While Welkin tries to figure out how to attack the Kloden supply base, Alicia discovers a porcavian in the nearby woods. She decides to keep it for the time being, and the presence of an animal trail gives Welkin an idea. He thinks that this trail will lead them to the side of the enemy base, so he decides to split his and Faldio’s men into two groups. Welkin and the Edelweiss will attack the front of the base to attract the enemy’s attention while Alicia and Faldio take the second group along the trail in order to hit the base from the side. The plan starts without a hitch, but as Alicia leads the other group through the thicket, she gets annoyed at Faldio’s attempts to chat with her. When he asks if she’s scared, she admits that she is, but she knows that in order not to be overcome with fear, she has to move forward.
The group eventually arrives at the side of the enemy base, and Faldio counts six Imperial soldiers near their position. Alicia is momentarily frozen with fear, so Faldio deposits something down the back of her uniform and pretends that it was goat droppings. It turns out to be just a nut, and Faldio had done it because she had been too nervous and tense. A few of the soldiers soon get called away, so Alicia and Faldio make their move. Alicia rushes forward and nearly gets picked off by a sniper in a guard tower, but fortunately Faldio has her covered. However, during the next advance, Alicia gets hit in the leg and falls, so Faldio has to carry her out of harm’s way.
Meanwhile, Jaeger shows up to support Gregor and advises that they draw back. Jaeger claims that he’s there to protect Gregor’s forces and the ragnite, and Gregor decides to go along with the advice and retreat. Back outside, Alicia turns out to be mostly okay and still able to fight. By the time she and Faldio get inside the base though, Gregor’s forces have left, and Jaeger is watching their rear. Jaeger catches sight of Alicia charging forward and has his men shoot at her, but Alicia takes cover. She is then stopped from chasing the Imperial forces by Welkin. In the aftermath, Alicia attributes their success to the presence of the porcavian which had been sitting in the Edelweiss during the battle. Alicia wants to keep it, and she’s decided to name it Hans.
You know, it’s hard to take the war stuff seriously when there’s a cute mascot character like Hans around. Fortunately, Alicia didn’t carry Hans around the during the battle scenes (for a moment there I thought she would) because then it would have been really awkward. That being said, I fully support Alicia carrying Hans around any other time because Alicia’s (over)reactions plus Hans cuteness is a nearly unmatched combination. Speaking of which, what was with all of the Alicia and Faldio moments this episode? I didn’t think much of it last week, but they kept going with it this week. I thought Alicia was supposed to be paired off with Welkin…
As for the actual battle, I found the way they portrayed it to be a little off, particularly in regard to the strength of the Imperial side. Maybe I’m thinking about this wrong, but having two important generals for the defense of a key point should mean huge numbers of Imperials, and yet it seemed like they had hardly more than 30 men and 4 tanks between them. No wonder Welkin with an overpowered Edelweiss and a flanking strategy could take them on with hardly any losses. Basically I’m still disappointed by the resistance that the Imperial forces have put up. Maybe things will get less one-sided when Selvaria finally fights. For the time being though, it looks like there’ll be another break in the action next week with the introduction of the reporter character.