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Episode 1: Burning Clock

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

December 24, 2005

 

Summary

 

Someone on the Orbital Rings opens their eyes, and sees fire burning around. Shinya realizes he’s alive, and suddenly thinks about a ticking clock and his mother. He then realizes he was just dreaming, and turns to see D-Boy crushing the Radam Mind Parasite, blaming it and Radam for the loss of his family. While Shinya watches, he begins to wonder that even if Radam hadn’t come, would they still be happy. He remembers a conversation with his father and Takaya, as kids discussing life up in space. His father is happy with Takaya’s enthusiasm, but when Shinya says no life exists and that it’s foolish to think so, his father gives him an angry look for a split second, but lets it go. Shinya doesn’t understand what his father thought he was to him, or to the rest of his family. He wonders if Takaya knows that the family dream has come apart, even though he helped humanity to survive, but Shinya wishes it wasn’t true. He says he should’ve been the one, but mentions how Takaya was born first before him, and a short time later he came in, and says that Takaya always left him behind in his shadow. He goes on to say that he always got the attention, and when Miyuki was born, the same thing happened, and he felt left behind. He says that was the reason he had to be the best over his brother, and sees all the times he always tried to beat him in school and in life. He goes on to say that in the end, he finally bested him, and won, but couldn’t explain why he felt so sad. He hears someone scream D-Boy’s name, and looks to see Aki starring at D-Boy. He realizes that he never had someone like Aki to love him, but feels as if he was missing more. As he watches Blade leave, and Aki pounding on the airlock doors till she bleeds, he suddenly sees his mother in Aki’s place, and then realizes he remembered something.

 

Shinya asks himself why he forgot an important memory so soon, and remembers when he tipped over a water heater that used and open flame as a child. The house that was the Aiba family’s home catches fire, and Shinya’s mother takes ahold of him, but can’t run out of the house. She sees the clock ahead of her, and puts Shinya in it. Shinya watches hopelessly as his mother is burnt alive. Later, after the house is in rubble, Takaya, Kengo, with their father holding a baby Miyuki is there, in front of their mother’s burnt body, with Shinya next to her in shock. But his father is looking at him with absolute hate, and Shinya goes on to say that if it were up to his father he’d wish his son Shinya died and not his wife. Later on, he remembers when Radam had captured the Aiba family, and sees his father pointing a gun at him while in a Radam Pod, showing in which case that his father wanted to free him first. But Shinya in his state is too far gone, and his father is chased off by tentacles, leaving Shinya alone. Shinya then realizes that after that, he had won, and he believes he had always been a winner, even though his family never gave him a passing glance. He asks himself what his brother thinks, since though he realized he lost. Shinya finally passes away, while Blade heads towards the moon.

 

Commentary

 

This perhaps has to be the most emotional and informative of the three specials. Apparently Shinya didn’t die when D-Boy left him on the Orbital Ring before he went after Omega, and here we see perhaps the most crucial events in the Aiba family’s life and the reasons Shinya ended up the way he did. We also learn the tragic incident that seemed to brand him as a failure by his father, and the reasons he believed he had to beat his brother. This is pretty much the last time we ever see Shinya again, but at least we know he had time to think about his life before he passed on.

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