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Episode 41: Battle Royale Begins! Devil Gundam Revived

 

Review by Chris Guanche

September 14, 2001

 

Summary

 

Following the last divisional Gundam Fight between Domon and Schwarz, everyone waits for the Battle Royale to begin. Domon and Rain try to get into the hospital to visit Kyoji, but Neo German soldiers threaten to shoot them. Outside the hospital, Rain says she has a plan to sneak in and see Kyoji. As they hold each other, she asks Domon to come back alive from the Battle Royale, and he says he has something to ask her when he wins the Gundam Fight. Elsewhere, Master Asia waits for the time when the Devil Gundam will be resurrected. He doesn't like that the people cheering don't see what a great world is beneath their feet. It is announced that the Battle Royale will begin on Lantau Island, and there are no rules in the match. Whoever is the last survivor is the winner. The God Gundam flies to the island, and Domon vows he'll win the title. The Dragon Gundam jumps out of the water, and the monks say they will pray for Sai Saici. Chibodee surfs toward the island in the Gundam Maxter and tells the girls that he will make their dreams real soon. George vows to Maria that he will bring honor to Neo France and heads for the island in the Gundam Rose. Argo takes off in the Bolt Gundam, vowing to win and free his comrades. At the same time, the Cobra Gundam, Zeus Gundam and Jester Gundam fly toward the island. The Neros Gundam and John Bull Gundam jump out of the water and head for the island. When Domon arrives, he sees the Master Gundam and vows he will defeat Master Asia. He attacks Master Asia, but Master Asia escapes and says there will be plenty of time for them to fight later. Out of the corner of his eye, Domon sees the Nobell Gundam in Berserker mode fly by. Wong speaks and says he wants to see who will win the title "Gundam of Gundams," and he begins the match. The beam ropes of the barrier system activate and enclose Lantau Island.

 

The battles begin, with Argo and Sai Saici fighting each other in one area, while George and Chibodee use their final moves on each other. All four say they will fight each other until the Devil Gundam appears. As Domon searches for Master Asia, he is attacked by Marcelot's Zeus Gundam. Domon tells Marcelot he has no time to waste on him, and he uses the God Slash to destroy the mobile horse Hercury and defeat the Zeus Gundam. After he leaves, the Zeus Gundam is infected with DG cells. Elsewhere, Rain dresses as a nurse and sneaks into the hospital. She makes it into Kyoji's room, but she hides when her father enters. He examines Kyoji and sees that he's an android made of DG cells. He says that at some point this android must have replaced the real Schwarz Bruder. Domon is in a quiet area of the island when he hears a loud explosion. He finds that the Cobra Gundam and Jester Gundam have been totally destroyed, and he wonders who did it. He is attacked by the Zeus Gundam and sees from the level of power that Marcelot is infested with DG cells. Marcelot shoots out tentacles that wrap around the God Gundam and shock it. Wong declares the resurrection of the Devil Gundam, and Lantau Island begins to shake. The Devil Gundam rises out of the ground in a more evolved form. The rumbling creates a tidal wave that knocks around all the ships near the island. In the hospital, Kyoji wakes up and speaks to Dr. Mikamura. Dr. Mikamura is amazed that Kyoji could survive in this form. Master Asia appears in front of the Devil Gundam, and he challenges Domon to a fight. However, he says that first Domon will have to beat the John Bull Gundam and Neros Gundam. Domon uses the Bakunetsu God Finger and destroys the Zeus Gundam again. Master Asia says that Domon will now have to fight one of the Four Heavenly Kings, the Gundam Heaven's Sword. The Neros Gundam then takes off and transforms into the Gundam Heaven's Sword.

 

Commentary

 

The Battle Royale has begun, and it begins with quite a bang. We see some fighters return for the last time, but we also get to see the Devil Gundam finally resurrected after 16 episodes. Domon has one final duel with Marcelot, but now Marcelot is definitely dead after being infected with DG cells and having his Zeus Gundam destroyed. We also get to see some more of Kyoji, but now he's an android made of DG cells. Also, it looks pretty clear from the beginning of the episode that Domon and Rain have some relationship beyond just friends now. I wonder if the question that he wants to ask her after the Gundam Fight is a marriage proposal. We'll probably see at the end of the series, but first he has to beat a much more powerful Devil Gundam.

 

Overall Rating

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