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Episode 17: Nahel Argama Recaptured

 

Review by Chris Guanche

May 1, 2017

 

Summary

 

Marida visits Banagher in his room and asks him to help her with the nasty drinks from the infirmary. Banagher asks what kinds of food she likes, but she's never thought of it. Haro shouts out dessert, so Marida mentions ice cream. Banagher stops himself when he starts to mention a place on Industrial 7 and says that no matter how hard he fights, everything blows up in his face. Marida puts her arm around him and says it's because of that that she's still alive. Marida tells him that the way he feels isn't wrong and that he should trust in what he ought to do. Marida says that Cardeas was lucky to not have to entrust his dream to a stranger, and she thinks that this is how the world slowly improves. She tells Banagher not to hesitate when his chance comes. Marida runs into Mineva in the corridor, and when Mineva tries to apologize, Marida asks her to follow her heart. Takuya brings a case of handguns to Sydow, Gibney and Micott, but they're immediately caught by Angelo. On the Rewloola, Zinnerman notes that the new machine being built for Full Frontal doesn't have legs. Full Frontal comments that Zinnerman would've probably taken the Nahel Argama if the General Revil hadn't shown up, and Zinnerman asks if he brought him there just for that. Full Frontal asks if it's meaningless to have clung to his hatred for so many years now that he's dreamt of other possibilities. Zinnerman answers that he's tired of giving up on everything and being in the darkness, and he wonders if Char felt the same way when he wanted revenge against the Zabis. Full Frontal states that if Char were alive now, he'd possibly no longer be human. He then is informed that a Federation patrol ship is contacting the Nahel Argama. Otto orders Mihiro to get rid of the ship so that the Neo Zeon don't act up, but it's already too late because the patrol vessel has picked up the Neo Zeon ships and their fake Federation IFF codes. Angelo tells Otto to destroy the patrol ship, but Otto refuses to fire on an ally. Angelo points out that the patrol ship might call for reinforcements, in which case they'd all be destroyed. Angelo then shows them video of Takuya and the others held hostage, and Liam realizes they're the ones who sent the distress signal. Angelo says their own ships could open fire, but he wants Otto to clean up his own mess. He says that if Otto refuses, it means their alliance is dissolved. Angelo pulls a gun on Otto, but Otto yells that he doesn't ally with terrorists. At that moment, Conroy and the ECOAS troops drop gas grenades into the communications room and bridge. Angelo escapes from the bridge, and Otto orders Mihiro to explain the situation to the patrol ship. Flaste tells his men that they need to get to their suits, and Conroy tells Banagher to use the Unicorn Gundam to smash the Neo Zeon cockpits. He also tells Banagher to not get carried away and waste the life that Daguza saved.

 

The crew starts to reclaim the ship, and Banagher tries to float over to the Unicorn Gundam until Full Frontal grabs him by the arm and twists it behind his back. Full Frontal tells Banagher to not resist because now that the coordinates have been revealed, they can kill him. He asks Banagher what he's fighting for since he's just helping to continue the same twisted world, counter to Cardeas' wishes. Full Frontal asks Banagher what he would do with the Box, and Banagher answers that he'd use it for everyone. Angelo gets into the Rozen Zulu, and Full Frontal tells Banagher that one man can't be the voice for all of humanity unless he becomes a vessel. Full Frontal asks Banagher to come with him since he has power like that of a Cyber Newtype. Marida tells Banagher to keep fighting and attacks the Rozen Zulu with the Kshatriya Besserung. Mineva addresses Full Frontal from inside Marida's cockpit and orders him to stand down. She declares that Full Frontal isn't Char because the Char she knew believed in human possibility. Angelo tries to attack with his incom claw, but it's deflected and smashes into the ceiling. Marida presses the replacement leg against Angelo's cockpit, and Mineva tells everyone that the Box will mark a turning point, whatever it is. She asks if the Box can really be the future, since the future is supposed to be different from the present. Zinnerman asks Marida to open the cockpit, and Angelo uses the opportunity to break free and stick his incom claw up against the cockpit. Mineva asks Zinnerman if he's still a prisoner of the past and tells him to live up to his responsibility. Zinnerman pulls out a picture of his daughter and says that reason can't make his hate and regret over not being able to do anything to away. Marida calls Zinnerman "father" and asks him to let her do things her own way this time. He agrees and states that his final order is for her to listen to her heart. Marida closes her cockpit, so Angelo fires his incom claw at Zinnerman. Banagher breaks free and gets into the Unicorn Gundam, while Marida smashes into Angelo to save Zinnerman. Angelo shouts out that Full Frontal has transcended humanity, but Banagher counters that humans will build humanity's future. He transforms the Unicorn Gundam to Destroy Mode and says that people have to trust each other because they're weak and flawed. He grabs onto the incom claw's wires and causes them to glow, and Full Frontal gives Angelo a hand signal. Full Frontal gets into Angelo's cockpit, and Angelo severs the Rozen Zulu's right claw to break free from Banagher. Angelo then blasts the door open to fly out of the hangar; the Rewloola and its two Musaka escorts depart. At Dakar, Martha interrupts a meeting and tells Ronan that she has a solution for the situation. With the Nahel Argama on battle alert, Takuya supervises the upgrades for the Full Armor Unicorn Gundam. Flaste wonders what they should do now, and Zinnerman asks Flaste if he'd put him out of his misery if asked to. Flaste counters that that isn't funny, especially since they both have so much they still need to do. Full Frontal's ships head for Industrial 7.

 

Commentary

 

This episode finishes off most of OVA 6, but not quite. Events are rapidly moving toward a conclusion as the Neo Zeon are expelled from the Nahel Argama and both sides are speeding toward Industrial 7. There isn't much to add here beyond the original review for OVA 6, aside from there being another annoying repeat of footage right after the commercial break.

 

Overall Rating

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