Ideon Ep. 15: Recapture the Ideon


Crew members work on the Solo Ship‘s guns while others load food from Braziller onto the ship. Karala assists Lotta and the children with bringing chickens and other animals aboard. Cosmo requests Karala come see him in the forest behind the bridge. The Solo Ship departs Braziller with the small light cruiser Karioka. The ship heads into Null Space. Meanwhile on the Dorowa Zan Doku tells Harulu that his strategy for the next battle will be to take hostages. After heading through Null Space for two minutes, the Solo Ship uses its DS Drive Brake and exits Null Space. Sheryl tells Bes that while on Braziller she learned about a computer called Gloria on Earth that she wants to use to assist in her research. Hatari tells Bes that a colony named Dabora Star has contacted them, saying they’ll accept them. In the forest behind the bridge Cosmo requests Karala give him information about the Buff Clan homeworld’s military strength. Karala thinks its pointless and that they can’t rely on just the Solo Ship and Ideon. Bes calls everyone to the bridge and says that he doesn’t want to lure the Buff Clan to Earth or Dabora Star. The various members of the crew argue about what to do. Later, Sheryl takes Karala hostage and brings her to the Karioka, where Hatari and other crew members are preparing to launch. Sheryl tells Karala she’s been taken hostage to be used as a bargaining chip when Bes comes after them. Karala says the Solo Ship doesn’t need her anymore. The Karioka takes off. Bes is quickly notified and orders the three Ideon units to launch. The Karioka sets its sight on Dabora Star. Sheryl wants to head into DS Drive to quickly get away from Bes. Meanwhile a group of Buff Clan crafts led by Doku’s Zigg Mack hide behind an asteroid and find the Karioka. The Zigg Mack and its accompanying Zlow Jicks head after them. Cosmo wonders who came up with the plan to flee the Solo Ship. The Buff Clan forces fire at the Karioka. The Ideo-Buster and Ideo-Delta catch up with the Karioka. Doku has his forces destroy the Karioka‘s guns but avoid the bridge. Sheryl contacts the Buff Clan crafts, telling them they have Karala hostage. The Buff Clan forces take hold of the Karioka. Doku tells them they’ll be taking them hostage and that the communication from Dabora Star was a trap. Cosmo wonders if Karala ran away because of his conversation with her earlier. Doku tells the three Ideon units that they will release the hostages and withdraw if they are given the three units of the Giant God. Doku’s Zigg Mack holds Sheryl and Karala in its hands.

Sheryl talks with Karala in the Zigg Mack’s hands. Bes isn’t sure what they can do right now. Deck thinks Karala betrayed the Solo Ship and led the group of stowaways. Cosmo, Moera and Kasha meet in person in their space suits since the Buff Clan is monitoring their communication. Cosmo says he wants to save Sheryl so she’ll owe them one. Cosmo tells them of a plan to dock all three units of the Ideon from one of the crafts in order to fool the Buff Clan. Cosmo tells Doku he’ll hand over the three Ideon units. He tells Doku that the three units will transform first and that they’ll hand over one of the units for the two hostages in the Zigg Mack’s hands. Cosmo departs the Ideo-Delta and Sheryl and Karala are released. The pilots depart from the transformed Ideo-Nova and head into the Ideo-Buster. Everyone takes off their spacesuits in order to fool the Buff Clan into thinking that they’ve all departed. Tekuno heads out with everyone’s empty spacesuits. The Karioka is released and heads to rescue Sheryl and Karala. The Buff Clan soldiers head into the Ideo-Delta and Ideo-Nova. Kasha forces the transformed Ideo-Buster into the Ideo-Nova, then the Ideo-Buster, causing all three units to dock into the Ideon. Cosmo and the others head up to the top of the Ideon and kill all the soldiers. A Buff Clan soldier is pleased at seeing the Ideon move by the Buff Clan’s controls. Seconds later the Ideon promptly destroys his Zigg Mack. Doku realizes that they’ve been tricked and tells the Zlow Jicks to attack the Ideon. The Ideon weakens and Doku launches their particle cannon at them. The Zigg Mack gouges out part of the Ideon. Cosmo detaches the top part of the Ideon and destroys the Zigg Mack, killing Doku. The remaining Buff Clan crafts depart and the Ideon returns to the Solo Ship. Karala and the other stowaways leave the Karioka. Karala takes all the blame, saying that she forced them to come with her. Kasha screams at Karala and slaps her. Bes stops her. Cosmo notices Sheryl quickly heading off on her own and follows her towards a nearby room. He barges in and finds her crying. Sheryl admits that everything Karala said was a lie and she was the runaway’s scapegoat. She admits she was the one who wanted to leave the most and is very upset at being in Karala’s debt. Karala is locked up.


This is actually a pretty good episode even though not much happens plot wise. The battle sequences in this episode are handled quite well and better than most episodes in the series. The animation is also quite good and the sub plot regarding Sheryl and the others wanting to flee the ship was an interesting one. Karala continues to be too nice for her own good; two episodes ago she was willing to be killed and here she takes all of the blame for those fleeing the ship. Outside of some minor cuts nearly this entire episode is included in the compilation movie.

Overall Rating

Ideon Info

Yoshiyuki Tomino
Toshifumi Takizawa (movie 2)

Sukehiro Tomita
Ken’ichi Matsuzaki
Yuuji Watanabe
Hiroyasu Yamaura
Arata Koga

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kunio Okawara

Character Designer:
Tomonori Kogawa

Musical Composer:
Koichi Sugiyama

39 episodes; 2 movies

Japan 05.08.1980 – 01.30.1981

Theatrical Release:
Japan 07.10.1982 – 08.10.1982


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