The Grimekaisar scans the Martian landscape below, and Gale notifies the Braver pilots to prepare for combat in three minutes, still unaware of Gosterro’s presence. Elizabeth pulls up the camera feed in the observation base, which shows the incoming SPTs. Eiji returns to the tripod carrier and launches in the recharged Layzner. Rei issues a report on the incoming SPTs, and Eiji realizes that the Grimekaisar means it’s Gale. Gale lands in front of Eiji and gives him one last chance to surrender or face a military execution. He appeals to Eiji to not let Julia suffer, but Eiji counters that his sister has nothing to do with it. Gosterro says to himself that the more Gale and Julia suffer, the better. Eiji agrees to surrender, but only if the Grados Empire gives up its plan to invade Earth. Gale notes that Eiji is accused of stealing SPTs and killing two soldiers, but Eiji insists he didn’t kill anyone. Gale cites Gosterro’s combat report, and Eiji insists that Gosterro killed his own men. Gosterro conducts a sneak attack and opens fire on the Grimekaisar’s cockpit, injuring Gale. He then fires missiles and destroys the other Braver before it can respond. Gosterro then taunts Eiji, who opens fire and asks why he shot at Gale. Rei reports that there’s no leak in Gale’s spacesuit, and Gale asks Eiji if Gosterro shot him. Gale pleads with Eiji to not kill Gosterro because it’s the only way to clear his name. In the observation base, everyone listens to the radio chatter while David tries to pull up an image on camera. Gosterro tries to kill Gale, but the unconscious Braver pilot shifts and distracts him. Eiji fires a shot that causes Gosterro to hit the ground, and he comments that Eiji might be a good soldier if he weren’t a traitor. Gosterro cuts off power and tosses the pilot out of the cockpit while hiding from Eiji. He then assembles a small bazooka and abandons the Braver while Eiji scans the area. Roanne wonders if the fighting is over, and Simone laughs about Gale being Eiji’s senior. David picks up Gosterro on camera targeting the Grimekaisar’s open cockpit with his bazooka. Anna wants to warn Eiji, but Roanne notes that Gale attacked them. Gosterro targets Gale and fires the bazooka.
The rocket flies toward Gale, but Eiji shoots it down from above and searches for Gosterro. Rei picks up the energy reaction from the Braver powering up, and Gosterro opens fire on Eiji. Gosterro tries to shoot at the Grimekaisar again, but Eiji stops him and says that he’s shameful. Gosterro laughs that he only wants to kill Eiji and there’s no such thing as enemies or allies. Roanne comments that the fight is one-sided since Eiji is trying to defend Gale. Rei suggests changing combat strategies, but Eiji refuses to abandon Gale. He addresses the group on the radio and asks someone to save Gale while he draws Gosterro’s fire. David responds that they’re no way they’ll do anything for him, and Roanne mentions that Gale attacked them, but Eiji still wants their help. He then asks them to at least revive Gale and says he’s important to him. Simone volunteers to go, and when Elizabeth decides to go, David runs off instead with the stimulant needles. Eiji fires a missile that swings around and hits the Braver from behind. Gosterro sees David running on the ground and opens fire on him. However, David keeps running and manages to reach the Grimekaisar. He then jumps and uses the low gravity to grab onto the knee. Gosterro closes in to kill them both, but Eiji hits the Braver from behind and destroys its thrusters. Eiji tells Gosterro that this is the end and he can’t accuse him of being a killer. Gosterro refuses to surrender and taunts Eiji, saying that he loves to kill even though Eiji doesn’t. Gosterro starts walking toward Eiji and dares him to take a shot. Rei recommends shooting and tells Eiji that he’s going to die, but he does nothing. Gosterro laughs and aims his rifle, but Eiji screams and panics. Layzner then fires and beheads the Braver. The Braver falls over and explodes just as David crawls into the Grimekaisar’s cockpit. Eiji wonders what happened, and Rei reports that the target was destroyed. Gale wakes up and points a gun at David, signaling for him to go away. He then takes off as everyone runs over to see David. Rei reports that the target was destroyed by manual aim and there are no life signs, so Eiji wonders if he fired the shot.
You have to wonder about these anime militaries that are full of psychopaths. We’ve seen Grados pilots like Gale, Gusten and Roberia who are dedicated to a standard of military conduct, but then there’s Gosterro. He’s so desperate to cover up his past murders that he’s willing to commit several more, including taking out one Braver pilot, leaving the second to die and making multiple attempts to ice Gale. You have to wonder what his endgame is for this pile of corpses, or how he even managed to reach the point of leading men into battle. That being said, he is right that Eiji can’t bring himself to kill someone, even if it puts his own life in danger. Layzner acts weird when Gosterro closes in at the end, and it’s not clear if Eiji fired or the mecha did to protect him. I was also surprised that David volunteered to put his life at risk to save Gale given his open hatred of Eiji and Gradosians. What he did was brave, though it ultimately proved unnecessary since Gale woke up on his own.