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Episode 44: Schwarz Rests in Grace! Domon's Tearful Attack

 

Review by Chris Guanche

November 21, 2001

 

Summary

 

The Rising Gundam appears and knocks the Nobell Gundam into the ocean. Master Asia takes the opportunity to attack and grabs Domon with his beam cloth. Domon says he's borrowed everyone's strength, and he will definitely defeat the Devil Gundam. Kyoji appears with the Gundam Spiegel and cuts Domon free. In the ocean, Allenby knocks Rain around, and Rain wonders if Allenby is infected with DG cells. Wong watches and orders Allenby to become "Devil Allenby." The Nobell Gundam becomes encased in a capsule and transforms into the Walter Gundam. Kyoji fights off Master Asia's attack and tells Domon to destroy the Devil Gundam. When the God Gundam flies up to the Devil Gundam, the cockpit opens and Domon sees a corpselike Kyoji there. While he is distracted, the Devil Gundam grabs him with its tentacles. Master Asia explains that the nearly dead Kyoji is the price Domon paid for winning in the Guiana Highlands. With Kyoji nearly dead, the Devil Gundam is useless. Master Asia wants Domon to become the Devil Gundam's new pilot. The Gundam Heads begin to move, and Wong tells Master Asia that the Devil Gundam can now defeat him. Wong says he is following Master Asia's advice and destroying all obstacles. Betrayed, Master Asia fights off several Gundam Heads while Domon and Kyoji escape. In the water, Rain tries to convince Allenby to stop fighting. She says Domon is fighting against the Devil Gundam, and Allenby stops. She says she doesn't want to be left alone because she loves Domon. Domon asks Kyoji why there are two of him, and he explains he is a shadow of the real Kyoji, separated in mind and body.

 

Kyoji explains that he was created as a copy of the real Kyoji with DG cells to destroy the Devil Gundam. Domon doesn't believe that since Kyoji wanted to conquer the galaxy. Kyoji says that is a lie concocted by Urube and Dr. Mikamura. He says their father originally built the Ultimate Gundam to restore Earth to its natural condition. When Urube tried to seize it, Kyoji stole it and went to Earth. However, the Ultimate Gundam's programming was damaged in the crash, and it seized Kyoji to become the Devil Gundam. Domon realizes that he's been lied to the past year and was being used to hunt down the Devil Gundam by Urube and Dr. Mikamura. Wong listens in to their sad story and tells Allenby to go to Full Berserker Mode and destroy the Rising Gundam. Rain sees that Allenby is fighting against her will, and she locates the berserker signal receiving module. However, it is located next to the cockpit, so if Rain misses, she could kill Allenby. The top of the Rising Gundam's shoulders separate to form a shield, and Rain pulls out her beam bow. She fires the Rising Arrow at the Walter Gundam and destroys the module, causing a massive explosion. Wong is angry that Allenby has been defeated, and he makes the Devil Gundam wildly attack anything. Master Asia tells Domon that the Devil Gundam requires a Life Unit to function, and Domon damaged it. He wants Domon to become the new core life unit and explains that he used the Finals to build up Domon's power. Kyoji decides he will destroy the Devil Gundam and attacks it. As it destroys the Gundam Spiegel, he jumps out of it and grabs his other self. He asks Domon to kill him, but Domon refuses. He begs Domon to end his curse and not let the tragedy of the Devil Gundam be repeated. Domon understands, and he fires the Bakunetsu Sekiha Tenkyoken at the Devil Gundam. As Kyoji dies, his two selves merge into one, and he thanks Domon.

 

Commentary

 

This is probably the best episode so far in the series. All the details of the Devil Gundam's past are finally explained, including how it transformed from the Ultimate Gundam into its present form. There's also quite a bit of drama when Domon realizes that the android Kyoji is his real brother. He also sees that the people he trusted, like Dr. Mikamura, betrayed him. It's quite sad at the end when Domon realizes what he must do and finally kills Kyoji, who was actually innocent of any wrongdoing. In other developments, the long predicted fallout between Master Asia and Wong finally happened. I knew that at some point Wong would betray Master Asia. Also, it's revealed in Rain's fight that Allenby loves Domon too. That doesn't really surprise me, considering the way Allenby acted around him. The question now is, with Kyoji dead, who will pilot the Devil Gundam?

 

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