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Episode 28: Leina's Blood, Part 2

 

Review by Chris Guanche

November 6, 2002

 

Summary

 

Haman boards the Sadalahn and has its main cannons fired at Hayato Kobayashi's Audhumla. Hayato has the Audhumla fly as close as possible to the sea to avoid Haman's attacks. August Guidan's Dreissen squad launches from the ship and joins the battle. In Dakar, Beecha's Hyaku-Shiki and Elle's Mk II are pinned down by the enemy. Iino tells them over the radio to go out to sea because Judau crashed, so they borrow two Dodai Kais from some GM IIIs and fly away. Ple senses where Judau is and guides Mondo to a small island where the Neo Core Fighter crashed. They find Judau and Leina unconscious, and Ple tells Mondo to get medicine. Leina wakes up, and Ple tells her to leave Judau to rest. She tells Leina that Judau has worked to hard to rescue her and will end up being killed if he has to keep protecting her. Leina reluctantly agrees and follows Ple deeper into the island. Roux and Iino land on the island and join Mondo as he sprays Judau with medicine to wake him up. Judau sees that Leina is gone, and Mondo tells him that Ple took her. Beecha and Elle approach the island, but they are spotted by Glemy's Bawoo and Amatha Pola's Dwadge. Ple and Leina stop near a small cabin, and Leina grabs a big stick. She says that she has to protect Judau, and Ple grabs a pipe. She says she has no family and wants Judau, and they begin to fight. Judau finds Ple holding Leina in a stranglehold and tells her to stop. He says they are all family and that it's Glemy's fault for teaching Ple how to fight. Ple lets Leina go and begins to cry. Judau senses that everyone else is having a hard time in the battle, and Ple agrees to take care of Leina while he fights. Judau runs back to the Neo Core Fighter and smacks the control panel to make it start up.

 

Iino is chased by Glemy, and Judau attacks Glemy. Judau says he wants to form the ZZ Gundam and tells Iino that the dumped the Core Base in flight. Elle spots the Core Base stuck in the sand and has Mondo attach cables from the Mega Rider to it to tow it out of the sand. The Argama appears on the horizon, and Bright wants to fire the hyper mega particle gun at Haman. Haman has the Sadalahn take off and fly through Dakar to use the city as a shield. Ple takes Leina inside the cabin and sees that she has a high fever, so she runs off to get some water. Haman continues to fire at the Argama as the Sadalahn escapes to the other side of the sea. Bright has the hyper mega particle gun fired over Dakar, and it hits the Sadalahn. August and his Dreissens join Glemy in trying to stop Judau from forming ZZ Gundam. Beecha and Elle get the Core Base in the air, and Judau manages to dock with it. August attacks him and tries to stop him from docking with Iino. Judau manages to dock and form ZZ Gundam, and August leaves the battle to return to the Sadalahn. Judau tells Glemy that he's too dangerous and slices apart his Base Jabber. Glemy hitches a ride on Amatha's Base Jabber, and she attacks Judau. She grabs onto the ZZ Gundam's leg and tries to get it to crash onto the island. Roux grabs onto Glemy, and the tells her he's willing to die at her hands. Roux is distracted, and Glemy knocks her off the Base Jabber. Amatha attacks Roux with a beam saber, and Roux fires at Amatha, sending her Dwadge out of control. Ple runs back to the cabin, and the Dwadge crashes into the cabin and explodes. Judau runs to the cabin, and Ple says she was getting water. Glemy lands nearby and is told Leina is dead before running off. Judau doesn't want to accept the truth, and Roux tells him that his dying will do nothing. Ple tells Judau she can be Leina for him, and he smacks her.

 

Commentary

 

The second half of this two-parter proved to be action-packed and filled with some good drama. It's good to see Hayato make a brief cameo, as well as the return of the Argama. We're introduced to two new characters, August Gidan and Amatha Pola. As the events of the episode show, Amatha didn't last too long. There's a confrontation between Leina and Ple, and we see how jealous Ple is of Leina for being Judau's sister. We also get some introspection from Glemy as he wonders how it is he could have Leina die and be betrayed by Ple. Up until now, Judau's been part of the war for profit first and then his desire to rescue Leina. With her gone, his reason now can be out of hatred and revenge. Having a mobile suit fall on you and explode is an original way to die in a Gundam series, but it's a shame Tomino doesn't quite leave it at that.

 

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