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Episode 21: Dangerous Kiss

 

Review by Chris Guanche

Original Review: May 17, 2000

New Review: April 23, 2008

 

Summary

 

Several workers walk out onto a roof and are ambushed by Sivil, who sucks up their Spiritia. A blimp then flies by advertising that Fire Bomber is working on a new album, and Sivil is surprised when she sees Basara's picture. Sivil scans the crowd at a Fire Bomber appearance and picks Basara's fangirl, but she loses sight of her and instead picks Akiko. Akiko is left alone after a staff meeting, so Sivil comes in from the ceiling and possesses her. A staff member named Paul walks in, and Akiko kisses him and sucks out his Spiritia. Mylene criticizes Basara for having slow rhythm, and he tells her to stop whining. She then asks Akiko for her opinion, and Akiko ends up agreeing with Basara. The band enters the recording studio and begins playing "Holy Lonely Light," which begins to affect Akiko. An overwhelming feeling causes Akiko to run away, and she wonders what it is. Elsewhere, Gigile is informed that it'll take five hours to resupply, but he wants it done in three. He then is called by Geperuniti, who orders another soldier to watch Gigile. When Gigile arrives, Geperuniti says he'll be giving orders to the other soldier from now on, which angers Gigile. At the studio, everyone takes a lunch break, and Mylene is visited by Gamlin, who brings her flowers and a gift for the staff. Mylene tells him that her mother must've been a tough instructor, and Gamlin says she wouldn't permit any mistakes. He asks if Milia was as strict at home, and Mylene answers that she was strict to the point of being a nuisance. Milia returns from a test flight in a Nightmare and tells her aide to repaint it red for her. Akiko whispers into Basara's ear while he hits a hot dog, causing him to almost choke. She tells him she wants to talk and asks him where he met Ray. She tells him that she's like Ray and holds his hand, bringing it close to her chest. Basara then drops his hot dog and loses balance, causing him to fall onto the floor on top of Akiko. Just then, Mylene walks in and assumes the worst and runs off. On Battle 7, Max holds a conference call with several U.N. Spacy commanders and states that his primary goal is finding City 7. He then reports that Irane was part of a unit sent to investigate the fourth planet of the Varauta system. He also reports on Sivil, and Exsedol thinks to himself that it's Protodeviln. Based on this information, Max wants form a team to investigate the Varauta system.

 

Gamlin follows Mylene after she stormed off from Basara's room, and she complains that Basara goes after lots of women. Gamlin thinks that Basara is a scoundrel and playboy who doesn't care about deep feelings, and he thinks Mylene shouldn't have anything to do with him. Michael appears out of nowhere and agrees with Gamlin. In the studio, Basara asks Ray if he's noticed Akiko acting strangely, and Ray agrees. The test recording of the song starts playing and has an effect on Akiko. She begins to scream and glow and runs away. Mylene chases after her and gives her a drink. Mylene tries to ask her about Basara, and Akiko moves in close to kiss her. Just then, the air raid alarm sounds, and Mylene uses the opportunity to run off. Gigile's Elgersoln squad approaches City 7, and he tells the other soldier to shut up because he's looking for Sivil. Gamlin is shocked to see a Nightmare in red and tells Milia she isn't qualified for that plane, but she promises to show him a real dogfight. After launching, Milia gives formation orders and Gamlin attempts to assert command since he's in Diamond Force, but she reminds him that she was his instructor and that he destroyed her plane. Gigile gets in close and opens fire on them. Milia and Gamlin destroy several Elgersolns, and Basara arrives onto the battlefield in his Excalibur. Gamlin calls him a playboy and warns him not to do anything to Mylene. Milia yells at them for talking during a battle, and Basara begins singing "Planet Dance." Akiko approaches Mylene from behind to suck her Spiritia, but Basara's singing forces her to run away. The Varauta soldier tells Gigile he's violating Geperuniti's orders, and Gigile responds by killing him. Another soldier asks Gigile why he did that, and Gigile lies that he was a deserter. In an alley, Akiko kisses a man and sucks away his Spiritia. Gamlin destroys two more Elgersolns, and Milia engages several on her own, destroying three at once. Another attacks her from behind, so Gamlin destroys it. Inside City 7, Akiko kisses more men and sucks Spiritia from them. Gigile is amazed by how Milia and Gamlin are fighting, so he retreats. Geperuniti is informed of Gigile's actions, and he says Gigile doesn't understand. Later, Gamlin tells Milia not to go out again, and Mylene thanks him for saving her. Basara returns to his apartment and is watched by Akiko as he plays acoustic guitar next to his Excalibur's foot.

 

Commentary

 

Sivil's back to cause more trouble by possessing people, and I find it somewhat amusing that her first target was Basara's fangirl. She instead went with Akiko and proceeds to not only creep out Mylene, but also create another situation that makes Basara look like a lech. Mylene keeps seeing these situations, and her mistaken impression rubs off on Gamlin. It's good to see Milia in action again with a modern Valkyrie, but unfortunately it's not as exciting as it could be due to the poor battle choreography that has plagued the series since day one. A lot of battles show Elgersolns just floating in place and shooting at Thunderbolts, or just floating in space doing nothing and exploding when they're hit. A bit more variety would've made the battle interesting. Whatever Geperuniti's grand plan is, it's obvious that Gigile doesn't care much for it, and it's interesting to see him chafe under the command of another soldier before he takes matters into his own hands.

 

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