Layzner Ep. 21: My Name is Folon


Eiji walks over to Layzner, and Anna is surprised by the feeling that she doesn’t want to lose to Simone over Eiji. A soldier pulls up in a jeep and takes the students away for further interrogation. Eiji gets into the cockpit and asks Rei to pull up the other computer program, but it doesn’t understand. Eiji insists that there’s another computer there and demands that Rei contact it. In Clayton’s room, Elizabeth watches a news report about the Gradosians which states that the President will be making an announcement soon. Several men from the air base knock on the door and want to ask Elizabeth questions. In public, several government agents take Arthur away from his mother. At the base, planes land carrying military brass from Canada. Rei continues to insist that it doesn’t understand Eiji’s questions about another computer program. The defense director meets with the defense officials and explains that the President has directed them to put the three SPTs they’ve captured to use ASAP. An officer starts a slideshow of their scans of Layzner, which shows one blurry and mysterious area. Eiji exits the cockpit and asks a soldier to lend him a handgun, but the soldier refuses. Gilbert intercedes and convinces the soldier to hand over the gun. Gilbert gives Eiji the gun and asks him to resolve the situation quickly. Eiji points the gun at the console and demands that the other program show itself. Eiji says that the cockpit is his whole world, but something exists out of his control and won’t answer to him. He fires two shots into the console, which finally causes the program, Folon, to reveal itself. Folon states that it was placed there by Ken so that Eiji could pilot Layzner.

Folon explains that Gradosians who wish for peace with Earth installed Folon and planted a secret unknown to most of Grados: the creation of Grados. The cockpit closes as Eiji listens to Folon explain the secret of Grados. Gilbert runs over when the cockpit opens and asks Eiji what’s going on, but Eiji is frozen in shock. He then tells Eiji that Ken left a message for the people of Earth. Kabus relays the news to the defense director, who wants to hear what Eiji has to say. The reporters rush over to record what Eiji has to say, and Anna wonders what Layzner’s secret is. Elizabeth and Arthur are brought to the same room where Anna and the others are being held. Eiji states that Earth and Grados are connected, but Earth is no state to fight Grados. He thinks surrender is the best course of action, but soldiers open fire on him before he can reveal the secret. Eiji tries to make the announcement, but the soldiers keep firing. Folon declares that it will defend itself if not given an order, so Eiji tells it to retreat. Gilbert thinks to himself that Eiji’s message didn’t make Earthlings question war, but rather it wounded their pride. Eiji spots a shuttle and decides to seize it and speak to Gresco in space. After the pilots put the shuttle on autopilot and leave, it takes off and heads for space. Upon reaching space, Eiji switches over to Layzner and instructs Folon to send a message to Gresco’s flagship. Gresco is informed that Eiji wants to speak to him directly about the creation of Grados. Gresco orders Giulla to prepare the Bloodykaisar and asks everyone else to leave, but Zuhl lingers in an elevator. Gresco opens the channel, and Eiji demands that he withdraw his forces immediately or have the secret of Grados’ creation made public. Gresco wants to confirm what Eiji knows, so Eiji tells him the secret. Gresco notices that the nearby elevator hasn’t moved, so he grabs Zuhl by the neck and chokes him to death. The shuttle is then destroyed by incoming fire from the Bloodykaisar, Bravers and Solomcos, but Eiji manages to escape in time.


A secret is finally revealed, but another one is introduced. Going all the way back to the last fight with Gostello, a secret computer program has taken over when Layzner’s destruction is imminent. Now we know that it’s called Folon and was installed by Ken Asuka, harboring the secret of Grados’ creation. Eiji tries to share this secret with Earth to defuse tensions, but a bunch of stupid and impulsive American soldiers ruin that by opening fire on him without orders. He then heads to space and tries to use the secret to blackmail Gresco, but instead is met with an SPT attack. Zuhl makes the very costly mistake of eavesdropping and dies for it. Gresco is a big guy, but he’s got to be freakishly strong to pick up a grown man with one hand and choke him to death. Given that both sides are determined to fight, it doesn’t look like this war is going to be avoided.

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Layzner Info

Ryosuke Takahashi

Ryosuke Takahashi
Fuyunori Gobu
Yasushi Hirano
Tsunehisa Ito
Hiroyuki Hoshiyama
Endo Miego

Mechanical Designer:
Kunio Okawara

Character Designer:
Moriyasu Taniguchi

Musical Composer:
Hiroki Inui

38 episodes; 3 compilation OVAs

Japan 10.03.1985 – 06.26.1986

38 episodes (TV); 3 episodes (OVA)

Video Release (OVA):
Japan 08.21.1986 – 10.21.1986


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