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Episode 30: Beautiful Fighter! Dangerous Allenby

 

Review by Chris Guanche

July 25, 2001

 

Summary

 

The divisional fights continue, and Argo's Bolt Gundam suffers a humiliating defeat at the hands of Neo Sweden's Allenby Beardsley and her Nobell Gundam. What's worse is that the fight lasted only 48 seconds. As Nastasha drives Argo in an armored van, Domon sneaks aboard and asks what happens. He says that Argo has no reason to lose a fight so badly. Argo says that his answer would just be an excuse, and he warns Domon that Allenby fights like him and he should be careful. Domon meets up with Rain and the kids, and they take him to an arcade. Domon isn't really impressed by any of the games, except for a fighting game. They watch as a young girl wins her 16th fight in a virtual reality fighting game. She asks if anyone in the crowd will fight her, and Domon agrees. The crowd is shocked that a real Gundam Fighter is going to play the video game. Everyone bets on Domon since he is a Gundam Fighter. The fight begins, and Domon sees that this girl is as fast and powerful as him. They fight so much that the game can't keep up with them and explodes. As everyone runs away from the police, Domon asks the girl for her name. She says it's Allenby Beardsley, and he realizes she was the one who defeated Argo. Wong and Master Asia are surprised by Allenby's quick victories, and Wong wonders why such a great Fighter is virtually unknown. Master Asia says an unknown opponent usually lowers the guard of others, so she might have won by luck. However, he thinks the only way to confirm her abilities is to see her in a Gundam Fight. Wong decides to have her fight Domon next. Master Asia says he will eagerly await the fight, and he and Wong proceed to laugh maniacally.

 

Allenby wakes up on a bed, where the members of her team perform medical tests on her. She can't stand them anymore, so she decides to run away. As she runs through the streets, she jumps in the air and accidentally lands on Domon. He takes her back to Han's ship for dinner, and she tells him and Rain that she doesn't want to listen to the guys from her country anymore. She explains that she is an orphan and was raised in the army to become a Gundam Fighter. The next day, the Gundam Fight begins on Victoria Peak. Allenby is told to use Plan C, but she decides to fight with her own strength. She and Domon decide to have the best Gundam Fight they can perform. She and Domon begin to fight, and Rain notices that it's like the video game when they were evenly matched. The leader of her team activates the Hypno Wave Transmitter, which puts Allenby and the Nobell Gundam in Berserker Mode. With this mode, she fights at 120% but loses all control. Domon starts to take a beating, and Argo sees this is the same power that beat him. Master Asia doesn't seem to be impressed by Allenby's Berserker Mode. Domon activates the God Gundam's Hyper Mode and tells Allenby the fight is useless when she has no soul. He uses the Bakunetsu God Finger on, and Allenby is able to break free from the Hypno Waves and destroy the transmitter. Her team sees that she has become an excellent fighter and no longer needs the system. Both Allenby and Domon want to keep fighting, but Allenby collapses, giving Domon victory. Master Asia takes back his earlier judgment and sees that with training, Allenby could be one of the best fighters.

 

Commentary

 

This episode introduces the first female Gundam Fighter in the series, along with one of the most controversial Gundam designs: the Sailor Moon-inspired Nobell Gundam. This is probably one of the weirdest looking Gundams in the series, or at least second weirdest. All the Gundams are supposed to play off of national stereotypes, but what connection does Sailor Moon have with Neo Sweden? That doesn't make any sense at all, seeing how it's a Japanese shoujo series. Also, it looks like Allenby seems to be quite infatuated with Domon. I wonder if it will make Rain jealous.

 

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