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Episode 41: The Battlefield That Father Made

 

Review by Chris Guanche

February 11, 2003

 

Summary

 

The Reineforce Junior and White Ark arrive in space and are immediately attacked by several Jabacos and Fuala's Zanneck. Fuala continually takes shots at both ships and barely misses. A Jabaco attacks Franceska and grabs onto her V-Dash Gundam Hexa with its heat rod, but Uso cuts the rod in half with his wings of light and saves Franceska. Fuala hopes to draw the Gundams in closer because she believes the bells she is wearing can tell her where her enemies are moving. Uso deploys his wings of light and tells Franceska and Miliera to use them as a shield. Fuala fires her mega beam cannon again, and Uso deflects them with the wings of light. Uso then moves in and tries to slice at the Zanneck with the V2 Gundam's wings of light, but Fuala dodges and retreats. Franceska and Miliera compliment him, and he says it's nothing. They say he does things differently since he's a Newtype, and he says he's just excited to work with two beautiful women. After docking at the Reineforce Junior, they bug him about who he thinks is beautiful and tell him not to imitate Junko. Uso sees that Karlmann is making noise and asks if he is hearing the bells, but Shahkti says it is different this time. Jinn asks Shahkti up to the bridge and wants to know if Karlmann can really hear the bells. Gomez says that he heard them in Largane, which helped out there. As the ships approach Hiland, Gomez shouts out some commands and nearly wakes up Karlmann. Uso changes clothes and goes to one of the observation ports to get a look at Hiland. He spots a Federation fleet docked there, led by the flagship Jeanne D'Arc. The Reineforce Junior pulls in and connects a docking tube to the Jeanne D'Arc. Uso goes over to the ship to have a look and is grabbed by someone. He turns around and is shocked to see that it is his father Hangelg Evin. Hangelg says that he's read about Uso's experiences and sees that he's done well. Uso asks him what he is doing on the ship.

 

Uso tells Hangelg that he buried Muller's ashes in Kassarelia, and Hangelg says he is sorry he couldn't do more. Hangelg says that Muller liked Kassarelia a lot and would have no regrets about being there. Hangelg sheds some tears and hugs Uso. He tells Uso that he's become a better man than he ever thought he'd become. Uso asks him where he's been, and Hangelg says he's been trying to get the Federation to help the League Militaire. Shahkti and the others show up, and Hangelg sees that Shahkti has grown quite a bit. A Federation officer addresses Hangelg as Jinn Gehennam and tells him that General Mubarak Stern is waiting for him. Everyone is shocked that Uso's father is the real Jinn, and Hangelg leaves. Elsewhere, Fuala flies by the Rasteo and tells Pippiniden that he will have to handle the League Militaire on his own. Pippiniden tells Repet that he doesn't like Fuala or Tassilo, who is nothing but a puppet for Kagatie now. Pippiniden wants to get his hands on Angel Halo, which Tassilo is guarding, but it means having to get closer to Kagatie. Fuala arrives at Tassilo's Amalthea class ship, and he tells her that it is important for them to protect Angel Halo. On the Jeanne D'Arc, Hangelg and Mubarak give a briefing to Federation officers about Angel Halo. The League Militaire had to make many sacrifices, and all they could learn was that Angel Halo is a psycommu fortress. Uso, Odelo and Tomache are called into the meeting, and Mubarak tells them that from now on they are officially enlisted. The Federation officers can't believe that a kid like Uso is the pilot of the V2 Gundam and think he must be a Newtype. Hangelg gives Uso orders to test his mega beam rifle. On the Adrastea, Repet's Brucknerg squad launches to attack the League Militaire and the Federation. The Federation fleet deploys for battle, and Uso fires his mega beam rifle from the White Ark. Repet tries to attack the Jeanne D'Arc, but Uso keeps her away. She jumps out of her Einerad to attack, but he slices off her hands and chases her away. Hangelg is amazed by Uso's power, and Mubarak thinks Uso is a true Newtype.

 

Commentary

 

Well, there's certainly quite a bit going on in this episode. The powerful Zanneck appears briefly here, and we see that its mysterious pilot is none other than Fuala, who had previously been sentenced to die in space by Tassilo. However, things have changed since then, and now it looks like she's working for him. She also appears to be quite insane. We also get to finally see Uso's father Hangelg, and it just so happens that he's the real Jinn Gehennam. That would certainly explain his absence up until now. The Federation also seems to finally be taking action, and General Mubarak Stern seems like a capable commander. However, for some reason he looks nearly identical to General Revil from the original series. Coincidence or not? Maybe we'll never know.

 

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