Dragonaut – 13
Ten years ago, representatives met with Sakaki and Kiril about the Girouard Military’s new, Type-X warhead. All they needed was a new type of shuttle to use this weapon against Thanatos, and it was the ISDA’s responsibility to develop the shuttle. Kiril, however, had reported that the development of the new shuttle had been a failure. To everyone’s surprise, Sakaki had suggested dragons instead and had revealed that the D-Project was to use dragons to directly attack Thanatos. Back in the present, the members of the Lindworm Unit are picking themselves up after getting defeated, and they see another dragon battling Ostolm in the sky. Yuuri arrives on the scene to explain that it’s Atolm, the third original dragon, and that Atolm is actually Nozaki. After crashing into the ground together, both dragons return to their Communicator forms, and Nozaki has figured out by now that Ostolm is here to eliminate the dragons born on this planet. Ostolm responds by saying that Nozaki has gotten too involved with the living beings of this planet and that “Mother” doesn’t want humans raising dragons. Nozaki, however, refuses to let Ostolm lay a finger on what he refers to as his children, and he believes that if Ostolm went through a Resonance, then Ostolm would understand why he changed.
Meanwhile, on Mars, Toa thinks about how it’s because of Jin that she remains as a Communicator and doesn’t want to return to her original form. She then gets brought up in front to Asim again, right as he’s getting another report about what’s going on from Earth. Feeling that she has to do something, Toa offers to show Asim her true form, but Asim knows that she can run away if he lets her out. Asim wants her to beg for it, but even after she does, he still refuses her because he sees her defiant eyes and knows that she’s not under his control yet. Back on Earth, Ostolm fights a heated battle with Nozaki, and Nozaki ultimately gets knocked out when he lowers his guard because Yuuri was in danger. Ostolm then senses that there’s another dragon left – Gio – so he changes back into his dragon form and attacks. Seeing the subsequent destruction as Ostolm chases Gio, Howlingstar and the other members of the Lindworm Unit decide to return to the fight, and they help get Ostolm off Gio. During all this, Kiril is demanding assistance from the Girouard military, but Asim decides to wait until the ISDA is destroyed first. Hearing this causes Nanami to think about Yuuri, and she ends up excusing herself from the throne room.
Nanami secretly heads to Toa’s holding cell and asks what Toa intends to do once she’s free. Toa admits that her mission is to bring back the Dragons born on Earth, but since Mother was unable to communicate with her, a new dragon was sent. In other words, Toa knows that Mother has abandoned the Earth-born dragons. Nanami doesn’t care about all this though since she just wants to know if Toa will save Earth or not. Toa’s answer is that she doesn’t know, but she specifically says that she wants to protect the person she loves. Hearing this leads Nanami to decide to free Toa, but moments after she does this, she get shot in the back by Garnet. This in turn causes Toa to cry out, and, back on Earth, Jin is suddenly able to hear her song. He figures out that it’s coming from Mars, but just as quickly as the singing started up, it ends again because Garnet reactivates the field confining Toa. Still, now that they know Toa is on Mars, Akira wants Jin to leave things on Earth to the Lindworm Unit so that he can go get Toa. Jin and Gio thus take off towards space while the other dragons try to hold Ostolm back, but Ostolm is able to break free.
Fortunately, Itsuki and Otohime then join in the battle, and Otohime is armed with a Type-X warhead. To avenge Yuuya, Itsuki intends to force Ostolm to space before using the warhead on him. This plan almost succeeds except that Ostolm fires several fireballs in the air above them, and the explosions causes the warhead to fall out of Otohime’s reach. To Itsuki’s surprise though, Jin and Gio suddenly swoop in to grab the warhead, and they force Ostolm upwards into space right as the warhead goes off. This appears to take out Ostolm, and though Gio is injured, both he and Jin manage to survive the explosion and return back to Earth. With Ostolm now taken care of, Sakaki immediately orders the D-Project to go into its next phase.
Despite being shot in the back by Garnet and bleeding all over the place (dark colored), I have my doubts about Nanami’s really being dead. It’d be rather unsatisfying if she died like that without getting a chance to fully redeem herself to Yuuri (whom Nanami is apparently quite infatuated with). Speaking of dying, I thought for a few seconds during the episode that they might have the balls to kill off Jin and really screw things up in the story, but he ended up surviving the explosion after all.
I have to say though, after watching the first episode of Macross Frontier, the CG in Dragonaut is like looking at cave drawings. I’m exaggerating (a little), but Macross F really spoiled me for CG and animation quality. I’m not sure I’d trust Gonzo to do that good a job with that big of a budget though. Maybe they’d just spend it on drawing more detailed cleavage. :D Anyway, the focus of the story appears to be shifting towards the ISDA’s plans to destroy Thanatos, and I get the feeling that Jin might join the Lindworm Unit since they’re all now getting along so well together. There’s no episode next week though – episode 14 airs on January 9th, 2008.