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Episode 38: Dyeing the North Sea in Flames

 

Review by Chris Guanche

February 8, 2003

 

Summary

 

Duker's Lysithea hides underneath a ruined oil rig while repairs are made. Renda sketches a drawing of a log cabin, and Duker asks to look at it. Renda explains that she wants to build that house on Earth after the war ends. Duker asks if the house has enough room for him to live in, and Renda thinks he's making fun of her. Duker tells her he is serious and that he wants to live with her because he's tired of being alone. He gives her a necklace that his mother gave him when he joined military school. Elsewhere, Uso, Marbet and Odelo patrol the ocean, but Marbet doesn't feel too well. Uso and Odelo tell her they can handle patrol and that she should return to the ship until she recovers. Odelo tells Uso that women don't feel well once every month, and Elischa grabs Odelo. He suddenly suggests to Uso that they should split up and flies off. He lands on a ruined oil tanker and drinks coffee with Elischa. He wants to tell her something privately, but she interrupts him when she spots Renda's Domuttlia and Twinrad nearby. Renda spots them and has her Jabacos attack immediately. Renda wants revenge for Cecily's death, and Odelo gives Elischa a necklace. Odelo fires missiles and his beam rifle, but he ends up hitting the oil tanker and blows it up. In the confusion Odelo escapes and hides inside another ruined tanker nearby. Elischa smells gas in the air and realizes that the smallest spark could set off an explosion. The V2 Gundam joins the fight, and Marbet launches in her Victory Gundam despite her illness. Tomache and Uso attack the Twinrads, and Marbet tells them to get behind the White Ark's beam shield. Martina worries about Elischa and wants to find her, but Warren tells her not to worry. As the battle continues, Uso searches the ocean for signs of any enemies. The Lysithea emerges from the ocean and flies up into the air in front of him.

 

The Lysithea surfaces and fires missiles, but the White Ark blocks with its beam shield. The White Ark fires back its own missiles as well as its mega particle gun. Duker fires out missiles armed with his spider nets, and Warren uses the White Ark's beam shield to cut apart one of them. However, he lowers the beam shield to fire missiles and is caught by the second spider net. The electric spider net damages the White Ark's circuitry and causes the ship to crash on a nearby island. Uso uses his beam shield in reverse to split the ocean and blind Renda. A Jabaco attacks Marbet and repeatedly punches her Victory Gundam. Uso can't hold out for long, and Tomache flies out to back him up. Renda attacks him from behind and knocks him away, which is what he planned for. The water rushes around and creates a wave that pushes the White Ark back. The Lysithea drives over the island and returns to the ocean on the other side. Nearby, Odelo uses his Gun Blastor to push the old oil tanker towards the Lysithea. The Lysithea fires at the oil tanker and blows it up. Odelo returns to the White Ark so that Elischa can get out. She tries to give him back the necklace, but he tells her to hold on to it. She kisses him and tells him that when he returns she'll give him more charms. Odelo returns to the battle, and the White Ark takes off. Uso uses his wings of light to attack Renda and cut an arm and leg off her Domuttlia. She crash lands on the Lysithea and crawls through a ceiling hatch to join Duker on the bridge. Odelo blames himself for everyone getting lured into a trap, and he wants to make Duker pay for violating the cease fire. Uso tells him to stop because the Lysithea is retreating, but Odelo ignores him. Uso blocks Odelo with his beam shield, but Odelo's shots manage to penetrate the shield and destroy the Lysithea's bridge. Odelo, Uso and Marbet see the spirits of Renda and Duker drive away on a motorcycle. The rest of the crew surrenders, and Odelo sees that he was too impulsive.

 

Commentary

 

As I expected, Duker returns for another attack, and it proves to be his last. The reason for his death is that he violated one of Tomino's rules of anime. In any Tomino series, it's almost a certainty that if you declare love for someone either you or the person you love must die immediately. In this case, both Duker and Renda die. The brief scenes with them at the beginning show their human side and illustrate that they aren't villains but rather just normal people. However, Duker isn't quite normal since he had a strange fascination for motorcycles. There's no doubt who was the main force behind the Motorad fleet. Odelo looks to be doing well with Elischa, but Warren still is a fool around Martina.

 

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