The fight at the Earth Cradle continues, as the EFA forces attempt to blast through the defenses set up by the remaining renegade forces of Archibald Grims and Dr. Setme.
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)
First, a flashback. It's not really necessary from the point of view of the story, and it breaks up the action from the last episode, but I guess the producers felt that they needed to fill in the backstory of what a monumental piece of, ahem, excrement Archibald Grims is. So, we go back several years ago to the L4 Space Station where the fiend Grims has forced Elzam to kill his own wife, who was trapped in a docking bay with dangerous gas, in order to save the entire space colony from being destroyed. We come back to the present, where Elzam and his brother Raidese have a personal score to settle with Grims. It's time to put the dead to rest.
The EFA aren't fooling around this time. The SRX Team forms up into their Super Robot pretty early in the battle, to take out the various Shadow Mirror dolls that were left over at the Earth Cradle. So, we get plenty of scenes where the robotic equivalents of minor henchmen and evil flunkies get blasted to bits. Everyone gets in on the action, as we see just about all of the various personal trooper squads take on and destroy various enemy units. Wodan Ymir shows up with his powerful sword, but before he can do any serious damage, Sanger appears in the Dygenguar to offer a personal battle to see who is the true sword master. The Earth Cradle itself has very strong defenses, and the main cannon of the Kurogane cannot breech it. The SRX Team wants to use the Buster Cannon, but Acting Captain Tetsuya denies the request. Instead, he orders the Kurogane to move to Phase III, the Titanic Drill (we even get a special title card to announce this). Wodan sees the danger from the Kurogane, but Sanger is not letting him go. Thus, it must be time for RAMMING SPEED!, or Overboost time as they call it here. The Kurogane bursts through the Earth Cradle's defensive shell, and the personal trooper units rush into the Earth Cradle.
The disgusting Dr. Setme has her own plan, however. She intends to use Ouka as nothing more than a tool to power a special unit, which will largely turn her into nothing but a machine. Even Setme's flunky assistant is turned off by the plan, but then Setme is a disgusting creature, hardly a person, and her behavior is not surprising. As for Grims, he has set up a defense of sorts underground in the Cradle, where he taunts our heroes by talking again of the death of Cattelya, Elzam's wife, saying that he was hired to carry out that act of terrorism in space before by an EFA official, one who died in the Aerogater attacks years ago, so killing him will not get them any revenge. No one is interested in anything Grims has to say however, and I personally he dies for good here. But before he can be easily defeated, Ouka, or rather Aurum-1, as she is little more than a machine now, defends him, before moving off to attack others. But now Elzam appears in his new and improved unit, to attack Grims. He says that he has no right avenge the dead Cattelya as Elzam, so he will avenge her as Rätsel. Grims, for once reasonably, replies that that makes no sense.
Latooni, Shine, Arado, and Seolla try to make their way to Setme's lab, but before they can get there, Ouka attacks them. She's not really Ouka anymore. She's been merged into the GEIM system and seems to have lost all her memories. She takes out Shine's unit and has the other three dodging for their lives. Back in the fight against Grims, he attempts to pull tricks again, but this time, taking Raidese hostage, he taunts Elzam with shooting again, this time killing his brother in order to hit Grims. Elzam has no problem doing that, but that's because he knows that Raidese can get out of the way before his weapon hits Grim's robot. Raidese gets the final blow against Grims, and as his unit is destroy, one can only hope that he is finally dead.
In the final scene, we see the aftermath of the battle with Ouka. It doesn't look good, with Latooni holding Shine, and both Arado and Seolla's units lying on the ground. But Ouka has stopped attacking. But the flunky before with Setme, Dr. Cero, is standing on a ledge nearby, and Ouka's unit is hovering still. Dr. Cero, looking up sadly, promises Ouka that he will end her pain.
One of the most disgusting villains appears to make his exit this installment, but the battle inside the Earth Cradle is not all bloodless triumphs, as Setme has turned Ouka into nothing but an automaton, set to kill her friends Seolla, Arado and Latooni. This episode is heavy on action, but as we are nearing the end of the series, it was probably time to stop adding on layers of complicated drama and instead focus on what most people are likely tuning in to see: robot on robot fighting involving special moves and explosions. You'll get a good measure of that this episode.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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