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Episode 7: Battered Crown

 

Review by Chris Guanche

May 22, 2020

 

Summary

 

Hiroto uses binoculars to scan the area for enemies and gets a call from Kazami complaining that if they do bad work, the leader is embarrassed. Hiroto recalls Gojo asking him to look after Kazami, and he mentioned that they butted heads often, and in the end he wasn’t able to do anything for Kazami. In an angry fit, Kazami trips while trying to kick a rock and wonders what he’s doing. Parviz and Freddie help Calico and Zabun carry boxes of supplies, and Kazami chimes in that he wants to find ways to increase his destruction count if the enemy doesn’t show up. He tries to pick up a box as well, but Muran walks over and says he doesn’t want outsiders touching their precious supplies. Muran tells Kazami to mind his own business and says they’re all tired of being betrayed. Hiroto shows up and starts apologizing for hanging up on Kazami, but Kazami cuts him off to criticize him for always wandering off somewhere. Hiroto leaves, and Kazami then storms off and watches a new Captain Zeon episode inside his cockpit. However, he turns it off because he doesn’t want to watch an episode where Captain Zeon loses. Missiles fired by the One-eyes hit near the camp, putting everyone on alert. The Justice Knight is hit by missiles, and the Wodom Pod and Valkylander take off. Hiroto’s Earthree Gundam blocks enemy attacks, and Muran pulls up in a car to drive Freddie to safety. Muran ends up taking a different route than the other cars, and Hiroto asks Kazami what to do. Kazami initially responds that he doesn’t care what happens to Muran, but he then remembers Gojo’s words about him not changing at all, so he then tells Hiroto to go protect Muran. Hiroto begins to object, and Kazami says he knows Hiroto doesn’t trust him to defend everyone on his own. He then blocks an attack from an Eldora Army and tells Hiroto that he’ll protect the team. Kazami knocks away one of the Army units, but is then surrounded by several more. Muran drives through the forest and reaches an alternate path that should be free of enemies, but three Army units show up. The Army units blast the car, and Muran is reminded of an attack by the Gundam Seltsam. The Earthree Gundam shows up and attacks the Army units. Kazami thinks that if he can complete this mission he’ll finally be like Captain Zeon. An Eldora Daughtress jumps up from the tree line and fires a cannon at Kazami.

 

Hiding near a tree, Muran asks Freddie how the Build Divers can fight for complete strangers. Freddie answers that though the Build Divers are poorly organized, they fight with all their power and he views them as precious comrades. Hiroto tells them to go join up with the rest of the caravan. May and Parviz are kept on the defensive by enemy attacks, and the Daughtress’ cannon destroys Kazami’s swords. Kazami recalls all the criticisms he received from his old Force about his constant boasting and screwing up. Kazami cries and says it wasn’t supposed to be like this, and he wonders if he’s going to mess up again. The Captain Zeon episode starts up again, and Captain Zeon fights on against a Destroy Gundam and says one needs a burning passion in their heart. Kazami thinks he has that Gunpla spirit and blocks an attack from an Army unit. Hiroto fires on the Daughtress from above, and Kazami thanks him for the help. In the Captain Zeon episode, the Three Gaza Brothers show up to help Captain Zeon. Hiroto blasts multiple Army units, and May and Parviz show up to provide back up after having safely escorted the Resistance. Taking damage, Kazami charges the Daughtress and punches through its chest, destroying it. Kazami is overjoyed to see he finally got a destruction point. In GBN, Sagari and Yuri wonder if Kazami is screwing up again, but Gojo thinks that won’t happen if good comrades help someone change. Kazami thinks it’s dumb that he got so beat up taking down a single enemy, but Hiroto disagrees. Parviz chimes in that he was moved by Kazami’s pointless passion, and May says that while Kazami’s fighting was inefficient, she felt more power from him than in previous battles. The evacuated Resistance base is suddenly destroyed from the air by the Gundam Seltsam. Hiroto, May and Kazami rush in to attack and are rebuffed. Parviz combines pieces into a larger rifle while Hiroto performs a limited change to equip the Venus armor’s weapons. They both fire at the Gundam Seltsam, which fires its own blast to cancel out their attack. Hiroto ejects his armor and sends it in to attack, which sets off an explosion that has no impact. After the battle, Kazami wonders who the enemy is. Freddie then gives them a pendant from Muran, who told him the mission wasn’t over as long as the pendant was safe. Freddie tells them that Muran also said the pendant was their last chance at turning the tide.

 

Commentary

 

This episode continues the themes from the previous one regarding Kazami’s struggles to accomplish anything. He finally realizes, thanks to Captain Zeon, that a tough fight doesn’t equate to being a loser. He stops trying to act cool and show off and simply fights to get the mission done, which at last gives him the success he so desperately craves. That’s a good thing, given how annoying Kazami has been up to this point, so hopefully from here on he’ll be somewhat less annoying. Kazami’s moment in the sun is quickly spoiled by a surprise attack from the Gundam Seltsam, which means that the battles will probably get fiercer and there will be some elaboration about the betrayal Muran spoke of.

 

Overall Rating

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3 out of 5 stars
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