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Zambot 3 Ep. 19: Escape for Tomorrow

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Summary

Using the Zambo Ace, Kappei throws a large boulder into the sea. Heizaemon tells him he’s wasting his time and will never hit a target so far underwater. Heizaemon agrees they can’t wait around for the Gaizock. Kappei wonders if Kouzuki became a human bomb and died like Aki. He throws another boulder into the ocean. In the Bandock, Kouzuki sits in a cell with some other people. One of the men starts hysterically asking to be let out, worried about turning into a human bomb. Kouzuki says he’ll turn into a human bomb and blow up this place. One of the other prisoners says it is useless since the bomb is based on a timer triggered by the Gaizock. He talks to another man who is working on a device that he hopes will enable him to set the human bombs off. Killer the Butcher lies on the beach, but this is revealed to be a hologram when it malfunctions. Gizarr tells him it was a short circuit caused by rocks the enemy has thrown at them. Butcher tells him to do something now and Gizarr orders the Mecha Boost Gorgas to head out, which it does shortly after. Ichitaro spots the Mecha Boost and calls out to Kappei to tell him. Kappei throws a boulder at the Gorgas. The Zambo Ace then grabs it, and it starts spinning them around. Heizaemon orders the Zambase and Zambull to head out. He also tells Ichitaro to try and search for the Bandock based on where the Mecha Boost came from. A guard enters Kouzuki’s cell and tells him to come with him. Kouzuki has accepted his fate and wants to blow up inside the Bandock. The Gorgas and Zambo Ace continue to fight. Keiko brings Kappei the Zambo Magnum. Kappei wonders if he can throw the Gorgas at the Bandock. The Gorgas fires a bright beam at the Zambo Ace. The 3 crafts combine into the Zambot 3. Kappei uses the Zambot Blow attack on the Gorgas, which turns into a top-like form, guarding against the attacks. Kappei throws the Zambot Buster at it, to no effect. He then throws the Zambot Cutter, which deactivates the Gorgas. Ichitaro tells Kappei the location of the Bandock which they have found. The Zambot, grabbing the Gorgas, descends further into the water. Inside the Bandock, Kouzuki is strapped to a table and a machine starts operating above him. The Zambot continues to descend further into the water, reaching 8,000 feet, beyond the pressure the Zambot can handle. Cracks start appearing in the Zambot and water starts pouring through. Kappei throws the Gorgas down. Gizarr orders the barrier formed, but it is too late. The power deactivates the machine that was about to implant Kouzuki with a human bomb. More rocks from a nearby cliff collapse, shaking in the ship. Kouzuki is able to escape from his bindings and kill the guards. He opens the cell with everyone and tells them to come with him, even though they are now human bombs. More boulders strike the Bandock, opening holes in it. Gizarr reports to Butcher and the news of the hostages escape is brought soon as well, angering Butcher.

Kouzuki follows Killer the Butcher as he goes to see the Lord Gaizock. Butcher begs forgiveness. The Lord Gaizock is upset with him for disobeying his orders and not yet eliminating all the humans. It blasts some lightning bolts at Butcher and tells him to kill everyone. They spot Kouzuki spying on them. The hostages are captured by the guards. Butcher tells Gizarr they are returning to the surface to cause more destruction and will release the human bombs. This latest occurrence is spotted by the King Beal and Heizaemon hopes to intercept them while in the air. Heizaemon says this may be their last battle and to be ready to use the Ion cannon, even though it will sap a lot of the ship’s energy. They notice a Snai Sworder meaning the enemy must be nearby. The Bandock starts rising from the ocean. The King Beal starts charging the Ion cannon. Kappei attacks with the Zambot to give the King Beal time. The Ion cannon is fully charged and fires at the head of the Bandock. Butcher orders them to land somewhere and deploy the barrier. Kouzuki is back with the hostages and they hope to escape. It will take a couple of more minutes to fully charge the Ion cannon again. Heizaemon tells Kappei to not let the Bandock land and deploys its barrier. Kappei launches a moon attack on the Bandock which causes only small damage. The Bandock is able to reach land and deploys its barrier. The hostages continue through the ship and Kouzuki is able to grab a rifle. The hostage Kouzuki was talking with earlier says now is the time and is ready to blow himself up. He walks out in the open before the soldiers telling them to shoot him and blows himself up in front of a wall, enabling the hostages to escape the Bandock. Butcher orders Gizarr to launch another Mecha Boost, and the Gaidar takes off, grabbing a hold of the Zambot. The Zambot takes out the Zambot Cutter and chops into its head. The two charge each other but the Zambot is unable to harm it. The Zambot attacks from the air but the Gaidar grabs its weapon. The Zambot is able to slice off one of its legs. The Gaidar is still able to get up and attack. The Zambot grabs it though and throws it into the Bandock‘s barrier. Kappei then launches the Moon attack, causing more damage to the Bandock. The Bandock ascends into the air. Heizaemon says they must take care of the escaped hostages first, and the Bandock is able to ascend fully into the air. Kouzuki greets Kappei and the others and is told of Aki’s death. He says he was able to see the true leader of the Gaizock and that Killer the Butcher is its subordinate. Heizaemon thinks this may be their chance now that the Bandock is damaged.

Commentary

Things appear to be heading towards the conclusion with only five episodes remaining in the show. The Zambot and King Beal are able to deal significant damage to the Bandock for the first time and it escapes towards space as a result. After several episodes within the Bandock, Kouzuki is able to escape and reunites with Kappei, now a lot more appreciative of what the Jin family has been doing. Some of the action on the Bandock felt a bit repetitive (in the span of two episodes Kouzuki escapes three times!) and I figures he would have been killed when he discovered the Lord Gaizock, but that didn’t happen. Some heroism is shown here by one of Kouzuki’s fellow hostages although we don’t get to know him as well as those killed in the previous two episodes.

Overall Rating
3.5/5
Zambot 3 Info


Director:
Yoshiyuki Tomino

Writer(s):
Fuyunori Gobu
Hiroyuki Hoshiyama
Soji Yoshikawa
Yoshihisa Araki
Katsuhiko Taguchi

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kunio Okawara
Ryoji Fujiwara

Character Designer:
Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Musical Composer(s):
Takeo Watanabe
Yushi Matsuyama

Airdates:
Japan 10.08.1977 – 03.25.1978

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