Truly Gainax ending… truly Gainax ending….you have been warned.
So, TwN! 2 ends with less of a bang I had expected. Following on are my summary of the events in the show, but I didn’t get half the terms, so it’s not going to be correct. Btw, the pictures are a bit shitty so blame the raw as well… Lunar better hurry up with it’s release. Need to rewatch again :P.
The episode begins with a lot of babble that essentially translate to “Oh shit! BM07 is gone and out last hope is Topless “The Star Mover” Lark”. After a last gathering of all the Topless with a picture session, the defense of Earth begins with all the forces holding out and the Buster Machines taking care of the small fry. Btw, is it me or are the small fry reminiscient of Starcraft’s Zerg Queen?
As it turns out, the main plan to wipe out the Space Monster is to use Dix-Neuf to ram Earth, yes, you got it right, EARTH, right in to the monster in the hope (I think) of destroying it all together.
However, the plan is disrupted by BM07 who appears suddenly in her full Diebuster splendour….
Taa ta ta tata ta tata taa…..(the Buster Machine BGM)
… who proceeds to stop the Earth battering ram.
Lark is frustrated by Nono’s action of stopping her and her desertation and lashes out her anger and sadness to Nono while she stops Earth. Lark’s Buster Machine suddenly stops and it turns out her Topless power has been depleted. Nono proceeds to attack the Space Monster with a Super Inazuma Kick and Buster Beam but fails. The Space Monster proceeds to attack Earth and Nono defends Earth with her Diebuster, while Lark and the rest of the humans watch hopelessly on.
… but fails..
Lark decides to use the final weapon on her Buster Machine, which turns out to be equiped with the original engines of the Buster Machines. After a change of clothes to the uniform that Noriko used to wear, she unleashes the seal on her engine.
Buster Machine 19 sanjou!!
After a round of the infamous “Doryoku to konjou!!” speech to Nono, who bursts out of her Diebuster shell, both of them deal the Space Monster a Double Super Inazuma Kick which finally destroys the Space Monster. However, it leaves a black hole which threatens to go Big Bang (don’t ask me why) and it seems all hope is lost when 2 enormous hands appear and grab the Black Hole, while Nono and Lark have their last conversation in a style reminiscient of Eva’s (I didn’t get anything here), thereafter which Nono disappears together with the Black Hole, thus saving the Solar System.
Reminds you of Eva doesn’t it…
The solar system is saved!
Finally, time jumps to 10 years later and an older Lark climbs up a hill, while conversing with Chika, in preparation to welcome back Noriko and Kazumi to Earth. The End, or more like Gainax End.
Chika 10 years later.
Welcoming the heroes of of past.
And there we have it, the ending of Top wo Nerae! 2. Personally, IMO, there was a bit too much EVA-ist influence into it that I did not like that kinda really detracts from the feel of the show. But overall, it has been a fun and exciting ride for me and quite a chance to sample on Gainax’s better qualities such as overexaggeration on a planetary scale and dramatic build up. If only they could improve their endings a wee bit and have a lesser dependency on Eva for their work :P. And it couldn’t hurt to show at least some shots of Noriko and Kazumi for us :P.