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Episode 7: Prepare to Fight! Desperate Fugitive

 

Review by Chris Guanche

June 25, 2001

 

Summary

 

As children, Chico and Gina Rodriguez lived on the Neo Mexico space colony and dreamed of going down to Earth to see the real Neo Mexico and the ocean. In the present, Domon walks through the streets of Neo Mexico asking people about Kyoji. He doesn't realize that he is being followed by Bunny, Chibodee's assistant. He speaks to an old man and asks if he knows Kyoji. The old man tells him it is pointless to stay any longer. Domon is approached by a large man, who reveals himself to be Chico. He shoots Domon with a poisoned dart, and Domon passes out. Off the coast of Neo Mexico, Chibodee relaxes with his girls while officials of the Neo Mexican government ask him to fight Chico. They say that Chico's abandonment of the Gundam Fight is treason, but they want to give him another chance since he fights so well. Bunny calls and says she lost track of Domon, the opponent that Chibodee is really interested in. Chico takes Domon to a high cliff to kill him, but Domon wakes up and challenges him to a fight. He passes out, and Gina begs Chico not to kill him. Domon dreams about his hallucinations in space and wakes up inside Chico's house, where Gina has been taking care of him. He calls Rain and she asks him to leave, but he refuses. Chico shows up and another fight begins, but Gina passes out. Domon and Chico drive her into town and find tight security. The old man allows them to use his house, and Rain helps Gina. Domon spots the Gundam Maxter, and Chico vanishes. As Chibodee goes through the streets in a parade to challenge Chico to a fight, Chico approaches in the crowd with his poisoned darts.

 

Chico tries to shoot Chibodee, but Domon stops him. Chico pulls out a knife and starts fighting with Domon. When the crowd notices the fight, the Mexicans order their rooftop snipers to shoot Chico. Chibodee sees what is going on and is angry that he was used to draw out Chico. Domon and Chico run back to the old man's house and find that Gina is gone. The reason Chico is running is because Gina contracted a virus in the colony and has only a year to live. They drive out to the ocean, where Gina has collapsed on the side of the road. The police show up to arrest Chico for treason and demand that he hand over the Tequila Gundam. Domon tells Chico not to run from the difficulties of life, so Chico jumps into the water to get the Tequila Gundam. Domon flies over to the Shining Gundam with the Core Lander. They are attacked by Pescatore mobile suits, but Chibodee destroys them in the Gundam Maxter. He challenges Domon to a fight, but Domon says he is already fighting Chico. Using his beam saber, Domon severs both of the Tequila Gundam's arms at the elbows. Chico asks him to care for Gina, and Domon says he should do it himself. Domon uses the Shining Finger and destroys the Tequila Gundam. Chibodee says he could have won without doing that, and Domon tells him Chico is alive. By dying accidentally, the government won't pursue him. Afterwards, Chico and Gina set sail on the ocean, where Chico found a new life. Gina asks if she will receive a new life from the sea when she dies, and Chico says she definitely will.

 

Commentary

 

After having such a different type of episode last time, I was expecting something more like it. However, I was surprised by this episode. Though it is just a standalone Gundam Fight episode, it's more than that. Chico is a different kind of Gundam Fighter. He's not a criminal, a show off, or a pretty boy, but just a man who wants to spend time with his dying sister. However, killing Domon is not the way to do it. He was quite wrong in that respect when he was running from life instead of living it. Though Chibodee returns in this episode, he doesn't get to fight anyone, aside from destroying a few mobile suits. As the search for Kyoji continues, there's bound to be more fights.

 

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