My favorite line from anime ever as my readers are well aware.
This episode rivals Valvrave for the most stupid mecha cliches you can possibly pack into one episode, except it isn’t nearly as funny. We get the “You’re you, you.” which no doubt resolves all of Hina’s internal struggles regarding her identity.
Oh, and then of course there’s the “You aren’t my real daughter” moment.
And the father (introduced only last episode of course!) on his death bed telling a sobbing Hina to leave him to die.
Next Aoba is given a gun, and he of course complains that he’s only a kid in high school. I’m not sure why high is italicized. Regardless, I guess Aoba doesn’t realize he’s been shooting guns and killing people in a mecha for the first ten episodes. But once he holds the gun in his own two hands, it doesn’t feel like he’s playing a video game anymore, and he’s not old enough to pull the trigger.
Soon enough, Aoba finds Hina sobbing by the vending machine (the place where all anime girls go to cry) and tells her that she’s her. Very helpful. And that she should desert and join the other country’s army for some reason.
As evidence, Aoba points out that they accepted him, and he’s from 70 years ago. One may wish to point out to Aoba that this is slightly different since he didn’t kill loads of their soldiers and wouldn’t be asked to kill his friends on the opposing side. Oh well, Aoba is an idiot. His only power is that he can reach an instantaneous simultaneous orgasm with just about anyone, anywhere.
But anyway, Hina and Bison-kun steal Aoba’s toys. Bison-kun is pissed at Aoba because he talked to Hina and he’s jealous and wants to kill Aoba.
But Aoba doesn’t want to shoot the stolen mecha down. Because Hina’s on them. And she didn’t do anything wrong except attack their base, kill loads of his fellow soldiers, and steal his robot. Besides, she’s thinking about her FEELINGS right now. Don’t these people have any consideration?
Dio secretly thinks Aoba’s a moron, but Dio knows Aoba’s great in the cockpit when they Couple, so he goes along with Aoba’s plan to follow the enemy soldiers and ask them to please come back and join the other army. But the Coupling feels so raw in the old cockpit that they BUDDYCUM™ too soon. Hina and Bison-kun can’t join in, and they escape with the cool new mecha.
I’m not too worried though, since Bison-kun can’t Couple like Aoba can, they won’t be much of a threat.