Dunbine Ep. 38: Time Bomb


The Graon and Zelana head through a forested wilderness. Marvel, meditating on the deck of the Zelana thinks about what happened to Jerryl and thinks the giant image of the Leprechaun was a variation of her Aura Barrier. Elle hopes to reach the Guran Galan so this latest development can be discussed. A couple from Upper Earth, Frederick and Lana install a radar system on the Gea Gring and they are able to spot the Guran Galan. Zet volunteers to head out and his fleet of Aura Battlers soon departs. Aboard the Guran Galan Ceila asks her advisor how long it will take for their fleet to head out. A helicopter lands on the Guran Galan led by a man hoping to form a friendship with them. He brings with him a fine looking dresser. Shou, Marvel and Keen head out on their Aura Battlers and the Grimley launches some Botunes. Zet’s fleet of Vierres Aura Battlers arrive and attack. Marvel is confronted by multiple opponents and the Dunbine is heavily damaged. Marvel apologizes for her poor performance in the battle and destroys one of the enemies but her odd behavior continues as she flies off alone and is damaged by Zet’s Vierres. Shou intervenes and saves her again but the Dunbine is forced to the ground. Marvel can’t stop thinking about what happened with Jerryl. Aboard the Guran Galan, Ceila doesn’t want to get involved with those from Upper Earth since she doesn’t want them to be a target of Drake’s. The military commander, Nijinski, says they are dedicated to fighting Drake. Ceila wants them to call off their military forces. Nijinski eventually agrees, assuming the Guran Galan leaves as well. As a token of friendship, he tells her he’ll leave the dresser here. Shou and Marvel continue to get attacked by Zet’s forces.

Shou says they can’t win unless they fight together. The two of them escape from Zet and fly off with him in pursuit. On the ground near the Guran Galan, a soldier reveals that Nijinski snuck a nuclear bomb aboard the Guran Galan. The helicopter on the Guran Galan spots approaching forces and they leave the battleship. Shou and Marvel head off together, wondering how the Zelana‘s doing. They are attacked by the Bubuly, a Aura Bomb similar to the Galava. Zet, piloting the craft, manages to entrap the Dunbine in its hand but Marvel, thinking of Jerryl breaks free. Nijinski, aboard the helicopter thinks of the technology they will get when the Guran Galan is destroyed. He is confident the Aura Barrier will prevent huge damage being dealt to the local area. Ceila is told of Shou and Marvel’s nearby battle on the bridge of the Guran Galan. Zet retreats and they head to the Guran Galan. Shou and the others are greeted by Ceila, El Fino and Bel Al aboard the Guran Galan. Ceila tells him they are about to leave due to their agreement. Anther group of Vierres approach and Shou heads to the Billbine. Meanwhile Chum, El Fino and Bel Al hear a clock like sound from inside the dresser. Marvel investigates the dresser, trying to find out where the clock is. She pulls apart the bottom of the dresser and finds the bomb inside, with not even 30 seconds left on the timer. Marvel tells Shou of what’s happening. Marvel grabs the dresser in the Dunbine’s arms and heads out. She throws away the dresser, which explodes seconds later, blowing up the helicopter Nijinski’s on. The Dunbine is engulfed in the explosion and Shou wonders if Marvel is alright. Marvel appears to be okay and is happy the barrier protected her.


Shou and Marvel meet up with Ceila on the Guran Galan, but outside of that there isn’t anything that notable about the plot in this episode. The Upper Earth military tries once again to attack our heroes and fails. Yawn. We’ve already seen this stuff, it’s starting to get boring at this point. The Black Knight still hasn’t been able to go out on the Galava yet, but that doesn’t stop Zet from heading out on a similar model, the Bubuly. Marvel seems really worked up over what happened to Jerryl. Hopefully that won’t effect her fighting from now to the end of the show.

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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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