Zeta Gundam Ep. 40: Activation of Gryps


The Argama departs from Colony 13 and Rosammy plays with Shinta and Qum by trying to grab Haro from them. Fa, Kamille and Emma watch from nearby, with Emma commenting that something seems wrong about Rosammy. She comes over to Kamille and hugs him, and he introduces her to Emma. Rosammy has a weird reaction to Emma, but Kamille assures her that Emma is a kind person. A distraught Rosammy says that Emma is frightening and falls to her knees. Emma tells him to have Rosammy rest in the detention room and adds that she’ll talk to Rosammy when she calms down. Kamille asks Fa to handle it, and after he leaves Rosammy says that she thinks Emma is going to run off with Kamille. Kamille and Emma join Quattro and Apolly in a strategy briefing run by Bright. He explains that Gryps 2 has seemingly been remodeled into a colony laser, and he thinks they plan to move it from the Gate of Zedan to where they have a clear shot at the Moon. Kamille asks if Gryps 2 has really been turned into a colony laser, and Quattro explains that it’s their job to find that out, as well as check the status of Gryps 1 and the Gate of Zedan. A confused Rosammy interrupts the meeting and is led away by Fa. Bright asks if she’s the civilian who boarded at the colony, and Quattro confirms that and adds that he wants Dr. Hasan to give her a thorough physical examination. Kamille asks if they really think she’s a Cyber Newtype like Quattro suggests, but he never said that. Rosammy feels an intense headache and asks Fa to tell her about Kamille and herself. Fa asks what’s wrong, and Rosammy answers that she’s scared of being alone. On the Dogosse Giar, Scirocco asks if Reccoa came to him because she needed a place to rest her soul. She doesn’t understand, and he elaborates that her heart was hurting, but none of the men in the AEUG were sensitive enough to realize it. He says she had no choice but to play the role of a strong woman until it exhausted her, and Reccoa responds that he talks as though he’s been watching her all along. He then forcibly hugs her and says that this is the warmth she’s seeking, adding that if his feelings are insincere, she can stab him through the heart. He tells her he’s returning to the Jupitris with the Palace-Athene and leaving the Messala in her hands. The Argama hides behind an asteroid near Gryps 2 and deploys Apolly’s Rick Dias, Emma’s Gundam Mk-II and Kamille’s Zeta Gundam. The Dogosse Giar detects them on sensors and prepares to launch its Barzam team, but Bask wants Reccoa to go as well. He thinks he might be able to suss out Scirocco’s true intentions by watching her actions. The ship then launches multiple Barzams, followed by Reccoa’s Messala. Kamille, Emma and Apolly use small asteroids as cover to approach Gryps. Emma warns Kamille to slow down because his asteroid’s movement looks unnatural. Reccoa spots a glimmer in the distance and sees the Zeta Gundam and Rick Dias sticking out from their respective asteroids. Titans pilot Hamil asks if she saw something, but she answers that she didn’t and stops. She wonders why she’s hesitating since she’s no longer able to return to the AEUG. Reccoa reports to Hamil that she’s found mobile suits and fires a flare near the AEUG suits. The Barzams move in to attack and Kamille wonders if Sarah is in the Messala. Emma tells Kamille to proceed, so he transforms and speeds off. Reccoa moves to give chase, but Emma grabs onto her from behind and makes contact. Reccoa tells Emma to let go of her, and Emma lets go in shock. Apolly asks what’s wrong, and Emma can’t believe the voice she heard. The Argama emerges from hiding to create a diversion for the Titans so that Kamille can reach Gryps. Fa finds Rosammy in the mobile suit hangar and sees she’s visibly in pain. Rosammy comments that Kamille is out there, and Fa vows to protect Rosammy. Thinking that he’s facing Sarah, Kamille attacks the Messala and slices off its right forearm, but then he hears Reccoa say his name.

Reccoa flies off, and Kamille gives chase and demands to know who is piloting. He latches onto the Messala and causes it to crash in a colony fragment, and he feels a strange Newtype sensation. Reccoa exits her cockpit, and Kamille is shocked to see her face when his cameras zoom in on her. He exits his cockpit to meet her in open space and says he’s glad to see her alive. She pulls back when he moves closer, and he asks if she’s on a mission to infiltrate the Titans and learn their secrets. Reccoa responds that he’s kind but wrong, and she’s with the Titans of her own free will. Kamille can’t believe it and mentions that he’s heard of situations where people deceive their own allies to function better as spies. Reccoa tells Kamille he can hate her if he wants, but she was fighting him to prove herself to the Titans. Kamille grabs onto her and asks why they have to meet like this because now that they’re enemies they have to try and kill each other. Reccoa tries to hold back tears and asks Kamille not to make things more difficult for her. She tells him there’s nothing for her on the Argama, and Kamille cries and says he could at least protect her. Reccoa tells Kamille he’s so kind that it’s almost cruel. She thinks that one day he’ll understand, but he angrily cuts her off and says he’ll never understand such nonsense. She tells him that he has to understand, or he’ll end up getting killed by his own sincerity. Reccoa pushes Kamille away and gets back into her cockpit. She tells Kamille that the Gryps 2 colony laser is complete and that the Argama needs to retreat. He pleads with her to open the cockpit, but she pushes him aside and flies off. Back on the ship, Emma stops Kamille and asks if he met Reccoa, but he lies and says he doesn’t know. She asks where he’s going, and when he responds by asking why she cares, she slaps him across the face. She notes that he hasn’t given a report yet and has lost his cool, and he shouts back that it’s natural for a kid like him to lose his cool when he’s told something he can’t understand. Rosammy asks Emma what she’s doing to Kamille, and Emma tells her not to get involved. Later, Kamille gives a full report to Bright, Quattro, Emma and Apolly. Emma angrily declares that Kamille should’ve killed Reccoa, and when he notes that Emma betrayed the Titans, she counters that her situation was different. Kamille asks if anything is justified when acting in accordance with your own ideology, so she slaps him again. Kamille asks why she keeps slapping him, and Bright tells them both to stop bickering. Quattro comments that he believes Reccoa’s intel, and Bright does too. Bright wants to keep the news about Reccoa secret, but Kamille objects and asks what good it does to hide the truth. He storms out of the room, and when Fa asks what he’s going to do, he angrily answers that he’s just supposed to forget anything that’s inconvenient. Kamille looks at Fa and comments that she’s the only one who has the face of a child. She thinks he’s making fun of her, but he tells her it’s a compliment Rosammy shows up, followed by Dr. Hasan, who explains she has to take a physical exam to determine if she’s a Cyber Newtype. Emma asks Bright if Rosammy is a spy, but he doesn’t think so. He says he knows she carries the burden of having been a Titan, but she cuts him off and apologizes about Kamille. The Dogosse Giar’s sensors pick up the Argama and Bask wonders if they plan to attack Gryps 2. He asks about the firing angle, which includes Side 2, and orders that the colony laser be fired at the Argama. Reccoa asks to be excused, but Basks insists that she watch the firing. As Gryps 2 powers up, Quattro tells Bright that things seem too quiet. Bright orders battle stations on the presumption that Gryps 2 might fire. Gryps 2 fires and narrowly avoids hitting the Argama, but it directly hits Side 2’s Colony 18. Many people are sucked out into space, and Kamille feels the suffering of their deaths. Bright can’t believe the Titans would do something so heinous and cancels the mobile suit launch. Bask is pleased with the firing test and believes the neutral colonies and the Moon will see that it’s pointless to oppose the Titans. Bask laughs when he hears that the Argama is retreating, and Reccoa leaves and cries because she knows she can’t go back. Kamille tells himself that one person can’t stop the power of Gryps 2.


The headlining event of this episode is that the crew of the Argama discovers that Reccoa is not only alive, but has betrayed them and joined the Titans. However, despite her saying several times that she wasn’t an AEUG member out of ideology, she finds it hard to fight against her former friends. When Kamille asks if she’s on a spy mission, you can tell from his voice that he wants to believe it’s true but knows it isn’t. Even though he’s mad at her, she still gives him the important info that Gryps 2 is ready for use. By the end of the episode it’s clear that she has buyer’s remorse about her actions but feels it’s impossible to turn back. Bask truly is a despicable person to fire Gryps 2 at a colony and kill countless innocents just to send a political message. The first colony laser was terrible in the hands of Zeon, so the Titans definitely shouldn’t be allowed to have it either. Finally, Rosammy’s mission continues on as she stays on the Argama. I don’t get why the Titans sent her on this mission because she’s clearly too mentally unstable to serve as a spy. She was already unstable when we first met her, so I don’t understand why the Titans didn’t just send a trained intelligence operative. Her erratic behavior is far too suspicious to allow for effective spying, but the truth will come out soon.

Original Review: June 30, 2002

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Zeta Gundam Info


Yoshiyuki Tomino

Hiroshi Ohnogi
Yumiko Suzuki
Tomoko Kawasaki
Yasushi Hirano
Akinori Endo
Miho Maruo
Minoru Onoya

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kazumi Fujita
Mamoru Nagano
Kunio Okawara
Makoto Kobayashi
Kazuhisa Kondo
Hideo Okamoto

Character Designer:
Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Musical Composer:
Shigeaki Saegusa

50 episodes; 3 compilation movies

Japan 03.02.1985 – 02.22.1986

Theatrical Release:
Japan 05.28.2005 – 03.04.2006


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