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Gundam Ep. 39: The Newtype: Challia Bull

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Summary

After leaving Texas colony the White Base returns to Solomon, now held by the EFF and renamed Confeito. Revil arrives at Confeito, and strange things begin to happen. A mysterious force destroys ships and mobile suits stationed around the space fortress. On the White Base, Mirai and the others feel a strange presence, but can’t quite pinpoint what it is. Bright sends out Amuro, Sayla and Kai to investigate the situation. He asks Sayla to keep her personal feelings out of the battle, and she assures him she has no secret agenda. He says he has faith in her, and she thinks he doesn’t trust her now that he knows she is connected to Char. The attacks continue, and their source is a nearby asteroid where Char’s Gelgoog protects Lalah’s mobile armor Elmeth. The Elmeth’s bits move under the control of her mind and destroy the EFF ships. Amuro senses something calling to him, but he doesn’t know what it is. He has a strange psychedelic experience and sees the face of Lalah. Char notices that Lalah is tired, so he decides to call it a day and return to the Zanzibar. The Gundam arrives at the spot where Lalah and Char were, but there’s nothing there now. At Zum City, Gihren meets with Challia Bull, the captain of the Jupiter Energy Fleet. Gihren explains that he summoned him because he has Newtype powers, but Challia doesn’t think so. Gihren shows him a report from the Flanagan Institute which states that he’s a Newtype. Gihren wants him to pilot a mobile armor under Kycilia’s command, and he asks Challia to guess why. Challia can’t, and Gihren says it’s wise not to read the minds of his superiors. Challia is escorted to Granada, and Kycilia wonders if he might be a more powerful Newtype than Lalah. Challia suits up and launches in the mobile armor Braw-Bro.

On the Zanzibar, Flanagan adjusts the Elmeth’s psycommu system because it is causing Lalah pain. He tells Char that the adjustments will reduce the Elmeth’s range, but that doesn’t bother Char. Lalah tells Char she thinks Challia doesn’t have Char’s best interest in mind. Char tells her that’s something that isn’t her concern. The Braw-Bro arrives at the Zanzibar, and Challia and Simus Al Bakharov come to the bridge to meet Char and Lalah. Challia senses pulses from them, and he tells Char he has a good personality but needs to be more broad-minded. He thinks that if they are all Newtypes that they should fight for peace. He senses great power in Lalah, but Char warns him that the EFF has a Newtype fighting in the Gundam. On the White Base, Sayla asks Bright to come to her room. She says she understands if he is angry, and he admits he is a bit angry. She tells him that Char is her brother, and he can’t believe it. He asks if she’s going to leave the ship, and she says it means too much for her. She says that Char is twisting their father’s ideas of Newtypes, and she is willing to fight him. Bright tells her that the path she has chosen is difficult, but he admires her courage. Challia leaves the Zanzibar to test out the Braw-Bro and approaches Confeito. Bright is ordered to investigate, and the thinks the command staff is using them as decoys again. He sends out Amuro, Sayla, Kai and a fully recovered Hayato to investigate. Amuro detects three ships approaching, and he realizes the pilot isn’t Lalah. When the attack begins, he sees that there aren’t three ships because the Braw-Bro uses wire-controlled mega particle guns. Challia is amazed by the Gundam’s movements, but Amuro sees it is overheating. Amuro tells everyone to retreat because Challia is a different enemy, and Challia blows off the Guncannon‘s legs. Amuro concentrates and locates the Braw-Bro and destroys it. Amuro realizes that the Gundam is overheating because it can’t keep up with his Newtype reflexes.

Commentary

We are now approaching the end of the series, and things are starting to change a bit. Though Challia appears in just one episode, his influence was supposed to spread out more in the original 52 episode version. However, here he just appears to fight and die with the Braw-Bro, the mobile armor we saw back in episode 33. It should also be noted that most of this episode is cut from movie 3, and Challia is nowhere to be seen there. Though Gihren might want test data on Newtypes, it’s quite obvious that he wanted Challia to spy on Kycilia for him. As we get closer to the end, the Newtype theme continues to develop with strange 1970s psychedelic sequences. Amuro’s abilities are developing quickly, to the point that the Gundam can’t keep up with him anymore. There’s also some nice character moments here when Sayla and Bright talk about Char. As the finale approaches, the tension there will continue to increase.

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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