Copyright: GAINAX (Japan), US Renditions (North America)
Directed by: Hideaki Anno Produced by: English translation: Yoshida Toshifume, Trish Ledoux
The loss of Toren Smith has utterly devastated Noriko, who feels responsible for his death. Her sense of guilt spurs her to train even harder to master the use of her mecha, under close supervision by Coach Ohta. This additional training by the Coach hasn't escaped the attention of Jung-Freud, either. Jealous of the special treatment that Takaya is apparently receiving, Jung-Freud challenges Noriko to a personal duel to see how well the additional work is paying off. Unfortunately for Noriko, the emotion trauma of recent events is just too much for her, and upon reaching the exterior of the ship in her mecha, has a breakdown and is unable to fight.
Meanwhile, the terran fleet is travelling back to Earth after their first encounter with the aliens. Unexpectedly, the fleet is attacked while in hyperspace, and when the ships are unable to keep from dropping back into normal space, they unwittingly reveal the location of the solar system to the aliens. More immediate, though , is the alien attack fleet. Heavily outnumbered, the the terran fleet is rapidly being decimated. And with a shortage of mecha, Noriko is ordered to stay on board while others battle against the aliens in space...
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