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Episode 2: The Legendary Giant

 

Review by Chris Guanche

April 8, 2006

 

Summary

 

In a desert town, a Zeon knight attacks Soothsayer Sarasa and steals her crystal ball. Char comes to her rescue and attacks the knight, but he's tossed through a wall and loses his mask, revealing dog ears. The Zeon knight says they will meet again in the desert and then escapes. In Lacroa, the giant Psyco Golem goes on a rampage and destroys the town. A large pillar is about to fall on a family of GMs, but the giant suddenly saves them. However, Sorcerer Messala casts a spell on the giant and forces him to continue the destruction. Elsewhere, Amuro says goodbye to his friends because he's going on a quest to improve his skills and become stronger. As the party travels through the forest, they encounter the GM family and learn about the giant's attack. By the time they reach Lacroa, the town and castle are in ruins. Revil explains that the sleeping giant has awoken and that he thinks something happened to the Star of Ruphoi. Guntank describes an ancient prophecy stating that an unholy light will awaken the sleeping giant. Long ago, the giant was used during a war and destroyed many towns, but a hero separated the giant's soul from its body to keep it asleep. For generations, the Star of Ruphoi protected the giant's soul. Knight Gundam decides that they should seek out the Star of Ruphoi to stop the giant. Guntank stays behind to help Fraw, and Martial Artist Nemo joins the party in his place. The party visits several quack fortune tellers, but they don't learn anything. They come upon a destroyed desert town, and an ill Sarasa babbles about her crystal ball, Char and a red knight. Char suddenly appears in Hyaku-Shiki armor, but he immediately rides off. Sayla suggests going to the desert, where they encounter a fairy named Kikka. Kikka tells them the giant wants to just sleep peacefully, but she refuses to say where it is. Elf GM mentions that his people have a legend about a Bow and Arrow of Light that can defeat the giant, and he wonders if Kikka knows anything about it. As they travel through the desert, the red Zeon knight blocks their path and summons Zeon monsters. Sayla fights off a knight while the rest of the party fights the monsters, but Messala appears and creates a sandstorm. Elf GM, Nemo and Guncannon are sucked into the sandstorm, but Elf GM fires a line to Knight Gundam's lance. Knight Gundam is then overwhelmed by monsters, so Elf GM cuts the line. Later, the three wake up in an underground chamber, tied to crosses. A masked man tells them they will soon meet the giant and die.

 

Knight Gundam and Sayla continue ahead and stop at an oasis. A Baund Dog attacks the GM family, so Amuro throws his lance at the Baund Dog's tail. The GMs thank Knight Gundam and Sayla and say they were scavenging after the destruction of Lacroa. Kikka appears and says the giant wants to sleep peacefully in the desert. The GM father mentions that the giant saved them, and Kikka says the giant is in a castle under the sandstorm. She asks Knight Gundam to help put the giant to sleep. Knight Gundam asks Kikka about the light arrow, and she says it's a powerful item the giant protects. Knight Gundam, Sayla and Kikka journey through the sandstorm and reach the castle, where they're confronted by Messala, the red knight and the masked man. The masked man shows them an image of the dungeon and tells them their friends will be eaten by the giant. Kikka says that isn't the real giant, and Messala attacks her with magic. Char suddenly appears and attacks the red knight, and Sayla rushes forward and fights a knight. The masked man awakens the mud giant, and Knight Gundam unsuccessfully attacks it. The mud giant grabs the three crosses and tosses them around. Knight Gundam takes Elf GM's pouch and throws it at the giant. The giant is covered in flammable liquid, and Knight Gundam sets it on fire and melts it. After melting, the mud giant leaves behind a magic mirror. The masked man asks for help from his master, Emperor of Darkness Sieg Zeon. Sieg Zeon then summons the real Psyco Golem, which begins to go on a rampage. It eventually breaks outside, but no attacks affect it. Kikka appeals to the Psyco Golem and it stops, but Messala uses magic to force it to fight again. Char kills the red knight and Messala, and Sayla's opponent escapes. Sayla begs Kikka to tell her about the Bow and Arrow of Light, and Kikka says its full power can't be used without the mirror. The Psyco Golem grabs Elf GM and tosses him into the dungeon, where he's able to grab the mirror. Kikka begins to glow, and the bow and arrow appear. Elf GM drops the mirror, but Char uses his sword to reflect the light of the mirror to Sayla. The bow and arrow are too heavy for her, and Kikka says only the legendary hero can use it. Knight Gundam fires the arrow at the Psyco Golem's crest, and it turns to dust. A crystal ball is left behind, which Knight Gundam returns to Sarasa. Guncannon, Nemo and Sayla return to Lacroa, and Elf GM plants a flower where the Psyco Golem fell. He says the Psyco Golem isn't dead, but will sleep for a long time. An image of Sieg Zeon appears and tells Knight Gundam that all who oppose him will die.

 

Commentary

 

This episode continues the cliffhanger that ended the first episode. The legendary Psyco Golem is going on a rampage, and it seems that the evil Sieg Zeon is pulling the strings. This means that the heroes are going on a quest, but the party changes a bit. Amuro goes off on his own at the beginning of the episode, and Nemo replaces Guntank. There's more cameos here by Gundam characters, including Gundam ZZ's Sarasa Moon and Kikka from the original series. And for whatever strange reason, Char has dog ears that make him look like Inuyasha. Knight Gundam saves the day once again as the legendary hero, but his battle isn't over now that Sieg Zeon has revealed himself.

 

Overall Rating

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