On the Argama, Kamille runs into Shinta and Qum on his way to the hangar and tells them he has to go, but promises to play with them when he returns. In the hangar, Katz complains about why Kamille gets to launch first, and Kamille arms himself with the hyper mega launcher before moving the Zeta Gundam to the catapult and taking off. Katz argues with Fa, but when Shinta and Qum start talking to her, he uses the distraction to launch without permission in the G-Defenser. Torres stops the G-Defenser from moving into position on the catapult, but Katz uses his thrusters to launch manually. He’s intent on avenging Sarah’s death, and he’s immediately followed by Fa launching in the Methuss. Quattro asks Bright if he should launch too, but Bright thinks this group is a good sized diversion for Operation Maelstrom. Bright addresses the AEUG fleet and orders them to make course for Gryps 2. He also vows to “correct” Katz and Fa upon their return. Katz makes direct contact with Kamille and declares that he’s going to kill Haman. Katz blames Haman for causing Sarah’s death, and Kamille warns Katz that he’ll destroy himself by bringing emotions into battle. Katz counters that he can fight because he hates, and in response Kamille transforms from Waverider and targets Katz with the hyper mega launcher. He threatens to shoot Katz if he doesn’t listen to him, and he doesn’t want Katz getting in his way for selfish reasons. Fa gets in the middle between them and asks Kamille if he can restrain himself in the same way he’s restraining Katz. Kamille answers that he just wants to end this war quickly and tells them both to join the main force for Operation Maelstrom. Kamille takes off on his own, and Katz tells Fa that he won’t get in Kamille’s way and intends to draw off Haman’s attention. The AEUG fleet approaches Gryps 2 and launches its mobile suits, including Quattro’s Hyaku-Shiki, Emma’s Gundam Mk-II and the Rick Dias team. Quattro asks Botty to help him take out their initial target, Gryps 2’s microwave retriever panel. Emma and the Rick Dias team come under fire from Gaza-Cs, and the AEUG fleet opens fire to provide cover. Haman isn’t worried and thinks she has the strength in numbers to win. She then has an unpleasant Newtype reaction and wonders what it is. Kamille takes position behind the Gwanban and hopes to lure Haman out. Quattro destroys a retriever panel and Botty takes out the circuit breaker, which cuts off the colony’s electrical system. Shinta and Qum come to the bridge and ask Bright what a maelstrom is, and he answers that it’s a whirlpool, and their plan is to surround Gryps 2 like a whirlpool and capture it. Haman decides to launch in the Qubeley because she can’t stand watching the AEUG dictate the pace of the battle. She encounters Mineva in a corridor, and Mineva tells her that she has an uncomfortable feeling and doesn’t want Haman to go. Haman explains that they’re currently fighting the AEUG, but Mineva says the feeling is the same one she had earlier on the Gwadan. It was the same as how she felt when she saw Char for the first time in years. Haman vows to sink the Argama so that Char will help them. Haman feels the same sensation again as she prepares to launch in the Qubeley.
Haman feels that someone is watching her and is told that an enemy mobile armor is approaching. She takes off and immediately comes under fire from the G-Defenser, but she knows it’s not the source of the pressure she felt before. Katz comes under fire from a Gaza-C squad and is grappled by one, but Fa destroys it. Kamille attacks Haman and declares that she’s the source of the fighting and can’t be allowed to live. He says that she makes people miserable, but she tells him to shut up and attacks with her beam saber. Kamille and Haman begin emitting Newtype waves that are felt across the battlefield. Kamille and Haman feel themselves floating in space and each have feelings of people they knew long ago. Kamille sees himself as a child with Hilda, and Haman sees herself with Char. As their feelings intertwine, Kamille realizes that they saw the same thing and that people can understand each other. Haman tells Kamille not to get cozy with her and breaks out of the hallucination. Haman accuses Kamille of meddling with her mind and opens fire on him again. Kamille blocks her beam saber and says they might be able to understand each other, but she tells him he’s no different than Char. Haman recognizes that Kamille is gifted, but she can’t forgive his insolence and intends to kill him. Katz interrupts to attack Haman and yells that it’s her fault Sarah died. Haman slices off one of his wings and then blows off one of the Methuss’ legs when Fa jumps in front of Kamille to protect him. Kamille declares that Haman doesn’t deserve to live and fires back at her while emitting Newtype waves. Kamille tosses his beam rifle as a distraction and then grapples onto Haman with wires that were loaded into his grenade launcher. He then reels her in and pulls out his beam saber to make the final strike. He hears a voice saying that people can understand each other, and he ends up only slicing off one of Haman’s shoulders. Haman then breaks free from the wires and falls back. Kamille asks Fa and Katz if they’re okay and tells Katz to protect Fa. Katz asks about Haman, and Kamille tells him he was as good as dead. Kamille is worried about the Argama and leaves to provide backup. Emma has trouble with several Gaza-Cs, but Kamille arrives to help her take them down. The Axis fleet falls back to regroup, leaving the AEUG in control of Gryps 2. A servant brings a bowl of fresh fruit to Haman and explains that it’s a gift from Mineva for fighting well in battle. Haman tells herself that the times are changing and the enemy she must destroy is Kamille. After retrieving its mobile suits, the Argama takes off. Kamille tells Quattro that he had the chance to kill Haman but didn’t, and Quattro tells him not to worry about that because he might have to do that himself. Kamille thinks that his fragile feelings lost out to her intense will, and Quattro tells him that what he’s doing is dangerous and following Amuro’s path. He reminds Kamille that Amuro experienced hell for seven years before he was able to free his soul. Shinta and Qum drag Kamille away to play since he’d promised. The Argama proceeds alone on its next mission to change Axis’ course away from Granada.
The final struggle comes into focus as the AEUG initiates Operation Maelstrom to capture Gryps 2 from Axis. Kamille’s role in this is to serve as a distraction by luring Haman away. They engage in some weird Newtype experiences and almost understand each other, but Haman’s poisonous will wins out. Kamille went into the battle fully intending to kill her, but in the end he hesitated because he thought they might be able to understand each other. This is a marked contrast from how Amuro and Lalah did understand each other in the original series. The difference of course is that Lalah didn’t fight out of animosity, while Haman contains a deep darkness within and a desire to dominate over all. Even with Newtype abilities, I think that the gulf was too wide for Kamille to ever bridge. The Argama really does have the worst security ever, as evidenced again by Katz and Fa launching without permission. It’s interesting to see Kamille’s evolution, because at the start of the series he was behaving precisely as Katz is now. But the weight of war has definitely made him more cold-blooded and cynical, as evidenced by his language in wanting to take down Haman.
Original Review: November 3, 2002