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SD Gundam Mk-II

 

Review by Chris Guanche

March 7, 2003

 

Part 1: The Rolling Colony Affair

 

At the Shuraku colony, Bright takes people's tickets as they enter to see the show. Char heads over in his Musai and realizes he forgot his opera viewing glasses. Scirocco shows up and asks Bright to let him in for free, but Bright refuses. Scirocco continues to bother him, so Bright kicks him away and sends him crashing into Char's car. Scirocco asks Char for money, and Char thinks he is rude for damaging his car and asking for money. Scirocco tries to clean Char's windshield, and Char tells him to get away. Char asks him if he has opera glasses, and Scirocco sells him a pair. Scirocco now has money to get in, but several mobile suits fly by and rob him. Inside, Amuro tries to calm down Gundam because it's getting too excited. Leina tries to do the same with Judau, and ZZ Gundam is embarrassed. Lalah begins the show, and various dead Gundam girls begin performing the 'Boppin' song. ZZ Gundam starts to get very excited and wants all the girls to get naked. An embarrassed Gundam gives Lalah a bouquet of flowers, and ZZ Gundam grabs hold of naked Ple. Messala gets angry and knocks ZZ Gundam out of the colony. Gundam gets too excited being near Lalah and starts bouncing around the theatre until it gets knocked out of the colony too. Scirocco gets smacked around as everyone gets sucked into space. The colony begins spinning out of control and heads for Earth with Amuro and Char trapped inside. In space, Messala finds ZZ Gundam and they begin attacking each other with land mines and weights. Messala tickles ZZ Gundam and then shoves an enema up its butt. Scirocco gets stuck on the exterior of the colony and asks for help. Nu Gundam shows up to help, but Scirocco makes the mistake of calling it an old man. Scirocco says he is the old man, but Nu Gundam keeps laughing and taunting him. Nu Gundam stops the colony from moving but gets its hand stuck in the colony wall. Amuro and Char blast their way out with a bazooka as the colony enters Earth's atmosphere. The colony crashes and begins rolling after Char, Amuro and Scirocco as they run around Earth. Woody pauses the action and asks a panel what will happen. The colony bounces into the Statue of Liberty in New York City and flies back into space. Amuro, Char and Scirocco then start bashing each other with bones as apes with the Statue of Liberty behind them.

 

Part 2: Gundam Legend

 

In the peaceful Zeta Kingdom, Great Devil Char kidnaps the Princess, which causes darkness to fall over the kingdom. At the Zeta Palace, King Degwin summons a party of three heroes: Amuro the Swordsman, Kamille the Magician and Judau the Petty Thief. He asks them to rescue the Princess from Great Devil Char and restore light to the Zeta Kingdom. Amuro asks if that is Devil Char who lives on Mt. Zeon, and Degwin says that he powered up by adding 'Great' to his name. The three heroes decide to leave, and Degwin pulls out a guillotine and threatens to execute them if they don't do what he says. He gives them a secret box which contains three Guardian Gods that can only be used when the Zeta Kingdom is in trouble. They set out on the quest and encounter an army of Zakus in the desert. Kamille tells them they are all cannon fodder mecha and that he knows how they can power up. He gives them Commander Type antennas and tells them to drink red wine so that their bodies become red. The Zakus drink the wine and fall down drunk. Mirai comes and gives them a coin they can use to summon a Guardian God. As they continue, they are attacked by Zaku II Commander Type. They summon the Guardian God, which is a capsule containing Gundam. Gundam pulls out a beam saber stop sign to make Zaku stop, but it crashes into Kamille and sends him to the stars. Judau calls Zaku a murderer, and Zaku tries to commit suicide with its heat hawk. A patrol wagon comes to pick up Zaku, and Amuro and Judau are given White Base to summon Kamille and recover their HP on the road. In an icy environment they encounter a skating Dom, but they ignore it to watch Sayla skate. Dom falls into the frozen water while trying to attack, and Amuro grinds it up into shaved ice treats to make money. The next boss is Zeong, which attacks with lightning. Amuro summons Zeta Gundam, but it gets toasted by Zeong. He summons ZZ Gundam, but it can't fully transform. It uses a mirror to deflect Zeong's attacks and defeat it. The last boss is Sazabi, which holds the key to Mt. Zeon. Sazabi hides in a shell, and Zakrello comes and eats it. Kamille uses his magic to make Zakrello spit out the key. They use Zeong's head to fly up to the floating Mt. Zeon and confront Great Devil Char. Amuro sticks the key in Char's mouth to use him as an entrance. They find the Princess wearing an evil Baund-Doc mask and pop their heads out to make it fall apart. They all want her to marry them, but she reveals that she already has a fiance: Cheimin Noa. They don't understand because Cheimin is a girl, and the Princess lifts her skirt and reveals she's a man. Disgusted, they return to Mt. Zeon and force Great Devil Char to work as their slave.

 

Commentary

 

This second SD OVA is even wackier than the first. The first part features some funny antics with Scirocco and picks up on the name mispronunciation joke from Mk. I. The end piece with Amuro, Char and Scirocco as apes parodies both Planet of the Apes and 2001: A Space Odyssey. The second part is equally wacky, since it is a spoof of classic role playing games like Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest. We have our standard 1980s JRPG party of warrior, magician and thief setting out on an epic quest to rescue a princess from an evil villain. Thankfully, no classic RPG ever had male princesses. The parody goes far enough to feature bosses and display the enemy's hit points on screen. This OVA may be crazy, but it's good fun.

 

Overall Rating

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