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Episode 49: God Gundam's Great Triumph!
A Hopeful Future.. Ready, Go!

 

Review by Chris Guanche

January 30, 2002

 

Summary

 

The God Gundam flies through conduits in the colony to get to the central core. At the same time, the Grand Master Gundam suddenly resurrects and begins attacking the Shuffle Alliance. Tentacle arms emerge from the Colony Devil Gundam and head for Earth. Domon's father tells him the reactor has been resurrected, and Domon says he will rescue Rain and defeat the Devil Gundam for everyone to see. Tentacles inside the conduit begin crushing the God Gundam, and Nastasha uses her ship as a distraction. The monks, Maria and Raymond man the ship's guns and begin firing at the Devil Gundam. A Gundam Head attacks the ship, but Kyral and Allenby destroy it. As another tentacle arm heads for Earth, Kyral, Allenby and the other Gundam Fighters use the Mandala En Jyu to destroy it. Kyral is distracted by his victory and gets knocked away when more tentacles suddenly appear. Tentacle arms begin spreading over Neo Hong Kong, New York City and Rome. Hoy and Ming are scared, and Han tells them to believe in the Gundams. Inside the Devil Colony, Chibodee and the others are pinned down during the fight and are unable to move. As tentacles continue to crush the God Gundam, Domon goes into Hyper Mode and breaks free of them. He uses the Bakunetsu God Finger and breaks through the conduits into the central core. As he searches for Rain, he sees the final evolved form of the Devil Gundam's mobile fighter mode. Raizo tells Karato that things are bad if it is in its final evolution. Domon tries to dispatch the Devil Gundam quickly with a God Finger, but he stops when he realizes Rain is inside it. The Devil Gundam attacks him and knocks him around. He wonders why Rain is attacking. The Devil Gundam confronts him and opens its cockpit, revealing Rain wrapped in tentacles.

 

Raizo tells Domon that he can't cut Rain out of the Devil Gundam because she has become the Devil Gundam. Its attacks have become quicker as he approaches her, so it's clear that she's trying to avoid him. When Domon cuts one of the Devil Gundam's arms to break free, Rain cries out in pain. He apologizes, and she tells him to get away from her. Domon sees that he has no way to win now and gives up. Allenby shows up and tells him he can't quit. She explains that Rain feels guilty because of what her father did to the Kasshu family. She tells Domon that the way to save Rain is for Domon to simply tell her that he loves her. Chibodee and the others destroy the Grand Master Gundam and encourage Domon to tell Rain his true feelings. When Domon gets out of the God Gundam and calls out to Rain, the attack ends. He explains to her that her father is dead, but he repented for what he did before dying. Domon says he couldn't possibly blame her and asks her what the point was of their last year together. He says he won only because she was at his side, and not being with her now would be pointless. Domon tells Rain he loves her, and she breaks free of the Devil Gundam. He wraps his cape around her naked body and says they will be together forever. The Devil Gundam tries to attack them, and they perform the Bakunetsu God Finger Sekiha Love Love Tenkyoken and destroy it. All the tentacle arms on Earth are destroyed, and the Devil Gundam explodes, leaving a ravaged Neo Japan colony. The God Gundam and Fuunsaiki emerge from the skeleton and fly into space. Karato figures that Neo Japan has lost control of the galaxy, and he wonders what the Gundam Fight will be like from now on. Raizo believes it has problems, but they will be fixed. Chibodee, Argo, Sai Saici and George say goodbye and fly for Earth. Wings of light grow out of Fuunsaiki, and Domon and Rain fly to Earth to be together.

 

Commentary

 

Well, that's the end of the series, and it certainly was an epic ending. When I first saw this series, I really didn't like it at all and thought it was a disgrace to the Gundam name. Over time, the series proved its worth and showed me that it is truly worthy of the name. Despite all appearances and goofy mecha designs, this is a Gundam series at its core. One of the highlights of this episode was seeing Domon's true emotions and his declaration of love to Rain. This is the payoff for something that's been developing the whole series. I think that Domon and Rain have one of the best love stories in all of Gundam (closely followed by Garrod and Tiffa from Gundam X). They're not Newtypes who magically reach an understanding of each other, they're normal people who have to develop their love over time. Some may find all this love stuff cheesy, but that's their own loss for thinking that. As the first alternate universe, I think this series perfectly fulfilled its task, even though it was a drastic departure from Victory Gundam. I should also note that in this episode there's plenty of cameos with Gundams from other series. Look closely in the space scenes and you will see the following: RX-78, GP01, GP01Fb, GP02A, Zeta Gundam, Gundam F91, V2 Gundam and Wing Gundam. This series may be over, but there's still plenty of other great shows to watch in the Gundam universe.

 

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