The war moves to the East Coast of the North American Theater, as the combined EFA-Neo DC force attacks the Inspectors. But do the Inspectors have a hidden trick up their sleeves?
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)
The battle now moves to Langley Base, as the combined forces of the Neo DC and the EFA move against the headquarters of the Inspectors on Earth. The Earthlings have amassed a rather impressive armament against the alien invaders, as just about everyone who has appeared so far turns up.
Mekibos, the lead Inspector at Langley, does not seem phased at all by the attack. Perhaps that's because he knows that he's not alone. As the Earth units close in on the base, another unit jumps in: the Shadow Mirror command ship the Ganland. Vindel Mauser then opens fire on the Hagane, scoring a direct hit. At this point, Mekibos makes his appearance and unleashes a devastating lightning weapon which appears to immobilize a large number of personal troopers. The Neo DC command ship is among the most severely damaged, with Colonel Van wounded. The betrayal of Vindel Mauser hits him hard, but Mauser, of course, is unrepentant. He doesn't care about the Earth being attacked, so long as his world of conflict without end can be achieved. And now he has Kyousuke in his sights again, as Mauser's single-minded fixation on "Beowulf" drives him to ignore all else.
He's not the only Shadow Mirror person with a one-track mind. Lemon appears and now lets Excellen know that she is to be singled out for her. While Lamia moves to help, she is attacked by another unit, which looks a lot like an Angelg. It is, a black one, piloted by W16. What helps, perhaps, is that most of Shadow Mirror's resources are directed at trying to capture Gilliam (Helios), who knows that he is their target, and tries to draw them away from the rest.
Meanwhile, as Daitetsu plans a strategic retreat, the fight does not go well for Kyousuke in his Alt. Axel has him pinned down and the Alt is slow starting to lose limbs. After trying everything he can, Kyousuke is knocked to the ground, and himself appears to be wounded. It is at this moment that the shadowy creatures from back in the Chokijin appear once again, seemingly to protect Kyousuke from Axel. Excellen runs towards them as a familiar light pattern appears behind these strange creatures. The pattern from when Alfimi's unit appeared once before. Excellen rushes for Kyousuke with even great urgency, joined by Bullet and Kusuha. The two manage to get Kyousuke away, but then Excellen appears to be captured by the tentacled creatures.
At the end, as Mekibos plans one last shot at the retreating Hagane, his aim is ruined by someone whom we've forgotten for a little while. Colonel Van, even though seriously wounded, charges his Rhinoceros land cruiser forward into the enemy, forcing Mekibos to evade. Bursting among the enemy units, Van orders the young to survive and free the planet, while his ship explodes, taking many enemy units with it. Mekibos is annoyed that his first attempt to shoot at the Hagane is interrupted, but now moves on to his second attempt. The Hagane, however, has a little surprise of its own in store. Even though damaged, the Buster Cannon is still operational. We end with both sides firing for survival.
If there is one thing this show continues to do, it is provide over the top dramatics and action that is painted in broad strokes. There is nothing subtle about this show, though it doesn't require subtlety.
The Earth forces attempt to take Langley Base back from the Inspectors, hoping to rid the planet of the invaders. Everything seems to go according to plan, with the Earth forces pushing off the aliens. But things go awry when a group who should be opposed to the invasion turns up to help the Inspectors. The battle rages fiercely and one prominent pilot is seriously injured while another appears to be captured. We also get a heroic sacrifice in order to help the survivors escape. It doesn't look like there is going to be a quick resolution to this conflict.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Apple Mac Mini with 1GB RAM, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard