It appears to be a DC unit, headed by Yu, going to cause some problems for the Federation, as well as provided a combat test for their two new young pilots Seolla and Arado. The objective is to try to capture the Wild Falken, the prototype unit that Latooni is piloting. Unfortunately, Seolla manages to bring down the Wild Falken, and then after confronting Latooni (who is apparently another survivor from "The School"), she shoots her and steals the prototype. What is odd, however, is that right before she shoots Latooni, Seolla goes into a trance (her eyes glaze over). Something is not right there.
Before any more damage can be done, the ATX Team suddenly shows up, but they're too late to stop the DC faction from stealing the Wild Falken, even though they leave behind one of their own units, a prototype R-Blade. Latooni also seems not to be seriously injured, fortunately.
Quite a bit of action this episode, along with a whole pile of unanswered questions. Why did Lamia know about the monsters from last time being able to carry out a spatial jump? Why does the DC remnants have access to technology that can effectively "cloak" their units from sensors? What exactly happened at "The School?"
Things continue to get complicated, with new players thrown into the mix. The DC faction gets two new pilots, Seolla and Arado, who are from "The School," a secret pilot training laboratory that the Earth Federation once ran before dissolving it. Apparently, the students were little better than lab rats, so Seolla particularly seems to have a grudge against the Federation. Meanwhile, the Federation are testing out a new prototype, the Wild Falken. The test, however, is ruined by the DC faction, who barge in at the end and steal the new unit. What is troublesome, is that the DC seem to have advanced electronic interference capabilities that can fool all manner of tracking devices. There are obviously groups working behind the scenes here.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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