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Evolve 14: SD Musha Gundam

 

Review by Chris Guanche

August 27, 2009

 

Summary

 

Several children stumble onto a battlefield and watch the end of a duel between Musha Gundam and a Zaku. In town, the children eat all the dango at a restaurant, leaving nothing for Musha Gundam. They say it's ok because he has money, but he says he doesn't fight for money. He tells them of the Gundam Army and his compatriots, Musha Normal, Musha Psyco, Musha Mk-II, Musha Zeta, Musha ZZ Gundam and Musha Nu. The children ignore him and say they want more dango, but he tells them he has no money. The waitress cries and says that recent battles have caused ingredient prices to skyrocket. Several Gelgoogs then set the restaurant on fire, and an entire army surrounds them. Musha Gundam puts on his armor and blasts through hordes of Zakus. Mazaku tries to shoot the children, but Musha Gundam protects them. Mazaku asks Musha Gundam to hand over his katana because it can activate the Armor of Light, but Musha Gundam refuses. He tells the children to escape, but they say they won't leave him. Mazaku then transforms to giant size and attacks Musha Gundam with his demonic sword. Musha Gundam is knocked away by the attack, and the children tell Mazaku they'll hand over the sword if Mazaku spares Musha Gundam. However, Musha Gundam stands up and says he'll never be defeated. His katana begins to glow and float in the air, combining with the stolen Armor of Light that Mazaku has. They combine with Musha Gundam and turn him gold. Equipped with wings, Musha Gundam flies up to Mazaku's face and attacks with his katana. Musha Gundam unleashes more power, which breaks through Mazaku's sword. He then cuts Mazaku in half, leaving nothing behind. The children are amazed by Musha Gundam's power.

 

Commentary

 

Unlike the other Evolve shorts, this one takes us to a super deformed world filled with musha Gundams, similar to the old SD Gundam OVAs. The story here is pretty simple: an army of Zakus terrorizes a village, and Musha Gundam takes them down. Their boss then shows up, and he beats that guy in a flashy battle. It's not too far removed from something you'd see in a samurai movie or in Zatoichi (if Zatoichi had robots, which is a scary thought). Overall, this short is an interesting departure from others in the Evolve series, which mostly focus on Universal Century.

 

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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