Lamia is alive, and what's more, free to do what she wishes. But maybe not. It may all depend on the actions of others as the EFA forces come to fight the Shadow Mirror. Several mysteries are revealed.
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)
As we start out, Axel Almer and Kyousuke Nanbu are going at it full force, with Axel having an advantage over Nanbu, since he retains his memories from "the other side," while Nanbu does not seem to be consciously aware of his past. The fight does not go to a finish, however, since Axel is recalled. Back at the base of the Shadow Mirror, Lemon has recovered Lamia, and better yet, she has repaired the faulty android's speech software. Lamia wonders why she was saved. Lemon reveals that she is intrigued by Lamia's decision to try to blow up the entire Shadow Mirror group, something that an android, who is supposed to work as programmed, should not be able to decide for herself. Lemon wants to know the answer, enough to the point that she tells Lamia she is free to decide for herself what her next course of action is to be. The reason why she disobeyed orders? Lamia says flatly that they have no place in this world, the one they have come to. As for her wishes, Lamia immediately announces that she wants to leave.
In the meantime, Gilliam Yeager and Rätsel Feinschmeker discuss matters. Neither is pleased with the military coup led by Grassman. Gilliam also reveals that he knows a lot more about the Shadow Mirror than we might suspect, and in fact feels somehow responsible for their appearance.
Back at the Shadow Mirror base, Lemon allows Lamia to leave in a new unit (after all, the Angelg was destroyed), but Axel does not want to let her leave. Instead, he challenges her to single combat. The fight is just about to start when two unknown units make their appearance. While Whiskey units are sent to intercept them, one of the mysterious units easily knocks them aside. In that unit is Gilliam, who opens a channel to Vindel Mauser, the head of the Shadow Mirror. Gilliam's voice, however, is familiar, too familiar, to Mauser. Once they open a visual channel, it is clear. Gilliam himself appears to be from the alternate world, where he was called Helios Olympus. Mauser tries to get Gilliam to switch sides, but he refuses, noting that the jumping technology of the Shadow Mirror cannot be allowed to exist in this world, along with the Shadow Mirror themselves.
As the W-series units try to capture him, a third mysterious unit (Rätsel Feinschmeker is in the second unit that came with Gilliam) piloted by Sanger Zonvolt arises from the sea and takes out a great number of the W-units with its sword. At this point, Lamia comes away from her battle with Axel and asks to join them. Gilliam and the others do not object, so long as she proves that she is honestly opposed to the Shadow Mirror. So, the battle continues, with Axel and Mauser providing commentary about how peace is useless, while Lamia counters that that is the perspective of those who fight only. One must also look at things from the other perspective, of those who desire peace.
Reinforcements are on the way for Gilliam and his group, as the Hagane and Hiryuu Kai launch their personal troopers to join the battle against the Shadow Mirror. Of course, with the appearance of Raidese Branstein, "Rätsel"'s cover is blown, his true name, Elzam, being heard (even though we already knew about his real identity some time before). Before the battle can be decided, however, Mauser decides to jump away, as he does not want the System XN (some special alien technology) to be destroyed, as that would prevent his ultimate goal from being achieved. This, of course, is the exact technology that Gilliam/Helios wants to remove from this world. So, the Shadow Mirror retreats before anything can be decided.
With the battle over, it must be time for debriefing and exposition. Lamia is now ready to tell everyone everything she knows. And a lot of the confusing things are now explained. The Shadow Mirror are not so foreign as you might expect, for that are part of the Earth Federation Army...but from a parallel universe. In their universe, the EFA developed much faster after defeating the DC, mass-producing R-Blades (called R-Eins in the parallel world) and were better prepared for the alien invasion as well. In the parallel world, however, there was no Aerogater attack, the only aliens that invaded were The Inspectors. The aliens were defeated, however, which left the world at peace. Mauser, however, was unhappy with the peace, and tried to lead a coup. He and his allies were finally stopped by one man and his team, Captain Kyousuke Nanbu, the leader of the Beowulves. The Nanbu on the other side was an incredible pilot and warrior, with superior sensory abilities and skills. However, the Nanbu on the other side became mentally unstable, killing friends as well as enemies. At that point, Mauser decided to escape to the parallel world, as Nanbu had nearly destroyed the Shadow Mirror.
Asked by Captain Minase how the Shadow Mirror came to this world, Gilliam interposes to explain, revealing that he, too, has come from the other side.
So, a lot of important information has been dumped into our laps, and we now can understand fully what the very first episode was about, and also why Axel is so obsessed with the Kyousuke Nanbu on this side of the dimensional portal. And we can also see why the Shadow Mirror does not seem to be too concerned by the appearance of The Inspectors.
While we have probably been seeing the signs of it for some time, now at last it is made clear that Lamia Loveless, the android spy of the Shadow Mirror, has been affected strongly by her time among the ATX Team, to the point where she is able to break away from her programming and start to think for herself. Lemon, one of the Shadow Mirror senior officers, gives her the chance to survive and escape, though others do not want to allow that. But at this point Gilliam Yeager appears with some help, though he has his own matter to settle with the Shadow Mirror. The battle does not come to a decisive conclusion, however, as Mauser decides to retreat, in order to protect his eventual objective. After the battle, Lamia tells the EFA forces who it is that they face in the Shadow Mirror, revealing that their foes in this case are not so alien as they might seem.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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