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Episode 32: Amidst the Flames of Fate

 

Review by Brian Shea

 

May 15, 2007

 

The Solo Ship departs the Earth sphere. Cosmo finds the Buff Clan transmission device on the ship. Gije explains that the transmission devices work through a microscopic being that lives inside it. Cosmo destroys the transmission device. An Earth Union military ship approaches the Solo Ship. Commander Leclan comes aboard the ship and plays a transmission ordering the Solo Ship crew to obey the military's orders. The Solo Ship crew laughs at the message. Leclan asks the Solo Ship crew to ally with them for the time being. Moera says they will refuse to fight and want to go to a place where neither the Earth nor Buff Clan can find them. Later, Fard trips, dropping his doll and starts crying. Moera yells at him and says he needs to act more like a man. Rapoh arrives and tells Fard to follow Moera's advice. The Garowa Zan receives supplies from the Killot Zan. Buff Clan commander Hannibal Gen comes aboard to greet Rukuku and leaves his underling Kulara Kina aboard. Later, Rukuku watches the tape of Daram's that she found. Daram talks about his romance with Harulu. Rukuku laughs at the video. Kulara listens in from outside. Rukuku realizes Kulara has been spying on her. Kulara tries to cover herself up by telling Rukuku that Doba himself will be trying to take on the Giant God. Bes decides to have the Solo Ship temporarily assist with Leclan. Suddenly an alarm goes off announcing an oncoming Buff Clan force. The pilots head towards the Ideon. Moera goes to see Fard and Rapoh before he heads out. The three Ideon units head out. Moera thinks about protecting Rapoh and Fard and wonders if the fate of mankind is going in a bad direction. Rukuku plans to lure the Solo Ship towards Saturn. The Buff Clan ships enter Null Space. Kulara contacts Harulu about Rukuku laughing at Daram's video. Harulu orders Kulara to get the video and assassinate Rukuku. Leclan's Gorlicky follows the Solo Ship, which plans on following the Buff Clan towards Saturn. The Ideon units fight a number of Adigos. Bento warns Moera about being too hasty in battle.

 

Moera's Ideo-Nova takes heavy damage. Bes orders the Ideon units to return to the Solo Ship so it can DS Out. The Solo Ship enters Null Space as soon as the Ideon units arrive. Leclan's ships follow. The Solo Ship departs from Null Space near the planet Saturn. Aboard the Garowa Zan, the Buff Clan detects the recently arriving Solo Ship and also departs from Null Space. Aboard the Solo Ship Moera notices Fard sitting around while the others are doing work. Moera yells at Fard, who starts crying. Moera says goodbye to Rapoh and Fard and heads back out. The Gorlicky talks to Bes about their strategy for the upcoming battle. Bes orders the Ideon to head out. Rapoh and Fard say goodbye to Moera and Fard tells Moera he won't need his doll anymore. The Ideon battles more Adigos and the Solo Ship sends out the Ideon Gun. The Earth military and Buff Clan ships trade fire and multiple ships go down in flames. Leclan refuses to retreat and the Gorlicky is soon destroyed. The Ideon separates in two during the battle. An Adigo grabs ahold of the Ideon's torso, heavily damaging it. Moera refuses to escape. Kulara sneaks aboard the bridge of the Garowa Zan and kills Rukuku. The Ideon's energy rises and it connects to the Ideon Gun. The Ideon Gun's blast vaporizes the Garowa Zan and destroys part of Saturn's rings. The Ideon's torso is heavily damaged during the blast and Moera is killed. Rapoh and Fard cry over Moera's death. Moera's corpse is put in an escape capsule and is sent out into space. Bes tells the crew he is happy that no one leaked any information about Karala or Gije to Leclan and that he is happy with the harmony of the ship's crew. Bes collapses of exhaustion. The Solo Ship heads into Null Space.

 

Outside of a major flaw, this episode is really good and is up there with the top episodes of the series. Another excellent battle in space and after a poor job the last time, the animation once again reaches heights of excellence. Moera becomes the first member of the Solo Ship crew to die, a trend we'll continue to see over the final seven episodes. The one flaw however is that Moera's development comes out of nowhere. For the first 31 episodes while being an Ideon pilot, he's been a relatively minor character. Suddenly in this episode he has a major role and his relationships with Fard and Rapoh, which were never mentioned before take center stage. While it was nice to see him get the character development, it became a telling sign that something was gonna happen to him. The majority of Moera's scenes would be merged with the battle from episodes 27 and 29 in the compilation movie, a format where the storyline works somewhat better. The infighting of the Buff Clan is another interesting development as Harulu has Rukuku assassinated simply for laughing at a video of Daram. With two Buff Clan officers being killed by fellow Buff Clans in the last three episodes, it's starting to remind me of what happened with the Zeon in Mobile Suit Gundam where a major factor in their downfall was their infighting. Surprisingly enough after being a major part of the storyline since episode 23, Gije is pretty much ignored entirely in this episode, appearing only briefly at the start and end of the episode.

 

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