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Episode 1: Resurrection of Ideon

 

Review by Brian Shea

January 1, 2007

 

Summary

 

A group of tanks ride through a forest on the planet Solo, led by a cadet in the Earth Military, Bes Jordan. A teenager named Cosmo Yuki drives through the forest on his speeder trying to catch up with Bes. Cosmo finds his friend Deck Afta hiding in his trunk with his pet, the two- tailed squirrel Rapapa. A teenaged girl named Kasha Imhof follows the two of them on a bike and looks in the sky where the giant transport shuttle Southern Cross flies by to the nearby city of New Lopia, carrying a number of new colonists. Bes' tank reaches an archeological site, and he tells those there to stop excavating. Meanwhile in space near the planet Solo, a couple of scout probes return to a large white ship, the Gram Zan. Aboard the ship are humanoid aliens known as the Buff Clan. The two officers in charge of the ship, Damido Pechi and Gije Zaral watch the video returned by the probe and realize they've found an alien civilization. Gije hopes they aren't as advanced as the Buff Clan, since that will interfere with their search for the 'Ide.' Gije's fiance, Karala Ajiba, heads down to the planet Solo with two of her underlings, Mayaya and Shiraku on a Copola craft. Gije tells her to stop but Karala ignores him. Damido sends two more Copolas to chase them. Back on Solo, Kasha catches up with Cosmo and Deck and they soon get out of the forest and reach the excavation site. Meanwhile, Bes confronts Dr. Rouru Yuki and Sheryl Formosa, a linguistic scholar at the excavation site. He has done this because of the presence of weapons, a trio of large armored vehicles known as the Sol-Amber, Sol-Conver and Sol-Vainer. Sheryl says that these are artifacts they have found in the ground and restored. Bes doesn't believe that people from Solo left behind these large tank-like vehicles and starts laughing. Cosmo arrives and yells at Bes, but his father tells him not to get involved in an adult conversation. Meanwhile, Karala's underlings discover the humans present on Solo and land nearby in the woods. Karala and Mayaya head out on small two-legged crafts known as Gadakkas while Shiraku stays behind. Meanwhile, the two Copolas sent to get Karala back approach the excavation site and the pilots start getting nervous at the sight of aliens. One of the Copolas fires, blowing up a tank.

 

Karala can't believe the Copolas attacked without knowing the alien's strength. The Buff Clan soldier who fired said he had to do it because they'll become slaves if Karala isn't returned. Seeing the attack, Shiraku decides to head back out on her Copola. The Solo military starts firing back. Cosmo, Bes and the others start seeking refuge. A crane falls on Rouru, killing him. Bes takes control of one of the tanks. Cosmo, Deck and Kasha head to a nearby building for shelter where they find the Sol-Amber and Sol-Conver. Dr. Formosa, Sheryl's father, comes out to talk to them but is soon killed by debris. Deck tries to run away but Cosmo stops him, saving him from getting shot. Bes shoots at Shiraku's Copola, blowing it up. Meanwhile, the other two Copolas start sending out Gadakkas to attack. Bes pulls out a beam sword and gun, killing one of the Buff Clan soldiers. Karala tells Mayaya to watch Bes carefully. Bes continues to perform impressively and Karala uses a translation device to learn what he's saying. More Solo tanks get destroyed. Sheryl gets in the Sol-Vainer and tries to move it, to no avail. Cosmo and Deck get in the Sol-Conver while Kasha gets in the Sol-Amber and a mysterious sign shows up on both of them. Bes gets on the Sol-Vainer as well and starts moving it. Cosmo and Kasha start moving out the other two. The Copolas start firing at them, but that doesn't stop them. The Buff Clan soldiers as well as Karala are shocked that the artifacts aren't damaged at all. Suddenly, the three of them start transforming into humanoid forms. The Sol-Conver turns into a head, shoulders and arms, the Sol-Vainer turns into a torso, and the Sol-Amber turns into legs. The three artifacts then combine to form one complete robot in the form of a human, the 'Ideon.' Both the Buff Clan soldiers and Sheryl refer to the newly formed mecha as a 'Giant God.' The Copolas move into attack and the Ideon punches one of the Copolas, destroying it with ease. The Ideon stands up and destroys the other Copola as well. Karala watches in terror and refuses to believe this is the 'Giant God of Ide.' Cosmo and the others are shocked at what they've been able to do with this giant robot. Karala realizes this is the "Giant God."

 

Commentary

 

Like most Tomino anime series, Space Runaway Ideon starts off very quickly, getting us into a battle with the very first episode. A year after doing his most well-known show, Mobile Suit Gundam, Tomino returns more to his giant robot roots with the Ideon, which is formed from three transforming tanks. Three mechas combining into one is a huge mecha cliche, so I guess you can't be too surprised to find it here. Anyway, this episode introduces us to the majority of our show's main characters as well as the mighty Ideon, so it sets us up pretty well right off the bat. Well known as a depressing show, Tomino starts with the deaths immediately, killing both Cosmo and Sheryl's fathers. The villains of this series, known as the Buff Clan, look exactly like humans, although they appear to be much more technologically advanced. Also notable is their weird hairstyles. It'll be interesting to see whether the fact that humans and Buff Clan are essentially the same will have any effect as the series goes on.

 

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