Mobile Suit Gundam – Season 1, Episode 17 – “Zeon’s Secret Mine” – Introducing Kycilia


This is the episode that introduces to Kycilia Zabi, the elders sister of the Zabi family and Rear Admiral in the Zeon military. It is here we see some of her operations she is working on and White Base 7’s reaction to Amuro’s leaving.

The episode was written by Kenichi Matsuzaki and directed by Shinya Sadamitsu.

The story involves what happened post Amuro’s desertion and his stumbling upon a secret Zeon Base that Kycilia is using to boost the Zeon war effort so that when they conquer their rule will be absolute. Her underling M’Quve is shown in action as well. On the Trojan Horse Fraw is sent out to convince Amuro to come back but goes for help when he shows her the secret base. From here the story unfolds.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Kycilia Zabi – She is a cruel and practical leader. We see her destroy the base when they are losing the battle against Amuro and his Gundam and she calls things into action too realizing they need more prototypes to offset Amuro’s Gundam considering how powerful it is. She sees the big picture and is not one for sympathy. She tries out their new ship the Adzam, which is in the picture above, and it manages to nearly defeat Amuro showing why she plans to use more prototypes to combat him and the Trojan Horse later.

M’Quve – We actually see that he cares about his men as he protests the destruction of the base, even though he does follow through in the end. He is loyal to the Zabi family even if he cares about his men.

White Base 7 – We see them questioning Amuro’s actions and though they don’t want to kill him they know he needs to be punished for taking the Gundam and deserting. They send Fraw to try and convince him and follow up on the base finding that it wasn’t the main secret base much to their and Amuro’s chagrin.

Fraw Bow – She tries convincing Amuro to come back and we see her slowly losing faith in him, especially when she find the base completely destroyed. She is now torn between her loyalty to White Base 7 and love for Amuro as she leaves to follow him at the end of the episode.

Amuro – We see his denying of responsibility, his joy that turns sour when he sees the men killed in the explosion, and when the Zeon soldier tells him not to be kind to enemy soldiers as it could cost him his life. This is a good episode for exploring who he is and is becoming. Hopefully he can be responsible and turn himself in at some point.

This was a great episode and solid the whole way through. All the characters get explored and we get to see another Zabi in action. We also get more of Amuro’s humanity and how he is developing as a character and see a cool new Zeon ship. I highly recommend this episode.

Final Score: 10 / 10

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