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Episode 43: Fuala, the Comet of the Battlefield

 

Review by Chris Guanche

February 11, 2003

 

Summary

 

On the Jeanne D'Arc, Mubarak and Hangelg hold a strategy planning meeting for the next battle. On the front lines, Angel Halo is protected by Tassilo's fleet and the remaining ships from the Motorad fleet. On the rear, it is protected by Mutterma's fleet. Gomez points out that the distinctive bell sounds people are hearing is now coming from Angel Halo and not from the Zanneck as on Earth. Mubarak wonders how the Zanscare could have secretly built something so large, and Uso theorizes that ships from Jupiter could have brought the parts. Hangelg points out that Kagatie is from Jupiter and that the theory could certainly be valid. Uso goes back over to the White Ark and complains about how cold Hangelg was to him. Martina and Elischa say that their father is like that too, and Warren and Odelo tell Uso to stop complaining because Hangelg has to lead the League Militaire. The fake Jinn gives the order to attack so that no one suspects anything of Hangelg. Hangelg thinks to himself that just as he had Muller, Uso has Shahkti. Uso launches in the V2 Gundam with his mega beam rifle and shield and recalls para gliding with Hangelg as a boy. Odelo asks Uso if he can borrow the mega beam shield, but Uso takes off and heads into battle. Tomache tells Odelo they have to help Uso, and Juca scolds them for talking with their wireless radios. They are immediately attacked by some Zoloats but manage to destroy them. On the Amalthea, Fuala promises Tassilo that she will destroy the Gundams so that he can get control of Angel Halo. Fuala orders Kil Tandon to pilot the Zanneck so that she can concentrate on firing the mega beam cannon. Fuala fires the mega beam cannon, and Miliera tries to block with her beam shield but gets her legs blown off. Uso arrives and deploys his mega beam shield in a pyramid style to deflect Fuala's shots. He tries to shoot at her with his mega beam rifle, but Kil is able to dodge his shots. Uso realizes that by using the mega beam rifle he decreases his mobility. As Kil dodges Uso's shots, Uso realizes that Fuala is trying to lead him into a trap.

 

The Zanneck stops moving, and Fuala flies out of the cockpit. Uso wonders what she is doing and says he will fire. Fuala tells him that she wants him to feel what she experienced. She remembers floating in space for two days and pulling out a knife to kill herself before two of Tassilo's men came to rescue her. She didn't understand because Tassilo ordered her exile, but that was just a sham to fool Cronicle, Kagatie and Mutterma. Kagatie found out about the plan and sent Tassilo to the guillotine, but Tassilo managed to escape when Uso was rescued by Odelo and Tomache. Now, Kagatie wants to use Tassilo as a puppet to protect Angel Halo. Fuala quickly flies away as Kil fires the mega beam cannon and catches Uso off guard. Uso tries to block, but his mega beam shield is destroyed. Kil asks Fuala if she is okay and tells her that even one particle from the cannon could have killed her. Fuala tells him he talks too much and shoots him in the head. She tosses his body into space and gets back into the Zanneck. Several Javelins from the Jeanne D'Arc attack Fuala, and she blows them away with her mega beam cannon. Uso sees that his father is watching him, and he returns to the Reineforce Junior to switch out for a new Top Fighter. He asks Gomez to send out several Bottom Fighters, which Gomez does. As Uso flies off, Marbet wonders what he is doing. Shahkti says that Uso is using a tactic employed by Mazis back on Earth. Uso has the Bottom Fighters fire their beam rifles at Fuala as well as crash into the Zanneck. Uso slices the Zanneck's arm and cannon off with his beam sabers and slices the legs off. Fuala escapes with her cockpit pod through a rear hatch, and Uso destroys the Zanneck, believing that Fuala is dead. Meanwhile, the White Ark drifts too far ahead in the battlefield, so Marbet decides they will approach the Angel Halo area. Uso, Tomache and Odelo return to the ship and get a look at the massive Angel Halo. Fuala returns to the Amalthea, and Tassilo tells her that Kagatie and Mutterma are probably trembling now that the League Militaire is closing in on them.

 

Commentary

 

As the series gets closer to its finale, it seems clear that the final battle will be fought over the super weapon Angel Halo. However, the actual function of Angel Halo isn't totally clear yet. Fuala causes more trouble for Uso with her Zanneck, and she almost gets him with her distraction. Uso, like most other pilots, has no trouble attacking mobile suits but is more hesitant when actually being forced to face a real human. However, despite the ruse Uso manages to destroy the Zanneck. Tassilo looks like he's going to be the traitor villain of this series. He'd be the next generation in a line of traitor villains that include the likes of Gihren Zabi, Paptimus Scirocco and Glemy Toto.

 

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