Ever seen a battleship sliced in half by a giant robot wielding a sword? I haven't, but it looks like I might have the chance in this episode.
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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Kyosuke manages to block the Special Unit and its sword from slicing the Shirogane in half, but the Special Unit still manages to do some damage. The regular ATX units don't seem to be able to do much about this mysterious attacker, but when things look bad, Lt. Irm in the Grungust appears, a unit that is more capable of handling this enemy. More reinforcements are on the way as well, as Shirogane makes an emergency water landing, as its engines have been badly damaged. Into the fight comes the Hagane, to protect the Shirogane.
The Grungust takes on the "W15," the call sign for the Special Unit. But before the battle can advance too far, the person in control orders the W15 to withdraw. The DC forces, as their sub is safe for the moment, withdraw. It seems the DC has ordered Major evil jerk and his units to come to the Earth's Cradle, as Col. Van is now ready to make his move. Back on the sub, Seolla goes into mental breakdown mode over the apparent death of Arado, blaming Latooni for his demise. Latooni herself also thinks she is responsible for the death of Arado.
Confusion the uninitiated, such as myself, further, we then move to the Tesla Institute, where we see pilots engaged in simulator training, as they are preparing to use the Calion as a fighting machine, not an interstellar transport. The research and training is being financed by Isurugi Heavy Industries, and it's not clear at all who they are doing this for...other than themselves. The pilots, however, are all former DC. There seem to be quite a few things going on in the research institute, and we even learn that there are four chokijin (we've only seen two so far). Of course, the appearance of the chokijin at all is a very bad omen.
Meanwhile, the Shirogane has been ordered to return to Langley for repairs, so now the Hagane will take on board the ATX Team and the Special Tactical unit and continue the pursuit of the DC remnants. They're not the only ones taken on board, as they have a guest as well that they are bringing along for the ride.
The mysterious Special Unit damages the Shirogane, but the Grungust and the Hagane come to the rescue. The DC remnants retreat, with Seolla in tears over the apparent death of Arado. But they have other fish to fry, as Col. Van has ordered all of the former DC forces to gather at the Earth Cradle, as he proclaims the birth of the Neo DC. The Hagane now takes over the pursuit of the DC remnants, as the damaged Shirogane is ordered to return to base for repairs, taking on board the ATX Team and the Special Tactical unit. Speculation continues about who the pilot of the mysterious Special Unit was. Also in this episode, we see hints of yet more machines and pilots to come, though it's not entirely clear which side they will wind up on. For even though the Federation has the Grungust unit, it appears that the mysterious allies of the DC, who we know only by the call sign Whiskey so far, also have advanced special weaponry available to them. And death is not always permanent.
JApanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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