Serious question: What did you think of Smith, his relationship with Noriko, his death and Noriko's deep emotional trauma which nonsensically turned her into a GAR badass at the flick of a switch.
That whole episode was terrible and almost ruined the whole show for me. The forced soap opera-level drama in episode 5 didn't help either. Sure, episode 6 was awesome, but it wasn't enough to redeem the show for me.
Then I started watching Diebuster and thought it was the most epic shit ever... for the first 4 episodes. After that it was just Gunbuster all over again, and the ending made me RAGE endlessly.