Mobile Suit Gundam – Season 1, Episode 28 – “Tragedy in Jubaro” – Invasion of Jubaro

Tragedy in Jaburo

This is the episode where we get to see Char back in action again, and also just how Powerful the Federation is. It is a pretty great action episode that has some good character moments too.

“Tragedy in Jubaro,” was directed by Shinya Sadamitsu and Yoshiyuki Tomino and written by Yoshihisa Araki.

The story involves the Trojan Horse arriving at the secret Federation Base at Jubaro where Matilda’s fiance Woody is the captain. It is here they are taken care of until Char attacks as he was able to follow them and joins the battle as a new Zeon Gundam is released into the field.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: The Battle – The assault on Jubaro is a fantastic battle! You see all the different types of Zeon Gundams in action including an upgraded Red Comet Gundam Char is using and the Zock, a large frog like Zeon Gundam. We also see the mass produced GM’s which are smaller versions of Amuro’s Gundam. The Federation puts up a good fight but Zeon is powerful and does a lot of damage including the killing of Woody before finally retreating.

Amuro – Amuro has empathy for Woody and realizes his crush was misplaced as he keeps imagining Woody and Matilda’s marriage, this comes to a head when Char in his mobile suit destroys Woody’s ship and Amuro in a rage charges him only to be stopped by the Zock who gives Char time to escape.

Char – He isn’t an idiot and always facing Amuro with backup as he knows Amuro’s Gundam is superior and doesn’t know all of it’s abilities yet. We see he is a good commander though and would have captured or destroyed the base of White Base 7 hadn’t risen to the occassion.

Sayla, Kai, Hayato – These three are great in combat this time and each destroy a Zeon Gundam. Sayla is working with Amuro, and Kai and Hayato work together to defend the other entrance to the base. Kai is all idealistic now which is kind of cool to see as he mentions fighting so there won’t be more orphans and desperate people.

Okay: Woody – He helps White Base 7 but is kind of a one note character. He is helping them and respects them because Matilda did, but we don’t see much personality beyond him being a professional soldier. So his death doesn’t have the same affect as prior ones.

This was a really good episode and worth watching since we haven’t seen Char commanding and in battle for some time. He really is the main threat outside of the Zabi family and he earned that role for a reason. This episode was good at showing that nowhere is really safe for the Trojan Horse.

Final Score: 9 / 10. Solidly great.

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