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Episode 6: The Blazing Samurai Comes to Neotopia

 

Review by Chris Guanche

September 12, 2003

 

Summary

 

At the New Peace Park, Bakunetsumaru holds a GM cop at sword point and demands to know where the Dark Axis forces are hiding. Zero appears and tells Bakunetsumaru that as a guest he needs to be courteous. Bakunetsumaru says he has to return to his dimension at once, and Zero tells him that's easier said than done. A giant mecha that looks like a woman appears, and Bakunetsumaru jumps onto Entengo to chase it. Zero uses a barrier to knock him down, and Zero makes flowers appear at the tips of Bakunetsumaru's swords. A woman descends from the mecha, and Shute explains that she's Mayor Margaret Gathermoon, who was the model for the mecha. Margaret draws a sketch of everyone and says hello to Shute. She tells them to keep a low profile and explains to everyone else that the Gundams are shooting a movie. Shute tells Bakunetsumaru that there's plenty he can do on Neotopia, and Bakunetsumaru says he fights only for Ark. In the mecha's ferris wheel, Zapper jumps out of one of the cars and places a control horn on the mecha. Bakunetsumaru thinks Zapper might have a way to send him home, so he jumps onto Entengo and rushes forward. Captain flies into the air and uses his re-equip ring to swap out his parts for combat. Bakunetsumaru jumps onto one of the cars to get up to where Zapper is. Captain, Shute and Zero arrive, and Zapper has the mecha fire a mouth cannon at them. Zapper then runs away from the statue when Bakunetsumaru appears. Shute tells him to destroy the control horn next to him, but he ignores Shute and goes after Zapper instead.

 

Bakunetsumaru continues to fight Zapper, and Zapper summons the Komusai to attack him. Captain fires his beam rifle at the Komusai to knock it away, and the mecha grabs him. The mayor tells Shute that a platform on the mecha has controls to turn off the loud speaker, which is now acting as a cannon. Shute runs over to the mecha and jumps onto one of the cars to ride up to the platform while Zero protects the mayor. Shute gets to the platform, but he doesn't know which button to press. The mecha then starts swinging its arm to try to knock Shute off. Bakunetsumaru uses his swords to destroy Zapper's shoulder Gatling and his rifles. The Komusai fires at Bakunetsumaru, and Zapper jumps on the Komusai to escape. Bakunetsumaru moves in with an attack that knocks them all into the air. Zapper has the Zakrello Gate open to escape, and Bakunetsumaru wonders what it is. Shute tells him to use the gate to escape because it goes back to his dimension. The mecha knocks Shute off, and Zero is too far away to rescue him. Shute continues to fall, but Bakunetsumaru rescues him. He then destroys the control horn and jumps on Entengo to go into the Zakrello Gate after the Komusai. Zero creates a magic disc to provide a boost for Bakunetsumaru. Bakunetsumaru then speeds toward the Zakrello Gate, but it closes just as he is about to enter it. Bakunetsumaru decides that he must stay in Neotopia. At Shute's home, everyone prepares for a barbeque. Shute is worried when the Gundams show up on TV, but the mayor appears and says they were filming a movie. Bakunetsumaru appears, and Shute introduces him as a friend of Captain. On the Zako Zako Hour TV show, Zakos wonder why they keep losing to the Gundams. They eventually realize it's because they have Shute helping them.

 

Commentary

 

This episode shows what seems to be a repeating pattern. That pattern is: new loner Gundam appears and doesn't want to work in a team. New Gundam then realizes how heroic everyone else is and decides to join the team. It happened first with Zero, and now the same with Bakunetsumaru. Zapper uses the same old tactic of putting a control horn on a big mecha to destroy stuff, which is getting a bit old. In this episode, we're also introduced to Shute's father, who looks like some kind of hipster dufus musician. Don't his parents wonder why he hangs out with all these weird Gundams? Also, what's with the Zako Zako Hour? It seems like some kind of weird sideshow, but I find it more amusing than the main series itself.

 

Overall Rating

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2.5 out of 5 stars
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