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Episode 41: The Decision to Fight

 

Review by Chris Guanche

August 1, 2002

 

Summary

 

The Turn A and Kapool take an industrial elevator that leaves them near Gaingnham. Sochie asks Dianna if she's sure about going to Gaingnham, and Dianna says that she has to meet with Agrippa and Gym. In Gaingnham, the Willghem lands and begins to load supplies. Everyone hides when they hear a loud noise, but it turns out to be Loran and Sochie. Miashei greets Sochie while Loran stops to speak with Michael and Yanny. They tell Loran that they are low on supplies and are trying to get as much as they can. On the bridge, Dianna is surprised to hear Guin say they are going to meet with Agrippa. Apparently, Agrippa was impressed with Lily's diplomatic skills and wants to meet everyone. Lily, however, thinks that Agrippa is cocky and doesn't like him. Loran uses the Turn A to offload a fancy car from the ship and place it on the road. Guin drives off towards the palace with Dianna and Lily as his passengers and Aims and John sitting in the trunk as guards. On the Aspite, Harry knocks out a guard and rescues Kihel because staying there will do her no good. In another part of the ship, Sweatson unleashes his frustration by knocking around Yan. He says that the Turn A is the eternal enemy of the Moonrace and that it makes his DNA angry. Frustrated, he makes his squad launch in their Mahiroos to find the Turn A. As Guin drives towards the palace, a large number of police cars surround them to act as an escort. Dianna notes that they have Agrippa's mark all over them instead of hers. The Mahiroos attack, and Bruno decides to take the ship into the city to use it as a shield. The car finally arrives at Dianna's palace, and she is displeased to see Agrippa's mark on her home as well. The palace staff whisper about Dianna and think that she must be Kihel. Agrippa is shocked to see Dianna, but Guin introduces her as Kihel. Lily floats over the checkerboard floor up to Agrippa's throne, and Guin falls into a hole when he steps on the wrong one.

 

Citizens run away in fear as the Willghem flies over the city and the Mahiroos attack. Sid uses a Borjarnon to fight them off, and they know can't stay over the city for long, so Bruno takes the ship towards the palace. Alarms are raised at the palace, and emergency shutters are lowered around Agrippa's throne room. Guin runs outside and sees the Willghem landing near the palace. Aims and John wonder who is controlling their Borjarnons. Agrippa panics and can't believe that a battle is going on outside his palace. He immediately calls Gym and begs for help. Lily asks Dianna if Agrippa can handle the situation, but Dianna thinks he is too careless. Sid throws a rope down and brings Guin back aboard the ship. Guin asks Michael if he is trying to ruin the negotiations, and Michael explains they were attacked by the Mahiroos. Sweatson attacks Loran, and Loran bashes in the Mahiroo's head. Guin has an idea and thinks it might be useful to negotiate with Agrippa and Gym. The other Mahiroos take Sweatson away and end the battle. Agrippa is nervous about the Turn A, and Guin picks up on that and wonders if the Turn A is mentioned in the Dark History. Harry and Kihel leave the ship in the SUMO and stumble upon Ribs and Bellonas excavating Bandit mobile suits. Gym calls Sweatson and says he will forgive him if this new plan works. A large number of Mahiroos enters Gaingnham and surround the Willghem. Sweatson says they will not attack if the Turn A is handed over to them. If not, he will kill Guin, Lily and Dianna. Guin and Lily accuse Agrippa of being a liar, and Dianna says he is going to repeat the mistakes of the Dark History. Agrippa says that the Turn A and Turn X have a terrible history that brings suffering. Sweatson says he will give some time for everyone to think, and everyone wonders what they will do. Kihel wonders if they should destroy the Bandits, but Harry says their priority is protecting Dianna. Midgard comes to the room where Guin and the others are, and Loran sits in his cockpit thinking.

 

Commentary

 

This tense and action-packed episode leaves us with yet another cliffhanger. There's quite a lot going on here. First, there's the long-awaited introduction of Agrippa. He's not what I expected. Instead of some politician, he's some laughing weirdo with yellow glasses. You have to wonder why a ruthless man like Gym would work with Agrippa instead of just killing him and getting him out of the way. At least, I would. In yet another Universal Century connection, look closely at Dianna's palace. It's actually a Squid class battleship used by the Zanscare Empire in Victory Gundam that's been propped up vertically with buildings constructed around it. Tomino certainly chooses some odd ways to throw in these references. Also, Kihel and Harry encounter the excavation of several Bandit mobile suits. Oddly enough, they have the model numbers of suits used by the Crossbone Vanguard in Gundam F91, but they certainly don't look like Crossbone suits. If you take a look at Sweatson in action here, it looks like the Mahiroo uses a variant of the Mobile Trace System from G Gundam. Now we'll have to see if Loran hands over the Turn A to save Dianna's life.

 

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