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Act II: Le Cain 1999

 

Review by Chris Guanche

October 11, 2014

 

Summary

 

The invasion of Earth by Grados resulted in the destruction of most major cities and the loss of a third of the population. In October 1999, a battleship arrives at the warp station in Earth's orbit carrying Gresco's son, Le Cain, and his elite Death Demon Squad. Gradosian military police raid an underground sewing facility to search for banned books and other contraband. A man who tries to stop them on the street is set on fire along with his books. Giulla warns the Earthlings not to possess any banned materials if they want to live. He steps on a false panel and has his men open it, which reveals contraband. A young boy named Matthew and his dog Gaw attack the police as a distraction and manage to escape, but Anna and the other adults are arrested. The Gradosians come under fire from David and several other resistance fighters, but they're surrounded by hovercraft and rounded up. David and Anna are imprisoned and encounter Roanne, who is now a Gradosian collaborator. He informs them that they'll be executed in the morning, and David curses him for being a traitor. David tries to punch Roanne and shocks himself when he hits the force field. Anna cries over how people can change so quickly and wishes Eiji would return. The next morning, David, Anna and the other prisoners are hoisted up the side of a building for their public execution. Giulla has men in a building across the street open fire to toy with them before killing them. Matthew pleads with the crowd to help, but no one does anything. Before the police can shoot Matthew, Eiji appears and attacks them with his tonfas. He then beats up Giulla and holds him hostage as several unmanned Terminator Police arrive. Layzner then flies in on autopilot and attacks one of the Terminator Police so that Eiji can climb aboard. Eiji destroys the Terminator Police and swoops in to rescue Anna, David and the other prisoners. David asks Eiji where he's been for three years, and Eiji answers that the came to New York to see them. Anna cries and hugs Eiji, and he apologizes for never contacting her.

 

At the Grados Tower, Gresco summons Le Cain and warns him that meaningless destruction only serves to alienate people. Le Cain mentions the gossip on Grados that holds that Gresco has become soft in the last few years because he allowed some of Earth's culture to be spared destruction. Le Cain supports the full Gradosization of Earth and believes none of its native culture should be preserved. He then rounds up soldiers to attack the New York Public Library and torch all the books within it. The holy maiden of Cuzco, who preaches nonviolent coexistence between Earthlings and Gradosians, draws a large crowd when she and her followers arrive in New York. Their path is blocked by the arrival of the Death Demon Squad and Le Cain's Zakaal. Julia, the holy maiden, tells Le Cain that she wishes to speak with Gresco, but he refuses to grant permission. The Death Demon Squad prepares to fire on the women, but Daljan pilot Gosterro asks for permission to kill Julia since he bears a grudge against her. Gosterro manhandles Julia and rips her dress off, but Eiji appears attacks Gosterro. Le Cain asks Eiji if he thinks he can escape alive, and Eiji wants to bet on a fight with Gosterro. If Gosterro wins, Le Cain can do as he wishes, but if Eiji wins, then Julia is left alone. Eiji gets into Layzner when it arrives and is immediately attacked by Gosterro. Gosterro slams Eiji into a building, but Eiji breaks free and uses a knuckle shot to sever the Daljan's left forearm. In response, Gosterro attacks with his lasered buzzsaw and chases Eiji. After a few more knuckle shots, Gosterro is finally beaten down and tries to attack Eiji on foot with a knife, but Le Cain shoots at him for his shameful behavior. Le Cain orders the Death Demon Squad to retreat, and Julia tells Eiji that everything is in the past because she has something to do. David asks Eiji if he knows Julia, but Eiji doesn't answer. At the Grados Tower, the other members of the Death Demon Squad toss Gosterro into a jail cell and damage his cyborg left arm. Le Cain looks at a global map of resistance bases and decides to attack them all simultaneously.

 

At an underground factory, Eiji helps Elizabeth by test piloting the Earth-built SPT Doll. Elizabeth finds it ironic that a pacifist like her is building weapons, but Eiji points out that it's for the sake of liberating Earth. However, he believes the day will come when Earthlings and Gradosians can understand each other. David arrives at a warehouse for a reunion with Anna, Arthur and Simone. Gaw chases Arthur and makes him fall in the water, while Simone slaps David for stealing her first kiss three years ago. Inside the warehouse, David teases Arthur about being a collaborator. Everyone has a toast after Eiji arrives, and the Gradosians begin their attack on resistance bases. David isn't worried because news of the attack was leaked to them, so the bases were abandoned. Roanne is accused of being a spy, but he insists that he's a loyal servant and dares Le Cain to execute him if he thinks otherwise. Le Cain fires his gun near Roanne's face, but he doesn't flinch. Roanne decides to demonstrate his loyalty by revealing the existence of the reunion. Anna wonders who sent them the invitations, but Eiji thinks it's no coincidence that it's on the same day as the Gradosian mop up. Roanne's name comes up in conversation, and David denounces him as a traitor. Arthur mentions that he told Roanne about the reunion, and the warehouse is suddenly surrounded by hovercraft. Eiji sets off explosives to cover everyone's escape into the sewer. Roanne rushes in with a machine gun and starts firing at no one in particular before beating up Arthur. At the Grados Tower, Gosterro rigs his cyborg arm to grab the guard's foot and electrocute him. He then breaks free and guns down multiple allies before stealing the Daljan. Le Cain orders the Death Demon Squad to pursue, and Gosterro kidnaps Julia. Matthew delivers the news to Eiji, and Gosterro takes Julia to an abandoned rural diner. The Death Demon Squad arrives at Gosterro's location, but they decide to hang back and let Eiji do their job for them. Eiji fights at a disadvantage because Gosterro sticks Julia in the Daljan's claw shield. Eiji uses V-MAX to rush and sever the arm, allowing him to rescue Julia. Manjero, Getey and Bohn open fire and destroy the Daljan, unaware that Gosterro escaped.

 

Le Cain's men overlay a map of America with known resistance bases. Eiji and the others start evacuating the incomplete Dolls to a new factory. Roanne's data helps narrow down the rebel base to one location, so the Death Demon Squad sorties on Le Cain's orders. The three smash into the underground factory, but Layzner blocks their path. Eiji is forced to contend with floating mines and a flamethrower while fighting in a narrow space. Gosterro blasts his way into the factory and uses a bazooka to fire at the Dankova. Between that and accidental friendly fire from the El Darr, the Dankova is destroyed after stepping on Gosterro. Layzner escapes, while Karla and her men arrest Julia on Gresco's orders. Le Cain demands to know why Gresco had Julia arrested, but he pretends to play dumb. Le Cain asks about her statements that Earth and Grados are connected, but Gresco again feigns ignorance. Le Cain knows that everything is somehow connected to Layzner and decides to find things out himself. Eiji heads for the desert on Arthur's intel that Julia is being transported. However, it's a trap set by Le Cain to attack Eiji. Le Cain refuses to answer Eiji's questions about where Julia is, so Eiji activates V-MAX. He's then shocked when Le Cain uses his own V-MAX to keep pace. Le Cain then uses the "red power" super charge, which allows him to inflict heavy damage on Layzner. After Layzner crashes into the ground, Le Cain asks what the connection is between Earth and Grados. Before Eiji can answer, he comes under fire from Karla's Dimarge and several Bravers. Karla states that she's acting on Gresco's orders to eliminate Layzner and tells Le Cain to stand aside. Le Cain is curious about the secret that Gresco would go so far to keep from them. He blocks her path to Layzner and vows to kill her if she interferes.

 

Commentary

 

This OVA compiles the events of episodes 26-37 and benefits from having a lot less ground to cover than the first one. However, even then, many events are still cut out. Le Cain's introduction is slimmed down, and David never recovers the Baybull or fights Gosterro in Yankee Stadium. Footage is edited so that Eiji has no connection to Gosterro, and he's jailed after their first battle. The battle in the factory is edited so that the rest of the Death Demon Squad are all killed by the Dankova's explosion, thus preventing further appearances. Also, Eiji and Anna's trip to South America is removed, and Dr. Nizon has a minor appearance despite having no proper introduction. The editing is definitely smoother here since there are fewer episodes to cover, but so much detail is still lost. I would still say that this compilation isn't a replacement for watching the TV series. However, it does set the stage for the new and expanded ending in the third OVA.

 

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