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Episode 10: Terror! The Phantom Fighter Appears

 

Review by Chris Guanche

July 1, 2001

 

Summary

 

In Neo Egypt, the crew of the Pharaoh Gundam XIII sits through a sandstorm by discussing rumors of Dahal Muhammad and his Pharaoh Gundam IV roaming the land. Out of nowhere, the mummified Dahal and Pharaoh Gundam IV appear and kill everyone. Later, Domon and Rain find the ruins of the Pharaoh Gundam XIII and wonder what happened. Domon sees a survivor who mentions the name Dahal before dying. Rain spots a Gundam Fight between Sai Saici and Dahal. Dahal tries to destroy the Dragon Gundam's cockpit, but Sai Saici fights back and destroys Dahal's. As the Pharaoh Gundam IV sinks into the sand, Sai Saici thinks he has killed someone and regrets it. Domon, Rain, and Sai Saici return to the site where the Pharaoh Gundam XIII was destroyed, but it is gone. They wonder if a ghost is responsible. Sai Saici asks Domon to stay with him because he's scared of ghosts. Domon and Rain wonder if this has anything to do with the self-reincarnation abilities of the Devil Gundam. At night, Sai Saici goes to the bathroom and sees a mummy. The next day, they journey to Dahal's monument, and Rain's research reveals that he was the champion of the 3rd Gundam Fight and has been dead for a long time. Sai Saici doesn't want to go inside, but Keiun and Zuisen convince him to by calling him useless. Sai Saici steps on a sinking stone, and he falls into a hole with Rain and Domon. They find themselves in a chamber containing Dahal's grave.

 

Domon opens Dahal's grave, and Sai Saici cowers in the corner. Domon tells him to look inside, and Sai Saici sees the grave is empty. Dahal then bursts through the wall and grabs Sai Saici with his bandages. Domon attacks Dahal and looks closely at his body. He then frees Sai Saici, and as they run away, Rain throws a bomb at Dahal. The pyramid explodes, and Sai Saici thinks it's over. However, the Pharaoh Gundam IV rises from the sand. Domon convinces Sai Saici to fight Dahal. Sai Saici begins to back away, and the monks are embarrassed. Dahal grabs the Dragon Gundam with his bandages and starts shocking it. Rain does more research and finds that in the 4th Gundam Fight, Dahal was killed in an accident when fighting Sai Saici's grandfather, Feilong Gundam pilot Sai Feilong. Dahal's will to finish the fight lived on even though his body died. Sai Saici decides to give him the fight that he wants and attacks. He uses his special attack to surround the Pharaoh Gundam IV with feilong flags. He then uses his Dragon Claw to launch a cyclone of fire. He believes Dahal is finally dead, but the Pharoah Gundam IV begins to repair itself. Domon appears in the Shining Gundam and uses the Shining Finger, but the Pharaoh Gundam IV continues to repair itself. Sai Saici asks what's going on, and Domon tells him it's not his concern. Domon uses his anger to transform the Shining Gundam into Super Mode and uses the Shining Finger Sword to completely destroy the Pharaoh Gundam IV. He holds Dahal's corpse in his hand and cremates him with a Shining Finger. Domon believes that the Devil Gundam was in Neo Egypt and resurrected Dahal. He sees that Dahal's pure spirit as a fighter was polluted by the evil of the Devil Gundam. He thinks the fight against his brother has only begun.

 

Commentary

 

Okay, this was a weird episode. When I first saw Dahal I thought, "mummies + Gundam = disaster," but this episode turned out okay. It's not just fantasy like The Mummy. Somehow, the nanotechnology of the Devil Gundam has revived Dahal. The question is, why was the Devil Gundam in Neo Egypt, and why revive Dahal? Whatever the reason, the Devil Gundam is dangerous, because its self repair abilities make it near indestructible. Sai Saici is a coward for most of the episode, but he finally gets some courage in the end and fights. I wonder if we'll finally see the Devil Gundam soon.

 

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