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Episode 6: The Warrior of Von Braun

 

Review by Chris Guanche

June 24, 2000

 

Summary

 

The Albion lands in the lunar city of Von Braun. Kou stares at the wrecked GP01, and Monsha is glad that he gets shore leave in the city. Sinapus is informed by Cowen that there will be no more support from the Federation because the high command doesn't take Delaz's threats seriously. The GP01 is unloaded from the ship to be taken back to Anaheim, and Nina's cute friends from Anaheim greet her. Director O'Sullivan tells Nina that she and her crew have two days to repair the GP01 and upgrade it to Full Burnern mode. As the repairs on the GP01 begin, the crew is granted shore leave in Von Braun. In a restaurant, Burning runs away with his date when he sees all his men are drunk. Kou sits at a table by himself, and a drunk Keith tells him to relax and drink. Nearby, Monsha tells some cute girls how he fought pilots from the Delaz fleet. They ask if he is a Gundam pilot, and he loudly says that it was wrecked by an idiot newbie. He starts yelling at Kou, and Kou gets up and runs away. He runs madly through the streets, tripping on cables and knocking over trash cans. As he walks through the streets, he bumps into some punks and angers them. They grab him and beat him up in an alley. They tell him that the Moon isn't like Earth and that he'd better improve or else be killed by the Delaz fleet. After they leave, he sees a one-armed man and passes out. Nina continues to work on the GP01 late into the night. When Kou wakes up the next morning, he finds himself in the house of the one-armed man, Kelly Layzner, and his lover Latteura Chapra. In another part of Von Braun, Cima meets with O'Sullivan. She threatens that if the Federation discovers her, they will drop a colony on the Moon.

 

Throughout the city, Keith, Maura, and Burning begin looking for Kou. At Kelly's junkyard, Kou discovers that Kelly has a Zeon mobile armor named Val-Walo. Kelly insists he stay away from it, saying it is only junk. Kelly asks Kou if he is a deserter, and Kou says he didn't realize he was one. He says he never intended to, but because of him the GP01 was severely damaged. Kou keeps looking at the Val-Walo and convinces Kelly to let him fix it. Latteura is angry at Kou because she had almost convinced Kelly to give up fixing the Val-Walo. She calls the Albion to tell them about Kou. Nina is unable to concentrate on her work because she is thinking about Kou. Kou walks through the city and watches a replay of Delaz's speech. He gets angry when he notices Gato standing next to Delaz. Kou then sees Kelly on the street talking to Cima. He returns to the junkyard and eavesdrops on Kelly talking to Cima about the Delaz fleet. She tells him that if he doesn't have the Val-Walo ready in one day, he can't participate in the operation. Later, Kou confronts Kelly about being a Zeon pilot and says Latteura is worried about him. Kelly says he doesn't want to be lectured by a coward, and they get into a fight, which Kou loses. Latteura asks him to leave, and he runs off and bumps into Nina. They talk, and he tells her he's returning to the ship after finishing something. She tells him that in the morning the GP01Fb will be tested at Anaheim. Kou helps Kelly fix the Val-Walo because they're both pilots and that's their calling. Neither thinks they could do anything else aside from being pilots. Later, the GP01Fb is repaired and fully modified for space combat. Kou launches in the repaired suit and tests it out in space.

 

Commentary

 

A slow episode, but a good one. Kou obviously feels like crap for wrecking the GP01. So he decides to feel sorry for himself and let Monsha's drunken ranting get to him. It's interesting that he meets a Zeon pilot and helps him repair a mobile armor that he could be fighting in the future. However, meeting Kelly reminded Kou of his duty and love of piloting mobile suits. There's no Gato or Delaz in this episode, but there is Cima. Her meeting with Anaheim is no surprise, because Anaheim likes to give technology to both sides of a war for their own profit. There's a few minor things to note here. At Nina's office, if you look closely, you can see a poster of Amuro Ray's Gundam, which is further proof that she is obsessed with Gundams. Also, I wonder if Kelly's last name is a nod to the 1985 mecha series Blue Comet SPT Layzner. Coincidentally, that series was directed by Ryosuke Takahashi, who wrote several episodes of this series.

 

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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