|Death of Shirogane the Hero|
The Golion pilots become targets in this episode and the team suffers a tragic loss.
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With a shiny new castle the moral or the Alrean populace improves and the useless freedom fighters and soldiers of the kingdom hasten to greet Princess Fala and congratulate her on defeating the Galran monster. 'Cause, ya know, the Golion pilots didn't do anything. Right.
To celebrate their new fortress Raible calls for a feast and sends Kurogane, Shorty and Seido down to the store house to get supplies. Apparently, the strategist had been hiding food under the castle for fifteen years. Mmm... fifteen-year-old pudding. How appetizing! The mice have, of course, been chipping away at the supplies for fifteen years.
While three of the five Golion pilots are putzing around with the mice in the store house, Sadak attacks the castle. The freedom fighters that were useless in the previous four episodes have finally found themselves of use manning the castle guns.
Kurogane, Seido and Shorty rejoin Kogane and Shirogane and the five of them launch Golion while Princess Fala takes up guns of her own on the castle battlements. Golion combines, forms Jyuohken and lightly taps Sadak's command ship. Bits of the ship then fall off or explode (sometimes both) and Sadak is forced to retreat.
Altea is now able to have their feast unmolested.
Meanwhile, in the Galra Empire led by the evil Emperor Daibazaal (in case you forgot), the above mentioned emperor is somewhat put-out that his Commander is constantly having his arse handed to him by a bunch of lowly humans. The subject of the conversation then spontaneously turns to the topic of the surviving heir to the Altean throne: Fala.
Honerva says that she will assassinate the five Golion pilots for the Emperor (then what was the conversation about Fala for?) and travels to the Galra wastes (pretty much just the whole dang planet) to find today's Beastman. The two then travel to Altea to carry out their nefarious plot.
Back on the above mentioned rebel planet, Princess Fala decrees that food should be distributed to the people whom have had to live with very little for the past fifteen years. The five Golion pilots of course go with her as body guards.
While the princess is passing out food, Jaga (the blue space-cat) appears. Shirogane and Kurogane go chasing after the prophetic Galran feline leaving the others behind. As it turns out, the cat was leading them into a trap. What a surprise.
Honerva captures Kurogane in a magical web/net and he is unable to do anything but sweat and make awkward sounding breathing noises while Shirogane is... unaffected.
Shirogane rushes at Honerva with a sword, where the sword came from the audience can only guess. It came from Hammer Space. The sword wielding hero then cuts his friend free from the magical net/web and tells Kurogane to leave this fight to him, he's totally got this covered.
Shirogane slices Honerva with his sword but the witch seems unaffected by the blade. In fact, the more he swings the more powerful the witch seems to become, splitting herself into multiple copies until he cannot tell which one is the real Honerva. The witch then hits Shirogane with some weird white magical mist and the Blue Lion pilot is... completely unharmed by it.
It does, however, help him to realize that he cannot rely on his eyes in this fight. He closes his eyes and begins to focus his "mind's eye" to determine the real Honerva.
He strikes at the witch but his attack is blocked by her staff. Apparently, his sword cannot cut through wood. Jaga then jumps up and bites Shirogane's ear. This causes the Blue Lion pilot to cry out in pain and... flail like an epileptic in the throws of a seizure. He is then struck on the collar-bone by Honerva's Beastman and falls to the ground not quite dead.
Once laying prone in the dirt, the Beastman then stabs him through the spine. The Galra trio, witch, cat and Beastman, then leave him where he lay still not yet dead.
Kogane and Kurogane arrive just in time for the felled pilot of Blue Lion to die in their arms. The heroes bring his limp and lifeless body back to the castle where a short funeral is held. As they are all saying their final peace over the open casket Princess Fala collapses into tears.
Sadak then reappears and turns Honerva's Beastman into a Death-black Beastman with a beam from his ship. The beast then marches on the castle. The four surviving Lion pilots go out to fight but have little effect on the monster.
Unable to form Golion, Kurogane (pilot of Red Lion) tricks the Beastman into falling into the lava lake not far from the castle. The monster is defeated.
A second funeral is held for Shirogane and the episode ends.
"We should all be friends."
"We've sent one of the Earthlings to hell. Now they cannot combine into Golion."
"Quiet, losing you is like losing our right hand."
- Kogane, apparently Shirogane was his right hand.
- First appearance of Fala's casual pink jumpsuit.