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Episode 9: Retribution

 

Review by Chris Guanche

January 27, 2017

 

Summary

 

Banagher thinks it's too obvious for the Box to be hidden in the wreckage of Laplace, but Daguza says they're checking it out anyway. Daguza comments that the destruction of Laplace was the best thing ever for the Federation because it allowed them to keep control over space under the auspices of terrorism prevention. He says no one from that time is left alive, but the fear of the Box and its connection to the Vist Foundation. After reaching the designated coordinates, the Unicorn Gundam begins broadcasting the old speech from Ricardo Marcenas. Otto is informed of a massive increase in Minovsky particles and orders all hands to battle stations. Banagher suddenly flies out of Laplace and says that the Nahel Argama is in danger. He then dodges a long-distance beam attack from several Geara Zulus and fires his bazooka in response. Banagher fires his bazooka and destroys a Geara Zulu's arm, but Daguza tells him to stop playing games because an escaping enemy could kill him or an ally. Gilboa attacks Banagher with a heat hawk and tells him to stay back because their only goal is to get Marida back. Daguza radios the ship with that information, and Full Frontal begins his attack on Banagher to activate the NT-D. Marida wakes up and breaks free of her restraints just a hole is blasted in the hull. Alberto is nearly sucked out into space, but she grabs him by the arm and saves him.

 

Daguza tells Banagher to go all out so that it activates the NT-D, and Banagher flies back into the colony. Daguza gets out of the cockpit with a bazooka and says he's going to help Banagher. Daguza says the NT-D responded to Banagher's will earlier, and he thinks the Unicorn Gundam has something in it beyond being a Newtype killing machine. He guesses that the La+ program might be something that tests a pilot's will before leading it to the Box. Daguza plants explosives inside the colony, which are tripped by the Sinanju when it enters. Daguza then fires his bazooka at the Sinanju's head to blind it. Full Frontal uses his beam tomahawk to vaporize Daguza, and the NT-D system activates. Banagher fires the beam magnum and causes the colony to break apart. Angelo and his men attack, and he says that Banagher is a total amateur reacting like how the simulations predicted. Banagher stabs a Geara Zulu and attacks Angelo, slicing apart his cannon, arms and legs. Zinnerman tells Gilboa to cancel his infiltration mission and instead help Full Frontal. The Sinanju and Unicorn Gundam begin to heat up in atmospheric re-entry, and Banagher rips off one of the Sinanju's legs. Full Frontal tells him that if he keeps fighting, they'll both burn up. Banagher keeps up the attack and fires his beam magnum, but Gilboa suddenly appears and takes the shot. The Unicorn Gundam then falls into the atmosphere as Full Frontal retreats. On Earth, Mineva is taken to Ronan's mansion. The Garencieres begins atmospheric re-entry while Full Frontal retrieves Angelo. Banagher wakes up and sees Daguza's side seat burning up in space.

 

Commentary

 

The third OVA ends with the story moving to Earth, as so often happens in Gundam series that begin in space. The highlight of this episode is Daguza, who shows an understanding of conflict that you'd only see from someone who has lived it their entire life. He makes the ultimate sacrifice to give Banagher a fighting chance against Full Frontal, and the shock of his death is enough to trigger the NT-D. Banagher almost gets the jump on Full Frontal, but in typical Gundam fashion, Gilboa steps in at the last second and takes the killing shot. I wasn't a fan of the fourth OVA, so I'll be going into the next three episodes with some hesitation.

 

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