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Gundam Ep. 29: Tragedy in Jaburo

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Summary

The White Base finally reaches the EFF headquarters at Jaburo, South America, but they’re unaware that Char’s Mad Angler has followed them. Everyone enjoys the view, but Kai finds himself thinking about Miharu. A secret hatch opens, and the ship enters the underground base. When the ship vanishes from radar, Char orders his men to pinpoint the location where it disappeared. After docking, Bright meets the chief of repairs, Lt. Woody Malden. Woody asks to see Amuro, and he’s surprised that Amuro is so young. He mentions that Matilda talked a lot about him. Outside, a Fat Uncle transport plane delivers a new Zock mobile suit from the California Base to Char. He sends it out with two Goggs to find an entrance to Jaburo. Inside the base, Amuro, Hayato and Kai wonder why they’re taking physicals that focus on mental tests. Amuro approaches Woody and asks if he knew Matilda well. Woody says they were engaged to be married after Operation Odessa, and that Matilda wanted the White Base crew to attend. Amuro says that she died because he was a poor pilot, which angers Woody. He says that Amuro did the best he could do and isn’t to blame. Woody vows that he’ll repair the White Base because Matilda loved the ship so much. Elsewhere, Bright and Mirai meet with senior officers who announce they’ll join the Tianem Fleet shortly. Gen. Gopp tells Mirai he’s sad her father is dead, but she doesn’t want to talk about it. The Zock and Goggs attack, and an alarm is sounded. The Jaburo forces decide not to attack the suits because to do so would reveal their location. Outside, a fleet of Gaw carriers approaches Jaburo. As the Jaburo forces prepare for battle, the crew returns to the White Base. Outside, the Gaw carriers begin carpet bombing the surface above Jaburo.

Bright returns to the ship and tells Woody that they’ve been placed on combat alert, but Woody reminds him that repairs aren’t complete yet. The Jaburo forces deploy Fly Manta fighter planes to repel the attacking Gaws, Dopps, Zakus, Goufs and Doms. Kai launches in the Guncannon, and he vows to fight the Zeon so that innocent people like Miharu don’t have to die. Hayato launches in the Guntank, followed by Amuro and Sayla in the G-Bull. They deploy themselves near the entrance to Jaburo to wait for the enemy. Sayla sees several mobile suits that resemble the Gundam, but Amuro explains that it’s the mass produced GM. Outside, Char launches in his red Z’Gok and is accompanied by two other Z’Goks. The two are destroyed before even landing in the water, so Char joins the Zock and Goggs. Amuro and Sayla think about how they can’t fight because they can’t reveal the entrance, and they don’t know what’s out there. A Gogg blasts through the door, and Kai destroys it. Woody vows he won’t let anyone damage the White Base. Amuro and Sayla return to the ship to convert the G-Bull to the Gundam. When Amuro goes out again, he sees the red Z’Gok destroy a GM and is sure Char is piloting. Amuro attacks Char and spots Woody nearby in a Fanfan aircraft. Woody attacks despite Amuro’s warning, so Char smashes the Fanfan. Amuro damages the Z’Gok’s camera, forcing Char to escape. The Zock attacks, and Amuro destroys the cockpit. He goes outside to fight Char, but he’s already gone and Fraw informs him the battle is over. As everyone rests, Bright is surprised to hear that Woody died during the battle and thinks it was due to his love of the ship. Mirai says that men can’t let things go, and Sayla wonders if that’s true. Amuro also says that Char is back, and Bright asks if he saw him. Amuro explains he saw a red mobile suit and is certain it’s Char. Sayla is shocked to hear this and drops her drink.

Commentary

Well, the White Base has finally reached Jaburo. A lot of people are probably already familiar with Jaburo because of the recently released PS2 game Journey to Jaburo, which covers many events from the TV series up to this point. Here we get to see Matilda’s fiancée Lt. Woody, who unfortunately makes the same stupid mistake as her and dies the same horrible death. Being crushed to death certainly isn’t a good way to die. There’s some other stuff going on here, such as the mention that Mirai’s father was a politician who died. Since her family is famous, maybe that’s the reason why. We also get to see here for the first time the EFF’s hidden ace: the mass produced GM. Now that the GM is around, the war is definitely in the EFF’s favor. On another note, we also get to see the first duel between Amuro and Char in almost 20 episodes. The last time they fought was way back in episode 10 when Garma was killed. Quite a lot has obviously happened since then, and Amuro’s skills have improved.

Overall Rating
4/5
Mobile Suit Gundam Info


Director(s):

Yoshiyuki Tomino
Ryoji Fujiwara (movie 1)

Writer(s):
Yoshiyuki Tomino
Masaru Yamamoto
Kenichi Matsuzaki
Yoshihisa Araki
Hiroyuki Hoshiyama

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kunio Okawara
Yoshiyuki Tomino

Character Designer:
Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Musical Composer(s):
Yuji Matsuyama
Takeo Watanabe

Airdates:
Japan 04.07.1979 – 01.26.1980
U.S. 07.23.2001 – 09.12.2001

Theatrical Release:
Japan 03.14.1981 – 03.13.1982

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