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Summary:
As tensions between the two Chinas heat up, the MITHRIL dispatched team of M9s arrive in Hong Kong. In a warehouse by the sea, Gates inspects Xia Yu Lan’s dead body, then taunts Xia Yu Fang when she calls him. And Hunter, the MITHRIL Intelligence Department operative, gets a very familiar sounding visitor at his office. Meanwhile, Sousuke is on a hunt around the city looking for the purpose of the message he saw in the newspaper. He’s given a special map at an electronics store that takes him to a park where he picks up a ringing cell phone out of a trash can. He’s told to board a nearby taxi that drives him to the Kowloon part of the city. Xia Yu Fang directs him upstairs, and he goes into an apartment with his gun drawn. He’s surprised to find a bedridden Gauron who, grinning as wickedly as before, explains that the Lambda Driver on his Codarl allowed him to survive their last encounter. Gauron continues on saying that he is using the Codarl he stole to wreck havoc (through Xia Yu Fang), so that he could catch MITHRIL’s eye and get them to send Sousuke. Sousuke wants more information, so Gauron explains that Amalgam is in the weapons business, but that this havoc in Hong Kong is his own doing. At this point, the Codarl appears in the window, and Gauron bids her farewell. She starts to rampage again, destroying two Chinese ASes. An Amalgam unit somewhere in the city, led by Gates, gets ready to join the battle. Sousuke asks Gauron about the Whispered in Amalgam, with the focus of his questions on why they still target Chidori. Gauron replies that they were trying to figure out what type of information Chidori had in her. Gauron then reminisces about the first time he met Sousuke and the type of killer Sousuke was back then. On the Tuatha De Danaan, Tessa orders the Arbalest to be prepared for launch. Mardukas questions her actions and argues that she’s going against headquarters and is relying on someone who abandoned his mission. Tessa defends Sousuke by listing all of his accomplishments, forcing Mardukas to fall silent. Tessa admits that she likes Sousuke, but also says that Sousuke is strong and kind. After she asks Mardukas if he trusts her, he complies and orders the Arbalest to be readied. On their radios, the deployed Urzu team heard the entire argument, including the part where she wished everyone to get back safely. Motivated by her words, they spring their trap on Xia Yu Fang’s Codarl. Back in that small dark room, Gauron starts to deride Sousuke about how weak he’s become. Sousuke gets pissed off enough to fire his gun, but the bullet only hits Gauron’s pillow. Gauron reveals that he sent Xia Yu Lan to get rid of the biggest cancer to Sousuke: Chidori. He recites to an increasingly shocked Sousuke the details of how she died. At his limit, Sousuke fires several shots straight at Gauron. The heart rate monitor nearby flat-lines and above the noise, Sousuke hears a beeping. Realizing Gauron booby-trapped the room, Sousuke dives out the window as the apartment explodes.

They crammed a lot of conversation into this episode; that’s partly why the summary is so long. The biggest surprise is that Gauron’s back! This absolutely floored me when I first read it in the novels. The element of surprise wasn’t here anymore for me, but I can relate to how several of you probably feel. And Gauron seems to be like his old self, even if he is a quadriplegic now. He does a lot of explaining: Amalgam’s purpose, his reason for attacking Hong Kong, why he thinks Sousuke is weak, etc. But Gauron knows that his time is near and really wants to go out in style by pulling Sousuke in while he creates chaos around the city through Xia Yu Fang. And in the end, he literally goes out with a bang.
Aside from all the Sousuke/Gauron stuff, the other notable moments of this episode include the argument between Mardukas and Tessa that was omitted last week, the start of the battle between MITHRIL and the Codarl (you can count on Amalgam getting involved too), and the arrival of you-know-who at Hunter’s office. Next week is the thrilling conclusion of FMP! The Second Raid! There’s gonna be a lotta fighting and I have my hopes very very high for the finale.

October 12, 2005 at 5:20 pm
20 comments »
  • October 12, 2005 at 5:41 pmaxephil

    One of the best episodes od this serie! enjoy!

  • October 12, 2005 at 7:24 pmSaga

    I don’t know about Gauron’s re-entrance coming back as a shocker… I kind of picked it that Gauron was that “master” that the twins were talking about after they said in that one episode when they betrayed Gates (the line: “We’ll kill those kids for master” gave it away for me). Maybe in the novel they didn’t give hints that Gauron was still alive— but at least the fansubs did.

  • October 12, 2005 at 8:12 pmAvexMode

    Wonder if Gates going to show/throw the decapitated head of you-know-who to Xia Yu Fang during the fight…..

    Can’t wait for Sasuke to get kicked in the ass first by *cough* and kicking Gates ass later.

  • October 12, 2005 at 8:43 pmcyw1988

    so leonard basically i still alive….noo…~~~

  • October 12, 2005 at 10:08 pmfisherman

    who is the “you-know-who”??

  • October 12, 2005 at 10:18 pmAvexMode

    Leonard’s not going to die yet, he’s still the main villian for the next FMP and future FMP. I was suprise to see Leonard in HK.

  • October 12, 2005 at 10:22 pmAvexMode

    ehh fisherman not going to spoil it for you. Im not really sure if the anime will show it next episode (too brutal).

    Gauron reminds me of Kisaku the leetch. With 2 killer loli. Viva my perverted sex life.

  • October 13, 2005 at 12:30 amHuorfae

    hahaha, gauron is still ALIVE!??!? OMG. i hated him so much during the desert mission. I did felt he should haf died a more horrible death! Hes cool in his own way…but i still hate him..lol. oh yeah, so does chidori like go to hong kong in the final epi and meet up with sousuke? Or we hafto wait til the nxt season to find out?

  • October 13, 2005 at 12:33 amfisherman

    come on Avex, a hint or two. I agree with you, there should be another season or more. Leonard is like cameo in this season and he will be a lead in the future episodes.

  • October 13, 2005 at 12:34 amDark_Schneider

    ” Leonard’s not going to die yet, he’s still the main villian for the next FMP and future FMP ”

    So is this animated serie going to continue too??
    How many volumes does TSR manga have and how many represents this 13 anime episodes??
    Do you know anything about if this serie is going to still be animated???
    I really think it´s a shame to make only 13 episodes….but well…better than nothing of course!

  • October 13, 2005 at 12:38 amOmni

    >who is the “you-know-who”??
    Watch the episode (or wait for the subs). It’s very obvious once you see/hear it.

    >So is this animated serie going to continue too??
    Probably, but it’ll most likely be a while before the next series.

    >How many volumes does TSR manga have and how many represents this 13 anime episodes??
    FMP! is originally based on several novels written by Gatou Shouji. TSR covers the Owaru Day by Day pair of books.

    >Do you know anything about if this serie is going to still be animated???
    Like I said, as long as FMP! remains popular, it’ll probably keep going, since there is a lot more material to cover from the novels after Owaru Day by Day.

  • October 13, 2005 at 6:05 amRasmiel

    I’m still interested how they will wrap the series up in the last episode…12 was a great episode, but I’m still hungry for more :(

  • October 13, 2005 at 9:28 amAie

    Hahaha no doubt possible for you-know-who.
    Really good episode, I am expecting a huge fight for the last one!

  • October 13, 2005 at 12:12 pmDark_Schneider

    OMNI Thx for the answers and let´s hope this really continues…20 years or more watching anime and I really think FMP is one of my best choice animes from all the times.I´ve even seen the special that covers the anime production.SAIKOU TEAM!!

  • October 13, 2005 at 6:25 pmkaname

    Man I really think this is one of the best episodes lets hope the ending is as great, (and hopefully they wont let us hanging) Im pretty sure chidori will appear in the last episode i mean sousuke’s emotions have been swirling because of her don’t you think? Its time for her to appear YEAH!!!

  • October 14, 2005 at 1:05 amSaga

    Such a loud character…:( Couldn’t have missed that person. ha…ha..

  • October 15, 2005 at 12:12 pmchdri

    im excited on the last episode!! chidori will cry!!!

  • October 17, 2005 at 9:06 amcerulean

    i can’t conceive how they can wrap everything up in just one more ep. this time of year always makes me a little sad… :( i’m not as excited about this upcoming season (‘cept for Blood).

  • October 17, 2005 at 11:16 amchdri

    will there be a next season after tsr?????

  • October 19, 2005 at 12:25 pmHuorfae

    MUAAHHAHAHA!!! cant wait for episode 13!!