Dan gets saved from Price’s blade by Iceman, and while those two battle it out, Dan and others make their escape. Iceman proves to be faster and more powerful than Price expected, and he repeatedly slams a ball into Price’s Bigfoot until it falls. Back above ground, Coco finds herself being kidnapped by mysterious men, but she is saved by Mr. Perfect. She recognizes him as James, causing him to remove his mask, and watching nearby, Slash recalls Dan and Coco playing basketball together when they were young. Slash also remembers teaching James how to blow bubbles because bubbles allow them to read the wind, and all this causes him to comment on how fast time flies and on himself becoming younger. Dan and company meanwhile take a train ride and emerge from a tunnel to find Haruka and Miyuki’s grandfather waiting for them. The two had been notified that everyone was coming by Thousand, and they’re surprised to see a giant with the group.
Navi himself is entranced by the sight of the sky, nature, andof all of the colors, and he finally understands what Dan meant by living. When Flora talks to him about the legend, Navi isn’t very familiar with it, so Haruka suggests that he see for himself since they’re going to the moon, and she’s also designed some shoes for him. Sela meanwhile is bothered by Navi’s presence, and she tells Miyuki that he’s too big. At around this same time, Thousand decides to return to Lunatec to continue her research, but Miyuki’s grandfather isn’t keen on it and feels that Ultinium is a power too much for humans. He still remembers the mistake he made and the important person it cost him. Later, when Dan and Navi are practicing Basquash, Navi accidentally catches sight of Sela fresh out of the shower, and he stares until she throws something at him. Miyuki teases Sela about it, but Sela feels that size is still the big problem. Haruka then interrupts them with news that they’re going back to Turbine City. James and the OCB are giving them another chance to go to the moon, but they’ll have to win a special exhibition match first.
This episode had a good first half and a somewhat lackluster second. Seeing Iceman destroy Price was great, and I loved the Mr. Perfect/James, Coco, and Slash scene – due in large part to the music – which gave the clearest confirmation yet that Slash is aging backwards. The rest of the episode was setup though, and it wasn’t boring, but it wasn’t the most interesting stuff either. Yang was scheming, and it likely had something to do with what Thousand is up to, but I don’t think yet that Yang is the final boss character. They’re also pretty clearly setting Sela and Navi up again, with the size issue being the biggest obstacle. As some people have mentioned, that could be easily solved if they had a micronization process like they do for Zentradi in Macross, and it wouldn’t surprise me if something like that gets introduced. Someone even made me laugh last week by commenting on how Basquash could be directly related to Macross. Oh and speaking of size, seeing thin Bel was quite a surprise; I wouldn’t have recognized him if not for his voice.
Anyway, they’re delaying the return to the moon by having yet another match, and next week’s episode looks to be more character development for Sela. Hopefully whatever is on the moon is worth all the trouble getting there, though I’m fairly confident it will be given how good the show has been lately, this episode notwithstanding.