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Episode 11: Offense and Defense of Kiron Castle

 

Review by Brian Shea

April 1, 2005

 

Summary

 

At Kiron Castle King Pinegan's advisor, Shotan asks if he can see Drake and negotiate to stop the fighting. Pinegan doesn't expect help from the nearby Kingdom of Lao even though his wife, Pat Hood is the daughter of the King of Lao. The Zelana lands in the castle, where Shou notices another Aura Ship, the Namwan, which was the first one Shot Weapon made upon arriving at Byston Well. Keen says the Kingdom of Mi would be spared if they were handed over to Drake, making everyone nervous. Luckily these fears are alleviated as Pinegan comes out to greet Nie. Inside the castle the princess, Elle is surprised that those from Upper Earth are so alike to those from Byston Well. Garalia tries to head out on her own, angering Bern. He sends Todd out to stop her. Todd convinces Garalia to stop heading out so recklessly. Upon hearing that Drake will be sending out his main force the next day, Shotan heads out convinced that he will be able to negotiate with him. At that time Drake arrives at the fortress of Red Bar on the Bull Beggar. He tells his officers to atone for Kibitsu's death by attacking Kiron castle. At the castle Elle comes to visit the Zelana and is impressed by the Aura Battlers. At Red Bar, Shotan tells Drake he is attacking on mistaken information. Drake reveals to him that he made everything up in order to get permission from Furoan Elf to attack Mi, and has Bern kill him. That night Pinegan tells Nie that if the castle falls to bring Pat Hood and Elle to Lao and receive help from King Foizon. Drake's soldiers arrive with Shotan's corpse. They announce their upcoming attack on the castle so there will be time to evacuate the women and children.

 

Shou is surprised to find out that King Foizon of Lao won't help out even though his daughter is in Mi. The next day Drake's forces head towards the castle. Pinegan has Elle and Pat Hood leave. Elle is upset, not wanting her father to die. Shou heads out in the Dunbine with them in its hands. Drake's main forces commence their attack on the castle. Pinegan heads out one of the castle's Namwan Aura Ships to defend the castle and the Zelana heads out soon afterwards. Shou leaves Elle and Pat Hood in the woods then returns to the battle. The Doros and Barous deal heavy damage to the castle. Marvel heads out on the Fou and has success destroying some of them. Garalia, finally getting to pilot a Drumlo, fights Shou. Bern in his Virunvee takes out one of the Namwans, which crashes into the nearby lake. Shou immobilizes Garalia then fights Todd. Bern destroys the other Namwan, killing Pinegan. With the King dead, Nie decides to retreat so they can help Elle and Pat Hood. Todd, in the midst of his battle with Shou is ordered by Bern to ignore the Dunbine and attack the castle instead. The Zelana retreats to the woods and recovers Elle and Pat Hood.

 

Commentary

 

This episode introduces us to the royal family of Mi. An interesting thing to note is that the Queen of Mi, Pat Hood (yet anther bizarre Tomino name), is actually the daughter of King Foizon of the Kingdom of Lao (something implied, not actually explained in this episode, a big gripe of mine). Despite that Lao provides no help and the castle is quickly taken over by Drake's forces. I wonder why he wouldn't provide any help, hopefully that's something we'll get explained to us later on. Elle's absolutely bizarre hair style is another oddity. Garalia finally gets her long awaited chance to pilot an Aura Battler here, I hope she'll be appreciative and will stop going out against orders. She reminds me of Katz from Zeta Gundam, who frequently did the same thing.

 

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