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Episode 37: Battle for Chryse

 

Review by Chris Guanche

January 13, 2017

 

Summary

 

The Barbatos Lupus' eyes turn green as the Hashmal approaches, and Mikazuki experiences a nose bleed. Isurugi pulls out the Helmwige Reincar's large blade and demands that the pilot of the Gundam Vidar identify himself. Vidar notes to himself that they're meeting again on Mars, where all of McGillis' betrayals began. Julieta calls Vidar and tells him to hurry up and meet with her. He calls McGillis and asks how he can pilot a Graze Ritter like the one Carta died in while crying out for his love. Vidar then takes off, and McGillis tells Isurugi to leave him be. Inside the gorge, the Gusion Rebake, Landman Rodi and Shidens attempt to hold off the incoming Plumas. Akihiro jumps into the air and tries to shoot at the Hashmal to make it come his way, but the Alaya-Vijnana System suddenly cuts off and knocks him out, causing him to crash into the ground. Chad chases the Hashmal and tosses his hammer chopper at it, which gets its attention. It fires its beam cannon directly at him, but he falls back and makes it give chase. Merribit reports to Orga that Mikazuki and Akihiro are out of commission, so he issues deployment orders and asks her to call McGillis. He then asks Nadi to look into what happened to Mikazuki and Akihiro. Julieta stands atop Iok's wrecked Reginlaze and asks him if it can still move. Iok insists on still fighting to avenge his men and takes off. Zack checks Akihiro and finds that he's still unconscious, so he can't be disconnected from the Alaya-Vijnana System. Mikazuki asks Nadi why the Barbatos Lupus stopped working when it saw the Hashmal, and Zack steps in to explain that the Gundams have Alaya-Vijnana limiters that prevent excessive amounts of data from being fed back to the pilot. However, the output limiter has been released, so the Gundam is clashing with the system in place to protect the pilot. Nadi asks Zack how he knows this, and he answers that he studied these things in school before joining Tekkadan. Nadi calls Orga with the bad news about the Gundams being sidelined and explains that if they forced them to move, it could turn out like what happened to Mikazuki in Edmonton. Lafter calls Merribit with news that they can't hold off the Plumas for long, and Eugene reports to Orga that they're still spreading explosives. The Hashmal is hit from the side and again diverts from Tekkadan's planned path. Iok's rifle burns out, and he waits for the Hashmal to come and kill him. However, Julieta arrives and pulls him away at the last second. Eugene reports to Orga that the Hashmal got away due to Iok's interference. In Chryse, Atra reassures Kudelia that Mikazuki will protect the city. Atra comments that Kudelia really likes Mikazuki, and Kudelia nervously answers that she also likes Atra as well.

 

Merribit reports to Orga that their mobile suits are worn out from trying to separate the Hashmal from the Plumas. They also don't have time to set up explosives again since it's still heading for Chryse at the same speed. Mikazuki asks what the plan is, but Orga tells him to sit back and watch for once. Orga tells Merribit to call Shino to use the Gundam Flauros. McGillis calls Orga back and hears the news about the Gundam problem. Isurugi comments that Tekkadan isn't as impressive as he thought, but McGillis thinks this works for them. They're necessary to his plans, but he wants them to know their place. Isurugi understands that to mean that Gjallarhorn gets all the credit and honor in the end, and the two take off for the rendezvous point. Nadi tells Orga that this could hurt the power balance, and depending on the outcome they will either be McGillis' equals or just his pawns. Orga comments that it can't be helped because they can't forsake Chryse. Mikazuki again asks to go and insists that he won't let Orga fight. Julieta meets up with Vidar and leaves Iok with him so she can return to the fight. Yamagi isn't happy about having to sit in Shino's lap and run the Gundam Flauros' special system. Shino wonders why they can't attack the Hashmal directly, and Yamagi explains that they can't get close enough to scratch its nanolaminate armor. McGillis and Isurugi position themselves ahead of the Hashmal, while Lafter and Azee attack the Plumas from above. Shino reaches his destination, and Ride uses the Shiden Custom to attack the Hashmal and lead it closer to Shino. The Gundam Flauros then transforms into a quadruped mode and deploys its railguns, which are powered by the two Ahab reactors. Shino fires the guns and blasts the canyon walls, blocking the Plumas. The Hashmal knocks Ride aside, and Isurugi rushes in so that Julieta can't defeat the Hashmal. However, the Hashmal breaks past Julieta, Isurugi and McGillis with little effort. The Hashmal prepares to fire at Ride, but its head is hit by Mikazuki, causing the beam to change direction. Orga recalls arguing with Mikazuki about going out to fight, and Mikazuki said that his life was given to him by Orga, so he has to give his all for him. Mikazuki's right eye begins to bleed as the Barbatos Lupus' eyes glow red.

 

Commentary

 

The fight against the unstoppable Hashmal takes an unpredictable turn when Tekkadan's trump card Gundams suddenly prove unusable in combat. This is due to a system that prevents too much info information from overflowing back to the pilot. That reminds me a bit of Gundam Wing's Zero System and the dramatic effects it could have when pilots were unable to handle all the information they received. Tekkadan manages to get the monstrous mobile armor back on track with a new plan, but then Iok interferes again with his stupid bravado and ruins everything. This guy is so incredibly incompetent and proves again that he's not worthy of the sacrifice that his men made. Politically, these events hurt Tekkadan because McGillis makes it pretty clear to Isurugi that they're not equals. But at least Orga is more concerned with keeping Chryse safe than how it impacts his future plans. And despite all this, Mikazuki steps up to fight despite the risks of repeating his paralyzing injuries from Edmonton. It's probably going to be a brutal fight.

 

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