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Episode 12: A Private War

 

Review by Chris Guanche

February 1, 2017

 

Summary

 

A Dwadge, Desert Zaku and Dom Tropen speed across the ground destroy a defending Nemo and Guncannon Detector. Several ground troops prepare a counterattack, but they're sniped from above by Kirks, who also destroys several Saberfish fighters. Banagher comes to the bridge and tells Zinnerman that if he can break the next seal on the La+ program the fighting can stop, but Zinnerman tells Banagher he'll be a target for flak guns. He wants Banagher to wait until they're done mopping up, and when Banagher asks Zinnerman if he's ok with innocent people dying, Zinnerman answers that what he thinks doesn't matter in an operation. Banagher tries to leave, but Zinnerman pulls a gun and tells Banagher he's naive if he didn't expect something like this would happen. He says this is what happens when seizing enemy territory, and Banagher counters that killing fleeing civilians is just revenge. Banagher points out that Zinnerman didn't shoot him at Industrial 7 and saved Marida from her bad life, but Zinnerman tells him to shut up and tosses him aside. Zinnerman says he was only worried about Banagher because he's the key to the Box, and he thought winning over Banagher would make his job easier. Zinnerman pulls up a monitor with video from the battle and says these things happen in war - some people kill and others are killed. He asks what's wrong with vengeance because their war isn't over yet, and Banagher counters that's how the EFF soldiers justified burning the Zeon town. On the ground, a Zaku Mariner, Capule and Z'Gok are destroyed when the Byarlant Custom launches. Banagher reminds Zinnerman about what he said about people running away from sadness, and he knocks Zinnerman to the floor, punching him repeatedly. He says this fighting won't accomplish anything, but Zinnerman calls him an idiotic kid and pushes him away. Zinnerman says he's been waiting for this moment a long time, and Banagher says seeing hell with his own eyes is no excuse for forcing it on others. Zinnerman picks up Banagher, but Banagher kicks him in the crotch and knocks him down again. He repeatedly kicks Zinnerman in the face, and when Zinnerman asks Alec and Flaste for help, they ignore him. Banagher says it's wrong to close your heart off because there are sad and painful things. He says people can feel sadness because they have hearts, and he wants to become a man who can live with that, like Zimmerman. On the ground, the Byarlant Custom destroys the Zogok and two Zee Zulus before taking off. Banagher gets into the Unicorn Gundam's cockpit and asks Tomura to begin the launch sequence. A Desert Gelgoog and Galluss-J jump into the air to attack the Byarlant Custom, but both are destroyed. Nearby, Loni continues to move through the city, carving out a path of destruction and ignoring Kirks' orders. Banagher thanks Zinnerman and everyone on the Garencieres for taking care of him, and Tomura launches the Unicorn Gundam. As he descends, he fires the beam magnum several times on the road to block Loni's path. Loni wonders if Banagher's betrayed them, and he tells her to fall back because he's going to break the La+ seal.

 

A Marasai attacks the Byarlant Custom in midair and is also destroyed. Loni tells Kirks that Banagher opened fire on her, and he tells Loni to fall back, but she ignores him. The Black Tri-Stars and Riddhe enter the battlefield, and Riddhe hears Banagher's voice on the radio. Loni thanks Banagher and says that because of him, she's able to take revenge on her parents. Banagher tells Loni that the deaths she's caused will only make people hate the Zeon even more. The Jestas destroy several Zaku Cannons, and Loni opens fire on Banagher. He tells that if she keeps going, her heart will break and she'll lose her humanity. Loni tells Banagher that her parents were butchered during the hunt for Zeon remnants, so she's come to finish what her father started. She says she doesn't care about the box and that her hatred runs too deeply to be dispelled by anything. She then grabs the Unicorn Gundam with one of the Shamblo's claws, but Riddhe blasts it free and gives Banagher a lift. Riddhe says they have to destroy the Shamblo, but Banagher counters that force won't solve anything. He says that Loni has been enslaved and that it's not the real her doing this, and Riddhe comments that she's enslaved by an unbreakable blood curse. Banagher breaks away and lands in front of Loni, asking if this is what she really wants. She says this is all she has to live for, and he says it's too sad to live for nothing but anger. Banagher then exits his cockpit, and Loni does the same. As the tide begins to turn against the Zeon, Kirks jumps out of the damaged Fat Uncle and attacks the Black Tri-Stars, damaging Watts Stepney's Base Jabber. Kirk lands next to some colony wreckage, and with one shot left, he impales himself with his rifle and tries to set off his own reactor, but the Black Tri-Stars kill him before he gets the chance. Loni feels pain from Kirk's death and says she's lost the last of her family. Riddhe opens fire on Loni, the the reflector bits absorb the shot and reflect it. Banagher transforms the Unicorn Gundam into Destroy Mode, and both it and the Shamblo attack each other with waves of psycoframe energy. Riddhe tells Banagher to shoot Loni, and she continues to attack. She sees the image of Banagher, and a pair of dark hands pushing him away. She tells Banagher that children are bound to the wishes for their parents and that he shouldn't talk since his power comes from his parents. Banagher dodges her attack and hops onto the Delta Plus. Riddhe says they have to exceed the reaction speed of the reflectors, and Banagher tells him he only has one shot left in the beam magnum. Riddhe flies around to avoid the Shamblo's attacks and charges in from the front. The image of Kirks tells Loni that their war is over, and she stops shooting. Riddhe tells Banagher to hurry up and shoot her, and Loni tells Banagher it's sad. Banagher says he can't shoot, and at the last second Loni turns the reflector bits back on herself. Riddhe grabs the beam magnum and shoots the Shamblo's cockpit, killing Loni. Bright calls Riddhe, and Zinnerman tells Flaste to get them out of there. Riddhe points his beam rifle at the Unicorn Gundam and orders Banagher to get out. Their sensors pick up something, and when they look up they see the Unicorn Gundam "Banshee" descending and transforming into Destroy Mode.

 

Commentary

 

I really disliked this portion of the fourth OVA, and that hasn't changed at all here. Banagher whines so much about protecting innocent people that he beats Zinnerman to a pulp over the question of launching, but he's not willing to do what's necessary to stop Loni. She's a one-note waste of a character obsessed with revenge and willing to slaughter innocent civilians to satisfy her bloodlust. She's insane, whether by her own choice or because of the Shamblo's system, and you don't waste time trying to appeal to that. Banagher's inaction allows her to cause more mayhem, and he's useless all the way until the end when Riddhe takes action to stop the threat. This is not a good episode for Banagher.

 

Overall Rating

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