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Episode 2: Invasion

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

 

April 1, 2003

 

Blade gives a command to his armor to go into battle mode and his armor streamlines. He suddenly jets at twice the speed he went before and is now covered in energy. He starts going passed spidercrab after spidercrab, slicing them in pieces. Meanwhile, Aki and Noal are talking to Chief Freeman on the com while watching Blade in action. Freeman is impressed as well as Milly (And Milly talks about him in an enthusiastic way), and Freeman tells Aki and Noal to bring him back home with them when Blade's finished. Blade still goes about destroying the Spidercrabs, making look almost easy. Back on Earth, the Earth Defense Force has taken notice of the Orbital Ring battle. Generals in a room discussing plans on what's happened to the Earth are interrupted when a man comes in telling them there is something important to see, and puts it up on their main monitor in the room. They witness Blade from his first battle with the Spidercrabs, and one of the Generals stands up and orders and investigation. Meanwhile, back out in space, Aki and Noal are trying to shake Spidercrabs off the Blue-Earth. They shake them off but Aki says the starboard thruster has had it. Noal looks for a spot to land, and manages to touch down on the Orbital Ring's surface. Noal tells Aki to contact HQ, but Aki says the com is not working. A spidercrab comes around and makes a dash for the cockpit, but a spear destroys the spidercrab, and Blade is standing there looking at them. Blade later comes back inside the ship, but Noal tells Aki to keep a bit of distance, as they don't know who he is. Tekkaman-Blade's armor disappears, and D-Boy in his human form again, but his clothing is gone. Aki covers her eyes while Noal demands to know how he changes. D-Boy explains he doesn't know either and falls to his knees. Aki and Noal run up to him and ask him what's wrong, and D-Boy says he is hungry. At the Space Knight HQ, Milly is trying to contact the Blue-Earth, but tells Freeman she's not having any luck. Freeman motions her to continue and keep trying. Back at the Blue-Earth, Noal says the ships engines are half fried while the radio may be being jammed. Aki turns to the table in the room and sees D-Boy eating food and in new clothing, and jokes about it. D-Boy says his Tekkaman form burns up a lot of calories and that's why he's hungry, but Noal jokes about how he knows how to change into Tekkaman-Blade but doesn't remember his past. Aki tries to comfort D-Boy by telling him his memories will come back over time, but D-Boy says he doesn't care right now and just wants to destroy the enemy. Noal isn't satisfied and asks D-Boy if he's even human. D-Boy says he is but Noal adds on by asking him if he's normal human or shipped from a supply line. D-Boy says he can't give him answers and tells him to watch his manners. Noal grabs D-Boy by his uniform and holds him, but Aki stops him. D-Boy asks to just be left alone, then leaves the room, with Aki asking where he's going.

 

Later, D-Boy, Aki, and Noal are in space suits going through the Orbital Ring halls. D-Boy asks how far they're going to follow him, and Noal says they'll keep following him and bring him back to Earth. D-Boy opens a new door and Aki gasps as dead bodies float inside. D-Boy moves on with Aki and Noal close behind, with Noal commenting on how the Orbital Ring has become an empty shell. D-Boy says to believe it and that he believes there are no survivors. D-Boy eventually goes into the next hall, and says he feels he's close to finding something that Radam doesn’t want them to find. They enter a new room that is well lit and Noal says the room looks like the Solar Power center. They enter the room and Aki asks what the pods ahead in the room are. D-Boy says their spawning chambers, but he doesn't know for sure. Suddenly he gets a feeling, but says it's ok when Aki asks what's wrong. D-Boy looks at the center pod again and a bolt shoots out at them. D-Boy pulls them down as the bolt enters the hall behind them and explodes some distance away. They look up, and Tekkaman-Dagger in the pod, greeting them, pulling up his right side faceplate. D-Boy tells Aki and Noal to run, and he gets them out the room. He seals the door behind them and stays inside the room. Aki begs for Aki to come out, but Noal tells her to leave him. D-Boy tells Aki and Noal to get back to the ship and make a run for it. Noal eventually pulls Aki away from the door and they head back to the ship. Dagger walks up to D-Boy and says that once he's done with him, he'll go after his friends. D-Boy disagrees with Dagger's comment, pulling out his crystal and transforms. The outer hull explodes on the Orbital Ring, with Tekkaman-Blade and Dagger shooting out into space. Blade and Dagger start fighting one another, and Blade jokes about Dagger not giving it his all. Blade splits his spear into 2 half spears and fights Dagger. He blocks a hit and attacks with his left spear, striking Dagger in the right side of his face, causing a small breach and explosion. Before Blade could strike again, Dagger yells and retreats to the Orbital Ring. Back at Blue-Earth, Noal tries to start the ship, but says that the engines won't respond and tells Aki to try and start them manually. Aki tells Noal that they can't leave D-Boy behind, but Noal disagrees and says his duty is to the ship. Aki asks if it's at any price, then Noal says he isn't sure. The ship rocks, then suddenly they start moving. Noal says that the engines haven't started and that they shouldn't be moving. Aki turns on the aft camera and sees Blade pushing the ship with his own back mounted engines. Noal looks at the controls and sees the engines begin to start up. Above Blue-Earth in a tower, Dagger watches the ship begin to launch and pulls out his energy bolt arrow, aiming at Blade. Blade's forehead crystal glows for a second and he notices Dagger taking aim. He stops pushing and lets the ship lift off on it's own, opening his voltekkers, and when Daggers shoots his bolt, Blade's Voltekkers fire. Dagger doesn't believe it and he vanishes in the light of the voltekkers. While Blue-Earth is in space running again, Aki tells Noal to go back and pick D-Boy up, but Noal isn't sure and says he's dangerous. Aki disagrees and says that he's only destroyed the aliens, then jokes about the food he ate. Noal finally agrees and sighs, telling Aki that he better keep D-Boy away from his apple pie. Blade is floating over the Orbital Ring, tired and exhausted it looks like, while Blue-Earth goes to pick him up. Meanwhile, from a monitor camera, the same general who ordered the investigation is watching the Blue-Earth pick up Blade, then shuts the monitor off. He turns his seat to the side with a smile, saying how he plans to turn Tekkaman-Blade into his property, and laughs to himself.

 

Another solid episode, with slightly better animation as well. We’re introduced to a new general here, and it looks like he’s trouble. I hardly doubt we’ve seen the last of Dagger, now with injury he got from D-Boy, he’ll want payback. But it makes you wonder what D-Boy will do now that he’s with the Space Knights, but will he join them over time?

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