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Episode 14: Clash of the Two Unicorns

 

Review by Chris Guanche

February 1, 2017

 

Summary

 

The Jestas and Delta Plus launch, followed by the Unicorn Gundam and Banshee on a Base Jabber. Marida warns Banagher that his weapons have been disabled, and when he tries to address her as Marida, she insists that she's Ple Twelve. He tries to tell her about Zinnerman and her crewmates, but Alberto interrupts and orders her not to listen to Banagher. Banagher spots the Garuda in the clouds above, along with the shadow of the Garencieres. The Garencieres deploys a Geara Zulu and Skiure weapons platform while the Garuda launches multiple Anksha suits. The Ra Cailum's bridge operators react to the situation, but Meran tells them there's no need to get involved because their mission was only to deliver the Gundam to the Garuda. One of the Ankshas is destroyed, and Zinnerman tells Flaste to move in closer to the Garuda. Another Anksha is downed, and Marida has a strange feeling when she targets the Garencieres. Banagher uses the opportunity to attack her and wrestle on the Base Jabber. He breaks free and jumps into the air while dodging fire from her Armed Armor BS. He then lands on Watts' Base Jabber and kicks his Jesta off of it. Banagher tries talking to Marida again, but he's interrupted when an Anksha attacks him. He knocks the suit away and steals one of its beam sabers before returning to his Base Jabber. He then looks over and spots Zinnerman hanging from a Base Jabber that's attached to the top of the Garuda. Alberto orders Marida to destroy the Base Jabber, but Banagher gets in the way and tells her not to do it. Riddhe sees that the Neo Zeon and Ra Cailum are working together and becomes angry. A woman comes into Mineva's room and tells her that they're moving up the shuttle launch. Banagher continues to argue with Marida, and she tries to insist that her Master is Alberto. He tells her again not to listen to Banagher and says the Gundam is the enemy. Riddhe transforms and lands inside the Garuda's hangar. He exits the Delta Plus and tells Mineva he's come for her.

 

Zinnerman infiltrates the Garuda, and the Banshee activates Destroy mode. The Unicorn Gundam attempts to activate its own Destroy mode, but Banagher forces the cockpit controls to stay in place. Martha asks Riddhe if he understands what he's doing, and he asks her if she understands what'll happen if she kills the son of Ronan Marcenas. Mineva asks Riddhe what he intends to do with her, and he answers that they can figure that out once they leave. Mineva asks him if he's trying to protect her, the secret of the Box or his family's honor, but he interrupts her and says he doesn't care about his family. He says everything has gone wrong since the Laplace colony was destroyed 100 years ago, and they're all the playthings of its consequences. But he says that no matter how twisted the world is, all they can do is protect it, so he won't let things be turned upside down like was by the Zeon. Alberto says they want to protect the secret of the Box, but Riddhe tells him to shut up and says it's the Vists who are responsible for everything. He says it was just dumb luck that the Box fell into the hands of Syam Vist, who used it to his advantage. Mineva realizes that Riddhe knows what the Box is and asks him to tell her what it is. Riddhe asks her to come with him again and says the Unicorn Gundam is dangerous. He says the world is imperfect, but he'll protect it and Mineva along with it. Zinnerman opens fire in the hangar, and Marida destroys Banagher's Base Jabber. The two Gundams grapple each other on the Garuda's surface, and Martha orders her men to get Mineva back. Alberto thinks the two Gundams might be resonating their psyco fields, and Martha asks if another Axis Shock is going to happen. Zinnerman gives Mineva a parachute and tells her to escape. An Anksha tries to get in close and is damaged by the psyco field, which causes it to explode near the Garuda's rear hatch. Marida activates the Armed Armor VN claw and tries to hit Banagher with it, but he manages to hold her back. With Zinnerman injured, Mineva hangs by a piece of damaged metal near the hatch. Riddhe comes over to rescue her, and she tells him they're walking on different paths. She said she used to believe a twisted system was better than war, but if that system is used to stifle humanity, she might be as guilty of crimes like the one of her family. Riddhe asks her if she intends to fight the world alone, but she says she's not alone and jumps out of the Garuda. Banagher senses her and jumps off the Garuda. The Unicorn Gundam transforms to Destroy mode and quickly descends to catch Mineva. Banagher brings her into the cockpit and uses his thrusters to land on top of the Garencieres. Riddhe cries inside the Delta Plus' cockpit, and Flaste asks Banagher to rescue Zinnerman and Marida. Banagher tells Mineva that he feels he understands what he should do now, and he hopes his voice will reach Marida. Mineva gets off, and Banagher is attacked in midair by Marida. They both slam into the Garuda's hangar, where Riddhe also comes under attack. Marida uses the Armed Armor VN to smash the Delta Plus into pieces. Banagher asks her to stop, and Zinnerman calls out to Marida from the floor. She recognizes him as Master and struggles in pain. She remembers Zinnerman showing her a picture of his dead daughter Marie, and Zinnerman pleads with her to come to space with him. Riddhe exists the cockpit of the wrecked Delta Plus and shoots at Marida with a pistol before passing out. Marida sees that she's also a Gundam and the enemy before having a flash of memories and passing out. She falls out of the Banshee's cockpit, but Zinnerman catches her.

 

Commentary

 

As expected, the middle chunk of the fifth OVA makes up this episode. This is where we really start to see Riddhe's descent from normal character to creepy weirdo. His twisted feelings for Mineva and jealousy of her choosing to side with Banagher make him act like a fool, as evidenced by his attempt to shoot both Gundams and then uselessly fire his pistol at the Banshee. On a better note, Zinnerman is able to break past Marida's reconditioning and pull her back from the brink. However, this is a small victory compared to the obstacles that remain ahead in terms of the Federation, the Foundation and Neo Zeon.

 

Overall Rating

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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