Mospeada Ep. 4: Feeling Like a Survival Song


Yellow hums one of his songs while sitting by a river alone, commenting that everyone else is late. Ray, Stick, Mint, Jim and Houquet speed away from attacking Grabs to regroup with Yellow and the Eta Legioss. Stick thinks that if they breakthrough they can easily beat the Inbit with the Eta Legioss, but Ray wants to go another way and drives up a hill. With the Inbit approaching from both sides, everyone follows Ray. Mint says she doesn’t want to die unmarried and asks Ray to marry her, but he says he’d rather die than marry her. Jim’s Jeep hits a rock and is knocked over, and Houquet jumps into the air to avoid crashing into him. The Inbit close in, forcing Jim to fall back and ride with Stick. The three bikes head for the forest, but the Grabs continue to give chase. Stick and the others hide in the tall grass, and Ray wonders how the Inbit can track them so perfectly. Jim wonders if it’s by tire tracks, but Houquet points out that there’s spots where you can’t see any marks. As the Inbit walk through the nearby river, Ray turns on his rifle, which causes them to open fire. Two more Grabs appear from the overlooking hill and open fire. Ray says they should run deeper into the forest, but Stick says that’ll put them farther from the Legioss. They jump over the river, and Ray catches Houquet as she falls during her jump. Ray hides in a tree and turns on his rifle, which catches the Grab’s attention. He then realizes that the Inbit can detect energy, so he turns off his rifle and the Grabs move on. He then tells everyone about the energy tracking, and Jim agrees because they were tracked on the MOSPEADAs. Ray says that the Inbit won’t be able to follow them if they can’t see them. He and Houquet then trade insults, and Stick says friends shouldn’t fight amongst themselves, but Houquet says she isn’t anybody’s friend. The group walks through the forest and stops when Houquet hears a noise. She thinks she saw something, but Ray says people imagine things when they’re scared. Mint then screams from nearby.

Masses of leeches begin to fall from the trees, causing Houquet to panic when several attach to her body. Ray grabs Jim’s cigarette and uses it to burn the leeches off of Houquet and Mint. Ray comments that Houquet is cute when she’s scared, and she fires back that she grew up in the city where they didn’t have weird things like this. Jim’s stomach grumbles from hunger, so Ray carves out a fishing rod to fish in the river. Elsewhere, Yellow drinks his coffee as he continues to wait. Ray stands on a rock in the middle of the river to fish, and Houquet comments that it’s like a Boy Scout camp. Jim throws a rock at Ray from a tree and tells him the Inbit are approaching. Ray’s line gets a bite, but he’s forced to dive underwater as the Grab approaches. The Grab scans the area while everyone hides in the bushes. The three Grabs begin to walk through the river, and Ray has a hard time holding his breath. The Grabs finally leave and both Stick and Jim dive into the river to find Ray. They see him holding a large rock to stay underwater and pull him up. Jim gets the water out of Ray’s lungs, and Ray’s reaction is to punch Jim, causing him to fall into the river. A grizzly bear then emerges from the forest, and Stick misfires when a spider lands on his beam gun. The bear continues to attack and is blasted by an approaching Eager. A Grab approaches them and prepares to fire, but Yellow destroys it with his Blowsperior. He tells Stick to hop on and get to the Eta Legioss. Yellow stays behind while Stick jumps over a hill to get into the Eta Legioss. Stick takes off destroys the attacking Eager. Everyone continues to run from the Grabs as night falls, but Stick arrives and attacks in Armo-Soldier mode. One of the Grabs swipes at the Eta Legioss with a claw, but Stick unleashes a barrage of missiles on it. Later, everyone sits around the fire and eats the fish that Ray caught. Stick says they should get going soon. Ray protests, and Stick asks him if he wants to wait for the Inbit to find them again.


So far, each episode has involved encountering other people along the journey. However, this episode sticks the whole cast alone in the forest to face the Inbit. It’s an interesting change of pace and a survival game with everyone outgunned against the Inbit. Ray makes the discovery that the Inbit can track their energy signatures, which explains how they were being chased up to now. He also demonstrates his country survival skills, although this causes some friction between him and city girl Houquet. We see that Stick still isn’t quite used to Earth, as a spider is still enough to surprise him. In the end, Stick saves the day again with his new Legioss.

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Mospeada Info

Katsuhisa Yamada

Sukehiro Tomita
Kenji Terada
Ryo Yasumura
Satoshi Namiki

Mechanical Designer(s):
Shinji Aramaki
Hideki Kakinuma

Character Designer:
Yoshitaka Amano

Musical Composer(s):
Joe Hisaishi
Hiroshi Ogasawara

25 episodes; 1 compilation OVA

Japan 10.02.1983 – 03.25.1984

OVA Release:
Japan 09.21.1985


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