On the Radish, Emma reports to Henken that they’ve transferred supplies and mobile suits to the Argama. Emma thinks that will improve the ship’s position, but Henken believes it’s only temporarily because the crew is fatigued from chasing after the Gwadan. On the Argama’s mobile hangar, Kamille catches Shinta and Qum when they start floating due to unfamiliarity with low gravity. He asks Astonaige about the condition of the Hyaku-Shiki, and Astonaige answers that they’ve repaired it enough so it barely works. Kamille wonders if Quattro is okay, and Astonaige thinks he has nothing to do with Zeon. Astonaige mentions that the Zeta Gundam is also just barely repaired, but Kamille says that’s fine as long as it moves. Wong comes over and says that Kamille has a better understanding of battle now, so “correcting” him was worth it. Kamille thanks him, and Wong goes off to yell at other people. Kamille sees Quattro floating by and asks if Reccoa is okay because Fa told him that Quattro hasn’t visited her since she was hospitalized. Quattro responds that he’ll visit her when he finds the time, and Kamille complains to Astonaige that Quattro is always like this even though Reccoa has a thing for him. Astonaige starts laughing that Kamille of all people would say this. Fa lectures Shinta and Qum about being in the hangar, and they say they were ordered to help. Fa doesn’t believe that, but Astonaige comes over and says it’s true. Kamille adds that it’s much more pleasant having them around than Wong. Kamille asks Fa for a favor, so she goes to the infirmary to check in on Reccoa, who is getting dressed and ready to leave. Reccoa notes that Fa doesn’t have time for visits, and Fa explains that Kamille asked her to stop by. Fa helps Reccoa sneak back to her quarters and comments that she seems to enjoy this kind of thing. Reccoa responds that she’s developed a habit of getting into dangerous situations, but it wasn’t always like that. She used to live on the Moon until she became separated from her parents during the One Year War. She then became a child guerilla and lost many friends. After the war, she joined the EFF but felt something was different, and eventually she ended up in the AEUG. She explains that it wasn’t ideology or belief, but just that she only feels alive when she’s living on the edge. She elaborates that this became part of her personality, but also the right man never came along. Reccoa states that the world has only ever had two sexes and there must be a reason for it. Reccoa tells Fa not to become a woman like her, but Fa doesn’t understand what that means. After Fa leaves, Reccoa tells herself that her room isn’t waiting for anyone to come back to it. Elsewhere, Yazan complains to Scirocco that they’re not taking action to destroy the Argama, and Scirocco explains that his top priority is to ensure that Axis forms an alliance with the Titans. Yazan thinks they should eliminate whatever obstacles are in the way, and Scirocco tells him to do as he pleases. Scirocco stops Sarah from leaving and tells her there’s no place for her in Yazan’s battle. Yazan’s Hambrabi team launches from the Dogosse Giar, followed by several Marasais. Wong grabs Torres by the neck and demands to know why Bright isn’t on the bridge while they’re being pursued by enemies. Bright arrives and explains that he was helping with hull repairs, and Wong complains that that isn’t a job for a captain. He thinks the ship lacks order and discipline, but Quattro notes that this might be part of why the ship has survived so many battles up to now. Wong asks why the Axis negotiations failed if that’s true, and Quattro counters that he was against that from the start. Wong asks Bright what he plans to do, and Bright answers that they’re going to dock with La Vie en Rose. Wong yells that they’ll waste time in dock, and Bright explains that the Radish’s help with repairs was only temporary and they’re no match for a large force. Wong says that in war it’s rare to fight in top condition, but the conversation is interrupted when six enemy suits are detected on sensors. Reccoa waters her cactus and feels a strange sensation. Quattro sees Reccoa heading for the hangar in a pilot suit and tells her she’s in no condition to fight, but she responds that she’s an Argama pilot. Quattro asks what’s gotten into her, and she asks him if he’s ever done anything to stop her from going. The Hambrabis open three containers that each contain two Marasai dummy balloons.
Yazan tells two pilots to stay behind and keep the dummies moving so that the AEUG doesn’t catch on. Kamille launches in the Zeta Gundam with the hyper mega launcher, followed by Reccoa in the Methuss and Emma in the Gundam Mk-II from the Radish. Kamille tells Reccoa to fall back because she’s out too far ahead, and she asks if he’s the one who’s been calling out to her. He wasn’t, and he tells her to move away when he feels a Newtype sensation. They dodge incoming enemy fire, and Kamille used the hyper mega launcher to destroy a Marasai. Reccoa feels a powerful will coming from Ramsus’ attacking Hambrabi, but Char arrives in the Hyaku-Shiki and provides backup. Yazan has everyone fall back, and Bright orders Kamille and Quattro to scout to the rear of the enemy forces. Quattro thinks the enemy movement is weird, and Kamille wonders if the Titans are trying to get them to lower their guard before attacking again. They find the Methuss floating adrift because Reccoa is behaving absentmindedly and unaware of her surroundings. Kamille asks Reccoa what’s wrong and says this isn’t like her. She thanks him and then takes off and advances. The three come across Dunkel and his squad of mostly dummy Marasais, and they report this information back to their ships. Torres orders Emma to provide backup to Kamille and the others, and Bright tells Wong that he’s going to fire their mega particle cannon. Wong tries to radio Emma when she doesn’t respond, and Bright snaps at him to stay seated or be removed from the ship. Reccoa is ordered to fall back and defend the Argama, and she comments that she missed her chance again. Yazan sees that the AEUG is playing into his hands and attacks the Radish, but he’s attacked in turn by Reccoa. She feels Yazan’s presence, and at that moment Kamille feels a Newtype sensation. Quattro blasts several Marasais and sees that they’re fake, and Emma reports this back to the Radish. Henken realizes that they’ve been tricked and recalls their mobile suits. Reccoa is unable to fire, which allows Yazan to break free of her grip and blast the Methuss in multiple spots. Reccoa doesn’t understand why she can’t move, and Yazan sees an image of her but keeps firing anyway. Reccoa wonders if his power was calling to her, so she charges forward and slams into the Hambrabi. Yazan uses his tail to stab the Methuss and cut open its cockpit. Reccoa says that she’s going to die and isn’t scared. She adds that she wanted to die, but if someone is calling out to her it’s different. She exits the cockpit and asks if Yazan is the one calling out to her, but just then the Methuss explodes. Yazan grabs Reccoa and falls back when he’s informed that their ruse has been discovered. Back on the ship, Kamille finds Fa crying with Emma and asks what’s wrong. She tells him that Reccoa is dead, but he can’t believe it. Fa blames herself for helping Reccoa sneak out of the infirmary, but he tells her it isn’t her fault. Bright argues with Wong about the crew’s mental state in the wake of Reccoa’s death and asks that they at least be resupplied, and Quattro agrees. Wong tells them to do what they want and contact La Vie en Rose. Kamille goes to Quattro’s quarters and punches him in the face, saying that if he’d been nicer to Reccoa, this wouldn’t have happened. Kamille starts crying, and Quattro looks at Reccoa’s cactus and notes that the flowers have started blooming. The Argama and Radish rendezvous with La Vie en Rose.
The Argama is still in a tough situation following the fallout from the failed Axis negotiations. Reccoa’s strange behavior continues, and she offers some insight to Fa about why. Having served as a child guerilla, Reccoa is addicted to the thrill of dangerous situations and feels empty otherwise. She drifted from the EFF to the AEUG, and now it’s clear she’s done with the latter. She outright states that she’s not with the AEUG out of ideology, so it’s no surprise when she later returns as a Titan. It’s clear that Reccoa is a deeply broken person, and it’s a shame that she sees her lack of happiness as being bound up in not finding the right man. Kamille sees it the same way, since he blames Quattro for not being nicer to Reccoa. Even though people noticed that Reccoa was behaving strangely, no one realized that her strange actions in recent battles were suicide attempts. Yazan ends up saving her, but he doesn’t even seem to understand why. Wong makes a nuisance of himself again, and he’s definitely one of these elite types who thinks he knows everything about everything, even though he’s not a soldier like Bright. He’s definitely not used to being told no, so it was satisfying to see Bright put him in his place.
Original Review: January 24, 2002