Episode 1, part 2
We start back at the eyecatch. We see Ayato purchasing a soda for Mishima. He appears a lot happier than he was at the beginning of the episode, and they are surprised to see each other there. I'm guessing they're old friends who hadn't seen each other in a while or something. The conversation continues for a bit, but then Mishima hears something, and walks outside, apparently oblivious to Ayato's protests. "Singing." "Singing?" "Dolem..." This, of course, means nothing to us, since we don't know what a dolem is yet. I will, however, say that that sounded nothing
like singing to me. We cut back to Asahina and Mamoru talking, worrying about Ayato. Also: I find it odd that we haven't seen any name for these guys other than "Invader". (It makes me think of my NationStates
days.) Of course, their
conversation is cut off by lasers
mecha with wings and a halo is flying around and destroying all the "Invaders" with said lasers.
And now we see Ayato and Mishima again. Ayato makes a short comment about the mecha, and decides it's not safe to stick around. Then we cut to some guys on a helicopter talking about it as the linchpin of the defense of the capital. Apparently the helicopter was looking for Ayato. They point a camera at him, and next, we're in a room, looking through the camera. Apparently, inside this room is a blue-lipped lady wearing a giant headpiece that covers all of her face but her mouth. She appears to be in some sort of containment. I'm guessing she has something to do with the mecha. They make some comments about "Allegretto" and "Ollin" that don't make much sense to me yet. Apparently they want to send Allegretto out, and a woman whose face has been hidden from us(Ayato's mom?) is sure it's okay because she won't awaken without Ollin, and even then wouldn't be able to sing. I want to know what this "singing" thing is.
Now we're in what I think is a train terminal. Ayato starts walking down some stairs, but Mishima doesn't follow. The camera angle puts Mishima in front of a picture of a bird, because we wouldn't be able to tell before from the fact that she called the mech's bizarre noise "singing" and even called it by the name "Dolem" that she's connected to the angel-like mech. And, of course, just as he calls up for her, she disappears, and the two Important Looking People come up to Ayato, announcing themselves as working for the government. "Government?
" Of course they're from the government, Ayato, can't you tell from their uniforms? Either way, they pretty much force Ayato to come with him, even pulling a gun to his he—Oh, what's that? Blue-haired lady, come to save the day! She performs acrobatic martial arts and knocks the two Important Looking People out, getting a little bit of blue-colored blood on Ayato's hand.
Either way, Ayato points a gun at blue-haired lady, asking what just happened. Blue-haired lady calls herself "a champion of justice", and makes him thank her for saving his life, by which she means giving the gun to her. And now, of course, she mentions that he's wondering why their blood is blue. She promises to explain if he comes with her, and when that doesn't work she points the gun at him
. And, of course, the subway train opens up to reveal Mishima there, just like any good Mysterious Waif
who knows far more than the protagonist or viewer. As one of the Important Looking People catches the Champion of Justice from behind, Ayato decides to run into the subway train. He gets in just as the Champion of Justice manages to break free from the Important Looking Person, and the doors close behind him. She yells at him not to go. I don't really trust any
of them at this point.
Ayato starts trying to kick and punch the door of the subway train, fruitlessly, as Mishima asks what's going on, probably just to avoid suspicion from Ayato. "Last stop, Shrine of Xephon". I decide to do a quick Google and Wikipedia search to find out if Xephon means anything outside of the context of the show. As far as I can tell, it doesn't. "Shrine of Xephon / Manseibashi" The station here seems to be deserted, with everything glowing red. Very creepy-looking. The subway station's doors close and then lose power, meaning that the two are stuck here. They decide to go into a tunnel, lit blue instead of the red of everything else. Of course, there they see something that definitely has to do with the "Xephon" this is a shrine to. It also sort of looks like the painting of an Egyptian king or something. Ayato identifies it as one of those mechs that was defending Japan. Next, we go back into that room of people watching Ayato, and they say he's getting close to the "room of Rah". RahXephon, perhaps?
That said, I'm not sure I've ever seen the name of the Egyptian god Ra spelled that way, if it even is
a reference to that, but the Egyptian motifs elsewhere make me think that is the case. Either way, they send out "Fortissimo", probably connected to "Allegretto" and "Ollin", despite the protestations of everyone else.
Next, we get to see a feminine-looking mech escape from some sort of secret base. Instead of having hands, it has claws for arms. I'm guessing this is "Fortissimo". Ayato and Mishima have managed to escape the building of the Shrine of Xephon and are now on its outside. Very pretty somewhat-destroyed ancient architecture. I must say that I like the Scenery Gorn
of this show. Mishima gets transfixed by a giant egg surrounded by fountains, and calls attention to it to Ayato. We then see the winged mech from earlier filling the gaps between its arms and torso with electricity, and Fortissimo opening its mouth. This causes a bunch of glass to break, and one of the "invader" planes to explode. The pilot of another yells out "Damned Dolem!", so I guess I should probably call all the mechs Dolems from now on. Makes me think of "golem", the Hebrew Artificial Human
. Then, behind her plane, a giant Airborne Aircraft Carrier
or something with a large number of human heads just...appears
behind her. This whole thing causes Ayato to scream in pain while Mishima just smiles. Goddamn, she is suspicious. The egg starts glowing, and Mishima opens her mouth and lets out a single note.
As the egg starts cracking, Ayato wakes up, letting out the words "Rah...Xephon...
" and a single angelic wing pops out of the egg. The last thing we see in the episode before the ending song is the giant airship appearing before Mrs. Champion of Justice before announcing that it is Mu, our enemy. In the ED, we get to see the red-haired girl from the first scene again. Also, it contains the line "Fly me to the
Music"—even if references to a certain infamous Gainax mecha series
are something I've been trying to avoid as much as possible, here I couldn't help it. Either way, I think I'm probably going to skip the ED, because I didn't much like it, especially since I don't plan on watching the next episode previews.
Next time, Episode 2!
edited 18th Jul '10 3:14:31 PM by Ponicalica