Argos Flight is sent to Kamchatka, Russia for TSF testing in a real battle environment. Yui and Yuuya’s truce continues, as Yui shows him the new experimental weapon he’ll be using. While looking for barracks, Yuuya comes across Cryska and Inia being ganged up on by young Far East eishis. Before they have to fight, their commanding officer shows up. In a later briefing, a massive coastal landing of Beta is announced, and Argos Flight will be paired with the elite Zhar Battalion, led by Cmdr. Fikatsia Latrova.
Finally the series stops messing around with beaches and swimsuits and puts everyone on the front line. Predictably, both Argos Flight and the Scarlet twins get no love from the locals, who resent their elite status, fancy toys, and how they’ve been back in safe Alaska while they’ve watched friends die. In this hostile, tense environment, Yui and Yuuya are civil, cordial, and even a little chummy in their interactions. Yuuya concedes that he’s still green when it comes to real anti-Beta combat, defers to Yui’s council, and promises not to underestimate the Beta, while coming back with his TSF – and body – in one piece.
There’s a new element of inter-ethnic tensions this week, as the cosmopolitan, entitled Russians Cryska and Inia are derided by soldiers at the base who are Kazakh or Georgian. They laugh at Cryska’s insistance they’re all “comrades”. Whether they were actually going to go through with stripping and gang-raping the twins(!), these grunts don’t give two shits about the “Motherland”, and answer to one person only: the mysterious “Thunder God” Commander Latrova, who is revered like a god, with special lighting for her arrival and everything. With Yui’s hard exterior softened considerably in recent episodes, Latrova looks to give her a run for her money in the badass department.
Rating: 6 (Good)