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Episode 20: Bern's Counterattack

 

Review by Brian Shea

April 6, 2005

 

Summary

 

The Zelana heads through the Crystal Forest, hoping to get to the Coast of Rian. The Zelana has trouble making it through the forest without repeatedly hitting crystals. Shou and a few of the Zelana's crew members just narrowly miss falling out. About to hit a mountain, Shou's aura power gives the Zelana the needed boost it needs to ascend. Nigu Rou watches the Zelana from the ground below. He returns to Bern and tells them they are approaching the Coast of Rian. Bern hopes Shot can convince Drake to give him another Aura Battler so he can go out and defeat Shou on his own. Drake decides to allow it, assuming Bern uses an experimental Aura Battler. Shot shoots at the ceiling, hitting Hon Wan, who was spying on the two of them from the floor above. Shot presents Bern with the untested Aura Battler Leprechaun. Bern is confident with all its fire power he'll be able to take out the Dunbine. He heads out on a Wing Caliber. Bern heads for the Sea of Ren, which is near the Coast of Rian. He finds the Zelana and immediately attacks it. Bern finds the Leprechaun a little hard to control, but with so much fire power he is confident he'll win. The Zelana rushes its way towards the Coast of Rian so it can hide in a cavern there. The Zelana has trouble moving around but sees a signal of colored water which leads them to a cavern where Doroburu is hiding. Nigu Rou watches, seeing which cavern they are flying into. Bern wants to capture Shou alive so he can find out how he was able to go to Upper Earth. He sneaks his way into the cavern while everyone is relaxing. Shou asks Nie to lend him the Fou so he can head out and attack Elf Castle, thinking this would be a good time to attack. He heads out on the Dunbine and docks with the Fou, unaware that Bern is hiding inside of it.

 

Chum tells Shou she thinks he's become a lot more aggressive since he's returned to Upper Earth. Bern reveals himself and points a revolver at Shou. He has him reverse the Fou's course. Nie, Keen and Marvel head out on another Fou and the Bozune in order to help Shou's attack on the castle. Bern orders Shou to land on a nearby island once they return to the Coast of Rian. He ties up Shou and demands him to reveal the way to head to Upper Earth. Shou tells him its a bad idea and reveals that Garalia died. Bern has both Shou and Chum lowered into the water as a way to force them into talking. A wounded Hon Wan heads through the forest and sees the Bozune and Fou. He signals them to land and tells them Shou never made it to Elf (now called Drake) Castle. They head back to the Coast of Rian. Bern tells Nigu Rou he doesn't want to bring Shou to Drake Castle until he finds out how to get to Upper Earth. That way he'll be even more revered than Shot. The Bozune appears and Marvel saves Shou, who then falls into the water. Marvel attacks the Dunbine (now piloted by one of Bern's soldiers) then fights the Leprechaun. The Fou is chased by Nigu Rou's forces. Shou gets out of the water and back into the Dunbine, then heads over towards the Leprechaun. Marvel defeats the stolen Fou while Shou manages to heavily damage the Leprechaun. Bern retreats, defeated once again. Shou looks around and finds Chum on a nearby cliff.

 

Commentary

 

This episode, which seems to be more of a filler one is somewhat of a disappointment after a long line of good episodes. Although we are introduced to a new Aura Battler, the Leprechaun, the plot doesn't really go anywhere in this episode. This episode shows us just how much Bern's status has fallen in Drake's army, as Drake will only let him go out on an experimental Aura Battler so it won't be revealed who he is. With both Ah and Mi under his control I don't exactly understand why Drake would even care about politics like that now, as his empire has become quite powerful.

 

Overall Rating

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