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Episode 25: Love Again

 

Review by Brian Shea

June 21, 2005

 

Summary

 

Amu and Lilith fly through the streets of a city on Trydetol on the Desks, pursued by a number of soldiers. She jumps off the Desks and hides on a street light until they pass. She then hides in a garbage can in an alley. A soldiers walks near, but a man arrives and says there's nothing here. After the soldier leaves Amu gets out of the garbage can and finds the man is Check Sorock, an old acquaintance of hers. The Turner, meanwhile, hides in the woods. Daba and Kyao scrap the Lista for parts, and Leccee gets mad at them when they nearly crush her by accident. Leccee is mad that Amu was able to go shopping in the city while she stayed behind. Amu and Lilith take a shower at Check's home. Check goes to get Lilith some clothes and tosses Amu a doll that looks like her. Amu asks Check if it's alright that she is here since she is a fugitive. An old acting colleague, Check is still fond of her even though he's in the Poseidal military. Check asks Amu to remain here and start over with him. Amu says they've been apart too long and she's changed. Amu says she's going to leave and meet up with her allies. Check wants her to stay, saying he can help get her off the wanted list. Amu says she's going back to Daba and they won't see each other again. She gets on the Desks and flies off, crying. Meanwhile, Nei's wingmen Anton and Heckler prepare their Bat-Shus for battle at the spaceport. Nei arrives and the three of them head off. Check reports to Nei, who knows about what happened with Amu. She says his chance for success is over. Check offers to find Daba for her, but Nei says a tracking device is already attached to the Desks. Check realizes it was all a setup. Nei and her wingmen get into their heavy metals and depart the base. Check gets into a Bal-Bud and flies off. One of the crewmen complains to Amu when she gets back to the Turner. Amu gets upset when Kyao and Leccee complain about her as well. Amu says she doesn't want to be involved with the war anymore and reveals her reunion with Check. Leccee says they don't need her around anymore. Daba says he doesn't have the right to stop her from going and Amu runs off, upset. Lilith slaps Daba, saying she left Check because of him. Amu leaves the Turner on a flosser. Meanwhile, the Auge and Bat-Shus approach the woods.

 

Seeing the approaching heavy metals, Amu wonders if Check betrayed her. She worries about everyone and heads back towards the Turner. Check spots her and flies over her in his Bal-Bud, calling her out. He tries to get out but Amu shoots at him, thinking he betrayed her. Check says it isn't true and gets off the Bal-Bud. Check admits he was spying on her, but only because Nei promised him she'd be let free. Amu doesn't believe him and shoots him in the shoulder. Amu leaves on the flosser. Anton fires at a cliff near the Turner with the Bat-Shu's buster launcher. Daba gets in the L.Gaim and tells Leccee to stay on the Turner as the pilot with Amu gone. Anton fires the Bat-Shu's buster launcher again, which is malfunctioning and only working at half-strength. The L.Gaim reveals itself and is attacked by Nei while Heckler attacks the Turner. His buster launcher is knocked away so he throws his shield at the Turner, which crashes into the ground. Amu reaches the Turner and says she'll use the D.Sserd. Leccee doesn't think she can do it and tells her she can't handle a heavy metal. Amu wants to make up for what happened and heads out. She attacks Heckler and the D.Sserd's shield is destroyed. Anton is surprised to see Check's Bal-Bud approaching, wondering if Nei ordered reinforcements. Leccee attacks Heckler with the Spirit, but it's heavily damaged and crashes to the ground. Check yells at Nei and Daba wonders if this is the man Amu was talking about. Check apologizes to Amu again for selling her out and grabs onto Nei's Auge, telling her he'll self-destruct if she doesn't do what he says. Check tells Amu to retreat. Nei tells Check they will leave, but catches him off guard and blows up the Bal-Bud. Amu attacks her and damages the Auge's head. Nei retreats with her wingmen. The battle over, Kyao brings Heckler's lost buster launcher to the Turner. Amu cries over Check's death.

 

Commentary

 

Another stand alone episode featuring yet another new character, this time one from Amu's past. The fact that we do get to learn a little more about Amu's past though makes this somewhat of a better episode than the last one. Given this is a Tomino anime, expecting Check to not last the episode isn't all that strange. Nei returns, this time with her wingmen Anton and Heckler and they nearly defeat our heroes once and for all if not for Check's sacrifice. Luckily our heroes were able to secure a powerful weapon in the Bat-Shu's buster launcher, which should help give the L.Gaim more firepower. Unfortunately, the animation was really inconsistent in this episode; while it was great in the first half it got rather poor in the second half, like they changed the animation director or something.

 

Overall Rating

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3 out of 5 stars
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