「堕天使の心」 (Datenshi no Kokoro)
“Heart of a Fallen Angel”
With the Neo DC and School subplots coming to a close, the attention shifts to the Einst and Kyousuke/Excellen. It comes with a complete change of scenery as the war takes the Earth Federation to space, which is always a welcome development in the games so that your non-flying units aren’t hampered by terrain. Those ground units… always wasting valuable turns! (I always played SRW with minimum turns in mind.)
After a shadowy glance at what I presume was Shuu’s Granzon, along with Wendolo and Mekibos’ inference that mankind is a troublesome race, we finally get a bit more on the shuttle accident that Kyousuke and Excellen were caught up in. More correctly, I should say when the Einst swooped in and saved Excellen with their technology and used her DNA as a basis to create Alfimi. The latter was only heavily implied, but it’s easier to put together when you take their similar appearance and common seiyuu into consideration.
I can’t say it was very convincing how Kyousuke, in his revamped Alt Eisen Riese, managed to bring Excellen to her senses by just telling Alfimi that he’s taking her back, but that was the least of my concerns this episode. That small bit of screenplay was minor in comparison to the animation itself, which resorted to recycling the same scene of Alt Eisen Riese flying towards us multiple times (three in total). The latter was on top of character and robot artwork that looked shoddy in many cases, making this one of the poorer showings in the entire series as far I can remember. A bit unfortunate, since the story is working towards its conclusion. Rather than showing signs that extra money’s been invested, it looks like the budget’s been worn thin for the final stretch. With it are my hopes of seeing a second version of SRX’s Variable Formation.
Story-wise, the Einst stuff is relatively foreign to me since they didn’t appear in the original or Alpha timelines. The idea that they’re some self-proclaimed overseers of Earth, i.e. The Land of Beginning, puts an unusual perspective on everything, even though we already have dimensional travelers. I attribute that to how they’re a seemingly formless existence that’s intent on wiping out mankind and recreating it, simply because they feel the current version is imperfect. When faced with an enemy with such a one-sided motive, there really isn’t much to negotiate about, so the Einst can more or less be perceived as the ultimate antagonist. Emotionless, single-minded, and most of all overwhelming.
In the games, it’s been suggested that the Einst do have tie-ins with the existence of Psychodrivers, who like the Gundam Newtypes they’re based on, had their telepathic moment of nakedness to free Excellen from Alfimi’s control. In any case, with Excellen saved, it looks like the Einst stuff is going to make way for the Inspector/Shadow-Mirror side of things in the upcoming episode. We have three more to go, which will hopefully rebound in terms of production quality.