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Evolve 11: RB-79 Ball

 

Review by Chris Guanche

August 27, 2009

 

Summary

 

Nine days after the end of the One Year War, a Ball squadron is sent deep into A Baoa Qu to search the interior. Ball pilot Hiden spots a G-Armor flying by in the distance, which separates and drops a G-Bull tank on the asteroid surface. The G-Bull blasts a hole into the asteroid to create an entry point for the Balls. Inside, Hiden picks up something on his sensor, and a Ball is hit by enemy fire, which sends it ricocheting into the other Balls. Hiden wakes up and continues forward, but the Ball at his right is destroyed by another shot. Hiden continues pressing on by himself and enters a new area. He spots the wreckage of several mobile suits and begins to panic. He spots a Zaku hiding behind a rock and shoots it, and he follows up by blasting another Zaku that tried to sneak up on him. Hiden watches as the dead pilot is tossed from the cockpit and floats through space.

 

Commentary

 

Directed by Kei Momose, this installment is shorter than the two that preceded it. Rather than focusing on an established character from an old anime series, this short introduces a new character, Ball pilot Hiden. He doesn't really say much, but it fits perfectly with the dark, cramped atmosphere of this short. The Balls investigating the dark interior of A Baoa Qu has the feel of a horror movie, where you have several people wandering through a dark place, knowing that the killer or monster is lurking nearby. Hiden is the sole survivor of his squad, and since he was able to predict where the shots were coming and where the Zaku was, he might have some Newtype ability. Overall, this was an interesting way to create a fresh short in a familiar setting.

 

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