Another heroic sacrifice is made to save the good guys from death, though some are missing, some are injured and one will not be joining in the future fighting.
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)
We pick up where we left off last time, with the Hagane engaged in a save our butts maneuver, firing the Tronium Buster Cannon in order to push backward and escape from the fight. Mekibos the Inspector is rather peeved that he did not get to destroy them. The blast knocks them away, but at a terrible cost. The bridge is a wreck, and we can assume the rest of the ship is not in much better shape. It was a desperate tactic. The ship may have survived, but in what is a bit of a shock, it appears that Captain Daitetsu did not.
Far away in another realm, Alfimi has captured Excellen. There, Excellen asks her why the tentacled aliens appeared around Kyousuke, and she learns that they were indeed there to protect him. They do not want the flame of his life to flicker and die away. Excellen wants to know exactly what Alfimi has in mind, but she refuses to tell her, instead kissing her and calling upon her to now be a pure being. After the kiss, something strange happens to Excellen's Weissritter.
Back among the Inspectors and Shadow Mirror, Mekibos and Vindel discuss their alliance and what is to be done, now that these strange creatures, the ones tied to Alfimi, have also made their appearance, and appear to be hostile to their interests. It's a dangerous situation for both sides, as neither quite trust the other. On the EFA side, they are still licking their wounds, wounds that run deep. Kyousuke is alive, but seriously wounded. Captain Daitetsu is dead. Excellen is missing as far as they know. Things look very grim. And Lamia learns about sorrow. The Hagane's first officer, Tetsuya Onodera, confers with Capt. Lefina Enfield of the Hiryuu Kai, surveying the situation. It looks rather grim. But Lefina's first officer, Sean Webley, advises all of them not to sink into sadness. They must press on. A brief moment to honor the dead is all they can spare. But in a shock to the others, Kyousuke, who has been roused from his coma by what one could assume is the spirit of Beowulf that the Shadow Mirror people keep on talking about, suddenly appears at the memorial service to offer his own salute. He is wounded, but we know he will be back.
The EFA forces now need to decide what their next move is. It is clear that the Inspectors will need a new base on Earth, and the likely place for them to be is the Earth Cradle. We know that Shadow Mirror has connections there, and the despicable Dr. Setme is there as well. They will likely join the Inspectors. So, Elzam suggests going there and Lefina offers to accompany him with the Hiryuu Kai. They are not going in entirely blindly: among the survivors of Col. Van's Neo DC forces at Langley are Yuuki Jaeger and Ricarla Borgnine, who were taken aboard the Hiryuu Kai, as most of Col. Van's forces died with him at Langley. Yuuki agrees to go with them.
In the meantime, as Bullet, Kusuha and Lamia visit Kyousuke, giving him the news that Excellen has gone missing, his mind seems mainly on the Alt and his ability to get back into the fight. The Alt has taken a massive beating, but it might be repairable, which leads Kyousuke to pull the IV tube out of his arm and try to get out of his hospital bed. It's not that he doesn't care about Excellen. In fact, it's because he wants to save Excellen that he has pulled himself out of bed.
Events elsewhere are moving along (never a dull moment in this show). Across the world, and even in space, the tentacle aliens are attacking military facilities: be they EFA, DC and even the White Star, where the Inspectors are. An endless number of them are appearing, giving even Mekibos and Vigagi some annoyance. But then the Shadow Mirror group appears to aid them against the unknown aliens.
Aboard the Hiryuu Kai, word comes in that Winnipeg Base is under attack, which threatens the nearby civilian city, and so the decision is made to go to their aid, with the Cybuster leading the way. But as the aliens rampage against innocent civilians, we get a reappearance of players that we have probably long forgotten about since near the beginning of the show: the Tiger and Dragon Chokijin arrive to fight the unknown aliens. While scrambling to his ship, Bullet somehow senses their presence.
Things look bad. While the Inspectors might have been driven off from Langley Base, it was not because of the EFA-Neo DC alliance. Their forces to a significant beating from the alien invaders and the Shadow Mirror reinforcements. It was the arrival of the unknown aliens, the tentacled creatures, who drove off the Inspectors and their allies. The EFA forces barely escape, with Captain Daitetsu Minase ordering a risky maneuver to save his damaged ship. The Earth forces escape, but at great cost to all. Now, the unknown aliens are attacking everyone, Earth forces, Inspectors, it does not matter who. Where do things for from here? The Earth could really use some reinforcements, and perhaps the cavalry is about ready to arrive.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Apple Mac Mini with 1GB RAM, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard