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Episode 9: Judau in Space

 

Review by Chris Guanche

September 3, 2002

 

Summary

 

The Endra leaves Shangri-La to pursue the Argama, which is hiding in an asteroid field. Roux flies around in the Neo Core Fighter to find La Vie en Rose, but Bright is unhappy with her lack of success. He scolds Beecha and Mondo for fooling around on the bridge and is then interrupted by Shinta and Qum, who are playing with dummy asteroids. While Bright is distracted in the search for La Vie en Rose, Beecha and Mondo sneak off the bridge. In the mobile suit hangar, Astonaige and Torres show Judau how the dummy asteroids work. They say that when used in space they become fifty times bigger and can be used to hide mobile suits or the ship. Judau thinks that just flooding the area with Minovsky particles is a better way to hide. Leina tells everyone to check their room, and Beecha and Mondo grab Iino and take him to the communications room. They tell him that the Argama has no chance of winning, so it would be better if they sold them out to the Endra and went back to Shangri-La. Iino refuses to betray the Argama, and they begin to have a scuffle. Beecha manages to flip a switch before Fa comes in and tells them to get back to work. On the Endra, Gottn tells Mashymre that a brief light was spotted nearby. Mashymre believes it means there are traitors inside the Argama. He remembers Haman telling him that they can only do their best when they have the support of civilians. Mashymre launches in the new prototype Hamma-Hamma, followed by a squad of Gaza-C suits. As Roux searches the area, she is surrounded by Mashymre and the Gazas. He asks her what ship she is from, and she tries to act stupid and get out of the situation. Mashymre tells rookie pilot Glemy Toto to take her back to the Endra. Glemy objects because he wants to fight, but then he sees how cute Roux is.

 

Roux tries to convince Mashymre to let her go, but he promises to help her. Glemy grab her Neo Core Fighter and heads back to the Endra. Iino comes to the bridge to talk to Bright, but the battle alert is sounded. He then tries to speak to Judau, but Judau is busy getting ready to launch. Judau doesn't like that he's going out alone and changes his mind about fighting. Bright tells him he is a better pilot than Fa and is a Newtype. Judau tries to leave, but Astonaige convinces him to go out. Judau launches in the Zeta Gundam, but he forgets to take the e-pac for his beam rifle. As Judau flies through the asteroid field, he is overwhelmed by all the information that the sensors are picking up. He spots Mashymre and is immediately attacked. He fires a few shots with his beam rifle, but it runs out of energy and he realizes he forgot the e-pac. He throws the beam rifle at Mashymre and flies away. On the Endra, Glemy inspects the Neo Core Fighter and wonders if it is an AEUG design. Roux begins to cry about her parents getting involved in the war and says she wants to go home. Judau continues to dodge Mashymre, and he begins unleashing dummy asteroids everywhere. Mashymre easily destroys them, but the three Gaza-Cs can't tell them apart from real asteroids and all crash into real ones. Mashymre tells Judau he fights dirty by using fake asteroids, and Judau says Mashymre is no better. They begin dueling with beam sabers and stop when they see Glemy and Roux. Roux breaks away from Glemy and shoots his thrusters to disable him. She apologizes and tells him he is a nice guy and explains she is with AEUG. Mashymre chases her, and Judau cuts off one of the Hamma-Hamma's arms, forcing him to escape. Before leaving, he says that he has friends on the Argama. Judau yells at Roux for not destroying Glemy. Bright asks about what Mashymre said, but Roux thinks it's just a lie. The La Vie en Rose is located and it approaches the Argama.

 

Commentary

 

So the series moves into space, but things aren't much better. Mashymre pilots yet another new mobile suit and attacks, and bumbling Judau manages to save the Argama again. We're introduced to a new character here, the rookie pilot Glemy Toto. He quite clearly shows how much of a rookie he is, and it also seems he falls for Roux's charms. Also, what's up with Beecha and Mondo? They go out into space for just a few minutes, and already they want to betray the Argama and go back to Shangri-La. They've already managed to get Mashymre's attention with that little light, so what will they do next? On another note, attentive viewers will note that when Beecha is listening to music on the bridge, he's listening to "Anime Janai," which is the opening song for the series.

 

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2.5 out of 5 stars
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