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Episode 13: Little Sister!

 

Review by Chris Guanche

September 4, 2002

 

Summary

 

The Argama docks with La Vie en Rose to begin repairs. Astonaige meets with Emary and thinks that resupplying the ship will be difficult. Bright has lunch with Beecha, Mondo, Iino and Elle because he wants them to keep an eye on Judau. He thinks that Judau will try to find an opportunity to escape the ship so that he can search for Leina. Roux chases Judau and asks where he's going, and he replies that he wants to help repair the ZZ Gundam. Judau goes into the bathroom and is followed by Elle. Elle finds Judau breaking a water pipe and putting on a normal suit. He says that he has to go out and rescue Leina, and Elle tells him not to be so rash. He says that he feels useless and hates himself because he couldn't rescue Leina. Elle says she is envious because as an only child she doesn't have an older brother to watch over her. Bright comes into the bathroom, and Elle and Judau pretend to clean it. However, Bright notices the normal suit that Judau is hiding. In the mobile suit hangar, Mondo and Beecha practice combining the parts of ZZ Gundam to form the G-Fortress mode. Beecha asks when they will steal the ZZ Gundam, and Mondo tells him not to talk so loudly. Judau comes into the hangar to take ZZ Gundam, but he is captured. On the Endra, Glemy has dinner with Leina and shows her how to be a proper lady. Leina goes to the bathroom and tries to escape. Chara decides to launch despite the fact that she doesn't like piloting. Gottn suggests sending Glemy, but Chara says she can't risk him because Haman likes him. Chara then launches in the R-Jarja, followed by Gottn in a Gaza-C. She begins to rock the ship and shoot out wildly into space. Judau is locked up in the cafeteria, and Elle and Iino sneak around outside to rescue him. He climbs up into the ceiling and crawls through the ventilation ducts to escape.

 

Elle burns food in the kitchen to create a distraction and help Judau. They go to the mobile suit hangar and are chased by Roux. Astonaige tries to stop Judau, but Shinta and Qum tie him up with ropes. Roux tries to stop Judau, and Elle gets into the repaired Gundam Mk-II. Elle doesn't know how to pilot the Mk II, and she bumps into the ZZ Gundam, which knocks Roux away. Judau gets inside the ZZ Gundam, and Elle bounces around in the hangar. Iino tells Judau how to open the door, and Judau does so. Bright tries to convince Judau not to go, but Judau and Elle launch anyway. They don't notice that Beecha and Mondo have snuck aboard ZZ Gundam's auxiliary cockpit. As Judau and Elle fly through space they spot Gottn towing a fake meteorite armed with a bomb. Chara tells Gottn to detonate the meteorite, which deploys a spiderweb of bombs. Elle detonates some of them with her beam rifle, and Judau attacks Gottn with his hyper beam saber. Judau tells Gottn he doesn't have time to fight with him because he has to rescue Leina. Gottn realizes the connection and tells Glemy that the pilot of the ZZ Gundam is Leina's brother. Glemy puts Leina into a normal suit and takes her outside. The Endra displays a hologram of Leina, and Gottn tells Judau to surrender if he wants to see her again. Beecha and Mondo detach the auxiliary cockpit, which causes the Core Top to separate from ZZ Gundam. Elle shoots at Gottn and causes his Gaza-C to fall into the web of bombs. Gottn escapes in his cockpit pod just as the Gaza-C explodes. Chara tells Gottn that he is useless and she is demoting him. Beecha and Mondo crash on the surface of the Endra, and the ship departs with Judau unable to pursue. On the Argama, Emary wonders if Judau and his friends are Newtypes.

 

Commentary

 

This was a rather pointless episode. Most of it focuses on Judau trying to escape the Argama so that he can find Leina. Of course, ridiculous comic antics ensue. There's also more of Chara's weirdness, and she just has to be one of the dumbest characters ever in all of Gundam. One thing that definitely surprised me was the return of the Mk II. It was so badly damaged when Emma was killed that I figured it was abandoned. I guess La Vie en Rose picked it up after the last battle of the Gryps War and repaired it. It's embarrassing to see the Mk II piloted so badly by Elle though. Beecha and Mondo cause trouble for Judau yet again, and now it seems they've finally gotten their wish to join the Endra.

 

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2.5 out of 5 stars
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