As enraged Machina lashes out towards Jin, Toa is forced to use more of her own power to stop Machina. Gio then steps in and tries to reason with her as he fights her, and Machina reverts back to her old self long enough to tell him to run away. She struggles to explain that the Resonance is unraveling, and shortly after she states that she’s not free like Gio is, her power flares up again. Meanwhile, on the moon, Howling Star, Amadeus, and Laura all sense what’s going on, and it reminds them of what happened to Spirytus. Sieglinde decides on her own to head to Mars, but to everyone’s surprise, Raina decides to go too. Back on Mars, Yonamine – who is an agent for some agency – arrives at the Girouard palace and forces his way into a meeting with the Girouard king. Yonamine demands that the king remove Asim from being the person in charge of Girouard military affairs because Asim is playing with fire, and it might burn all of mankind. When the king balks at this, Yonamine threatens the prospect of the entire world opposing them.
Back at the mine, Asim gleefully explains to Jin that, when a dragon loses its master, the dragon’s true nature is exposed. Asim can’t stand seeing how dragons have been polluted by man, and though he admires the power of love between Jin and Toa, he views it as Jin having dirtied her. He then has Garnet transform into a dragon, and after firing an energy blast at Jin and Toa, he knocks Machina out by having Garnet smack her with her tail. When Jin, Toa, and Gio follow Asim back to the surface, they find a huge Girouard force waiting for them. Toa wants to fight alongside Gio and Jin, but the two of them insist on protecting her, and so Toa rides with Jin inside the cockpit. Gio is able to handle all of the ships and Agathions that Asim can throw at him, and it’s only Garnet that gives him any real challenge. As they battle, Asim mocks Jin and Toa about their love, but when he tries to have the Agathions gang up on Gio, Toa uses her power to push them off. Garnet then prepares to fire another blast at Gio, however Machina then enters the battle in dragon form and hits Garnet.
Asim responds by having Garnet fire on Machina instead, and as a result, Machina falls back towards the planet’s surface in Communicator form with Akira in her arms. Toa jumps out of Jin’s cockpit and tries to catch the pair, however she fails to reach them in time and they fall into a ravine. With Toa out in the open now, Asim has Garnet fire another energy blast at her, but this time Gio flies in to take the hit. At that very moment, Gio’s power also flares up, and it causes all of the Agathions to run away in fear. Still refusing to accept the power of love, Asim has Garnet charge Gio one more time, but Gio’s power is so overwhelming that Asim’s cockpit is ejected from Garnet. As the cockpit breaks up, Garnet reaches for her master and grabs him shortly before both get vaporized. Gio also eject Jin’s cockpit, and Jin pilots it towards Toa to grab her. The two are then saved when Howling Star arrives and flies them to safety. Gio meanwhile creates a fiery maelstrom that’s visible from as far away as Earth, and Raina wonders if this is the true power of dragons. Reporting to his superiors elsewhere, Yonamine hears them worrying about the dangers of this power, and he thinks that only a dragon can defeat a dragon.
When I saw this scene, all I could think of was the Star Wars line “I felt a great disturbance in the Force…as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.” That aside, I think the important thing to take away from that scene is that Laura felt it too, so it would seem to confirm that she’s indeed a Dragon. As for Machina and Akira, their conclusion was rather unsatisfying, even with that post-ED part showing them encased in ice. Machina essentially got swatted aside by Garnet, came back to save Jin and company at an opportune moment, and that was it for her. Ultimately, it felt like she was used for nothing more than as an example to show that dragons go crazy when their masters die.
The most interesting aspect of this episode for me ended up being the fact that Yonamine Kou isn’t just a mild-mannered reporter. It’s unclear what organization he’s a part of, but it seems like they’ve got a lot of pull in world affairs. Asim dying was also a high point, but I mention that mainly cause he was a whiny character I grew to dislike. And on that note, the immortal Kazuki made an appearance again. Widow apparently saved him, and from the preview, he’s going to be returning in next week’s episode with a really stupidly-placed eye patch on his forehead. More importantly, next week’s episode is supposed to take place after a one-year jump, and I’m curious to see how they handle that, though I’m not expecting much.