Ideon Ep. 33: Waft Zone Gamble


A passed out Bes is tended to by Karala. Cosmo finds Rapoh crying in the forest dome over Moera’s death. Meanwhile, the Buff Clan ship Gadomowa Zan exits from Null Space. The pilot Mebarul Kuou asks ship commander Hannibal Gen for permission to attack the Solo Ship, using the nearby Waft area. Aboard the Solo Ship crew Kasha argues against letting Gije take Moera’s place aboard the Ideo-Nova. Hatari, Sheryl and Cosmo all feel that Gije should be given a chance to prove himself. Hatari tells Gije that Lotta will observe him during battle and has permission to kill him if he betrays them. Suddenly an alarm goes off announcing to everyone the oncoming Buff Clan force. Cosmo gives Gije instructions on what to do. Gije tells Bento that he’s thrilled to experience the Ide’s power through piloting the Ideon. The three Ideon units head out, encountering a large group of Adigos, Zigg Macks and two of a new mecha, the Gido Mack. The Ideon docks into its humanoid form. Mebarul plans to lure the Ideon into the Waft Area. While the Ideon successfully destroys multiple Adigos, one of the Gido Macks is able to successfully grab on the Ideon with four large claws. The Gido Mack drags the Ideon with it. Gije becomes nervous once they reach the Waft Area and tells the rest of the crew that many mineral based creatures live in this air space. Rock-like creates called Vandes immediately start attacking the Ideon. The Gido Mack retreats from the Waft Area and watches as the Ideon is immediately overcome by the Vandes. Mebarul sets her sights on the Solo Ship.

Karala recognizes the Waft Area. Suddenly the Buff Clan’s Adigos launch an immediate attack on the Solo Ship. The Ideon continues to get surrounded by Vandes, which attack its barrier. Cosmo realizes that the Ideon’s power is going up. Using the Ideon Swords, the Ideon quickly destroys the Vandes surrounding it. Gije praises the Ide’s power. A Gido Mack again tries to grab onto the Ideon but its wires are destroyed by the Ideon’s missiles. Cosmo finds that the power goes down and the Ideon sword’s can’t be used. Bento leaves the cockpit to perform maintenance, leaving Gije alone with Lotta. One of the Gido Macks manages to grab onto the Ideon from behind and tries once again to bring it into the Waft Area. The Ideon separates into three parts, escaping. The Gido Mack is destroyed by Vandes seconds later. Noticing that Lotta has been knocked out during the fight, Gije flies up to Mebarul’s Gido Mack and manages to take Lotta’s gun after she wakes up. Gije tells Mebarul that he’ll disrupt the Ideon’s crew. Kasha thinks that Gije has betrayed them, but Cosmo says that this has opened up their ability to attack. Gije gives Lotta back her gun. The three Ideon units immediately attack Mebarul’s Gido Mack. Mebarul realizes that Gije has tricked her. She is killed soon afterwards as the Gido Mack blows up. Hannibal watches from afar on the Gadomowa Zan. Later aboard the Solo Ship bridge the crew discusses Gije’s actions during the battle. Kasha still suspects Gije will betray them. Unable to come to a consensus, Cosmo proposes flipping a coin. If it comes up in his favor, Gije will be accepted, if not then he’ll be punished. The coin comes up in Gije’s favor. Cosmo tells Gije he trusts him and shakes his hand.


The plot suddenly comes to an almost complete stop in this heavily battle centric episode. With Rukuku out of the picture Hannibal Gen becomes the new primary Buff Clan adversary although he gets very little screen time. The new Buff Clan mecha Gido Mack appears and sports yet another absolutely bizarre, out of this world appearance. Gije becomes a major plot point again after being absent most of the previous episode and takes Moera’s spot aboard the Ideo-Nova. One wonders if the fact that Gije is an adult will mean the Ideon won’t be able to work as well as it had before. Outside of the Gije storyline however, very little happens in this episode, which makes it quite a disappointment compared to the Earth based episodes. And the Waft Area/Vande storyline was very similar to that of the Bajin on Crystal Star in episode 10. Can’t say I am too pleased with them repeating a theme that was already done in the show.

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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