EPISODE 47: Basara Dies
ICONIC SCENE: “Haw! Haw! Haw!” “Ho! Ho! Ho!”
STORY DATE: February 2046
SCENARIO TITLE: ANIMA SPIRITIA
BROADCAST DATE: September 10, 1995
1. We meet the last two Protodeviln, and holy hell, are they annoying. Zomd and Goram (whose names are a kinda-sorta scrambling of Sodom and Gomorrah), first off, have kinda cool body designs (very Indian looking), but extremely silly faces. And then there’s that LAUGH… You know, as much as I hate Gavil, it could’ve been worse. At least we didn’t have to suffer through these two for half the series. Goram, by the way, is voiced by Arihiro Hase, who (again) voiced Hikaru in the original series.
2. Max visits Milia in the hospital and tells her how beautiful she looks. They never really make a point of it, but it’s pretty clear they’re either back together by this point or will get back together soon.
3. Emerald Force now has two new members to replace the guys killed on Varauta IV. These new guys never even get names. And they get killed almost immediately after the commercial break.
4. Luckily, there’s more to Zomd and Goram than just being annoying. They also play hardball, materializing the Macross 5 civilians so that if Basara tries to attack the Protodeviln, he’ll also give them more spiritia.
5. Gamlin’s plan is interesting: fly in, attach fold boosters to the container with the civilians, fold them to safety, and then blast the Protodeviln with reaction weapons. Two-thirds of Emerald Force die in the attack, but they get the civilians away. And then an Itano Circus missile spam of reaction weapons hits Zomd and Goram.
And does virtually nothing to them. Oh, they LOOK bad at first, but that’s just for show. They regenerate themselves instantly.
So far, every single strategy for killing the Protodeviln has involved reaction weapons. The Varauta invasion a few episodes ago was depending on one single reaction warhead. Gamlin was about to be sacrificed last episode, as the thinking was that a reaction warhead would kill him, yes, but also kill Gavil. But here we see dozens of warheads hit the Protodeviln, and it doesn’t hurt them.
As I said before, it’s like trying to knock down the Empire State Building by blowing on it.
No luck…? Blow HARDER!!
6. They even start beating Basara… and then, Sivil shows up again.
7. Sivil’s attack alone STILL isn’t enough to defeat them, but when she and Basara join forces, it drives them off. It’s not the last we’ll see of them, but hey… there’s only two episodes left, so either way, we won’t have to suffer their presence long.
8. However, the attack seems to have killed Sivil. Basara screams at her to wake up, and then starts singing “My Soul for You” (accompanied by Veffidas on acoustic guitar…?).
Her hair comes to life and, by reflex, sucks all of Basara’s spiritia. She tries to shoot the spiritia back into him, but that doesn’t work, and she declares him dead. He’s not, of course. Again, we still have two episodes left. (As detractors of the show have said, more or less, “I was looking forward to the episode called ‘Basara Dies,’ but even there, HE DOESN’T DIE!”)
9. Sivil attacks Geperunitchi. Bad mistake, as Geperunitchi is way more powerful, and traps Sivil for the Anima Spiritia she now carries inside her. And Geperunitchi seems to go a little mad and looks… not quite human anymore.
10. So yeah, much better than the previous episode, although it seems a little drawn-out. As always, I wish the Protodeviln looked more intimidating. They’re not terrible villains by any stretch, but it’s hard to take them seriously sometimes (most of the time).
THIS EPISODE’S GAVIL-ISMS: “Strategy beauty.”
FLOWER GIRL SIGHTING: In the crowd at the Fire Bomber gig at the beginning.