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Episode 18: Fateful Battle

 

Review by Chris Guanche

May 1, 2017

 

Summary

 

Otto addresses the crew and announces that they're on a mission to retrieve the Box from Industrial 7, but this is a mission to survive rather than an official one from the military. He adds that between the futures laid out by Full Frontal and Mineva he doesn't know which one is correct, but they'll be decided by the youth of the today and those who haven't been born yet. At the colony, Gael watches over ailing Syam. Two Jegans connect the large propellant tanks to the Full Armor Unicorn, and Banagher activates the tanks as he takes off. He thinks to himself that he's come home, and an alert comes in about an incoming mobile suit. Liam thinks it might've been dispatched by the General Revil, so Otto orders the dispersal of Minovsky particles. The ship fires missiles, but the Banshee Norn easily dodges them. Jegans and ReZELs open fire on Riddhe and deploy balloon dummies. They attempt to attack Riddhe in the confusion, but he easily disables them. Riddhe and Banagher pull out beam sabers and attack each other. After landing at an airport, Martha, Alberto and Ronan take a car ride to North America's Cheyenne base with two Ankshas as escorts. In the base's command center, Martha receives a status report on the position of the Nahel Argama, the General Revil and the Neo Zeon fleet. She says there's no doubt that Laplace's Box lies within Industrial 7's Magallanica, and they have to destroy the Box regardless of which group reaches it first. Ronan comments that while the Box will be destroyed, covering up what they're about to do will become the new Box. On the Ra Cailum, Kai calls Bright and informs him that the Federation and Foundation plan to fire the repaired Gryps 2 at Industrial 7. He mentions that the control center is in Cheyenne, so Bright orders immediate atmospheric re-entry.

 

Riddhe wonders why the NT-D won't activate, and Banagher pleads with him to get out of the dangerous machine. The Nahel Argama's mobile suit team prepares to intercept the enemy, with Conroy's Jegan using a Mega Bazooka Launcher mounted on the ship. A Jagd Doga leads a force of Gaza-Ds, and a Bawoo destroys a ReZEL. The Bawoo splits apart and opens fire on the Nahel Argama, but it's destroyed by a Geara Zulu using a Skiure. Banagher tells Riddhe they don't have time to fight, but Riddhe blames him for everything. Banagher states that he can't hold the Unicorn Gundam back any longer, which upsets Riddhe even more and activates the NT-D on both suits. Everyone on the Nahel Argama hears the voices of Banagher and Riddhe. A new team consisting of a Gigan, Gaza-Ds and Ga-Zowmn arrive, led by Angelo's Rozen Zulu. Angelo vows to get rid of everyone because only Full Frontal is worthy of opening the Box. He destroys a Stark Jegan, and Conroy takes down a ReGelgu. Conroy opens fire on Angelo, who retaliates and destroys the Mega Bazooka Launcher. Marida calls the bridge to launch in the Kshatriya Repaired, and Liam states that she's in no condition to fight. Zinnerman thinks they should let Marida distract Riddhe while Banagher moves ahead to deal with Neo Zeon. Otto objects, but Zinnerman notes that they'll die anyway if they do nothing. Zinnerman wants to use Banagher to find the fleet and sink the Rewloola and its escorts, and Otto asks him to serve as combat advisor. Riddhe continues to attack Banagher and calls Newtypes the curse of Laplace's Box. Riddhe thinks the Marcenas and Vist families are to blame, so if he and Banagher disappear, it'll erase the bad karma of the last century. Banagher doesn't understand, and Riddhe says it was supposed to be a prayer, not a curse. The Banshee Norn's NT-D emits more power, and Banagher warns Riddhe against being swallowed by the machine. Riddhe vows to eliminate all Newtypes, but Banagher tells him he's a Newtype himself. Marida arrives and opens fire on Riddhe, and she tells Banagher to leave. Banagher reluctantly complies as Riddhe attacks Marida.

 

Commentary

 

This episode wraps up OVA 6 and takes us into the action-packed opening of OVA 7, including the fight with Neo Zeon old timey mobile suits and the battle between Unicorns. The editing is better this time around, with the transition between OVAs broken up by the late placement of the new opening sequence.

 

Overall Rating

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