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Laser Disc Cover Art for Gall Force 2: Destruction

Laser Disc Cover Art for Gall Force 2: Destruction

Despite the fact that more main characters survive, Gall Force 2: Destruction is actually more depressing than its predecessor Eternal Story.

It is however still worth seeing.

The Story

Destruction opens 10 years after Eternal Story with the destruction of the Paranoids’ homeworld in retaliation for the loss of the Solnoids’ homeworld.

The only planet left in the area is Terra featuring the remnants of the Species Unification Plan… and that’s about all the good news that there is to be had in Destruction.

At this point the war is completely pointless; Only a select squad led by new character Shildy realise it, and are working to protect Terra from being collateral damage.

It is this group that recovers and revives the frozen body of Lufy from Eternal Story.

The plot of this short OVA revolves around convincing Lufy that the war is pointless, and that the Species Unification Plan is worth protecting [1].

The final action sequence is essentially an infantry assault on the central processing unit of an automated [2] Death Star [3].

This works surprisingly well, but still leaves the viewer with an oddly flat ending as the characters head back to the Solnoid fleet for want of anything better to do.

The Context

As with Eternal Story, Destruction is a Cold War/Nuclear Apocalypse story. There are no winners here, simply a sense that the final disaster has been temporarily averted.

There is a brief glimpse of Rumy and her family on Terra as the episode closes, but that’s it really.

The Verdict

Destruction is a hard one to assess. As a commentary on the pointlessness of war it is quite effective, although less so than Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket [4]. It does have the virtue of being a short OAV at 50 minutes, but does also suffer from the fanservice that plagued Eternal Story.

I think this is still worth having in my collection, and it does make a logical follow-up to Eternal Story.

[1] Lufy “dies” in Eternal Story before the SUP happens, so her surprise (and initial revulsion) in Destruction make sense.

[2] The automation is logical since the Death Star in question wasn’t going to survive the destruction of the sun in the same solar system.

[3] No Star Wars influences to see here. No, not at all. Move along. Nothing to see. I’m a hedge.

[4] I’m hoping to review War in the Pocket sometime in 2014. In the meantime here’s what I had to say about it for Thirty Days of Anime.