The Diva arrive at the Federation command center to find it under attack by the Vagans.
So... Kio likes older women... where does that leave Wendy?
On the Diva, Flit gives Natora another lecture and tells the young captain to believe in herself, but their meeting is interrupted when a crew member alerts them that Shanalua is sending encoded messages to the Vagans. The Diva arrive at the Federation command center of Roustroulam in the rain forest and finds the base to be under attack by a large Vagan landing force. The Vagans located the center in part thanks to Shanalua's intel and Zeheart is sent out for a special mission in an amphibious Wrozzo mobile suit. Zeheart and his escorts dive into the river and break through into the Federation fortress from underwater.
Vagans always have the tendency to jump in front of the Gundam's guns.
Kio, don't come any closer. It'll never work out between us. Our age difference is too much.
Back on the Diva, Shanalua launches in her Clanche without authorization. The rest of the Diva mobile suits launch to help out the Federation defenders, but Kio cannot let Shanalua leave without an answer and goes looking for her in the AGE 3 Fortress. Out in the battlefield, Shanalua is targeted by the Vagans and her Clanche gets damaged. Shanalua is in trouble but Kio arrives to make the save. Kio wants Shanalua to go back to the Diva with her, but Shanalua states that being a traitor, she has nowhere to go. Shanalua reveals that she agreed to spy for the Vagans because she needed money for the medical treatments that keep her little sister alive. Shanalua states that she had no choice and didn't want to lose her sister, and she starts firing warning shots at Kio. Kio's Gundam is noticed by a Wrozzo, and the Wrozzo manages to hit the Gundam because Kio is occupied with Shanalua. Shanalua saves Kio and fights the Wrozzo with her Clanche. In the exchange, Shanalua kills the Vagan pilot but she is mortally wounded herself. With her dying breath, Shanalua tells Kio to survive no matter what happens.
The traitor dies, and so the lesson of the day for Kio is...?
You'd think the Vagan would have remote activated bombs/devices.
In the underground section of the Federation base, Federation mobile suits take down a Wrozzo and leave to defend another position. Unbeknownst to the Feds, the Wrozzo wreckage is hiding a bomb. After the Zeheart and crew set the bombs, they leave the site through the waters.
Post is a bit late since I went traveling. I might travel some more in the next week or two so posts will lag a few days. As foreshadowed by the previous episode, Shanalua turns out to be a spy for the Vagans and she was (at least partially) responsible for the Vagans knowing the Diva's position and finding out where Roustroulam is. Her back story of needing money for her sister's medical treatment and her whole character aren't really the most compelling of setups, but the situation served its purpose of giving Kio his first scar of war. Kio finds out that the first new person that he looks up to is a traitor because of circumstance and then she gets killed in front of his eyes. That should make Kio realize that war is not just about defeating enemies in battle. Kio has never had any tragedy in his life up to this point, and so we'll see how Shanalua's death will affect Kio, who is younger than both Asemu or Flit when he took over the job as Gundam pilot.
However Kio reacts, he'll probably end up taking out lots of Vagan since they'll be coming after the Gundam. The Gundam will make a difference, but we'll have to see if the Diva forces can save Roustroulam from destruction. The Vagan plan involving Zeheart seems to be planting a bomb (I presume) and using it to destroy the Federation Base rather than for the Vagans to fight their way into the base. We'll see if the bomb is all there is to the Vagan battle plan or if there is more. Zeheart is not in command of the whole attack this time, and that might be a good thing for the Vagans since Zeheart never done well as a commander.
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