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Episode 44: Emary's Glory

 

Review by Chris Guanche

December 11, 2002

 

Summary

 

Emary disagrees with Judau's plan to infiltrate Core 3 and kidnap Mineva. He says that with Haman distracted by Glemy's rebellion it is the perfect time to do it. Judau takes off in the ZZ Gundam, followed by Roux in the Zeta Gundam. They disguise themselves as asteroids and fly towards Core 3. Elsewhere, Glemy discusses with Rakan the plan to attack Chara's fleet. Glemy tells Ple Two that the massive new mobile suit Queen Mansa is for her, and she vows that she won't be beaten again. Judau and Roux approach Core 3 and enter through the area damaged by the Nahel Argama's attack. They leave their Gundams behind and fly through the colony to search for Haman. Roux wonders where she could be, and Judau says he can feel her. Emary orders Milly to cover Haman's fleet so that Glemy can't get near Judau. Mashymre tells Haman that he and Illia are staying behind to protect her, and she tells him that Glemy is the main problem now. She gives him a new rose and privately tells Illia that it is over-energized. An officer tells Haman that spies in Granada report a Federation fleet is heading their way. Judau tosses grenades near Haman's suburban base to cut the power. Mashymre gets into his Zaku III Custom to investigate and is followed by Illia's ReGelgu. Judau and Roux break into the house and find Mineva crying alone. She says that Haman claims to love her but always ignores her. Roux takes her away, and Haman breaks in. She tells Judau that if he hands over Mineva she will let him go. He calls her a liar, and she tells him she is too busy with Glemy to do anything to him. She tells him that Glemy is trying to revive the Principality, and Judau says that is no different from what she is doing. He escapes as she shoots at him. Roux places Mineva in a jet and threatens to shoot her as Mashymre and Illia approach.

 

Haman demands that Judau give back Mineva, and he says she won't do anything that would injure Mineva. Haman says she would rather kill Mineva herself than let Judau mistreat her. Judau gives Mineva back and escapes with Roux in the jet. Mashymre and Illia chase them, and they barely escape through a closing hatch and out into space. Elsewhere, Rakan launches with a squad of Doven Wolf mobile suits, followed by Ple Two's Queen Mansa. She tells him that when they locate ZZ Gundam to leave it to her. On La Vie en Rose, Emary receives a message that a Federation fleet is on the way. On the Nahel Argama, Beecha launches in the Hyaku-Shiki, followed by Elle in the Mega Rider and Mondo in the Mk II. Glemy's fleet prepares to open fire on Core 3. At Core 3, Judau and Roux get back to their Gundams and escape, but they are chased by Mashymre and Illia. Ple Two searches for Judau but finds only La Vie en Rose and the Nahel Argama. She attacks the Gundam Team, and Emary has La Vie en Rose act as a shield for the Nahel Argama. She orders Milly and the rest of the crew to evacuate the ship. Ple Two turns away and leaves, but Emary ejects the ship's docking arms and has them slam into the Queen Mansa. Ple Two deploys her funnels and destroys Emary and La Vie en Rose. Judau arrives after the explosion and tells Ple Two that she is a puppet. He and the voice of Ple tell Ple Two that Glemy brainwashed her while she was in hibernation. The voice of Ple says that without brainwashing a girl wouldn't become a warrior. Ple Two is confused and shoots at Roux, Mashymre and Illia. Mashymre tries to fight, but Illia controls him with the rose. In the wreckage of La Vie en Rose, Judau and Milly hold Emary's body.

 

Commentary

 

Well, quite a lot happens in this episode. Glemy's rebellion has gone into full swing and is very fierce to say the least. His revolt is such a distraction to Haman that she can't even bother with Judau. I'm kind of surprised that he would think of kidnapping Mineva because it doesn't seem like something he would do. We also get to see another side of Mineva here. In Zeta Gundam and here she's mostly appeared as just Haman's puppet. We've seen before that she depends heavily on Haman, and here we see that she's realized Haman is just using her. She'd rather die escaping with Judau than stay with Haman. We get to see the new Queen Mansa here, which is basically a combination of the Psycho Gundam Mk II and Qubeley. Ple Two uses it well in killing Emary. Emary could've survived if she hadn't attacked Ple Two. With only three episodes left, it looks like quite a few more people will die before the series ends.

 

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