With Toa and Spirytus in their dragon forms, Kiril – the man in charge of the D Project – calls up Sakaki and demands to know why it’s not only the Album but also their own dragon that’s on a rampage. Sakaki calmly tells him that they’re still investigating and since it’s a state of emergency, details will come later. Frustrated by this answer, Kiril then contacts a Girouard military ship out in the ocean to call them into action and asks them to minimize damage. After Kiril hangs up, the ship’s captain Garnet notes that everything is going according to plan. Back in the city, Laina comments on how Toa is the third original as he, Sieglinde, and Akira join Howlingstar, Amadeus, and Machina on the pier. Spirytus quiets down for a moment while he appears to be talking with Toa, however Girouard military helicopters soon change that when then attack. Howlingstar wants to get involved, but to his frustration, Laina stops him because they haven’t gotten the order to do so yet.
Standing nearby, Jin can’t believe what he’s seeing and nearly gets hit by a falling helicopter that had itself almost gotten destroyed by one of Spirytus’ fireballs. Toa fortunately sees what is about to happen, dives in, and envelops the helicopter in a yellow field as she knocks it away. She then has to evade a barrage of missiles and gunfire, and all Jin is able to do is to yell for them to stop. Toa does suddenly stop moving, takes a couple of hits, and emits a wave that causes Spirytus and the remaining aircraft to become enveloped in similar yellow fields. This allows her to carry Spirytus away, and the ISDA detects that she’s going north. Worried that she’ll reach the sky over the mainland, Sakaki goes to Kiril and gets his reluctant authorization to Actualize. Laina, Sieglinde, and Akira are thus permitted to suit up and the dragons to transform. Each dragon lets its respective master onboard – Laina in Howlingstar, Akira in Machina, and Sieglinde in Amadeus – before beginning pursuit of Toa and Spirytus.
Spirytus manages to break free of Toa’s yellow field right as the other three dragons catch up, and Laina informs everyone that their mission is to subdue the two rampaging dragons. In the ensuing fight, Toa gets hit by a fireball that causes her to emit another shockwave. This one that reaches Gio in his holding tube and awakens him. When Machina then captures Toa, Spirytus’ interference sets her free again, and he continues to try to blast her with fireballs. Back on the ground, Kazuki reaches Jin, and Jin asks his former friend to stop the others. Right as Jin is telling Kazuki that it’s Toa up there, she crashes into the ground beside them. Seeing that Jin is scared of her, she gives him a sad look before flying off again. It is at this point that a naked Gio arrives on the scene, and he pushes Kazuki aside because he only cares about Toa. Gio then transforms into a dragon, and Jin makes a running jump onto his back so that he can go after Toa too. Watching Jin ride off on something that he thought was his, Kazuki can only yell out Jin’s name in frustration.
After finding out that both Gio and Jin are in pursuit of Toa, Sakaki orders the disposal of Spirytus because securing the Album and Jin are top priorities. Laina thus tells Howlingstar to kill Spirytus, and despite some reluctance, Howlingstar changes into his drill-like form and plows into Spirytus, cutting the dragon in half and destroying him. During all this, Jin and Gio manage to catch up to Toa, and when Jin reaches out to touch her, he gets transported to a world of blue skies and green fields. Toa is standing nearby singing, but when he approaches her, she apologizes to him because she can’t be with him anymore if he’s seen her true form. After saying goodbye to him, Toa approaches Gio who claims that he was born to protect her. The two are about to link hands and leave together, but Howlingstar’s attack in the real world breaks them out of this. Howlingstar tackles Toa, but she manages to free herself and knocks him into Gio, sending both Gio and Jin falling into the ocean below. Remembering how Toa had kissed him earlier and said that he wasn’t alone because she was there, Jin now calls her a liar.
With the mission is over since both Toa and Gio have been lost, Sakaki returns home in the morning and grabs a beer. He is surprised when a young girl welcomes him home, but when he looks away for a moment, she disappears. After watching the news reports of the incident on the television, Sakaki closes his eyes to get some rest, however his phone starts ringing at that very moment.
Well, most of the episode is spent on the battle between all the various dragons. I have to say that Howlingstar’s transformation bordered on ridiculous – it was like an “I have the power” moment – and all the CG dragons made me feel like I was watching some Saturday morning kids show. It didn’t bother me as much before, but it was a lot more apparent here that the designs aren’t the greatest (several shots of Gio and Howlingstar made their heads look too big), and I get the feeling that those special sequences that show each pilot boarding their respective dragons could become stock footage.
On the story side though, it seems that Garnet is with the Girouard military whose purpose isn’t quite clear yet. I was under the impression that she was an alien connected to Thanatos because of her place in the OP, but regardless, she’s still an antagonist. Gio’s arrival and rejection of Kazuki wasn’t a big surprise, though I did laugh when Kazuki yelled out Jin’s name after watching him ride off on Gio. Somehow I can’t take his character seriously anymore. Anyway, Laina calling Toa the third original seems to support the theory that she was one of the three that came to Earth on the day of the shuttle accident, and she could very well be the one who collided with it. With Toa now leaving Jin because he’s seen her true form, and it looks like Jin might be teaming up with Gio to find her. Based on one of the preview shots on the official site, it seems that the mystery woman from the OP and ED will also be making an appearance.