With Simon locked a nearby cell, Viral is amused that the hero of humanity’s liberation and the traitorous beastman would be equally imprisoned. Simon, however, is more concerned with how there’s only two weeks left until the moon crashes down onto the planet. Meanwhile, Rossiu is getting a report from Kinon and Kimbley about the progress of the evacuations and from Leeron about how the moon is slowly dropping. Leeron then requests to see Rossiu and claims to have something to say to him. Back at the prison, the various inmates are deriding and mocking Simon for what’s going on with the moon, and one beastman in particular attacks him in the locker room. This bird beastman has a grudge against Simon for defeating Cytomander, which led to him being stuck here and losing his wings, and he blames Simon for it. Simon manages to avoid the first few swings, but when the beastman trips him and is about to kill him, Viral steps in. After kicking the bird into the wall, Viral questions if the Simon who has lost the Gurren Lagann, his woman, and his comrades, and who he feels has been reduced to being just a naked monkey, can’t even defend himself.
After being challenged to bring it on, Simon tries to punch Viral, but Viral sidesteps and counters with his own lunge. Simon manages to jump over this, and a crowd soon gathers around as the bird tries to re-enter the fight. His claw punctures through Viral’s hand, but Viral kicks him into the wall again and instantly heals the wound. Explaining that he got an immortal life from Lord Genome, Viral starts fighting Simon again and has a real problem with Simon saying that he’s only doing what he has to do. It makes Viral question if doing nothing is what Simon has to do, and he compares Simon to Lord Genome. When the bird beastman tries to jump in once again, he gets caught in the middle of both Viral and Simon’s punches, but the two are soon broken up by the arrival of the guards. Back at Kamina City, Kittan tries to approach Kinon to talk to her, and in trying to make conversation, he makes note of how Rossiu has numerous animal species being loaded into the Arc-Gurren. This causes Kinon to turn around to say something to him, but she finds him gone already. Inside the ship, Leeron and the others have hooked up Lord Genome’s head because they need it in the same way that Simon is needed for the Lagann to move.
When Kimbley heads off to report to Rossiu that the engines have started, he gets cornered by Kittan who wants to know what Rossiu is thinking concerning the animals being loaded. Rossiu himself shows up with Leeron to reveal that the reason is because they have to live in space for one year. Leeron has prepared a simulation that shows the moon crashing into the planet, leading to it being covered in an atmosphere of scorching heat that will prevent anything from living on or underneath the planet’s surface for one year. Kittan questions if this means that they’re going to let the people who have escaped to underground die without helping, but Rossiu feels that they don’t have any other choice since the Arc-Gurren can’t fit one million people. Trying to think of ideas, Kittan then suggests that they use the ship to destroy the moon, but Rossiu had already considered this and points out that if they fail, then humanity will truly be extinct. Rossiu questions if Kittan can take such responsibility, and he says that they’ll save only the lives that can be saved – he intends to make the Arc-Gurren a second earth.
Unhappy with this, Kittan pays a visit to his sister in the hospital, and his yelling at them about evacuating wakes the baby. After the baby calms down again, Dayakka joins Kittan on the roof of the hospital and confirms that he turned in his resignation because he wants to be with his family. As the two are staring up at the sky, they notice a portal open up and countless numbers of Mugan come streaming out. These Mugan immediately attack the government building and the ground under it, making Rossiu wonder if they noticed the existence of the Arc-Gurren. Leeron thinks that the Anti-Spirals are reacting to the strong spiral power from the ship and are thus attacking it. Fortunately, Lord Genome’s head explains that they have a spiral power shield because this is a spiral combat vessel. The Grapal squad meanwhile has engaged in the battle equipped with their special weapons that destroy the Mugans and prevent the tiny pieces from falling to the ground, but the enemy just keeps coming. Across town, an explosion hits the hospital, but luckily Kittan and the others have already gotten out. With a Mugan hovering less than a block away, Kittan gets Dayakka to drive the survivors away while he heads towards the enemy with a single shotgun.
When the Mugan fires on Kittan, all seems lost until the Moshogun suddenly appears and blocks the shot. Its pilot Makken then fires a pair of special missiles that destroy the Mugan, and Reite soon shows up in a truck with the King Kittan and the Dayakkaiser. Aboard the Arc-Gurren, Rossiu is shocked to see Gunmen out there, so the head of Lord Genome explains that the Gunmen were originally weapons for fighting the Anti-Spirals. Deciding to leave them alone, Rossiu prioritizes the launching of the Arc-Gurren and wants it above the stratosphere in 30 minutes. They have no choice but to leave behind anyone who can’t make it into the ship by that time because that’s how long the shields will hold. It is at this point that Kittan enter the bridge and comments on Rossiu’s decision to save those lives that can be saved. He then asks for Simon’s core drill back because he feels that they don’t fit into the government – they’re just the Gurren Brigade, and the drill represents Simon’s soul. After Rossiu hands it over, Kittan flies off in the King Kittan, and the Arc-Gurren takes off, leaving behind a large crowd of people who didn’t get to board yet.
At the prison, Simon and Viral seem to be the only ones left still locked in their cells, and they can hear the roar of the Arc-Gurren taking off. Though Viral doesn’t like how this is their end, Simon feels that it’s okay as long as the others can survive. However, Nia suddenly appears and reveals that Rossiu has abandoned people. She explains that the people on the planet will get annihilated when the moon crashes down and declares that even if they reach space, despair will be waiting for them – what the Anti-Spirals want is absolute despair. Suddenly, a bullet fired through Nia’s hair interrupts them and announces the arrival of Yoko who comments on how boring a woman Nia has become.
The big winner this episode for me was Kittan since the episode focused a good deal on him and even managed to scare me a little into thinking that he might die since all the right death flags seemed to be there. Fortunately he didn’t, and it seems that he’ll be a big part of bringing back the Gurren-dan, particularly since he’s taken charge of the core drill to return to Simon. It was also through him that we find out that going underground isn’t going to save anyone from the moon crashing into the planet (which I had commented on last week). With this flaw in the plan, they made it pretty clear with all the shots of his shocked face that Rossiu is losing control over what’s happening and is just trying to do what he can to save those who can be saved by this point. That probably opens up the opportunity for Simon’s return with both Viral and Yoko at his side and maybe a plan to save everyone.
Speaking of which, I thought that ending the episode on Yoko’s appearance made for a pretty good cliffhanger since I wasn’t expecting to see her yet. I didn’t think that they’d completely write her out of the story, so I guess this was as good a time as any to reintroduce her into the story, but it remains to be seen if she’ll play as big a role as she did in the first arc. From the preview, it looks like at least part of the next episode will be about what she’s been doing during all this time – teaching it seems. Her outfit reminds me a lot of Mizuho’s from Onegai Teacher!