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Episode 22: Soldier: Riml Luft

 

Review by Brian Shea

April 12, 2005

 

Summary

 

Shou thinks they should leave the caverns but Nie and Marvel remind him no attacks have come recently. Marvel wonders if Bern was dropped from the regular army for failing so many times against them. Riml arrives and asks Nie if she can help with anything. Nie seems angry and says there isn't. Shou wonders why Louser let Riml escape at this time. Doroburu, overhearing their conversation questions Riml later on, thinking she is a spy for her father. He reminds her that even Nie seems upset with her recent arrival. Riml runs off and cries outside. Meanwhile Bern reports to Shot, who has revamped the Leprechaun. Shot tells him he should take a vacation for a while. Shot reminds him that for the time being he is nothing more than his hired soldier. Nie returns to the Zelana's hiding place, telling everyone that they'll move their headquarters to where Bern had kept Shou and Chum captive earlier. He concedes that Riml being a spy is a possibility right in front of her, causing her to run off, upset. She overhears Keen talking about the repairs on the Dana O'Shee. Riml asks Keen to help her test out the Dana O'Shee so she will prove that she isn't a spy. Keen heads out in the Fou, with Riml behind her. Riml has trouble at first, with the Dana O'Shee barely making it above the ocean's surface. She figures things out and practices flying around with Keen. Riml still has a little trouble maneuvering though, flying somewhat recklessly. Riml wants to practice docking with the Fou but Keen avoids her. Jerryl, Feui and Allen head towards the Coast of Rian, two of them piloting Leprechauns and the other a Virunvee. With them are three Zuron Wing Caliburs.

 

The Zelana's crew slowly works on moving its headquarters. Chum greets Keen when she comes back, surprised to see Riml in the Dana O'Shee. Riml convinces Chum to keep things a secret for now. The Zelana itself heads through the sea and runs into the three Upper Earthlings. With the Bozune alone accompanying the Zelana, Keen and Shou head out to assist. Nie heads out in another Bozune. Riml gets into the Dana O'Shee despite Keen and Chum's warnings. Chum decides to accompanies her. Shou reaches the Zelana and attacks Jerryl's Leprechaun. It feels to him like she's overflowing with anger. Allen aims towards the bridge but is stopped by Nie, who is quickly ensnared by the Virunvee. Riml fires at it, allowing Nie to become free. Feui attacks Nie but Riml helps him out again. Marvel is surprised when Keen informs her who is really piloting the Dana O'Shee. Riml soon finds herself under pursuit of both Allen and Feui and can do little more than run. Shou meanwhile heavily damages Jerryl's Leprechaun, cutting off its arm and forcing her into the water below. He heads after Allen and Feui, who decide to rescue Jerryl and escape. Shou is mad at Riml, saying that the three of them were just trying things out and weren't fighting seriously. The Zelana successfully makes it to their new hiding place. Doroburu realizes how much of a help Riml was and apologizes to her, telling Nie to be easier on her. Nie realizes he was wrong and hugs Riml.

 

Commentary

 

Riml surprisingly gets into an Aura Battler herself in this episode, needing to prove herself. This type of practice is something we'll commonly see in Tomino's later Zeta Gundam, when this type of event will happen almost in every episode for a while. Nie always seems to be at one of two extremes; either he's too obsessed with Riml, or like in this episode he completely ignores her. Hopefully he'll start acting a little normal in the future. Overall there's nothing all that special about this episode. It appears that the Leprechaun has been pushed into regular usage and even Shot seems to be holding back Bern now. His status has dropped so tremendously since Shou arrived that he can't even seem to go out as a regular soldier anymore.

 

Overall Rating

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