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Episode 23: The Fateful Two

 

Review by Chris Guanche

December 30, 2019

 

Summary

 

Several shuttles piloted by the Build Divers’ allies make crash landings after coming under fire from Coalition forces. Kyoya examines video footage of the crashed shuttles, which are filled with wrecked Gunpla parts. Koichi’s Galbaldy Rebake destroys multiple gun emplacements, while Ayame’s RX-Zeromaru takes down several mobile suits. Earlier, the team discussed Koichi's’s plan to make up for their numerical disadvantage by launching a surprise attack. Yukki launches in his new Jegan Blast Master and receives microwave energy from the Moon to fire the devastating twin satellite cannon, which wipes out a large number of mobile suits. The Game Master tells Sara that he has a duty to protect GBN, which is why he can’t allow her existence. He then tries to erase Sarah, but finds that he’s been locked out due to Kyoya invoking his Force Nest’s administrative rights. Kyoya states that he won’t let the Game Master do as he pleases, and the Game Master counters that they’re the ones doing that by risking the entire future of GBN on one Gunpla Battle. Kyoya says he knows he’s asking too much, but he also notes that right now the Coalition has custody of Sarah, not the administration. He also says that if the feelings of Divers created Sarah, they should have a say in her fate. Elsewhere, Momoka’s Momokapool travels undetected through an underground waterway. Riku’s 00 Sky HWS flies unnoticed through a valley due to decoy parts having been planted in one of the shuttles. As part of the plan, Hero offered to let Chat Noir Neo’s SD Gundams serve as the decoy wreckage. On the ground, Tigerwolf’s Gundam Jiyan Altron and Magee’s Gundam Love Phantom take down multiple enemies. Kyoya asks Sarah for the last time what she wants and says he’ll hear her answer when everything is over. He then takes off in his upgraded AGEII Magnum (SV ver). Ayame and Koichi spot new approaching enemies led by Emilia’s Impulse Gundam Arc. Meanwhile, Karuna deploys in his Impulse Gundam Lancier on Emilia’s orders to guard the underground waterway. He exits the elevator and is shocked to see the Momokapool standing there. Riku is ambushed by multiple enemies, and Rommel’s Grimoire Red Beret appears to challenge Magee. Yukki tries to give support fire to Tigerwolf, but his beam blast is cancelled out by one from Shahryar’s Seravee Gundam Scheherazade. Tigerwolf says that he’s always wanted to have a duel with Shahryar.

 

Tigerwolf tells Yukki to move on and asks Shahryar why he’s siding with Riku’e enemies. Tigerwolf asks if they should let Sarah die, and Shahryar answers they should if that’s the will of the players. Tigerwolf thinks that’s cold and heartless and says that GBN is built on the feelings of the Divers, and he launches his attack. Rommel and Magee have weapons at each other’s necks and debate the situation. Rommel asks if GBN is precious to Magee, and Magee answers that a newborn life is more precious. Shahryar activates his Efreet Mode to face Tigerwolf in close-range combat, and Tigerwolf responds with his Raijin Thunder move. Shahryar uses Trans-Am to dodge and land multiple punches on Tigerwolf. In response, Tigerwolf uses for the first time his ultimate attack, the Rikugeki Shoryuda. The Seravee Gundam is defeated, and Shahryar tells Tigerwolf that seeing him fight Riku reminded him of why he came to like Gunpla Battle. Tigerwolf asks if Shahryar sided with the administration to force him to fight all out, and Shahryar tells him that the Coalition knows about Riku’s diversion plan. He then plans to tell Tigerwolf where the Coalition defenses are the weakest, but Kyoya arrives and says he won’t let that happen. Tigerwolf and Shahryar then decide to join forces to defeat Kyoya. Riku dodges attacks from a large SD Gundam and loses his HWS pack after unleashing a barrage. Kyoya attacks with his Excalibur energy blade, and Tigerwolf uses the GN Arms to perform his Sokyoku Silk Road attack. However, Kyoya is unaffected by the attack. At The Gundam Base, Nanami wonders how Riku and the others are doing. Tsukasa shows up and asks Nanami where the server room is. Emilia tells the Build Divers to give up when new reinforcements arrive, but Yukki refuses. Momoka fights Karuna and vows not to give up either. Tsukasa prepares his program, and Ms. Tori tells him she never expected they’d be using Break Decals or the old GPD system. Riku destroys an enemy and advances toward the castle, but a floating island crashes right in front of him. After the smoke clears, he sees Tigerwolf and Shahryar’s damaged units in the rubble. Kyoya appears in the sky above Riku.

 

Commentary

 

The Build Divers and their allies launch their surprise attack on the Coalition, which seems to go well at first. The distraction with Gunpla wreckage in the shuttle is not a bad idea, but unfortunately the Coalition figures it out. Shahryar and Tigerwolf face off, but it doesn’t amount to much more than a couple of special attacks thrown at each other. I would’ve been more interested in seeing Rommel and Magee’s fight instead. I’ve felt throughout most of this series that the writing staff doesn’t understand how an MMO or a social network actually functions, and that’s seemingly confirmed here. How could an administrator in a Force Nest have the power to prevent a superuser like the Game Master from doing things? In that kind of system, you could do anything you wanted in your area and the administration would be powerless to stop you. Doesn’t really make any sense.

 

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