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Episode 3: A Place to Protect

 

Review by Chris Guanche

March 27, 2020

 

Summary

 

At The Gundam Base, Hinata shows Matsumura her idea for a new menu item: the Luna II croquette. In GBN, Hiroto meets with the rest of the team and tells them he has an idea for their upcoming battle. In the village, Hiroto shows the residents the map of the battle plan and notes that if they divide their forces, they will lose. However, if they blocked the village entrance, it would force the One-eyes to all come from the same route, with the Build Divers able to pick them off one-by-one. Villagers complain about cutting off road access, but Tonoi notes that their highest priority is to stop the One-eyes. Freddie speaks up in defense of the Build Divers. In the Force Nest, Kazami wants to stick with the original plan, but Hiroto notes that they’re a makeshift party and should try to avoid damage to the village. Kazami asks what’ll happen if the enemy gets past them, but Hiroto insists that they won’t. Kazami angrily stares at Hiroto until Parviz mentions they might get bonus points if the village remains undamaged. Back in the village, Kazami names himself leader of the Build Divers and enthusiastically pitches their plan. However, Jiric opposes the plan because his family has tended to the fields for generations. Tonoi asks for his cooperation to protect the village, and he tells them to do whatever they want. Two villagers confuse May’s Wodom Pod for a One-eyes, but she tells them it has two. Some of the villagers are impressed by Kazami’s Justice Knight, but they quickly turn their attention to Parviz’s Valkylander, which they think is a sacred beast. Maiya finds the kids talking to Parviz and tells them to get back to work. Hiroto goes to talk to Jiric, who doesn’t want any outside help and is busy with his plants, which just started sprouting. Jiric says that someone about to start a war wouldn’t understand how he feels, and Hiroto thinks back to Eve telling him how she loves GBN and can feel what everyone who plays in it feels. As night falls, the One-eyes approach the village.

 

As multiple Eldora Army and Bull Brutes enter one of the canyon passages, Hiroto deploys an Adzam Leader to constrain them and then detonates explosives, causing boulders to rain down and block the passage. Kazami appears as bait for several Brutes, which fall into a trap. Another Army jumps on them as a springboard to attack Kazami and is shot at by Parviz and May. Kazami is too close to their line of fire, and May warns him to get out of the way. Kazami lets one of the Brutes pass so that Hiroto can snipe it with the Earthree Gundam. He then lets the next pass, but several get by at once. A boy named Stola tells everyone that the battle is going according to plan, but Jiric scoffs at the news. Maiya is shocked when she discovers that Asha, Towana and Hulun are missing. The three kids appear in the battlefield and distract Parviz, which results in him being blasted by an Army and falling into the canyon. An Army then targets him but the blast is blocked by Kazami’s shield. May then attacks the Army from behind and destroys it. Several Army attack them while Hiroto engages another with his beam saber. Hiroto tells everyone to send all the Army his way because he can take them out at once. They allow all the Army to pass, and Hiroto hits several with one shot. The last two attack at close range, but Hiroto destroys them with his beam saber. The Army units caught in the canyon trap emerge from the rubble and start attacking the village. Maiya and the others keep searching for the missing children, and an Army targets them until the Mars Armor slams into it. Hiroto performs a core change and ejects the Earth parts to dock with the Mars Armor and form the Marsfour Gundam. An Army rushes in to attack, but Hiroto stabs it and uses high thrust to slam it into a canyon wall. Hiroto then attacks with his heat rev sword and slices the Army in half.  After the battle, Maiya cries because she’s happy to see the three kids safe, and Tonoi thanks the Build Divers for their help. Everyone looks at the Marsfour Gundam, and Hiroto explains that he had it ready as insurance in the event that the One-eyes broke the defense line. Hiroto goes over to Jiric’s damaged field, where the three kids thank him for saving the village. Hiroto remembers Eve asking him if he loves GBN, and he told her that he did. Jiric looks closely and sees that his sprout survived. Freddie’s older brother Jed arrives from the Resistance base, and Kazami thinks that signals the start of the next mission.

 

Commentary

 

The Build Divers tackle their next mission, following multiple unsuccessful runs in the simulator. Hiroto comes up with a new plan that uses the Mars Armor as a trump card. In reality though, it meant that he couldn’t rely on the rest of his team, so he wanted to take care of it himself. I wouldn’t blame him - May is a good fighter, but Kazami and Parviz are completely useless. Given that they didn’t come together and accomplish any teamwork, that’s probably going to continue to be a problem in future episodes. Larger questions about the story remain unanswered, such as what/who is directing the One-eyes, and what is this Story mission building to? Overall, this series is doing enough to keep me interested in, but only just enough.

 

Overall Rating

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3 out of 5 stars
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