The Hiryuu Kai heads towards the Earth Cradle, asking to enter. It should be okay, shouldn't it? Don't the EFA and the DC have an alliance against the Inspectors now? Well, it seems that some members of the DC may not have gotten the memo, or better yet, erased the memo before reading it.
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)
War is a time of death, but deaths lead to quick promotions. First Officer Tetsuya of the Hagane finds himself suddenly promoted to Captain of the Kurogane. But there's no time for congratulations. There is a war on. As the commanders consult, one thing seems clear: the Einst may be a much bigger threat than even the Inspectors, for their powers seem to be far greater. But what can they do? Capt. Lefina of the Hiryuu Kai suggests they proceed with the earlier idea of going to the Earth Cradle. At this point, Shuu Shirakawa, who had been attending the meeting, walks out, having felt that he's done his part, by delivering the Kurogane to them.
The Hiryuu Kai approaches the Earth Cradle alone, asking for permission to dock. Of course, the only people left there are the true scum of the DC. All of the honorable members are either dead (Col. Van) or currently with our heroes (Yuki Jaeger and Ricarla Borgnine). What's left is Archibald Grims, Egret Feff and Dr. Setme, who really would look better with severe blaster marks all over what's left of their physical remains. Grims, of course, suggests they open fire on the EFA forces. Missiles alone won't do the trick, so Dr. Setme orders Ouka and Seolla to go out along with the leftover Shadow Mirror dolls left to them. Grims also suggest that the three weird Egret things (I hesitate to call them people after the first time they appeared, they seem rather strange, unnatural) also be sent. Setme wants to capture Latooni and some of the other Psychodrivers.
Countering them will be just about everyone. The twins (Latooni and Shine) get some action, which gets Seolla's attention, but before she can make a move, Arado appears in the Wild Wurger, intent on capturing Seolla, so that he can free her from the despicable Setme's clutches. Ouka tries to block Arado's attempt to talk Seolla free, but Latooni and Shine get in her way. Arado's talking works to an extent on her, but he's interrupted by the Egret things, who are really annoying. It appear that they are most annoying because they were created using data from Arado. So, Arado is taken out of the fight by them, though his words seem to have struck a cord with Seolla. So, she has something of a breakdown. Which is just in time for Arado, who is apparently helpless in the face of the two Egret things (the other Egret and Feff himself have decided to sneak off and double cross Setme and Grims). Seolla changes sides now, which saves Arado.
The Egret things, who call themselves the Machinery Children, have one setback of their own. Since they were created using human data, they have the same defects humans have if they lose their cool and become over emotional. That spells the end for Egret Thurisuz. Anthuz, however, is different, as he is mechanically cold and unfeeling. Thus he can use the GEIM System without a time limit. This puts him at something of a disadvantage against Anthuz. Anthuz knocks him around and then goes after Seolla. But at this point Kyousuke shows up and tells Arado to unleash the true power of the Wurger. With the Falken and Wurger together, they are able to defeat Anthuz fairly easily using a combination attack. With the two Egrets gone (good), Seolla now turns to Ouka, trying to get her to remember that her memories have been tinkered with by Setme as well. Unfortunately, Ouka is under much greater mind control than the others. Therefore, Setme is able to recall her from the fighting.
Of course, her victory might be short-lived, for Phase 2 of the EFA plan is about to launch, with the Kurogane suddenly appearing out of the ground right near the Earth Cradle. The last line of defense for Grims and Setme seems to be Wodan Ymir, left there by Shadow Mirror in order to protect something at the Earth Cradle that is vital to their plans.
The battle continues.
Shifting gears, our heroes are headed towards the Earth Cradle in order to remove one last little thorn in their side, the uncooperative remains of the Divine Crusaders: Dr. Setme and Archibald Grims, along with Egret Feff, who has his own agenda. A minor victory is achieved in the opening of the fight, but it looks to be a long battle ahead.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
Apple Mac Mini with 1GB RAM, Mac OS 10.5 Leopard