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Episode 11: Jealousy Game

 

Review by Brian Shea

June 11, 2005

 

Summary

 

The rebels attack one of the military's Arornes in the woods and the L.Gaim finishes it off. The remainder of the military's forces are soon destroyed. Stella makes a speech to the freed locals, and Amu happily cheers him on. Kyao and Leccee work on repainting some stolen heavy metals. Stella throws out some money to the crowd and Kyao grabs as much as he can. Daba thinks doing that will cost Stella later on. Amu sees Daba and Leccee together and sets her eyes on Stella instead for the time being. Meanwhile, at the base Gavlet notices the gold heavy metal Auge and its pilot Nei with her wingmen Anton Rando and Heckler Mauser. Gavlet runs over to her and kneels down, saying the rebels do not have the forces to attack this base and will try to obtain weapons to attack them. Nei decides to listen to his advice and heads out with her wingmen. Nearby soldiers laugh at Gavlet, telling him she's with Giwaza. Gavlet attacks them and then heads out, very excited for meeting Nei. That night Amu tells everyone Stella's latest plans to get more weapons from Amandara. Daba wonders if Amandara is the real leader of the rebels. Amu fights with Kyao, saying she's leading them on orders from Stella and hits him in the head with a pan. Stella and one of the rebels watch; the rebel is curious but Stella says he has taken extra precautions. Some of Gavlet's old bandit underlings arrive and he yells at them. He really wants to impress Nei. The girls head off with Daba on the Flicker while Kyao stays behind. A few rebels watch, content to let them do all the work. Amu spots a signal at the spaceport and heads in there with Leccee, not wanting to leave her alone with Daba. The two yell at each other while running towards the signal and just narrowly hide from a passing soldier. Since they're taking so long Lilith heads into the base too. Amu and Leccee go to pick up the weapons but realize it's a trap when the contact ends up being one of Lilin's former bandits. Daba tells Kyao to come help and he heads off with the Works and L.Gaim.

 

Leccee and Amu are tied up by their captors and Amu yells at them for joining the military. She says she doesn't care if they torture Leccee. The leader pulls out a knife, making Amu worried. Daba and Lilith head back to the Works and fly the Flicker into the L.Gaim. Daba tells Kyao to head to the spaceport. The leader of the bandits starts cutting through Amu's clothes and she yells at him to stop. Daba brings the L.Gaim to the spaceport, where he is immediately attacked by Gavlet in his Graia. Gavlet warns his underlings not to get too close to the L.Gaim. The captors hear about the attack and leave. Leccee gets out of her bonds, and although content to leave Amu here, decides to untie her after she starts begging. Rebels watch and don't help, wanting to see Daba and the others prove themselves. Amu flashes a couple of soldiers in the hall and Leccee knocks them out. Daba blows the leg off Gavlet's Graia but Nei arrives in her Auge, telling her wingmen to stay behind. She battles Daba and realizes how difficult an opponent he is. Gavlet calls for help from a nearby Arorne. Amu begs Leccee to let her head out in the Spirit to help since she's so much to blame for what happened. In reality, she just doesn't want Leccee to hog the spotlight. Nei damages the L.Gaim and blows up its shield. Amu flies by in her Spirit and helps Daba get away, but Nei quickly catches up and blows the handle off the Spirit, causing the L.Gaim to fall to the ground. Luckily, he is helped out by a craft Leccee and Kyao stole. Leccee calls out to Nei, saying she'll throw their hostages off the ship if she doesn't retreat. Nei doesn't care and fires at her anyway, but misses. Seeing her courage, Nei decides to leave but tells Leccee they are now enemies. The watching rebels decide to head off and report this to Stella. Gavlet asks Nei why she stopped attacking, and Nei answers that it was a woman-to-woman thing and that the enemy is insignificant. Kyao and the others head back to the rebel base with the weapons they recovered, only half of what they had hoped to get. Amu has trouble landing the Spirit.

 

Commentary

 

This episode reintroduces Nei, who appeared very briefly during Kyao's short-lived attempt to join the military. Gavlet immediately falls in love with her, although he'll have to do a lot to impress someone whose one of the Elite 13. Her heavy metal, the Auge, is the most powerful one we've seen yet and would have defeated the L.Gaim if Leccee hadn't gotten involved. Amu fans should like this episode as we get to see her naked. Her fighting with Leccee over Daba seems to be getting more intense than ever.

 

Overall Rating

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2 out of 5 stars
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