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Episode 12: Chiram Girl

 

Review by Chris Guanche

April 1, 2013

 

Summary

 

Maai complains when Shaia sends her out in an M.Lover to scout the area ahead of the Glomar. Maai spots a large Chiram fleet and immediately comes under fire from several Ishkicks. Kei looks at a map of the area and thinks the Chiram will attack them at the entrance of a basin. Mimsy criticizes Mohm for using high grade oil on Taii, and Kei leaves to equip Orguss. Srei wants to talk to Kei, and Reeg wants Kei to leave the ship. Neither of them think that Kei is worth the trouble that he's caused them. Maai activates her boosters to get away, but her M.Lover is hit by a missile, so she calls for help. Shaia tells Kei that Maai is under attack and needs help, so he launches in Orguss. Kei reaches the battlefield and starts destroying the Ishkicks, but Maai criticizes him for taking too long to get there. Kei bounces off the canyon wall and causes several Ishkicks to crash. He fires missiles at other units and destroys multiple targets. Shaia tells Srei and Reeg that no matter what they have to bring Kei back to the Emaan homeland. Leeah and Mimsy state that Kei is their friend, and Srei is angry that Mimsy is on Kei's side. Reeg and Srei demand to know why Kei is so important, so Shaia decides to violate orders and reveal that Kei is the key to healing the world. Mohm is amazed, but Shaia asks her not to tell Kei yet about it. Shaia declares that for the sake of Paptee's children they have to bring Kei home and fix the shattered dimensions. Maai returns to the ship and is happily greeted by Leeah and the others. At the Chiram fleet, a soldier reports to Olson that contact has been lost with the Ishkicks. Olson gives pilot Athena Henderson permission to fight the Singularity, but on the condition that she not kill him. Athena launches in her transforming Nikick and narrowly flies between Robert and Henry's Ishkicks. Robert calls Olson and suggests sending backup for the Nikick, but Olson answers that they'd just slow Athena down. He says to himself that aside from Athena's natural piloting skill, he's personally trained her.

 

Kei returns to the ship and is thanked by Maai for the help. Kei finds Srei and Reeg repairing the M.Lover and wants to continue their earlier confrontation, but Reeg says it's over. Srei says that they decided to let Kei stay, and Reeg apologizes for the way they treated him. Jahby lays in his bed and panics when his tail shakes. He runs to tell Shaia that there's a Singularity in the Chiram army. Shaia wonders why the Chiram want Kei if they have a Singularity of their own, so Jahby suggests that maybe both are needed. Mohm offers to sponge Kei's back in the bath, but he yells at her to leave. Reeg calls Kei and asks him to come down right away. Leeah wants to shoot down the approaching Chiram unit, but Taii notes that doing so would reveal their position. Athena fires scores of missiles into the canyon in an attempt to lure out Kei. The missiles come close to hitting the ship, and Kei points out that since Reeg's jammer is a prototype with limited range, the Chiram are focusing only on the area being jammed. Reeg asks if his jammer is useless, but Kei counters it'd be more effective if it could cover a wider area. Kei tells Reeg that whether they succeed depends on if he can extend the range. Leeah launches in her M.Lover against Kei's advice, so he prepares to launch in Orguss. Leeah fires several missiles at Athena, but she easily dodges them and maneuvers behind Leeah. Athena knows she can easily beat Leeah and wants to fight the Singularity. Kei takes off in Orguss, so Athena shoots down Leeah and turns her attention to Kei. Kei is surprised when the Nikick suddenly transforms and attacks, but he recognizes that fighting style. Kei bounces off a canyon wall and fires at Athena. Athena bounces off a wall herself, and each wonders how the other knows their tactics. Mimsy asks Mohm to help her give cover to Kei, but Srei tells Mimsy she doesn't have to go. Mimsy mans one of the ship's guns, but she ends up damaging Orguss instead of the Nikick. Athena moves in to fire and recalls Olson's orders at the last second. Kei uses her hesitation to blow off the Nikick's right arm, forcing her to retreat. Kei brings Leeah's M.Lover back to the ship as it takes off and flies through the canyon.

 

Commentary

 

The series finally reaches a turning point regarding Kei's presence on the Glomar. I was starting to get tired about the constant complaining that everything is Kei's fault, so it's good to see it get some resolution. It's funny that now Leeah considers Kei a friend, but just one episode ago she wanted to sell him to the Chiram. Shaia reveals that Kei is important because they need him to heal the world's fractured dimensions. They also learn that there's a Singularity in the Chiram army, which is obviously Olson. It's good to see him return after a long absence, and we get to see what he's been up to, which is training Athena. Her transforming Nikick is definitely a step up from the Ishkick and can provide a real challenge to Orguss. She almost wins the battle, thanks to some misplaced help from Mimsy that doesn't actually help Kei. I wonder how long it'll be before he learns how important he is to the world.

 

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