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Episode 18: Flash of Garalia

 

Review by Brian Shea

April 3, 2005

 

Summary

 

On Byston Well Drake's forces continue to deal heavy damage to Elf Castle, particularly now with Shou gone. Drake's soldiers are soon able to storm into the castle itself. King Furaon is soon cornered by them and he slips off the top of the castle to his death. The Zelana continues to battle the three newcomers from Upper Earth. Marvel, the Zelana's sole defense is soon overwhelmed by them. With Elf Castle fallen, Allen and Feui convince the aggressive Jeryll they should depart. The battle over, Nie is ashamed and doesn't want to return to Lao. Distrustful as usual, he thinks Shou joined the enemy. On Upper Earth the military announces to Shou that his parents are hostages and convinces him to land. One of the soldiers gives them a gun. The media tries to get answers from Shou's friends, but they won't say anything. A family stopping their car in the woods happens to come upon Garalia and her Bastole. She attacks them but hesitates upon seeing their child and steals their food instead. She is convinced that Upper Earth is not for her. Shou's parents approach the Dunbine. Shou thinks of his childhood about how his parents ignored him. Shou's father believes what he says, but his mother still refuses to believe its really Shou.

 

Garalia heads to the air again and battles the attack helicopters approaching her. Shou wants to head out to stop her but his mother is concerned only with their social status, not wanting him to go. She declares him an alien and shoots at him with the gun given to Shou's father. Shou is extremely upset and takes off. Chum feels sorry for him. Garalia, in the midst of her attack starts thinking about what Shou said earlier regarding joining their forces to return to Byston Well. She is about to attack another plane but sees the image of a boy, telling her not to kill his father. Garalia hesitates because of that. She thinks of her childhood, when she was always looked down upon because her parents were deserters. Shou arrives and they battle. The same soldier from before arrives in his helicopter and tells Shou to force the Bastole to the ground if he desires his parent's safety. Realizing the trouble he's putting his parents in, Shou tells him that he's actually an alien, like they had thought. The military starts targeting both Aura Battlers now. Shou tells Garalia they should try combining their power and ascend to Byston Well. Garalia finally decides to go along with him. The two combine their power and head back through the Aura Road. The power is too much for the Bastole however, and it blows up. Shou appears stranded on Upper Earth, for the time being.

 

Commentary

 

In an unexpected turn of events Garalia is killed after finally consenting to attempt to return to Byston Well with Shou. Having been a pretty major character up to this point I'm surprised they'd kill her off so early in the series. At least we finally get some insight into her character, revealing she's so aggressive because the cowardly nature of her parents haunted her all this time. Shou's experiences with his parents continues to get worse as his mother tries to kill him. With the military taking them hostage, Shou has no choice but to lie and claim that he is an alien like everyone thought. This episode also features some action on Byston Well, with Drake completing his conquest of Elf Castle. Finally the annoying Furaon Elf is dead, dying a pretty pathetic death too. With all of Ah now under his control Drake is becoming a bigger and bigger threat to Byston Well...

 

Overall Rating

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