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Episode 6: Under the Mask

 

Review by Chris Guanche

May 13, 2016

 

Summary

 

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. Banagher sits down to drink tea, and Full Frontal walks over to shake hands. Banagher pulls his hand back and asks Full Frontal to remove his mask. Angelo is angered, but Full Frontal says it’s ok and takes it off. He says it’s useful for propaganda and forgets to take it off. He then asks why Cardeas gave Banagher the Unicorn Gundam, but Banagher says he’s explained everything. Full Frontal explains that the Vist Foundation built its whole power on the possession of the Box, but it risked everything to give it to the Neo Zeon. He thinks that even if something went wrong, they wouldn’t give it to a total stranger, so it’s likely that Banagher is part of the Vist family. Banagher asks if he’s obligated to answer, and Angelo grabs him by the collar. Full Frontal tells him to stop and tells Banagher that he’s asking nicely only because of Banagher’s connection to Mineva. Banagher then says that Mineva said Neo Zeon couldn’t get the Box because it would start another war. He asks why they want the Box, and Full Frontal asks Banagher if he believes in a Box that no one has ever seen and doesn’t know what’s inside, but could destroy the Federation. Banagher answers that he doesn’t know, but he believes there are things that can instantly change the world, like Zeon’s colony and asteroid drops, the invention of mobile suits, the discovery of Minovsky particles and the invention of nuclear bombs in the old era. He says an idea at the right time could change the world, and Full Frontal agrees. Full Frontal comments that space colonization was really just a program of mass exile, and since all power stayed in Earth, the colonies had no rights. Full Frontal says that Neo Zeon wants to fix the distorted system, and Banagher counters that terrorism and murder aren’t ever justified. Angelo calls Banagher a hypocrite and throws him against the wall. He says that if it’s never right to kill, Banagher is a murderer for using the Gundam. He sticks his boot in Banagher’s shoulder and says that even if it was a stray shot, Banagher was the one who killed Sergi. Full Frontal comments that Banagher was acting out of desperation, and Sergi was just unlucky. He calls for Zinnerman says he hopes that some day Banagher can understand them. As Zinnerman and Marida drag Banagher out, he asks Full Frontal if he’s really Char Aznable. Full Frontal answers that he’s just a vessel for the hopes of those abandoned in space, and if that’s what the people desire, he’ll be Char. On the Nahel Argama, Alberto briefs the crew about Palau and says that’s where the Unicorn Gundam is. A soldier complains about attacking a place like that, and Alberto points out that they have reinforcements and two ECOAS teams working together. The soldiers don’t like the plan and think it’s a suicide mission. Otto leaves the room and begins kicking the elevator wall in anger, until he’s interrupted by the door opening in front of Liam and Daguza. Liam asks what they’re going to do, and Otto says they have no choice. Daguza says he thinks of the mission as a hostage rescue because they owe Banagher.

 

Full Frontal tells Angelo that they might have to abandon Palau and asks about the analysis of the Unicorn Gundam. Banagher has dinner with Marida, Gilboa Sant and his family. Gilboa’s son Tikva asks Banagher if he’s with the Federation and starts talking about how badly they treat people. Banagher says lots of people died because of Zeon, and Tikva says it’s the same for both sides in a war. Tikva asks why a Spacenoid like Banagher is helping the Federation, and Banagher asks if war is ever justified when so many have died. Banagher says he never wanted to kill anyone, but he would’ve died otherwise. Marida then takes him through the seedy streets of Palau and says she agrees that war isn’t justified, but sometimes it’s necessary to save lives. She takes him to a chapel and recalls that the beginning of the UC era was supposed to be the end of the era of God. She says that people can’t live without light and found a new light to replace God: the Zeon. She says that Zeon gave hope to the people that the world could change. In space, two camouflaged Lotos approach the asteroid and drop off several troops, who plant explosives. Banagher recalls what Cardeas told him about the god of possibility, and Marida thinks he must be an optimist. She tells Banagher not to worry about Sergi or when he fights, because there’s no time for regrets. She thanks Banagher for protecting Mineva, and he asks if she’s a pilot too. She answers that she does when they’re short on manpower, but she doesn’t mention that she pilots the Kshatriya. Riddhe knocks out Mineva’s guard and tells her to come with him to Earth. On Palau’s street, a seemingly drunken man bumps into Banagher and gives him a piece of digital paper and a tracer pen. Banagher looks at it in his room and reads the message on the map, which tells him to get to a specific spaceport by midnight. He says to himself that the battlefield is coming here now. The Nahel Argama receives a message from ECOAS, so Otto orders the ship to enter Neo Zeon airspace at full speed. Outside Palau, Daguza's ECOAS team moves into position to wait for Banagher. Riddhe tells Mineva about the operation to attack Palau and get both Banagher and the Unicorn Gundam back. Mineva asks if the targets will be limited to military facilities, and Riddhe reassures her that they wouldn't attack the civilian areas. They reach the mobile suit hangar, and he tells her that it'll take at minimum two days to reach Earth. They're interrupted by Micott, who assumes that Riddhe is helping Mineva escape and reaches for a phone to call the bridge. Mineva says that Riddhe is taking her to Earth, not betraying the Federation. She says she realized in this situation there is something that only she can do, but Micott says she can't believe a Zeon princess. Mineva says she has to do this to prevent the situation from escalating further, and Micott puts the phone down. She says this doesn't mean that she's forgiven Mineva, and she wants Mineva to fulfill her responsibilities.

 

Commentary

 

This episode concludes the story of the second OVA, but it also adds a few minutes from the third one to fill out the time. Thankfully, the transition between OVAs is handled better this time than in the third episode. The content from the end of the second OVA was solid, particularly Banagher's conversations with Full Frontal, Marida and Gilboa's family. However, the choice to end the episode on the confrontation with Micott seems like an odd closing point.

 

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