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Episode 8: Run Away

 

Review by Chris Guanche

April 1, 2013

 

Summary

 

The Glomar flies around Spain to avoid the Chiram while the Chiram naval fleet stations itself in the Gulf of Lion. In the lounge, Kei plays a game of Go with Govu and ignores Mohm's advice. Shaia calls Mimsy aside and reports that there's finally been a response to the phone call Mimsy made earlier in a village. They won't be getting any help, but their duty is still to return to the Emaan homeland as soon as possible. Shaia explains that there are political issues due to the Emaan negotiating with the Chiram. Elsewhere, Robert and Henry wait with the Chiram naval fleet and plan to capture Kei when he shows up. The Glomar flies over several boats along the river and Mimsy yells at Kei for waving at kids and not paying attention. Her issue with their plan is the Chiram position, and Kei notes that they might already control the Gulf of Lion. Kei thinks they can break through or just take a longer route through Europe and Asia. Mimsy wonders if they'll be in the same situation as at Gibraltar, but Kei notes that the Chiram are far from home and have probably stretched their supply lines too thin. Shaia agrees, so Kei leaves to take a bath. Kei sits in the tub and is surprised when Shaia comes in and starts washing herself. He runs out of the bathroom in his boxers and proclaims to Mimsy that he didn't do anything. She says there shouldn't be a problem and explains that Emaan have no problem with the sexes bathing together. Kei lecherously proclaims that he wants to take a bath with Mimsy, but she slaps him and calls him an adolescent. Nearby, a Chiram Ishfon reconnaissance mecha hides in the forest and tracks the Glomar's position, which is reported to Robert. He then addresses his Ishkick pilots and announces that they're going to launch. Kei brings Mimsy a drink as she sunbathes on the deck. Srei asks Leeah where Mimsy is, and she tells him that she saw Mimsy on the deck. Kei admires the scenery and wishes time could stop, but Mimsy replies that time will never stop. He says it can if they're alone, but she thinks he's making fun of her. Kei says that he isn't, so Mimsy asks him how many other girls he's used lines like that on. He says that he's never used them, but she doesn't believe him. Kei then grabs Mimsy and tries to apologize for past misunderstandings, but she pushes him away and runs off. Srei runs up to Kei and confronts him about bothering Mimsy, but Kei answers that he can do what he wants. He says that if Mimsy is Srei's girl, he should protect her. Alarms go off when the Chiram approach the ship, so Kei launches in Orguss.

 

Kei opens fire on the Ishkicks and destroys multiple units until he's hit and crashes into the water. Maai and Leeah launch in their M.Lovers to provide support for Kei and destroy several Ishkicks. Several Ishkicks focus their attack on the Glomar, so Srei and Govu man the ship's guns. Robert calls Henry and asks for reinforcements, and Henry notes that he recommended launching with a full force. Henry orders his men to launch from their hiding spot and provide assistance to Robert. Henry's squad joins in the attack on the Glomar and comes under fire from Kei. Shaia wonders what they should do, and Mimsy notes that they can't take much more. Shaia thinks they can break through, but when Mimsy argues that they can't, Shaia turns the ship around. Kei is upset about falling back, and Mimsy asks him if he wants everyone to die. Wolner orders the launch of missiles and tells an underling that it's better to kill the Singularity than allow him to fall into enemy hands. The underling notes that Robert's men are out there, but Wolner says they're expendable in this situation. Robert detects the missiles on his sensors and orders his men to retreat. Mimsy has the ship maneuver to avoid the missiles, and Robert wants to keep fighting. Kei destroys more Ishkicks and swings one into the path of the missiles before shooting it, causing them to explode. Robert gives orders to pursue, but Kei runs away and heads back to the ship. Henry tells Robert that they can't keep chasing because they have orders from Wolner, so Robert finally relents. Shaia comments that the Chiram have forced them to travel through Europe, and Mimsy says it'll be a tough journey. Kei returns to the ship and finds Srei waiting for him, but says he's too tired to talk. Srei calls Kei a burden to the ship, but Kei leaves without a word. Maai and Leeah look at a map of Europe and talk about the cities they can see, but also noting that they have to break contracts with the cities they're supposed to trade with in the Mediterranean. Srei discusses the situation with Govu and wonders if Kei is so important that it's worth risking their lives. Govu thinks that Kei has become their friend and is like family now. Kei asks Mimsy to see the sunset with her and takes her outside.

 

Commentary

 

The Glomar's journey encounters another setback as their path to the Mediterranean is blocked by the Chiram. The battle here is pretty lackluster and not so well choreographed, since it mainly consists of Kei flying around and just shooting down tons of Ishkicks in one shot each. On the character side, I'm surprised that a shameless womanizer like Kei is so conservative about this whole co-ed bathing thing that the Emaan have going on. He also manages to get on Mimsy's nerves by being too assertive, which is the opposite problem for Srei. As much of a jerk as Kei is to him, he does have a point in that Srei needs to stand up for himself and Mimsy. But instead of doing that, all Srei can manage is cheap insults and whining to Govu. But even he doesn't do as badly as Robert and Henry, who reach the new loser villain level of being considered expendable by their own forces. I wish they weren't so one-dimensional, because even losers like Jerid Messa and Gavlet Gablae manage to have more depth than either of these guys. All they do is attack Kei and lose with nothing more to define them.

 

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