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Episode 43: Royal Counterattack!
Ambush of the Grand Gundam

 

Review by Chris Guanche

October 20, 2001

 

Summary

 

Chapman attacks, and Domon uses the Bakunetsu God Finger on him. Nothing happens, and smoke begins to surround Chapman and Domon. The John Bull Gundam vanishes and is replaced with the Grand Gundam, which grapples onto the God Gundam and begins stepping on it. Maria hears Chapman's scream and recognizes it from the time when George fought the Grand Gundam. Everyone wants to get onto the island, and Kyoji arrives and explains they can't because of a barrier surrounding the island. Rain arrives with the Rising Gundam, and Sherry has an idea about getting inside. Using the power of the Gundams, they'll create a bubble with a resonant frequency that will attract the energy from the barrier. When enough energy is pulled away, a small hole will open, allowing someone to get inside and destroy the cornerpost supporting the barrier. Rain and Kyoji begin their work, and Kyoji hopes that his body will hold out long enough. As Chapman continues squashing Domon, he is knocked away by gunfire. Chibodee shoots at him, and George knocks Chapman off of Domon. Chibodee continually shoots at Chapman, and George sends out his Roses Bits. They tell Domon to leave, and he refuses. They explain he stayed behind before to fight the Devil Gundam, and now they are returning the favor. He leaves, and soon after Chapman gains the upper hand. Domon approaches Master Asia, and Wong decides it is time for him to enter the fight. He sends Allenby and the Nobell Gundam to fight Domon.

 

Domon tries to reason with Allenby, but she attacks him with her whip and knocks him off the side of a cliff. George uses his Roses Screamer attack to destroy part of a mountain, and the rocks hit the Grand Gundam. George and Chibodee hide behind some rocks and relax for a moment. Chibodee tells George that he has no regrets aside from not having a woman and not winning the Gundam Fight. George and Chibodee then take the champagne and bourbon they were planning to drink and pour them on their Gundams. Chapman finds them and begins attacking again. Chibodee sees that he has only one bullet left, and they decide to attack the Grand Gundam's cockpit. Rain and Kyoji manage to create a small hole, and Maria begins to crawl through it. Chibodee hides in a ditch while George distracts Chapman. The Gundam Rose uses the Roses Hurricane, and Chibodee shoots at the Grand Gundam's cockpit when it passes over. However, Chapman dodges the shot and grabs Chibodee. He begins to crush the Gundam Maxter. Maria gets through the hole and destroys the cornerpost. Kyoji says he is too weak to fight, and Rain goes onto the island first. Chibodee breaks away as Chapman is about to shoot him and crashes into the ground. George sees one of his bits and gives it to Chibodee to use as ammo. George picks up the Grand Gundam, and as it falls, Chibodee fires the bit. The bit hits the cockpit and sets off a massive explosion. Domon wonders if Chibodee and George survived. Allenby challenges Domon, and he wonders if she has been infected with DG cells. The Rising Gundam appears in the sky and slams into the Nobell Gundam.

 

Commentary

 

We're now another episode closer to the conclusion of the series, and it seems to shaping up to be a good one. It still hasn't been confirmed if Argo and Sai Saici are dead, so that's something to consider. George and Chibodee apparently sacrifice themselves here in their fight with Chapman. However, their 'sacrifice' is not seen on screen, so I can't say for sure that they're dead either. Most of this episode focuses on them, and it was good to see them take a break from the action and have an honest conversation. There probably won't be much time for that as the finale approaches.

 

Overall Rating

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