Ever since I saw Clark Kent become Superman for the first time, or Shane turn from simple farmer into deadly gunfighter, I've loved the transformation of mild mannered character into avenging hero. Its a common theme of Hollywood and anime.
WARNING SPOILERS BELOW.
In this clip, it has been seven years since humans reclaimed the surface of the planet. Yoko has left the life of freedom fighter and dedicated herself to the children of the next human generation as a teacher. But a disaster looms as a prophesy is fulfilled, Armageddon will claim the human population of the planet. In the midst of the crisis rouge Gamen attack and destroy Yoko's school and hold a student hostage.
Her hand is forced, and in a scene befitting Shane or Clark Kent, Sensei Yamako becomes the avenging Yoko once more. In the first segment she is beautifully silhouetted by the glow of her burning school as she enters her humble quarters.
In the second segment she has rescued the student hostage and now positions herself between the giant Gamen and her students. The students barely recognize her and are afraid of the figure before them. But she turns to them with a reassuring smile and asks them to stay back. When asked who the hell she is, she responds she is a teacher and she’s going to teach them something they will be tested on. In the final clip Yoko teaches them not to threaten children, class dismissed, her final line is "you fail".
I just love the episode and look forward to the US release coming next month from Bandai Entertainment.
Almost forgot, my contest model is in the video too! Enjoy!