Bonen no Xamdou – Episode 06

21 08 2008

Summary

The episode starts with Furuichi learning how to control one of the ASP suits.  It takes him a couple of tries but he manages to move the arms.  In the waiting room, Haru is called in for her test.

Back on the postal ship, the crew is flying over an air-raided territory when they notice a smoke plume ahead.  Benikawa orders Nakiami and Akiyuki to go out and investigate.  Nakiami insists on going by herself but Benikawa doesn’t trust that she won’t get distracted.  Before Akiyuki can board, Nakiami departs.  Akushiba throws Akiyuki off the ship to catch up with Nakiami.  He manages to grab a hold of one of her wings, and the two of them head off.

At the location where the smoke came from, they notice many dead Humanform weapons, and at least one semi-working one.  Nakiami lands and immediatly confronts the Humanform.  It becomes apparent that she isn’t trying to kill it, however she gets hit, gets caught in the Humanform’s continuing petrification, and Akiyuki goes in to try and save her.  In the fray, his right arm bindings come off activating his Xamdou powers, however, it’s limited to his right arm.   Akiyuki manages to control it and begins fighting with his sword arm.  He frees Nakiami and tries to kill the Humanform.  Nakiami tries to implore him but it’s too late, the humanform petrifies.  Akiyuki tries to defend his action but Nakiami reminds him that he promised to try and protect all living things, and asked him whether he thought that Humanforms didn’t count in that promise.

Back on Sentan Island, Haru and Furuichi both passed their exams and are to start training soon.  They get dropped off back in their neighborhood.  Haru comments on how she always wanted to leave the island, and that the military might be the only option now.  When Haru gets home, she finds Akiyuki’s letter and reads it.  Feeling better, she mails a stack of letter she’s written to Akiyuki, praying that one will eventually reach him.

At the base, experiments are underway with the large petrified Xamdou.  They try to run an electrical current to attempt to revive it. It appears to be a failure, but underwater, part of the stone starts to come off. 

On the ship, Akuyuki inquires with Akushiba about the Humanforms.  Akushiba, while being dodgy, does mention one detail about how Humanforms all used to be living creatures before they were converted.

On Sentan Island, Haru shows Akiyuki’s letter to his parents, they’re relieved to know that he’s alive and asks Haru to keep the letter as it’s addressed to her.  After Haru leaves, Akiyuki’s father talks with the mother about how his work as a doctor in the Battle of Barador led to the creation of the first Humanforms.  He laments that what happened Akiyuki might be divine retribution.

The next day, at the base, Haru, Furuichi, and other new recruits begin training with mock ASP suits.  Meanwhile underground, the Xamdou has revived and starts to escape.  He manages to get through the first and second barrier, but appears to have lost it’s energy before the final barrier.  However, it releases what looks like a bubble towards the barrier. When the bubble touches the wall, it explodes taking out a good portion of the base.  The explosion knocks everyone’s ASP suits out of commision except for Haru and Furuichi.  They are left in charge of saving everyone…

Thoughts

So it appears that the 5 episodes of buildup has finally started to let off as we are shown two critical moments.  One is when Akiyuki uses his Xamdou powers under his own consciousness. The other is the truth behind Humanforms.

It was also good to see a slight return to action, and looks like next week will have even more of it.  We’re left with quite a cliffhanger, and we get to see Haru and Furuichi in action soon.  As for the speculation that Akiyuki and Haru will reunite on opposite sides of the battle field… I don’t buy it.  The only way for it to happen is if that postal creates a third faction in an attempt to stop wars. (Gundam SEED much?).  Anyway, we’re only 6 episodes in, there are 20 episodes left… plenty of things can happen.

8.5/10

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