Isara reveals that the tank is the prototype Edelweiss developed by her real father – who was a Darcsen – and her foster father. Using this, Isara, Alicia, and Welkin break out of the barn and through the enemy line, and they’re able to reunite with the Town Watch in Bruhl. After introducing Welkin and Isara as the children of General Gunther, Alicia tells the others in the Town Watch how they need to hold out against the Imperial Army until the regular Gallia military arrives. One of the leaders of the Town Watch isn’t happy about this, but he has some confidence because they have two old tanks in storage that they can use. He doesn’t want Isara and Welkin’s help either because he sees them as inexperienced cowards after Welkin asks about the timing of their eventual retreat. The Imperial Army soon attacks with their troops plus six tanks, and the Town Watch struggles to hold them off. The same leader of the Town Watch ignores Isara’s warnings and uses one of the old tanks to take out one of the enemy tanks, however his own tank then gives out, and he’s killed.
Fortunately, news arrives that the Gallia regular army is coming, so Welkin revisits the topic of retreating the Town Watch. They decide to use the Edelweiss to buy time, so Isara, Alicia, and Welkin attack the enemy forces, and the enemy tank shells bounce off the Edelweiss’s armor. The Gallia regular army then arrives, forcing the Imperial Army to retreat. In the aftermath, the Gallia forces decide to abandon Bruhl after all, and Alicia thinks about how she was working in a bakery not long ago. Welkin reflects on the cycle of life and how living things aren’t immune from fighting, but he feels that there’s a way to live and prosper together. Alicia ultimately decides to join the militia so that she can help end the fighting and return to Bruhl. Much to her surprise, she bumps into Welkin at the militia base, and he’s in uniform as well.
And just when I was thinking that there was a shortage of overpowered weapons now that Gundam 00 is over, Valkyria Chronicles shows off the strength of the Edelweiss. I’m sure it has vulnerabilities that will eventually be revealed, but the battle this episode sure made it seem invincible. They should have just used that to blow through the enemy forces in the first place. Don’t get me wrong though – there was some nice tank vs tank action in here. It’s just that the battles won’t be fun if they continue to be this one-sided (and I doubt they will be, especially once the villains appear).
In any case, I enjoyed this episode for the most part. The scene after the battle with everyone overlooking the town had a really nice atmosphere and music to it, and Welkin and Alicia’s speeches made for some good character development (Welkin’s biology background in particular shows through). I was also happy to see that leader of the Town Watch get killed because he was getting really annoying. And things theoretically should get even more interesting now that Welkin and company have joined the militia since several of the characters shown in the OP look to be appearing next week, including Rosie and Largo. I’m still waiting for
LelouchMaximilian to make an appearance…