Dunbine Ep. 17: The People of Upper Earth


Garalia’s attacks on the Dunbine continue to cause great damage to the city below. Shou thinks back to when Shot said something about explosions being weakened on Byston Well, explaining why they are causing so much damage on Upper Earth. The fleet of helicopters surround the two Aura Battlers demanding they surrender. Garalia refuses to do that but is so worn out that she is unable to destroy any of the helicopters and retreats instead. Chum becomes extremely exhausted, worrying Shou, who immediately surrenders. The Dunbine is transported to a military base and Shou gets out, encountering many soldiers and newscasters. The military commander is surprised to find out Shou is Japanese. He tells Shou 300,000 people have died because of their battle and that Shou’s story is nothing but a fairy tale. The military commander thinks Shou is an alien and won’t believe him. Shou’s parents and friends watch the interrogation from the other room. The soldiers take Chum from Shou in order to conduct a medical investigation of her. The commander points a gun at Shou but Shou convinces them that they’ll need him to defeat Garalia. Shou’s father concedes to the soldiers that Shou is indeed their son but the soldiers won’t believe them either. Shou’s mother on the other hand still refuses to believe its really him. Meanwhile Garalia’s Bastole hides in the woods. A doctor performs x-rays on Chum, but tells the military he still needs more time to study her. Shou is kept locked up in a room. Garalia walks around in the woods and attacks a couple having a picnic. They run off and she takes their food.

The people Garalia chased away inform the authorities of their encounter in the woods. Alone on Upper Earth, Garalia understands the feeling of those who were brought to Byston Well. She is surrounded by the police and an angry mob, but manages to make it to the Bastole and flies off. Chum awakens and tells everyone that they should let her out. The Military Commander is informed of what is going on with Garalia, and more fighter planes and helicopters are sent out to capture her. Once everyone leaves Chum escapes and looks for Shou. Shou demands to be let out and Chum overhears him. She grabs a hand grenade from the next room and drags it over to the locked door. The grenade blows up the door and they escape. Chum distracts the soldiers guarding the Dunbine enabling them to get into the Dunbine and take off. Shou wants to defeat Garalia, but Chum thinks they’ll need her to return to Upper Earth. Even though he’s from Upper Earth Shou decides he’ll try to ally with her so at least Chum can get back to Upper Earth. Garalia attacks the arriving planes, having more success now that she’s rested. Shou arrives and tells Garalia to stop resisting those from Upper Earth, but she still won’t listen to him. Shou, noticing the absurd destructive power she possesses worries what would happen if Drake found out how strong Aura Battlers are on Upper Earth. The approaching planes are able to deal some damage to Garalia and she flees. A helicopter approaches the Dunbine with Shou’s parents taken hostage in it.


The problems continue for Shou and Chum as the Japanese military takes them captive and refuse to believe them. Much like in Ideon, where the Earth military went as far as to team up with the bad guys on multiple occasions, the military is portrayed in an evil and ignorant light. Meanwhile Shou’s father seems to have come to terms with the fact that this is indeed his son, but his mother still refuses to believe it is Shou. Other interesting aspect of this episode include just how perplexed everyone is with Chum and Garalia’s experiences in the woods. Garalia is taking her aggressive attitude to the extreme, and she doesn’t seem to care at this point whether she returns to Upper Earth and doesn’t want to do anything but fight. That attitude will probably cost her in the long run if she continues with it…

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Dunbine Info

Yoshiyuki Tomino

Minoru Yokitani
Yoshiji Watanabe

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kazutaka Miyatake
Yutaka Izubuchi
Tomonori Kogawa
Hidetoshi Ohmori

Character Designer:
Tomonori Kogawa

Musical Composer:
Katsuhiro Tsubonou

49 episodes

Japan 02.05.1983 – 01.21.1984


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