Less mecha, more plot
Volume #5 is about story and character development, with no giant-robot combat. There are now four sides in the conflict: Riofald is on its way. The psych-war efforts by each side continue. Gun is settling into his role of media-hero; Grampa Hosuke is still a callous, pragmatic bastard; the harem is so confident of the outcome that they amuse themselves with cheerful frou-frou. Isaka the android displays new abilities. There's a touching interlude with Miss Kin'ba, the Riofaldian high school teacher surrounded by hostile Earth students. // The art (clarity of line and tone, placement of panels and balloons) is first-rate. // "CGE" continues to be a serious story with "adult themes and language" -- it's like a late-Heinlein novel, with pictures. Two of the characters consummate their relationship. (Manga purists have howled that the US version has been bowdlerized, but it's still obvious what's going on.) There's plenty of fan-servicey gravity-defying nudity. // The technical appendix in this volume gives dimensions for the Exaxxion (523.6 feet) and various Riofaldian mecha and vessels.
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