Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse – 22
「汚れ無き報復」 (Yogore Naki Houfuku)
Continuing off from the previous episode, we get the progression down a multitude of story threads this week.
First and foremost, there’s the thread involving Mariem and Dahl, who finally meet and have their discussion. As Mariem attempts to recruit Dahl into the RLF, we’re treated into an exchange that pretty much highlights how messed up the Muv-Luv world is in general. In addition we’re shown how the two pretty much represent the two paths you can take to try and “revise the world”—which is either trying to topple the system to rebuild it, or trying to change the system from within. And as I mentioned last week, there’s just no right or wrong answer to it all. It really depends on who you are and how you’ve grown up, and the result is a scenario where you can’t help but feel for both sides. Regardless though, it really hammers in the tough decisions virtually everyone has to make if they want to make a difference—especially so for the Eishi, who know about the problems going on in refugee camps, but also know there’s only so much they can do about it while they’re fighting on the front lines for all of humanity.
Moving on, the next big thread involves the TSF force sent after Yui and company last episode. Outgunned in both numbers and ammunition (weapon types), Yuuya makes the choice to voluntarily stay and fight off the enemy in order to give the rest time to escape and resupply. Needless to say, it shows how much he’s grown as a character, and he gets some darn nice time in the limelight as a result. Inia ends up saving the day, but things are only getting started as the terrorists look ready to unveil a new surprise of their own, and Cui’s taken out of the fighting after Mariem’s sister tries to kill her with her kamikaze attack.
Still, this pales to the last major thread from the episode, which is the major part the Americans are playing in the background. Courtesy of a bunch of new revelations, we not only see that they’re trying to take advantage of the situation to ensure they still have the biggest supply of G-elements (not mentioned here, but used to make weapons), but also that they pretty much also tried to knock the entire Yukon base off the map in one swell swoop. The latter is counteracted by the release of the Laser Class BETA from the U.S.’s own research lab (the irony!), but there’s one more revelation this episode too, and it’s arguably the biggest one: the fact that the U.S. pretty much made it so they could knock off the entire Soviet portion of the Alaskan peninsula should the BETA invade past their absolute defense line.
Needless to say, the time’s ticking on Yui and Co. to both take out the terrorists AND the BETA to prevent the worse case scenario. Led by Yuuya’s plan to try and take weapons from the Soviet portion of Yukon Base rather than trying to retreat, we’re now put into a scenario where it looks like there’s no way this series won’t end with a bang. Gotta say, definitely looking forward to the remaining few episodes (time passes by so quickly!).