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Episode 19: Another Cosmic Glow

 

Review by Chris Guanche

May 2, 2017

 

Summary

 

A Schuzrum-Galluss lands on the Nahel Argama's catapult and is attacked by a Jegan and Geara Zulu. A Zssa lands on the other catapult and is destroyed by Conroy. The Schuzrum-Galluss moves in close, but it's knocked away by one of Banagher's propellant tanks. A Zaku III destroys a Jegan, and Banagher ejects his other tank and shoots it in the middle of several enemies. Banagher disables several mobile suits, which in turn are destroyed by Angelo. Banagher doesn't understand, and Angelo claims that they're warmongers and a blight to society. Angelo deploys bits that surround the Unicorn Gundam and block the psycommu, which deactivates the NT-D. Angelo proclaims that he's hated Banagher since the moment they met and opens fire. Mineva reaches out to Riddhe and tells him to trust his heart. Marida keeps attacking and knocks away his beam magnum. She fires a barrage of missiles that destroys part of the Banshee Norn's right leg. Riddhe hears the voices of Mineva, Marida, Mihiro, Micott and Takuya, but he thinks they're just an illusion. Riddhe reaches out for Mineva, but the beam magnum bumps into him, and he's overwhelmed by voices that he believes are saying he's wrong. Riddhe blames Mineva for leaving him and fires the beam magnum, which destroys the Kshatriya. Banagher cries out in pain at Marida's death, and the psycho-waves cause the Unicorn Gundam to turn green. Marida's ghost tells Riddhe to calm down and look at the world around him. He can't believe what he's done, and Marida's voice tells everyone that they're being targeted. She appears to Zinnerman and tells him he was the light that gave her a second life. She calls him father and vanishes before appearing to Mineva. She asks Mineva to watch over Banagher and hold on to him. With the light of the green psychoframe, Banagher uses his shields to destroy Angelo's bits. The shield Gatlings move independently, and Banagher seizes control of his weapons. Angelo sees the image of Full Frontal's back and wonders why he needs someone who doesn't even want him. The Rozen Zulu's claw smashes through the cockpit, and Banagher leaves.

 

Elsewhere, Alberto falls to his knees and cries over Marida's death. An EWAC Jegan clings to an asteroid and feeds targeting data to the Nahel Argama's hyper mega particle cannon, which destroys an Endra and Musaka. The bridge crew relaxes for a moment, and Otto comments that what he heard was no hallucination. Riddhe vomits in his cockpit as he's overwhelmed by Newtype resonance. He begs Banagher to shoot him, but the NT-D deactivates. Martha wants to fire Gryps 2, but Ronan thinks it's too soon and notes that the Box has no meaning by itself. The Ra Cailum appears and launches the Black Tri-Stars' Jestas, which disable a Gustav Karl and Zeta Plus outside the base. Banagher returns to the ship for resupply and picks up Mineva and a sled. As the team heads into Industrial 7's Magallanica, Conroy reminds Banagher that he's not alone. Banagher tells Mineva that she didn't have to come, but she answers that she's got a duty and a right to see it through. With so many already dead, Banagher hopes that whatever's inside the Box is worth it. Mineva asks Banagher to promise that he'll return when everything is over. Otto is informed that there's no activity inside Magallanica, so he considers taking the ship inside for shelter. Zinnerman objects and notes that they still have to deal with the Rewloola and Full Frontal, plus the reason for the General Revil not yet appearing. Otto mentions Marida's warning, and Zinnerman wants to protect Banagher. Magallanica's rotation stops as Banagher and Mineva return to the Vist mansion. They enter the tapestry room and are lowered into the room where Syam is. He notes that his offspring and a Zeon princess are fitting choices to entrust the Box to.

 

Commentary

 

The adaptation of OVA 7 continues with this battle-focused episode, which features notable moments like Marida's death, which finally was enough to convince Riddhe that he was on the wrong path. Given that OVA 7 was feature length, this is an instance where being broken apart into individual episodes helps, since we're presented with an episode full of both action and drama ahead of long stretches of philosophical exposition in the remaining episodes.

 

Overall Rating

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