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Episode 9: Army Base

 

Review by Brian Shea

June 11, 2005

 

Summary

 

A Graia wanders on a patrol through the woods and is attacked by Kyao on the Desks. The much larger Graia chases after him and is destroyed by the hiding L.Gaim, which blows it up with its power launcher. Daba, Kyao and Amu spy on the entrance to the nearby army base. Kyao thinks it's hopeless, and Amu says they don't need to help the rebels, but Daba wants all three of them to go and save Reeve. Meanwhile, in the base Leccee goes to see Gavlet, who says it must be nice to be a woman. Leccee comments that he's jealous and should get a sex change operation. Chai himself arrives to see them and starts punching Gavlet after he starts making excuses. Chai announces that by orders of Giwaza he'll be taking control of operations on Mizun. He tells Gavlet to interrogate Reeve. Chai calls Leccee worthless for letting the Quart shuttle be stolen and says she'll be punished. Leccee goes to see Gavlet and tells him there's more to life than being a soldier. Leccee is upset at Giwaza, thinking Nei Mo Han is influencing him. She wants a man of her own. Daba and Kyao, dressed up as women with wigs and makeup, head to the army base in a truck with Amu. Amu does the talking when they arrive at the base, posing as deliverers of baked goods. They trick the guard and head in. They drive by Leccee, who spots Kyao taking his wig off. They head through the kitchen asking for the location of the prison and Leccee watches. Gavlet, along with a few soldiers, torture Reeve but he doesn't say anything. Gavlet thinks they should let him go and follow him to the location of the rebel base. Daba and the others sneak through the halls. Amu lifts up her arms around the corner, distracting the guards long enough for them to get through. Gavlet and the others put a tracking device on Reeve, and Daba and the others rush into the cell just as they're about to leave. Gavlet tells Kyao he's wasting his life and says they'll be a tool for his promotion. With Lilith's help everyone is handcuffed and everyone escapes, just narrowly missing enemy fire in the hallway. They are trapped when a door slams shut in front of them, but just as the soldiers approach them, another door falls behind them, trapping the group between the two doors.

 

The original closed door opens, allowing everyone to escape. Leccee is revealed to be the one who closed and opened the doors for them. Daba beats up the guards and they escape. The soldiers at the base chase them, including a Graia, which suddenly starts shooting at its own allies and blasts a way through the base entrance. Leccee is revealed as the Graia pilot. Gavlet, meanwhile, gets in his own Graia and heads out, convinced he'll rise above her in rank. Leccee follows the group and heads on to the Works, revealing the tracking device on Reeve's leg. Amu thinks she's a spy and has her own tracking device. Leccee proves that isn't true by taking all her clothes off. Amu calls her a stripper and is disappointed to see Leccee has bigger breasts than her. She says Leccee is in love with Daba but Leccee denies it, saying she's mad at the other soldiers. They decide to head out, unaware of another tracking device on Reeve's toenail. On the Noble they receive a transmission that Reeve has been rescued. Stella is mad since they're actually leading the enemy toward them. He yells out at Daba that the enemy is tracking them. Kyao and Amu think that Leccee is a spy after all, but she notices the tracking device on Reeve's toe, although Amu doesn't believe her. Daba accepts responsibility for leading the enemy here and says he'll take them out. Stella orders the rebels' modified Arornes to help him out. Daba gets onto the Flicker and flies into the cockpit of the L.Gaim. Amu yells at Leccee for not helping, and Leccee replies that she was removing the tracking device from Reeve. Gavlet thanks Daba for leading him here. During the fighting, Leccee jumps out of the Works and into a Graia. Daba continues to fight Gavlet and blows the arm off Leccee's Graia, not knowing it is her. Daba hits Gavlet, who is forced to retreat. The battle over, Kyao and Amu still don't believe Leccee was trying to help. Leccee pulls out her sword and cuts her hair as proof of her loyalty. Daba tells Leccee he believes her. He then says they should head to the rebel base.

 

Commentary

 

This is quite an interesting episode as Leccee ends up leaving the Poseidal military (as expected) and joins up with our heroes. Although she says she's upset with the military, it's obvious that the biggest reason she defected was because she's in love with Daba. Naturally, Amu doesn't want her around. We get some fanservice with Leccee stripping, although I'm surprised that she thinks cutting her hair proves herself. Seeing Daba and Kyao dress up as women was another interesting sight. I'm surprised that guard was so easily fooled into thinking they were actually women.

 

Overall Rating

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4 out of 5 stars
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