Mobile Suit Gundam – Season 1, Episode 11 – “Icelena- Love’s Remains” – A Glimpse into the Zabi Family

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The name of the episode is weird, but the content is at least fascinating. Though it does have some threads that could have gotten more exploration…like the Zabi sibling relationships and the final showdown. I’ll get into it more in the assessment.

“Icelena- Love’s Remains” is the 11th episode of the 1st Season and was directed by Shinya Sadamitsu and written by Yoshihisa Araki.

The story picks up where the last one left off with White Base 7 attempting to escape into Federation Space and the fallout of the death of Garma. We see Icelena visiting and later joining the attack against White Base 7 with 3 Gaws and the Zabi family meeting in regards to how Garma’s death should be dealt with.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Icelena – She goes after revenge but in the end cannot do it, whether this is because of how the ship was shaped and her hesitating or her giving up on killing a child (Amuro) is left up to debate. The fact that she went with the soldiers to fight though says a lot about her character and love for Garma.

The Zabi family – We see a little bit of the dynamic between the group as Degwin Sodo is the calm thinker, showing why he’s the leader of Zeon and his son Gihren sees the big picture of uniting Zeon since Garma was a hero to the populace (his sister Kycilia agrees) and Dozle, the one quick to anger wants prompt actions of retribution. In the end they decide to dismiss Char for failing to protect Garma and sending him elsewhere and planning for a nationwide funeral for Garma. You see how much his family loved him in the moments shared.

Zeon – Zeon want’s to conquer the Federation, this new information puts them purely as villains as before the narrator only spoke of Zeon wanting independence.

Okay: Amuro – Stays behind to fight the Gaw’s that Icelena is attacking on and is confused why Icelena wanted revenge against him. He’s pretty standard in this episode, not good or bad.

Char – Char is getting manipulative as of this episode, he helps and after retreats, but he also downs White Base 7 by destroying one of it’s engines for power. He runs away after making excuses. Not his best moment but he’s still okay. If this becomes a pattern though I’ll be putting him in the cons.

Federation – The Federation is manipulating White Base 7 and sending them to a random location. Kind of hard to respect them after this, at least Zeon is honest about it’s intentions. Not a con, cause I don’t know reasons yet.

This is a good episode, but not great. Char and Amuro are underutilized and Icelena and the Zabi family are not explored to their full potential in character relationships. Still worth checking out though. It is good.

Score for the episode is: 8 / 10

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