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Episode 6: Dellensen, a Fearsome Foe!

 

Review by Chris Guanche

November 12, 2014

 

Summary

 

The Megafauna reaches space, and Bellri gets ready for battle while Noredo helps Raraiya with her space suit. Noredo asks Bellri when they're going to escape, and he answers that he hasn't confirmed the Amerian fleet numbers yet. Aida walks in and asks if Bellri intends to escape with the G-Self, but he tells her that he's been ordered to fight. On Earth, Wilmit isn't pleased to see Catsiths loaded onto Doubeys equipped with space boosters. She questions Jugan about sending so many suits out to deal with space pirates, but Jugan explains that it's necessary since they now know that the pirates are connected to the Amerian Army. Jugan is informed that Dellensen has reached the Under Nut, and Wilmit isn't happy about the Capital Army having a presence in the Tower. Dellensen disembarks from the Crown and meets with Becker, who tells him that the current battle plan was based on lessons learned from Mask's mistakes. As they ride a transport through the station, Dellensen vows to rescue Bellri. Dellensen and Becker head to the base and don't receive a friendly reception from local residents. Wilmit calls Becker to complain about the Tower's militarization, but Becker counters that it's necessary because Amerians are battle hardened after fighting Gondwan for 20 years. Dellensen promises Wilmit that he'll personally rescue Bellri, but her audio is cut off when Jugan starts arguing with her. Dellensen prepares to launch in his Elf Bull and rendezvous with the Gironde Team. Bellri tells Noredo that she and Raraiya should hide inside the Fry-Schop that the G-Self will be using. Noredo asks Bellri about the G-Self's new Reflector Pack, and Aida mentions that it was built by Ameria's best engineers at the Caribbean Ocean Laboratory. Klim adds that it reflects beams, but they weren't able to install it on the Montero. Happa tells Bellri about the manual controls in the cockpit to use the reflector. The Elf Bull takes off and heads for the Megafauna's position. Klim expects Bellri to be his shield with the reflector pack, and Aida cautions Bellri not to get pulled into the atmosphere. Noredo and Raraiya sneak into the Fry-Schop and hide in a closet just before the pilots arrive. Dellensen calls the Gironde Team and asks them to attack the Megafauna from below. Aida launches in the G-Arcane, and Happa tells Bellri to fold up the reflector pack when he's not using it. Raraiya freaks out when Noredo closes her helmet and forgets to turn on the oxygen feed. Donyell wants his people to attack and create a diversion so that the Capital Army doesn't notice the movements of the Amerian fleet.

 

Bellri joins up with the Grimoires that launched from the ship. He asks his Fry-Schop pilots to ascend more as a counter to Dellensen's Elf Bull approaching. Bellri takes off and unfolds the reflectors while floating above the Earth, which allows him to spot the Amerian ships. Dellensen begins Minovsky particle jamming begins, and the Doubeys eject their space boosters and fire missiles. When the Doubeys reach their maximum altitude, the Catsiths take off and attack the Grimoires. Bellri comes under fire from the Elf Bull, but the reflector pack absorbs the beam. Dellensen ejects his booster to have it ram into the G-Self, but Bellri is able to destroy it. The Fry-Schop that Noredo and Raraiya are riding takes some damage, and the Megafauna steers in time to avoid incoming missiles. The Elf Bull transforms and unleashes a barrage of beams, but the reflector absorbs them and turns them into energy for the G-Self. Bellri tells himself that Wilmit is too unaware of what the Capital Army is up to if they've built suits like the Elf Bull. Bellri and Dellensen shoot at the same time, but their beams cancel each other out. Klim joins the battle and attacks Dellensen, but he comes under fire from multiple beams. Bellri rams into Dellensen to push him away from Klim. Dellensen fires at the G-Self from behind, but the reflector absorbs the blast. Bellri then slams his shield into the Elf Bull while it's in the middle of transforming. He sticks his rifle against it and fires, and at that moment Dellensen realizes he was fighting Bellri. Bellri hears Dellensen's voice and pulls away just before the Elf Bull explodes. Bellri cries and blames Dellensen for coming out and fighting him. The reflectors peel away as the G-Self falls toward Earth. Bellri looks around and spots the Montero falling into the atmosphere. Using the full charge built up by the reflector, Bellri unleashes a gas flow that shields him and Klim during re-entry. Bellri thinks to himself that Dellensen couldn't have been his opponent. The Fry-Schop pilots are surprised when Noredo and Raraiya emerge from hiding. Donyell orders the ship to return to Bequest Island, and Aida asks him to let Bellri get some rest. Klim is impressed with Bellri's performance and that of the reflector. In his quarters, Bellri tries to convince himself that he misheard and that it couldn't have been Dellensen.

 

Commentary

 

Reconguista takes on the classic Gundam tradition of fighting near Earth's atmosphere. The G-Self is equipped with the new Reflector Pack, although that name seems to be a bit of a misnomer since it absorbs the beams rather than reflects them. When the pack is unfolded, it certainly bears a bit of a resemblance to the Gundam X. On the political front, we learn that Ameria and Gondwan have been at war for 20 years, which is certainly far longer than the wars we see from the Universal Century. Wilmit isn't happy about the increasing militarization carried out by the Capital Army, which raises an important question. Was she asleep at the wheel and didn't notice, or were they just that good at hiding their development? Bellri had planned to make his escape this episode, but that goes completely awry when he kills Dellensen in battle. The irony, of course, is that Dellensen was killed by the very person he was trying to rescue. While most of the Capital Army guys have been jerks up to now, Dellensen always had the noble motive of wanting to rescue his student, for all the good that did him. Bellri's comments blaming Dellensen clearly echo similar statements by Kamille Bidan in Zeta Gundam. Although this isn't the first time Bellri has killed, it's the first time he's had to struggle with the reality of what he's done. Cahill was a stranger, and Bellri killed him purely out of self-defense. But now he's killed someone he knows, and his first instinct is to try and deny it. On a technical note, some footage from this battle appears in the opening sequence but not in the actual episode. So there's very clearly a missing scene showing Bellri chasing Dellensen and slamming his shield into the Elf Bull mid-transformation. I have no idea why this happened, but hopefully it'll be fixed for the home video release.

 

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