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Episode 40: The Ruthless Fight! Schwarz's Last Match

 

Review by Chris Guanche

September 14, 2001

 

Summary

 

Wong and Master Asia discuss the Battle Royale, and Wong has planned a deathmatch between Domon and Schwarz. To add some excitement, he has placed bombs on the ring, so that if neither of them wins they both die. He wants all obstacles out of the way when he uses Allenby to resurrect the Devil Gundam. Andrew boards a shuttle for Neo Canada's colony, and Domon and Argo watch him leave. Domon thinks he was careless during the battle, but Argo tells him not to blame himself. Dr. Mikamura and Karato show Domon Rain's resignation letter. In the letter Rain says she is quitting because Domon no longer trusts her. As they ride around in a limo, Domon says Rain was too rash, and Dr. Mikamura says it's Domon's fault. Domon pushed her where she is, and Dr. Mikamura now doubts the Kasshu family. Domon also isn't happy about being given a new crew, headed by a woman named Akino. Rain walks through the streets, and she thinks about how Domon's fights no longer have anything to do with her. She sees Kyoji enter an alley, and she chases him. When she reaches the end, she only finds Schwarz and the Gundam Spiegel. She talks to Schwarz, and he says that Domon is like a kid who only sees what's in front of him. Rain feels that when she talks to Schwarz, it's like talking to Kyoji. He asks her if she wants to see Domon fight from a different side. Domon practices his fighting while everyone else sits around, and everyone remembers how they all lost to Schwarz. Karato shows up and tells Domon he has to prepare for the battle with Schwarz. Sai Saici sees that Rain isn't there, and Domon says he will fight without Rain. Schwarz appears out of the water and says that if Domon can't beat him, he'll never have a chance against the Devil Gundam. Domon says he will use all of his strength, and Schwarz says that sort of talk won't win. He introduces everyone to his new partner, who is Rain dressed up in Schwarz's strange outfit.

 

The Gundam Spiegel and God Gundam are loaded onto the ring, and Domon isn't happy about what Rain has done. He decides that he won't let that distract him from his battle with Schwarz. The Fight begins, and ten minutes begin counting down on the clock. Schwarz uses his knives in rapid succession and forces Domon down onto the ground. He tells Domon that with such little power he can never hope to defeat the Devil Gundam. Domon says he won't lose because he has the Bakunetsu God Finger. He stands up and tries to use the God Finger, but it doesn't work. Akino sees that there is a short circuit in the Hyper Mode Line that prevents Domon from using the God Finger. Wong finds it quite amusing that Domon can't use the God Finger, and Master Asia wonders what he will do. With only a few minutes left on the clock, Schwarz tells Domon he should ask Rain for help, but Domon refuses. Schwarz begins spinning around like a tornado to use his final move, Sturm Und Drang. He relentlessly attacks the God Gundam and knocks it down. Schwarz says that Domon hasn't changed from before, and Domon remembers being scared as a kid crossing a bridge with Kyoji. He remembers Kyoji telling him if he has faith in others, there's nothing he can't do. He also remembers all the time he spent with Rain growing up. He sees everyone from the Shuffle Alliance cheering for him, and he realizes he has them and Rain. Rain tells him how to fix the short circuit, and she says she understands him and has eyes only for him. Domon quickly fixes the short circuit, and he uses the God Finger Sekiha Tenkyoken as Schwarz attacks. Domon seems to be winning, but the time limit runs out and the bombs explode. The God Gundam survives the explosion, and Rain runs out to meet Domon and hug him. A medical helicopter lands to help the injured Schwarz. When the doctors take off Schwarz's mask, Domon is shocked to see that Schwarz is Kyoji. Kyoji tells Domon to be careful on the island where the Battle Royale will be fought.

 

Commentary

 

Here's one of the most important episodes of the series in a while. After all this time, the true identity of Schwarz Bruder has finally been revealed. I suspected for a long time that he was really Kyoji Kasshu, and I was right. The battle between Domon and Schwarz is one of the most exciting of the series, as Domon doesn't have the God Finger, and there are the time bombs in play as well. I don't see how it is that Wong can keep getting away with these strange things in each fight. Also, we have quite a bit of development for Domon and Rain, as they both see how they feel about each other. Though neither actually says "I love you," it's pretty clear that they mean it. Now that there's only nine more episodes left, we'll have to see how the series wraps up.

 

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