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SD Gundam's Counterattack

 

Review by Chris Guanche

1st Half Review: June 20, 2003
2nd Half Review: August 10, 2010

 

Part 1: The Storm-Calling School Festival

 

At the Nu School for Boys, student president Char talks over a videophone with Haman, the student president for the adjacent Zeta Academy for Girls. He tells her that he wants to connect both schools with a rainbow bridge for their upcoming festival. He nearly sees her naked as she takes a shower, but two Gundam Mk-II's cover her up with digital censor blocks. As preparations are made, the Alex Band practices with two Ples and Quess Paraya singing. Nearby, punk Haro watches Jerid and Scirocco play golf and The-O play tennis. Char asks Principal Degwin about the preparations, but all Degwin cares about is watching girls and find out if there will be a Boy's and Girl's Social Club at the festival. At the Zeta Academy, Christina Mackenzie and Bernie Wiseman announce that only beautiful people can attend the social club. Haro returns to the Counterattack School and reports on the festival. Amuro and Kamille decide to crash the party and reveal the delinquent hiding in the elite school. As Char and Haman are about to enter the festival, the ghost of Lalah floats by with a beam saber in her head and frightens them. Amuro, Kamille and Judau set off from the Counterattack School with their gang and head to the elite Zeta and Nu schools. Christina accidentally hits Bernie with a bat while trying to get everyone to dance, and he spots the Counterattack gang. The Counterattack gang attacks and pelts the buildings with paint balls. Char confronts the Counterattack gang and tells them to leave, and Amuro begins to pee on him and chase him around. Judau crashes the stage and begins to sing terribly. Kamille breaks into the social club and interrupts the festival. Degwin tries to speak to Mineva, but Kamille pushes him aside and introduces himself. Lalah appears again, and Amuro shows Haman a picture of Char as a delinquent. Woody tries to speak to Matilda, but Kamille knocks him aside and makes a cat face. Christina then smacks him with a bat, and Bernie announces that Psycho Gundam Mk-II and Zakrello may be the first couple. Lalah returns and shows Haman pictures of Char hanging out with her and kissing her. She then messes up his hair and puts sunglasses on him, revealing he was a delinquent. Kamille spins around and shoots out stars, destroying the social club. Char tries to hold up the bridge of love, but Amuro attacks the bridge and the Mk-II's holding Char up. Lalah shows Haman pictures of herself as a delinquent, so she tickles Char, which causes fall and the bridge to collapse. Afterwards, Char returns to his delinquent ways and joins the Counterattack gang in trashing a rich neighborhood.

 

Part 2: The Tale of the SD Warring States: The Chapter of the Violent Final Sky Castle

 

In the era of the warring states, the Gundam Army battles against the Army of Darkness. The two sides prepare to face off on the Field of Mominoki, where the mysterious fortress A Baoa Qu appears every 333 years. At the Gundam Castle, Musha Gundam reports to Shogundam that a photo taken shows the shadows of A Baoa Qu. Zeta uses a computer and calculates that A Baoa Qu will appear in 33 minutes. At the headquarters of the Army of Darkness, Zakuto yells at his minions for showing him photos that have nothing to do with A Baoa Qu. Qubeley calls from within the Gundam Castle and says she'll fax the information to Zakuto, but she's caught and gets sent through the fax machine with multiple swords stabbed through her. Zakuto senses intruders and tries to stab through the floor, but only stabs himself. Zakuto then addresses his army and says they will be victorious. The-O puts a mask on the captured Psyco, which forces him under their control. Musha and his comrades set out for the Field of Mominoki at the same time as the Army of Darkness. Zeta says they have three minutes until the fortress appears, and the Army of Darkness vows to settle things before that. The Gundam Band of Five introduces themselves, and The-O orders his forces to attack. Several Jagd Dogas attempt to steal the Guardian Carp, so Nu chases after them. The entranced Psyco appears and begins attacking Zeta. ZZ Gundam gets knocked aside by Psyco, and The-O declares that Psyco isn't their ally anymore. With the Band of Five under attack, Hyakushiki and Hyakkimaru chase after the Guardian Carp. Hyakkimaru flies on a kite and grabs hold of the Guardian Carp just as A Baoa Qu begins to appear in the sky. A piece of debris hits Psycho's mask, causing it to break and allowing him to regain his senses. Hyakushiki manages to place the Guardian Carp on A Baoa Qu, allowing the Gundam Army to begin to claim the fortress. The Gundam Army then fights with the Army of Darkness for control of the other Carps, over and over. The-O places another mask on Psyco, causing him to switch sides again. As Zakuto cuts a watermelon in celebration, A Baoa Qu explodes in light and vanishes. The mysterious castle is gone again, meaning that victory won't be decided for another 333 years.

 

Commentary

 

This is perhaps one of the weirdest examples of SD Gundam so far. For this outing, the first segment centers on the school festival, which is shown in many different anime series. This time, we see strange things like a punk Haro with a mohawk, a bucktoothed Zakrello and a Psycho Gundam in a dress. Also, this episode introduces new characters such as Christina and Bernie from Gundam 0080 and Quess from Char's Counterattack, thus covering all the classic Gundam series and movies from the 70s and 80s. The second segment takes us to the samurai Sengoku era, with a story of two armies fighting for control of A Baoa Qu. Naturally, as is always the case with this era, the villains are the Zeonic type monoeye suits, and they're usually incompetent. While this episode is not as laugh out loud funny as previous installments, it's still enjoyable.

 

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