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Episode 3: After the Festival

 

Review by Chris Guanche

May 30, 2001

 

Summary

 

Sochie sees that Vicinity is on fire and wonders if the Turn A was responsible for it. The cockpit of the Turn A falls to the ground, and Loran cries out in pain because Sochie accidentally kneed him in the balls. She gets off of the Turn A to find him some clothes to wear. At Nocis, Yanny has his men uselessly fire their stationary ground turrets at the attacking Wodoms. More Bull Ones attack, and they are easily destroyed. The battleship Almaiya flies overhead, and commander Aji asks soldier Phil Ackman if he located the source of the beam rifle that was fired. Phil doesn't know where it came from, but he says it definitely wasn't from a Wodom. Guin tries to talk to the Moonrace about the attack, but they insist he had a month's warning. Kihel finds her mother, who was worried about where she ran off to. As a Wodom rampages across the streets, Kihel's mother faints from shock. Fran tries to get a picture of the Wodom, and Keith tries desperately to board an airship. Nearby, several planes attack Pou, and she destroys them with her beam cannon and causes significant damage to Nocis. Kihel brings drinks to Guin's men, and he tells her they have to talk to Dianna Soriel to end the attack. Sochie brings Loran a cloth to wrap himself in, and he tells her that he found the Turn A's instruction manual. The cockpit returns to its position, and Sid and Joseph show up and ask who is inside. Sid wonders if the Turn A has something to do with the Dark History, but Loran doesn't know what that is. Sochie wants to go back to Vicinity with the Turn A, but Loran says that's impossible. Sid says that if the Turn A is from the Dark History, then they have to make sure the enemy doesn't get it. Loran gets the Turn A to move, but it stops soon after when it sinks into the ground.

 

Loran and Sochie get off, leaving the Turn A in the care of Sid. Sid calls Guin and tells him about the Turn A. Guin wonders if there's a chance that other suits could be found and used. He orders Sid to have the area around the Turn A evacuated. Loran carries Sochie home on his back and wonders why he has to do that. Sochie tells him her feet hurt from walking and that it's his job as the driver to take her home. They arrive to find the house in ruins, and Sochie is horrified to see that Diran is dead. Mad with grief, she blames Loran for not being able to use the Turn A well enough to protect him. She runs out the door to tell mother and Kihel in Nocis, but Loran says the city is under attack. She tries to run away, and Loran slaps her to calm her down. Loran begins to cry and wonders if Dianna is to blame for what is happening. In Nocis, Kihel tends to her mother and looks out the window where the Moonrace have set up base across from the river. Pou and the other Wodom pilots meet at base for repairs. She speaks to Phil and cries over her failure. Phil tells her they are short on pilots now and that she has an opportunity to redeem herself if she can help him find the mobile suit that fired the beam rifle. Pou sets out in her Wodom and is followed by several small Wads. A funeral is held for Diran, and Sochie breaks down in tears near his grave. Keith comes to visit Loran, and they sit by the river and examine the Turn A's manual. Keith wonders if they should get the FLAT and return to the Moonrace or leave. He wants to go somewhere free of war to bake bread, and Loran accuses him of being selfish. Keith says things change in war and that Loran better learn how to pilot the Turn A. Loran wonders if Dianna can come down to Earth and stop the war. When Loran returns home he gets a telegram from Guin ordering him to pilot the Turn A and meet the Dianna Counter forces. Loran says he isn't part of the Militia, but they don't give him a choice. He gets inside the Turn A and manages to move it properly with the help of the instruction manual.

 

Commentary

 

Now that the story is moving forward, it's time for people to start dying. This is Kill 'Em All Tomino we're talking about here, so he has to get started sooner or later. He never hesitates to start killing people at the very beginning of a series. I expect that this one will have quite a bit of death since the members of the Militia are all hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned, except for Loran. With Diran's death, Sochie has a reason to hate the Moonrace now. It looks like Keith doesn't want to be part of the war, but Loran doesn't seem to have a choice. I guess he was in the wrong place at the wrong time...or maybe the right place at the right time. Sid and Joseph mention the Dark History of Earth, which seems to refer to an ancient past where mobile suits existed. Whether this relates to the Universal Century or another universe is unclear at the moment.

 

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