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Episode 22: RETURN

 

Review by Chris Guanche

May 2, 2017

 

Summary

 

Banagher tells Otto to withdraw while he puts up a psycho-field to protect Magallanica. He asks Audrey to take Syam to Industrial 7, but she refuses to evacuate. Zinnerman, Takuya and Micott tell Banagher he has to come back, and Riddhe wants to help. Riddhe comments that space immigration began with a prayer, so it's up to them to decide if it turns into a curse. Bright wants to abort firing, but the base commander explains that the laser is at critical levels, so trying to cut it off would put the 1,000 people on Gryps 2 at risk. With seconds left on the countdown, Ronan thinks of Riddhe as a boy and calls out his name. Gryps 2 fires and destroys the Rewloola and a Musaka. Banagher and Riddhe deploy three psycho-fields to absorb the blast of Gryps 2. The beam is diffused as it passes through each field, leaving a small beam that misses Magallanica. The Unicorn Gundam's psychoframe suddenly grows out many crystals, and Marida's voice tells Banagher that she can see things no one else can. She says that no matter how deep the despair, hope is always born out of it. She tells him he can use sadness as fuel to light the way. She believes humanity is standing on a threshold and might cross it while still in their physical bodies to the path that lies over the rainbow. Mineva addresses the entire Earth Sphere from Magallanica and says her lineage is irrelevant to the news she has. She reveals that the original Charter monument was thought to be lost when Laplace was destroyed, but it was preserved. She shows the real Charter on camera and notes the extra article that has been kept hidden. As Magallanica separates from Industrial 7, Otto asks Zinnerman and his men to take control of it. Zinnerman accepts, and Otto says they should get a drink later.

 

Mihiro calls Riddhe and asks him to return because the Federation is moving to intercept Magallanica and stop the broadcast. Mineva notes that the original Charter was intended to be a prayer, but it transformed into a curse. An object of fear that could topple the Federation government. On Earth, Kai calls Beltorchika Irma on the phone. Alberto sees that the transmission is actually being relayed by the Unicorn Gundam through psycho-waves. Martha wants them stopped and says civilians won't understand the context of the Box. Bright cuts Martha off and says the military will handle things, but she won't have any say in it. Alberto wants a fresh start, and Bright takes Martha in for questioning. Ronan tells Bright that the choice is theirs to make, and they have no choice but to accept it because that's what fathers do. The General Revil launches mobile suit teams to stop the broadcast. Angelo wakes up and gets out of his cockpit, where he finds Full Frontal's pod floating nearby. Riddhe tells Banagher to get some rest, but the Unicorn Gundam takes off and flies away. Riddhe wonders if he's a perfected Newtype, but he thinks the possibility of that is more than enough. Riddhe activates NT-D and chases after Banagher, saying that he'll steal Mineva away if Banagher doesn't return. The Unicorn Gundam waves its hand and knocks aside the incoming mobile suits. Mineva asks humanity to usher in the next century with goodwill in their hearts and to believe in the God called "possibility" that lies within everyone. As Banagher wakes up, the Unicorn Gundam returns to normal and flies back to the colony with the Banshee Norn.

 

Commentary

 

The TV adaptation of Gundam Unicorn ends in the same way as its OVA version, which is of course not a surprise. With Full Frontal out of the way, the only remaining task is to stop Gryps 2 so that Mineva can give her speech and reveal the secret of Laplace's Box to the world. I always felt that the ending was a little sudden - not that I was expecting a long epilogue. Overall, it's clear that this TV version was quickly assembled to fill a TV timeslot. It really has no other purpose for existing. Due to how the story is broken up to fit as 22-minute episodes, I can't really recommend this version of the series for a new viewer. It really does work better in the context of the full length OVA episodes.

 

Overall Rating

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