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Episode 33: Farewell in Side Six

 

Review by Chris Guanche

September 4, 2001

 

Summary

 

At the space fortress Solomon, Dozle wants to prove that Char is incompetent, so he sends out the Conscon Fleet to destroy the White Base. Though he would like to devote more resources to that task, he has to worry about the Tianem Fleet that just left Earth. Elsewhere, Amuro and Sayla patrol space with the G-Armor and she asks him about Fraw. She tells him that he hasn't been too friendly with her and that friends are important during war. He says he doesn't hate Fraw, and they encounter the new mobile armor Braw-Bro hiding behind an asteroid. Its crew prematurely attacks them, so Amuro uses the Gundam to attack the Braw-Bro and destroy parts of it. They then return to the White Base just as it's about to enter the neutral area of Side 6 where fighting is prohibited. Inspector General Cameron Bloom from the Riah Republic supervises the placement of seals on all of the ship's weapons. Bright asks if they can get repairs, and Cameron tells him helping either side would compromise their neutrality. When Cameron comes to the bridge to see the docking procedure, he's shocked to see Mirai. He is her fiancée in an arranged marriage, and he had no idea she was alive. After the ship docks, he tells her he had people searching for her, and she's disappointed he didn't search himself. Sleggar sees them arguing, so he takes Cameron's glasses off and punches him in the face. He reminds him to treat Mirai with respect and leaves. Char meets with Conscon, and he tells Char he should be embarrassed serving Kycilia and allowing the White Base to escape so many times. He vows that he'll show Char how to fight. When Char leaves, Conscon wonders why Char never removes his mask. Amuro goes into the city with Fraw and the kids, and he spots his father Tem across the street in a bookstore.

 

Amuro runs across the street and sees that Tem is getting on the bus. He chases the bus until Tem gets off, and the first thing Tem asks about is the Gundam's performance. He takes Amuro to his office in a junkyard. He gives Amuro a new component to add to the Gundam, but Amuro sees that it's just a piece of junk. He believes that Tem must be suffering brain damage from oxygen deprivation. Amuro mentions seeing Kamaria on Earth, but Tem only cares about his designs and the Gundam part. Amuro leaves in tears and smashes the junk part. He returns to the ship and is scolded by Bright for running off on his own and coming back late. A businessman named Bergamino has offered the use of his space dock for repairs, which is located outside of Side 6. Bright sends out Amuro, Sayla, Sleggar, Kai and Hayato to defend the ship as it leaves Side 6. The ship approaches the dock and is immediately spotted by one of Conscon's Rick Doms. The pilot sends out a signal, and the White Base is attacked by Conscon's forces. Twelve Rick Doms attack, and Amuro begins destroying them. As the battle continues, Cameron heads out in a shuttle to try to end the battle. As Amuro fights, he manages to destroy nine Rick Doms by himself, leaving the the other three to everyone else. Conscon is shocked and thinks that the White Base is some sort of monster. The Zanzibar approaches, and Conscon thinks Char has come to laugh at him. Char tells him to stop the attack and not destroy the Side 6 patrol ship. After the battle, Cameron asks Mirai to quit the Federation Forces and live with him on Side 6 so they can get married. She says she doesn't want to do that and asks what he would give up for her. She also says he doesn't understand what she wants because he ran away from the war. Cameron declares that he loves her, and though she finds that comforting, she leaves. Cameron cries out to her and says he'll change for her if she tells him what's wrong.

 

Commentary

 

Here's an episode that played out quite a bit differently than in movie 3. The appearance of the Braw-Bro at the beginning was cut, and the battle at Bergamino's dock was too (that guy isn't even in the movie). Amuro's famous destruction of nearly a dozen Rick Doms actually occurs after they leave Side 6, not during their stay. Otherwise the rest is the same, including Amuro's sad reunion with his now insane father. Amuro really does come from a dysfunctional family, and it shows. Also, Mirai has an encounter with her fiancée, the clearly confused Cameron Bloom. This guy really doesn't understand what she wants and is quite selfish. You have to love how Sleggar takes off Cameron's glasses before punching him. Guess that old line 'You wouldn't hit a guy with glasses?' doesn't have much meaning in that case.

 

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