Ideon Ep. 35: Surfacing from Darkness


The Solo Ship descends into an asteroid filled region of space towards the planet Night Star. Meanwhile Hannibal Gen and Marshall Franklin scheme aboard the Scarabelli. Hannibal tells Marshall about Night Star, which is easy to defend and hard to attack. Sheryl and Gije look at images of the Ideonite, the material that bounds the power of the Ide. Sheryl kisses Gije after Karala walks by. On the Scarabelli, Hannibal tells Marshall of a plan to knock a moon into Night Star to destroy the Solo Ship and Giant God. Hannibal, who doesn’t expect to survive the battle says he will head out himself to take on the Giant God. Karala takes care of Lou while the children study. Hannibal heads out through the meteor filled region with a pair of Gido Macks. An announcement of the Buff Clan emanates throughout the Solo Ship. The Ideon’s pilots head out and launch the three Ideon units. Marshall is certain that the Solo Ship will be defeated this time. The Scarabelli launches a number of Puffer crafts, which immediately attack the three Ideon units along with the Gido Macks. Hannibal lures the Ideon units away from Night Star into space. After a missile attack the Gido Mack flings a meteor at the Ideo-Buster and tricks Kasha into firing upon her own allies. Hatari and Bes realize that they’re being attacked by the Scarabelli. Sheryl says she now feels how Karala did when the Buff Clan was coming after her. Karala says the Earth is lured by the Ide and thinks they can control it, which is why they continue to attack them. The Ideon combines into it’s humanoid form. The Gido Mack grabs the Ideon with its claws.

Hannibal tells Marshall that they have brought the Ideon to their planned point and that the Scarabelli needs to lure the Solo Ship here. Spying on their transmission, Joliver confirms that the Scarabelli has joined forces with the Buff Clan. The Gido Mack carries the Ideon with it, firing at it the entire time. During the battle Karala feels ill. Hannibal tells the Scarabelli to fire their sublight missiles. While carrying the Ideon into a meteor, the Ideon separates. The Gido Mack and Ideon launch a massive missile attack at each other and the Gido Mack is destroyed. The Scarabelli counts down to its attack as the Puffers continue to lure the Solo Ship. The sublight missiles are launched at a moon, which starts crashing towards Night Star. The Earth ships escape into Null Space. The moon splits apart as it starts falling towards the Solo Ship and Ideon. As Lou starts crying the Ideon swords appear from the Ideon’s wrist and start attacking the oncoming moon. Broken pieces of the moon crash into Night Star, causing large explosions. Cosmo and the others wonder if the Solo Ship was destroyed. The Scarabelli and its accompanying ships watch from afar, thinking they’ve defeated the Solo Ship and Ideon. Suddenly the Solo Ship, undamaged, ascends from the ground. Seeing that the Solo Ship has survived, Marshall says they have the power of devils. Sheryl and other members of the Solo Ship crew wonder if there’s anything evil behind the Ide as it has become so powerful. Gije, Bes and Cosmo still have faith that the Ide is good. Lotta tends to an ill Karala in the kitchen.


The Ideon’s power continues to escalate to absurd levels in this episode as an entire moon is dropped on it and the Solo Ship, and both survive. It has become so powerful that even those aboard the Solo Ship are starting to wonder if there is an evil presence behind the Ide. Hannibal Gen meets his end facing the Ideon in battle, although Marshall Franklin is still around to pester our heroes. Oddly enough Marshall seems content to destroy the Ideon and Solo Ship even though the Earth military wants to take the Solo Ship and Ideon for themselves. Karala appears to have gotten ill, which will become a major plot point as the series draws to a close. Surprisingly enough, despite being the fifth to last episode, this episode arguably has the worst character animation in the entire series.

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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