Mobile Suit Gundam – Season 1, Episode 23 – “Black Tri-Star” – Kycilia’s Elite

Black Tri-Star

“The Black Tri-Star” brings us back to Kycilia as well as the recovering of the Trojan Horse from M’Quve’s trap. It’s a good episode that gives us some character development and introduces some great foes.

The episode was directed by Osamu Sekita and Yoshiyuki Tomino and written by Masaru Yamamoto.

The story picks up with Kycilia wanting to protect the mines of M’Quve and keep the Trojan Horse from the front, so she sends her elite soldiers…the Black Tri-Stars. From here the story unfolds as Amuro gets to know Matilda before the assault by the Black Tri-Stars.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Kycilia – She sees the big picture and is willing to take risks to keep the Trojan Horse and Amuro’s Gundam away from the front and destroying Zeon’s supplies they need for the war effort. You definitely see in this episode why she is the Rear Admiral of Zeon.

The Black Tri-Stars – These guys are southern working class soldiers, the polar opposite of the officers which make things interesting as they love battle and care deeply for one another. You see why they are her elites. They manage to make a major kill too in the course of their assault on the Trojan Horse. They manage to take out Lt. Matilda and her ship showing just how dangerous they are.

Amuro – Amuro manages to take out one of the Black Tri-Stars but is unable to save Matilda. He also helps train Sayla more as she is his support during the battle. He has some great lines with Matilda before and you can see how much he respects her and the reason she fights.

Sayla – Feels guilt over being unable to save Matilda but does a pretty good job in the battle given she was using the prototype for the first time. I hope she can work through the guilt, I really like her character.

Matilda – Matilda went into supplies because she want to build things and so much of war is destruction. She is a creator and healer with supplies and also super professional and kind. Her death is felt, even if it doesn’t have the same affect as Ryu and Ramba’s death had.

Okay: Matilda’s funeral – We didn’t get to know her very well the way we did Ramba, Hamon or Ryu but it was still a decent honoring of her, given she was the one keeping White Base 7 alive so often when they ran low on supplies and suffered assaults from Zeon.

This episode is well worth a watch. Matilda and Kycilia get explored more and we see the Trojan Horse back in action while still recovering. It also continues the theme of loss during war and how easy it is to lose someone you care about in war and battle.

Final Score: 9.5 / 10

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