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Episode 5: Clash with the Red Comet

 

Review by Chris Guanche

May 3, 2016

 

Summary

 

Full Frontal responds and wants to know what Daguza’s demands are. Daguza demands that Full Frontal pull back and let the ship reach a safe location. Full Frontal notes that he has no way of knowing if that’s the real Mineva, which Daguza thinks is overly cautious for the supposed Red Comet. Full Frontal makes a counter demand that they turn over all materials relating to Laplace’s Box. Daguza says they don’t have the box, but Full Frontal notes that they have a Gundam type suit. He threatens to destroy the ship in three minutes if they don’t respond. Daguza thinks Full Frontal is bluffing, but Mineva says that if he really is Char, as the son of Zeon Deikun he wouldn’t care about her because he blames the Zabis for his father’s death. Daguza puts a gun to Mineva’s head, and she notices that the comm line on his headset is still open. He says that there must be soldiers in the Sleeves who still believe in the Zabis, and Mineva says Zeon soldiers would be committed to destroying Laplace’s Box. Alberto then butts in and ruins everything by saying they should destroy the Unicorn Gundam’s electrical systems because it’s just the key and not the Box. Mineva dares Daguza to kill her and destroy the key, and Banagher comes to the bridge. He wants her to come with him and says he doesn’t care what her name is. Daguza tells him to butt out, and Full Frontal demands an answer. When they say nothing, Full Frontal announces he’ll destroy the ship. Banagher asks why so many people have to die for the Box, and Daguza explains it’s so that even more people don’t die. Banagher vows that he’ll take down the Sinanju and leaves the bridge. Full Frontal dodges Riddhe’s attacks and is about to return fire, but Norm attacks him. Full Frontal uses his beam saber to slice into Norm’s ReZEL and destroy it. Riddhe rushes in to attack, but he has a flash in his mind and stop. He looks over to the Nahel Argama and sees the Unicorn Gundam about to launch. Daguza sees that this is Alberto’s doing, and Alberto says the Gundam will buy them time, even with an inexperienced pilot. Daguza says that’s practically giving the Box to the Neo Zeon, but Alberto counters that if the key is broken, it’s useless. Alberto says that Banagher will keep fighting until the Unicorn Gundam is destroyed. He then calls Banagher and tells him that his pilot suit will counter the effects of the NT-D. Banagher then detaches from the catapult and takes off just as Full Frontal fires at the ship. Banagher fires his beam magnum several times, but Full Frontal dodges. One stray shot kills Geara Zulu pilot Sergi, which angers Angelo. Angelo then fires at Banagher, but Banagher is able to dodge. Full Frontal dodges more shots from the beam magnum and says that it doesn’t matter how powerful the weapon is if it can’t hit him. He pulls out his beam saber and slashes at Banagher, but Banagher dodges. The Unicorn Gundam’s shield then activates an I-field to block a shot from Angelo's Geara Zulu. Full Frontal disconnects two propellant tanks that are then hit by a beam magnum shot, causing Banagher to wonder if he hit the Sinanju. Full Frontal then sneaks up on Banagher and kicks him away. The NT-D system activates and transforms the suit.

 

The Unicorn Gundam dodges the Sinanju’s beam saber and speeds through the asteroid field. It fires its vulcans at the Sinanju, but Full Frontal bounces off an asteroid and attacks with his beam saber. Riddhe tells Banagher to help him flank Full Frontal, and Banagher manages to land a shot on the Sinanju’s leg. He gives chase over Riddhe’s warning and has a Newtype sensation. He barely manages to dodge a beam barrage from the Kshatriya, which grabs the Unicorn Gundam and punches the cockpit. Banagher vomits into his helmet and apologizes to Mineva before passing out. Full Frontal and Marida then escape with the captured Unicorn Gundam in tow. Later, Riddhe comes into Mineva’s room and tells her that as a boy he saw her uncle Gihren give a speech that rallied together thousands with cries of “Sieg Zeon!” He asks if the Neo Zeon still chant that way and angrily demands that Mineva say it for him. He asks her to convince him that she’s the princess of Zeon, because otherwise he can’t understand why someone like her would sneak aboard a Federation ship alone. As he leaves, he tells Mineva that Banagher was calling the name “Audrey” to the end. Mineva tells him he doesn’t understand anything because no one will ever know she was there. She asks him why Full Frontal refused to believe who she really was and asks Riddhe to think how she’s been able to survive. She asks him to think how it is that Neo Zeon has been able to survive for so long, and he asks if there’s been backroom deals. She tells him that the incident at Industrial 7 will fade from the public view, and she says the Federation uses Neo Zeon as a scapegoat. She thinks the Federation is taking steps to resolve the Neo Zeon issue, which is why the Vist Foundation took a gamble with its legacy, Laplace’s Box. Riddhe says he tried to think of himself as just a pilot, and that even with some corruption the Federation could correct itself. But he knows that’s a lie and again asks why Mineva is doing what she’s doing. She says that her family takes the blame for the One Year War, so she can’t separate herself from that, and if she can stop another tragedy from happening, she will. Riddhe tells Mineva that she’s still an enemy, and he can’t forgive the Neo Zeon for killing Norm. Mineva notes Riddhe’s last name, Marcenas, and he tells her he wishes they could’ve met under different circumstances. On the asteroid Palau in Side 6, Zinnerman and Marida escort Banagher to Full Frontal’s opulent office. Full Frontal greets Banagher and explains that the room is a replica of one in A Baoa Qu, the former Zeon fortress from the One Year War. He says the room was built by the governor-general of Palau, a Zeon sympathizer. Full Frontal dismisses Zinnerman and Marida and tells them that there’ll be more chances to rescue Mineva.

 

Commentary

 

The recut of the second OVA continues with what roughly approximates its middle section, ending with Banagher being brought before Full Frontal at Palau. Thankfully, the amount of recapping here was far more reasonable compared to the prior episode. There's a pretty good amount of mobile suit combat in this episode from the fight against Full Frontal, and ending where it did is a pretty good stopping point. I expect this is starting to sound like a broken record now, but there's nothing new brought to the table here, so the rewatch value is limited if you've already seen Unicorn before. For the sake of editing flow, anyone looking to rewatch the series is probably better served by just sticking with the OVA version, if that's an option.

 

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