GE 999 Ultimate Journey Stop 6-4 ~ End
OK, so here it is, the last bit of my overview of GE 999 Ultimate Journey, Glide Media Vol. 1. Enjoy.
This section gives us a glimpse of the ongoing battle between the Great Galactic and Metanoid Fleets.
At the Milky Way’s outer edge, the League deploys the crane wing formation that Capt. Kodai devised. The Great Yamato itself is the “spear” within the formation. Capt. Harlock’s Arcadia has a detached, roving role, seeking and neutralizing elements of the enemy which have eluded the concentrated fire in the middle and are attacking on the Galactic wings. We join the action right as the Arcadia has helped relieve the Bolar Fleet’s section of the wings in a particularly hard battle against the Metanoids.
Yattaran is studying the situation and his assessment is bleak. There’s no end in sight to the battle, and it looks like it will be a super long conflict. That being so, the Metanoids are bound to win as their endurance is that much higher. Harlock asks what’s the attrition rate so far. According to Yattaran, both sides have lost about 20% of their ships. Harlock is shocked that only 20% of the enemy has been destroyed, and though he does not show it, he starts to have doubts. A voice tells him to stand fast, that once their hearts falter the battle will be lost. The voice (a spiritual one, mind you, not physical) is coming from the Arcadia’s main computer, from Tochiro himself.
At that moment Kei Yuki says Freia is trying to communicate with the ship all the way from Valhalla. Harlock yells for Miime to come in. Miime turns up just as the main screen reveals Freia. The goddess tells report that the gods are preparing a fleet and will warp very soon in order to stop the war. She gives the warp coordinates and asks that the Arcadia inform the Galactic units in the area to clear out before the divine fleet comes in. Harlock orders Kei to forward the coordinates to the Mahoroba.
Harlock next asks Freia if she has any knowledge of what’s happenning on Eternal, since they can’t communicate with that planet. Freia says that if Photon were to “act”, that the gods would sense it, but so far they haven’t felt anything.
Once Harlock is aware of the Valhalla fleet’s warp out point, he orders Maji to set full speed for the location and make sure that they arrive there before the gods. Yattaran jokingly accuses Harlock of being curious and wanting to see the action up close. The Captain is not into fun and games, so rather than laughing he simply explains that the gods are planning to warp out right in the middle of a great battle without really knowing what the situation on the ground is. No matter how powerful they are, doing so is reckless and
Harlock wants to make sure the Arcadia is there to guide them when they arrive.
Yattaran disagrees. Rushing like this will put the Arcadia in danger. They shouldn’t meddle. But Harlock says Brünnhilde did good for him in the past, and he needs to pay her back. Yattaran points out that pirates don’t usually do this, if someone gives you something you take it and keep it. Why pay it back?
The conversation is cut off when a young girl comes onto the bridge, reporting that Hiroshi, Meguru and Zero have just contacted the Arcadia, having safely arrived at Eternal. The girl us Mayu Oyama. Harlock’s eyes glimmer and he quips: “I see, so Heaven, Sea and Earth are finally together!”
And here ends Stop Six.
Explanation of Harlock’s Statement
OK, so remember that Tetsuro was on his way to the planet Eternal. Tetsuro’s name is Hoshino, literally: Star-Field. So he is the Heaven in the statement.
Mayu has just reported that three people have arrived at Eternal. Hiroshi is actually from the Queen Emeraldas series, and his surname is Umino, literally: Sea-Field. So here we have our Sea.
Meguru is one Meguru Daichi, the protagonist of a 1986 GE 999 live musical called Trip to Transparent Castle. know next to nothing of this project, but [here] is a Japanese page with images and info. [He also shows up in Arei no Kagami, with a Zero and a Mayu]. Anyway, Daichi means Great-Earth, so there you have it: Heaven, Sea and Earth.
Mayu also mentioned Zero, and this is the one and only Diver Zero. And Harlock doesn’t mention him because, you know, if you add zero to X you just get X. That’s basic math.
The First and Last Station – Eternal Youths
This is a coda to the volume, and deals with the three boys just mentioned. The title is obviously a pun, yes, these youths just arrived at the planet called Eternal, but they also happen to be kids who never grow old: Diver Zero is an android, so that goes without saying, whereas Hiroshi Umino and Meguru Daichi have been exposed to the magical pixie dust of the Promethium sisters (Emeraldas and Maetel, respectively), which makes your body stops growing (that’s my theory anyway).
The ship the three youths arrive in looks like an ammonite, we’re told. It’s called Silur [I'm guessing for the Silurian Period when ammonites thrived; Silur is the name of a ship in Hotaruna too apparently]. It lands in the eastern part of the central continent, where Eternal’s only spaceport is located.
Hiroshi and Meguru begin to argue over the fact that the place looks deserted. Hiroshi says spaceports these days are automated, so it’s no big deal. Meguru thinks it’s mighty odd. Ultimately, he’s scared that they’ll be shot as intruders, since they weren’t able to contact anyone before landing. Hiroshi is portrayed as a rambunctious boy, whereas Meguru is more thoughtful and graceful (and feminine, apparently).
Hiroshi says not to worry. Silur was designed by the great Tochiro. If they need to flee nobody will catch them. Meguru gets even madder. They’re not supposed to flee, right? They’re supposed to join the 999ers, wherever they are. Hiroshi looks over at Zero who’s sitting down, and asks him what he’s doing.
Zero says he’s checking the route inland, by way of his Mama Ball (this is his android mom’s remains pretty much, if you don’t know Diver Zero). Zero finds out that the 999 is actually inside the spaceport at that moment. The 999 is empty. Instead, Zero determines that there is a large group of Machiners nearby, and they include war vehicles and the such.
Hiroshi is scared but happy. He takes out a Cosmo Warrior gun, then Meguru takes out another Cosmo Warrior gun (how many of these are there again?!). Well, Hiroshi actually explains this a bit for us, thankfully: Tetsuro’s gun is No. 4, Meguru’s is No. 3, and Hiroshi’s own is No. 0. And all in all there are 5, so the fact that 3 of them are on Eternal is pretty marvelous. In fact, it turns out that it was Harlock’s plan to send the kids to Eternal, because he figured Tetsuro and his lone gun could use more help (hmm…I think Maetel is enough but oh well).
Zero finally figures out the route inland and tells the others to follow him, guns in hand. And here the volume ends.