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Episode 4: Wounded Wings

 

Review by Chris Guanche

April 10, 2020

 

Summary

 

Kazami watches a G-Tube video where the Three Gaza Brothers challenge the heroic Diver known as Captain Zeon. The Three Gaza Brothers open fire on Captain Zeon, but he emerges unharmed and summons the v-Zeon Gundam. Captain Zeon attacks each of the three brothers for being nuisances to other players in GBN. After branding them with his symbol, he drops Axis on them as punishment. May asks Kazami why he’s watching a video during their strategy meeting and notes he was the one most invested in their Story mission. In GBN, Freddie introduces Jed to the Build Divers, and Tonoi confirms that they saved the village from the One-eyes. Jed introduces himself as a member of the Resistance’s 08th Team and thanks them for saving his family. His subordinates Calico and Zabun also introduce themselves and wonder if the Build Divers are Creators. Kazami wants to hurry to the next mission, and Jed pulls out a map to explain the counterattack they’re planning against a One-eyes base in the desert. If they can destroy the production facility, it would protect the surrounding village, but the base is protected by a barrier. Kazami notes that there’s no such setting in Gundam and that he could understand if it was an I-field or a beam shield. Between the barrier and all the Death
Army
-inspired units from G Gundam, he wonders what series this Story mission is supposed to be based on. Jed explains that Resistance weapons can’t even damage the barrier, and he notes a delivery entrance for supplies. Hiroto sees that their intention is to get inside the base through that entrance and destroy it from within. Kazami assumes that the Resistance wants the Build Divers to serve as the distraction while they sneak into the base. Calico asks Jed if it’s ok to tell them everything because it’s not confirmed that they’re allies, and Zabun weighs in that Jed has decided to trust them, so everyone else should. Jed officially asks for their help, and May asks about the forces inside the base, but he doesn’t have any intelligence on that. Kazami is shocked to hear that the mission won’t start for three days, but Jed explains that they have to coordinate with the other Resistance teams. Kazami says that they can’t stay logged in for three days, and Hiroto suggests they go home and work on their machines. The Resistance fighters are shocked to hear that the Build Divers are leaving, but Freddie reassures them that he can summon the Build Divers in three days. Over Maiya’s objections, Jed says that he wants Freddie to help with the operation. After overhearing outside, Stola storms into the room and asks why he can’t help. Back in the GBN downtown, Kazami complains that the NPD dialogue is taking too long and is too overdramatic. Parviz notes that working with the Resistance is like The 08th M.S. Team, and Kazami thinks the mission is finally becoming more Gundam-like. May suggests a practice run, and Kazami finds a regular mission with a similar situation that they agree to tackle tomorrow. After logging off, Hiroto has a drink at the G-Cafe and asks Hinata how the job is going. She then serves food to a customer dressed as Kou Uraki and doesn’t understand the reference when he complains about carrots on the plate.

 

The Build Divers begin their mission to attack Kilimanjaro, but Kazami’s Justice Knight rushes in and attacks a Baund-Doc. The Baund-Doc dodges all of Kazami’s attacks and uses one of its claws to grapple onto his head. Hiroto fires the Earthree Gundam’s beam rifle, which has no effect. Parviz unleashes a fire attack, but the Baund-Doc lets go of the Justice Knight, causing it to fall into the line of fire. Hiroto and May dodge attacks from the Baund-Doc, and Parviz decides that he needs to fly too or else drag everyone down. The Valkylander jumps into the air but quickly crashes and is targeted by the Baund-Doc. However, Hiroto protects Parviz and fires his beam rifle, while May's Wodom Pod knocks the Baund-Doc into Kazami and destroys it. After the battle, Kazami tries to laugh off his failures, and May comments that the key to victory is understanding the enemy’s strength. The team gets a large caliber beam cannon as a reward for completing the mission, and Hiroto says they can use that. Kazami thinks that the Earthree Gundam’s beam weapons are enough, but Hiroto notes that it takes a long time to recharge. Kazami and May log off, and Parviz apologizes for disrupting their teamwork, but Hiroto notes that there was never any teamwork to begin with. Parviz insists that he was clumsy and nervously begins to ask something before quickly switching the subject to the Mars Armor and how it impressed him. Parviz then says he’s just a beginner at both GBN and Gunpla building. When Hiroto looks up after three suits fly by, Parviz asks him if he likes the sky and notes that the sky has become more real after the last update, and he thinks it’s more beautiful than the real sky. Hiroto asks Parviz the same question, and Parviz answers that he does. Hiroto doesn’t think that Parviz’s work looks like that of a novice builder and thinks that the Valkylander shows originality. He asks if the shield on the back opens into wings, and Parviz quickly answers that they don’t before abruptly logging off. After logging off, Hiroto uses a 3D printer at The Gundam Base to print out a plastic runner for the beam cannon parts. Hiroto mentions to Hinata that the beam cannon could be used for cover, and Matsumura asks if Hiroto is teaming up with people again in GBN. Hinata thinks it’s great that Hiroto has made friends again in GBN. At home, Hiroto works on assembling the beam cannon and stops when his mother calls him for dinner. Parviz logs back into GBN and looks at the Valkylander, commenting that Hiroto noticed its wings even though it couldn’t fly. He then starts crying and apologizes to Morgiana for not letting it fly. Later, Hiroto, May and Kazami wait in the GBN lobby, but Parviz is late.

 

Commentary

 

A rather lackluster episode that barely advances the story. Having made contact with the Resistance, the Build Divers agree to serve as a distraction during an upcoming attack. This leads to them doing another practice run, which is again hampered by the lack of teamwork. Parviz, as before, is too scared of battle and panics easily. Kazami, always eager to rush into danger, gets into trouble and can’t handle things on his own. He reminds me of every kid I knew growing up who claimed to be a master at Street Fighter II or some other game, when in reality they were just full of hot air. That kind of person is annoying to be around, and certainly not interesting to watch for a TV season. The most interesting part of the episode is the G-Tube video about Captain Zeon, which makes it quite apparent where a lot of Kazami’s GBN persona comes from.

 

Overall Rating

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2.5 out of 5 stars
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