「DCの名の下に」 (DC no Na no Shita ni)
“In the Name of DC”
Similar to how the game introduces new characters and robots every stage or so, the anime follows suit and adds a bunch of faces back into the mix every episode. Of those, names such as Ingram were alluded to by Viletta, whereas Aya’s sister Mai is believed to be inside the core fragment salvaged from the Judecca mobile weapon, a.k.a. White Death Cross. The events in Divine Wars left off with the defeat of the White Death Cross, which was piloted by Mai after she was kidnapped and brainwashed into believing that she’s Levi Tolar of the Ze Balmary Empire (a.k.a. Aerogators). While she was presumed dead, this latest revelation suggests otherwise. As for actual characters seen in action, the timely arrival of Irmgard Kazahara (Horiuchi Kenryuu) in his super robot Grungust helped drive back heavily modified Type-3 variant attacking the Shirogane, Thrudgelmir, whose pilot Wodan Ymir was officially suspected to be bear a resemblance to Sanger Zonvolt. He was also addressed as “W15” by Echidna Iisaki (Suzuki Mariko) before being ordered to withdraw, which hints at his connection to Lemon’s W-Numbers. In connection to Irm, his father Jonathan was informally introduced as a researcher at Tesla Reich Institute (TRI), along with their special Jigen-ryuu advisor, Rishuu Toudou (Satou Masaharu), who helps in the development of swords and katanas for super robots. What’s interesting to note in that scene is that Rishuu is familiar with the Choukijin that Eri was in the process of excavating and believes that their awakening is a bad omen.
In terms of a completely separate group of individuals at TRI, the members of Project TD (Terrestrial Dream) were indirectly introduced by showing what they’re up to since leaving DC. Among them was Kusuha Mizuha (Takahashi Mikako), the pilot of another Grungust and Bullet’s love interest who Excellen enjoys teasing him about. As for the other members of Project TD, Filio Presty (Ueda Youji) leads the group as a researcher who aspires to see his dream of deep space exploration come true, but is still regretting his decision to help Bian Zoldark develop the mass-produced Lion Armored Modules (AM) used by the Divine Crusaders. With him is his fiancee Tsugumi Takakura (Hasegawa Tomoko), sister Sleigh Presty (Nagasawa Miki), and close friend Ibis Douglas (Watanabe Akeno), of which the latter two don’t get very along in their simulation tests of the Calion. Ibis is only interested in Project TD’s actual exploration goals, whereas Sleigh has accepted the fact that their sponsor Isurugi Heavy Industries wants to convert the Calion into a fighter craft. It’s a case of conflicting interests and the problem is compounded by the fact that Ibis isn’t a very good pilot to begin with. For the most part, this is just reintroduction to their characters and laying the foundation for things to come though.
The more pressing matter at hand came in the form of the ATX and SRX Teams boarding the Hagane in pursuit of the Neo DC forces that stole the Wild Falken, as well as Seolla in dismay over Arado’s death. In reality, Arado somehow survived getting shot down by Latune and is now on board the Hagane, so it looks like we’re in store for an eventual reunion between the two of them in the near future. The preview indicates that their “big sister” Ouka Nagisa (Neya Michiko) will arrive next time, hinting at a bigger reunion involving all the children of The School. Meanwhile, Van Vat Tran is sparking his Neo DC troops to show the Earth Federation that their Aegis Plan is insufficient in protecting the globe from alien threats, further foreshadowing upcoming battles. Things are definitely bustling in this setup episode of sorts, but other than taking in everything that’s happening, there wasn’t a whole lot for me to reflect upon with impression-wise. That should change in the very next episode, as another battle looks like it’ll break out. Both the R-Eins and the Rapiecage are seen in the preview, leaving me wondering which one Ouka will be piloting.