Dragonaut – 05
Five years ago, the Girouard military tried to perform its own Resonance, but the experiment ended in failure, and Garnet was frustrated at how they couldn’t do what the ISDA could. Back in the present, Jin and Gio arrive at the city on the moon, and Jin is still able to hear her singing. Toa is at that moment crying to herself beside a basketball court where a bunch of kids are playing, though those kids disperse when it starts to rain. She remains out in the rain until a woman comes by and offers her some relief under an umbrella. Gio and Jin arrive in the area soon after, however Toa is gone by then. Jin is nevertheless sure that he heard Toa’s song, but Gio is skeptical and decides to leave Jin since their deal was that he would do so if Toa wasn’t on the moon. Back on Earth, Kiril, Sakaki, and Yuuri tell a room full of reporters the truth about Thanatos and the D Project. Kiril later informs Garnet as she arrives on the moon that Jin is there, and it’s Garnet’s job to capture Gio.
Laina meanwhile tells the rest of his team that they’ll be implementing the D Project and that the search for Gio is being entrusted to the Girouard military. The others object, but Laina says that it’s an order from the brass. Kazuki in particular doesn’t take this very well, and Akira tries to strike up a conversation with him after the meeting. She recalls how Jin had told him that he wanted to know the truth and how he went to the moon onboard Gio, so she thinks that the Album is on the moon. Akira suggests that Gio doesn’t hate Kazuki and just wants to see the Album for whatever reason. Yuuri overhears all this as she passes by, and she ends up asking Akira for the details. On the moon, Jin is still sure that Toa is around there somewhere, however he gets ambushed by Girouard men before he can find her. With Jin in custody, Garnet temporarily takes over the television broadcast across the city so that she can send a secret message directed at Gio that only Dragons can hear, instructing him to surrender if he wants Jin’s release. It turns out that Toa hears this message too and gets alarmed, though Gio himself largely ignores it for now.
When Jin questions what Garnet and the Girouard military is after, she tells him that he’s the bait for them to catch some big game. Jin believes that it’s useless because Gio won’t come, but Garnet laughs at the thought that a Communicator would abandon his Master. She also doesn’t take any crap from Jin when he starts questioning what the Resonance is and smacks him with the hilt of her sword. Gio meanwhile accidentally bumps into the group of kids who were playing by Toa earlier, and one of them drops the video camera that he had been recording with. The camera starts playing back the video that has a shot of Toa in it, making Gio realize that she is indeed here. Back on Earth, Yuuri takes the information about the Album being on the moon and tries to get Sakaki to send the Dragonauts. Sakaki insists that the duty of the Dragonauts is to accomplish the D Project, so Yuuri wonders if Sakaki doesn’t want to capture the culprit of the shuttle accident with his own hands.
While waiting for Gio to show up, Garnet talks to her superior about bringing Gio to their military’s research facility as soon as they capture him. To Jin’s surprise, Gio actually shows up at the designated site soon after and walks right into a trap that embeds small particles into him which prevent him from Actualizing. Garnet tries to have her men capture him, but Gio is still able to move and knocks them all out. This leaves Garnet to challenge Gio personally, and she has an advantage against the weakened Gio. However, Gio continues resisting, and during this time, Jin starts fighting with the guards and manages to fire a shot of one of their rifles into the computer controlling the CSS stuff weakening Gio. When the machine goes down, Gio leaps into the nearby trailer to save Jin and transforms into a Dragon. They then try to escape, but Garnet orders the release of the Agathion, a Dragon-like creature that grapples onto Gio and pulls him back down. Gio is able to overpower the Agathion and drags it along for a ride before slamming it into the ground. This leads to the Agathion going out of control and killing its controller, so Gio destroys it.
Unbeknownst to all of them, Toa saw the entire battle and watches as Gio flies away. Jin and Gio eventually reenter the city, and Jin asks why Gio returned to him. Gio answers by reiterating their original deal of him abandoning Jin if Toa wasn’t on the moon. However, since he knows now that Toa is on the moon, he feels that they can search for her together.
The huge breasts haven’t really bothered me…up until now. They seemed even more exaggerated than normal this episode, which probably has a lot to do with how much screen-time Garnet got. Certain shots didn’t have the best animation quality either, and that seemed to lead to some of the inflation. I guess Hirano Aya fans at least get to hear some of her doing her best tough voice. It always impresses me that her range includes a voice like that and also a voice like Konata’s from Lucky Star, though both of them are still very distinctively hers.
Anyway, this episode gave some motivation to Garnet and the Girouard side with their Resonance goal, though I still don’t quite get why Kiril works with them at all. You’d think that with all the commotion they made in the previous episode over Gio, the ISDA would want to handle things themselves instead of handing it off to someone who looks like they’d backstab you in a second. Seems like they’ll all get involved in next week’s episode though, and the preview indicates that Toa and Jin will get reunited too.