Latooni is determined to save her friends from The School, but it's clear that there's no saving Seolla, who in turn thinks that she will save Latooni. Neither succeeds.
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)
Following the theft of the Wild Falken by the DC at Izu Base, the Shirogane plans to go in pursuit, taking on a few members of the SRX Team and the Special Tactics Instruction Squad to join the ATX Team in the pursuit. Major Kai will have command of the combined force of personal troopers.
Far away, in The Earth Cradle, a cold storage facility deep underground meant to ensure humanity's survival, but associated with the Divine Crusaders, the leader of the DC remnants, Col. Van Vat Tran, is meeting with the head of the facility, who is offering new help against the Federation. We also meet a shadowy figure named Vindel Mauser, who is offering his support to the new DC. After the meeting, however, Vindel and another mysterious lady hold a secret meeting, where it becomes clear that these two actually represent yet another faction is this complex struggle (let's see, we have the Earth Federation, the DC, the aliens, and now this other group, though I feel certain they will feel familiar to those who have played the games).
Back on the Shirogane, Latooni is finally telling the truth about the enemies they face: Seolla, the pilot who stole the Wild Falken, is a survivor of The School, as she is. It's likely, she says, that Arado and Ouka Nagisawa, also survivors of The School, are also fighting for the DC (we have met Arado, but not this Ouka yet). After the meeting, we learn something interesting. Lamia, the language-deficient new pilot in the ATX Team, is trying to send a secret message out to someone, but her transmitter may be damaged, just like her language circuits, so she says. Language circuits? Is she an android?
At that moment, however, an enemy submarine is sighted, it's the Evil Major's DC ship. So the ATX SRX ATI squads all scramble. The DC forces also launch, with Seolla in the Wild Falken. When Seolla catches sight of Latooni (able to identify her by her moves) the two go into one on one combat, but the two of them don't fight as much as talk, each trying to bring the other over to their side. Both claim to be the one in the right, with the other being used. When Latooni almost has Seolla in her sights, Arado comes to save her, but instead put himself in the sites of another trooper and gets shot down. Apparently, he is not able to eject from his personal trooper as it splashes down into the water.
While it may appear that the Federation force has won, suddenly another combatant appears out of nowhere, the mysterious Special Unit, and makes an immediate assault on the Shirogane. We are left with the Special Unit about to unleash a fearsome looking blade upon the battleship.
As if things could not get any more convoluted, suddenly a new player, a mysterious group whose true identity has not even been revealed yet, offers their services to the renascent Divine Crusaders. Meanwhile, the Federation forces try to take back the Wild Falken, but the contest turns into a personal chat between Latooni and Seolla, each trying to convince the other to switch sides. That attempt fails for both, however, when Arado attempts to save Seolla but winds up taking one energy beam blast too many. It looks like the end for Arado, which drives Seolla mad with rage, as she swears to make Latooni pay for Arado's apparent death. There was quite a bit of action in this one, as well as the entry of yet another player in this multi-sided conflict. I guess I should get a scorecard to keep track.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Apple Mac Mini with 1GB RAM, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard