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Episode 3: Zero, the Flying Knight

 

Review by Chris Guanche

September 4, 2003

 

Summary

 

A knightly Gundam named Zero searches a forest turned to concrete by the Dark Axis. Nearby, a team of GM Snipers take samples back to headquarters so that their labs can find a way to reverse the process. Elsewhere, Captain comes to Shute's workshop to visit him. Shute shows Captain his new invention: a multi-purpose kite to fly overhead and cheer him on. Captain asks him how he will get it out, and Shute realizes it's too big. Captain then lifts the house and tosses it outside. In the Dark Axis dimension, the commander is angry about Zapper's second failure. He says that Gundams appear in every world they invade and get in the way. He decides that the assignment is too much for Zapper alone, so he places him under the command of Grappler Gouf. Shute and Captain prepare to test the kite when a young girl named Sayla runs by after her umbrella. Shute catches the umbrella and introduces Sayla to Captain. He tells Captain that Sayla goes to school with him and is his next door neighbor. Sayla explains that she has to finish her cake, and Shute decides to test the kite later after the cake. In the Dark Axis dimension, Grappler and Zapper board the Komusai and fly through the Zakrello Gate. Shute flies in the sky with the kite while Captain holds the other end. Sayla offers Captain some cake, and Shute becomes jealous. From the sky, Shute sees the Komusai come out of the Zakrello Gate. He also sees the re-equip ring floating nearby, and Captain gives the kit over to Sayla so he can take off. The Zakos begin unleashing BaguBagus to turn the forest into concrete. Captain flies through the re-equip ring, and his parts are swapped out for combat mode. Grappler orders the Zakos to go up to a robot swan boat and ask it where Captain is. Captain arrives and declares he has permission to use weapons. Grappler Gouf attacks him and knocks way his shield and beam rifle. Shute flies off to help, and Sayla is pulled up into the air with him.

 

Captain pulls out his beam saber and fights in close combat with Grappler. He then fires his vulcans and places Grappler on the defsensive. Zapper jumps in and starts firing, but Captain deflects all the shots. From above, Shute flies by and drops sticky glue, which causes all the Zakos to get stuck to the ground. Zapper gets stuck as well, and Captain moves in to attack. As he is about to slash Zapper, he stops suddenly because he's stuck to the ground as well. Grappler then jumps onto the robot swan boat and places a control horn on it. Shute tries to knock it off with a hammer, but Grappler knocks him away. Sayla lets go of the rope and begins to fall, but Shute swoops in and catches her. They crash into the ground, and Shute wakes up in the air in the arms of Zero. Zero lands and thinks that Sayla is a princess. Shute asks him who he is, and Zero says there's no time for that now. He pulls out his sword and uses a special attack that turns concrete back into grass. Shute asks how he did that, and Zero tells him not to put courage and recklessness hand-in-hand. Grappler goes on a rampage with the swan as Captain and Zapper fight. Zero arrives and tells Captain that his techniques are crude. Grappler recognizes him as Zero the Flying Knight from Lacroa. Grappler attacks, and Zero uses his sword to slice his arm off. Grappler fires a missile from his arm at Captain, and he tries to use his vulcans to try to deflect it. At the same time, the swan tries to step on him. Shute tells him to escape, and the soul drive activates. Captain sticks his beam saber in the ground to escape and then slices the control horn apart. Zero uses his special attack, the Super Magical Violet Tornado, which sends all the enemies flying into the air. Grappler's missile explodes next to him and Zapper, and they are sucked through the Zakrello Gate. Zero tells Sayla that she resembles his princess, and he'd like to see her again. Sayla gives him the cake, and the takes it and leaves. Shute sees no cake is left for him.

 

Commentary

 

This time we're introduced to three new characters: Shute's friend Sayla, the evil Grappler Gouf and the knight Zero. Grappler looks like a modified Gouf Custom, and he's just as ineffective a villain as Zapper is. As for Zero, despite his name, his design is based on Wing Gundam and not Wing Gundam Zero. He styles himself as a knight and speaks in an arrogant knightly tone. He also uses weird magical attacks that take a long time to finish, much like the flashiness seen in modern RPG games. However, he has the ability to turn concrete back into its original form, which is something the SDG forces can't do. Also, is Lacroa part of the same world as Neotopia, or is it another dimension? Finally, Captain again uses that stupid line of his about weapons. I think that if I could have a dollar for every time he says that, by the time this series ends I'll have a lot of money.

 

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