Mobile Suit Gundam Finale – Season 1, Episode 42 – “Escape” – Peace in Our Time?

Escape

“Escape,” is the episode that concludes “Mobile Suit Gundam” and leaves things open for the ways the story is continued in the story. How did it fair as a finale? I’ll go into that in the assessment, for now just know this does some great things with characters that even if they were a little predictable, worked and were appreciated.

The finale was written by Hiroyuki Hoshiyama and directed by Osamu Sekita and Yoshiyuki Tomino.

The story continues were we left off with Kycilia leading Zeon forces, Amuro and Char in combat and the boarding of A Baoa Qu by Federation forces. From here the story unfolds as Char and Amuro destroy each other’s Gundams and Sayla seeks them out to stop them fighting as Kycilia plans her escape so that Zeon may fight on. From here the story unfolds.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: The Battle – The action is once again the best it’s been as Gundams fight Gundams, Battleships face Battleships and A Baoa Qu fights on. We even have the Trojan Horse get mortally wounded and have to land on A Baoa Qu to continue the fight. The Guncannon and Guntank are also destroyed in the battle.

Char vs. Amuro – This is an amazing actions sequence that leads to them destroying one another’s Mobile Suits and eventually crossing swords as they fly around the base. We see them both fighting for Lalah while Amuro is angry Char got her involved in the war, while Char points out the war advanced her abilities and Amuro should have been aware of her. It is a great battle with Char asking him to join his side for the advancement of Newtypes. Amuro is rightfully disgusted and we get our Professor X and Magneto moment. Before Sayla arrives and reminds Char of where the root of his anger comes from…the Zabis. Amuro isn’t his enemy, the Zabi family is.

Kycilia Zabi- Sees the bigger picture, though we see that much like Gihren’s over depedence on super weapons…she’s over dependent on Newtypes and Gundams. This leads to her downfall as at the end Char her greatest Newtype, Captain and Gundam Pilot kills her for her family killing his Father. She was a great character nonetheless.

Sayla – Sayla reminds Char of their origins and that Amuro was never the enemy. In doing so she saves both their lives given they are so evenly matched they would have destroyed each other. As the base is destroyed Char saves her in turn and Amuro does too with his Newtype abilities. It is amazing and great seeing her play such a good role. I hope she appears in future Gundam series.

Char – We get some great glimpses into Amuro’s psyche as he realizes Char isn’t his enemy, the war machine of Zeon is and that is what he must stop if he wishes to make peace. Sayla helps him realize this as he destroys the last Zabi in command (Though Dozle’s child and wife still live). He is one of my favorite characters in this Universe and I can’t wait to see him when I review future Gundam Series and Movies.

Amuro – Is touched by Lalah who reminds him that Char is not his enemy and that he is fighting for peace. This is powerful as we see Lalah acting like Obi-Wan’s force ghost to guide him and will always be with him as he helps the crew of the Trojan Horse get to safety via communicating to them through his mind. Lalah reveals how he is connected to all and in doing so is able to save lives. He manages to survive too and reunite with the crew, who are his new family after.

The Ending – Amuro saves the day fully awakening his abilities and there is happy a reunion, Char gets revenge and we’re left wondering if he still lives, and an armistice is signed between the Federation and Zeon and questions if this peace will be lasting or not. The ending is a little cheezy in places, especially the reunion scene and Lalah’s reveal about everyone being connected, but it works and it leaves the question open which is nasered in the fact that Gundam as a Franchise has so much more after this including a direct sequel to this series “Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam” and “Char’s Counterattack” the film. I can’t wait to review those at some point!

This was a great finale, even with the cheezy moments and gives the first Gundam series a great sendoff. Character arcs are resolved and we see the full cost of the war and know because of how many lives were lost, that peace may not be lasting. There is still too much hate on either side for that to be the case. This was a series that didn’t shy away from humanzing it’s antagonists and showing the complexity of war. It’s one I highly recommend and will probably do a retrospect of and Top 10 Episodes later. Until then, a great end to a great show.

Finale Score: 10 / 10. Does all it needs to do to bring arcs to a close.

Mobile Suit Gundam – Season 1, Episode 39 – “Lalah’s Dilemma” – The Evil of the Zabi’s of Zeon

Lalah's Dilemma

 

This is the episode that really shows just how bad Gihren Zabi is, if the Hitler analogies of “Hail Zeon,” he does weren’t already enough. This episode does show his Father sees the bigger picture though as he declared Independence and made a principality for reasons of stability. We also see how far Lalah’s abilities have advanced, her relationship with Char and how Kycilia sees them both.

The episode was directed by Osamu Sekita and Yoshiyuki Tomino and written by Yoshihasa Araki.

The story involves Gihren voices to Degwin his father that he admires Hitler and wants to create a society in which only the worthy live as well as decimating a large portion of the population and using the powerful Solar Ray as a defense against Federation forces. Degwin warns him against this dangerous philosophy. Around the same time Kycilia arrives and Char and Lalah must deal with her. From here the story unfolds.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Degwin Zabi – Fascinating that the guy who killed Char and Sayla’s parents could grow so much as a character. He regrets the can of worms he opened with the war and how it has consumed his son where his son is taking the idea of a free Zeon to the extreme of genocide. This plays out later but for now we only see the regret on how his philosophy and actions shaped his son. Got to say, I like this character. He especially disproves of his son’s incompetency at evacuating an entire colony just to use a super weapon that could in the end, turn people against them and their family.

Gihren Zabi – I don’t like this guy but his he makes a good villain. He is driven to succeed by any means necessary and truly believes he is in the right. This makes for an interesting enemy especially since his family in many ways disagrees with him and his approach.

Lalah – We see Lalah’s love for Char as Char defends her and she defends Char from Amuro. Char is the reason she fights, and to end the war. We also see that her and Amuro are pretty evenly matched given they’ve both destroyed powerful vessels for their given factions. We see her love for Char too as they kiss after.

Kycilia – Disproves of Lalah’s dress but gives her and Char the support they need to continue the fight. She is cruel but on point and obsessed with her duty to Zeon. We see her appreciation for Lalah and Char’s fighting after the battle.

Char – Defends Lalah which helps her win and she saves his life from Amuro. We see how their bond has grown and that she has changed his view on life. This is powerful and shows Char’s growth as a character.

Amuro – Has his suit modified and it helps a lot as he is moving quicker and beginning to get premonitions predicting peoples’ next moves. We see him connect with Lalah too and her hatred at his attempt to kill Char.

This was a great episode for what it showed in regards to the Zabi family complexity. The battle sequences do a lot and we see how far Gihren is willing to go for his philosophy and to end the war, which is now contrasted by Char who sees much more.

Final Score: 9.5 / 10

Mobile Suit Gundam – Season 1, Episode 38 – “The Newtype: Challia Bull” – The New Weapons of War

The New Type Challia Bull

“The Newtype: Challia Bull” is themed just as it’s suggested…the exploration of Newtypes in relation to the war effort. We also see politicing between the Zabi siblings and Zeon striking back at the recent Federation victories.

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

The story begins with Lalah working with Char to destroy Federation ships and cause chaos and fear on the Solomon Base that the Federation recently captured. We then see Gihren who sends out Challia Bull to be his agent in Kycilia’s forces. Around this time Amuro was sensing Lalah’s attack but is surprised when Bull attacks and it an unknown for him and his Gundam. Sayla also comes forward about the truth of her identity to Mr. Bright. The story unfolds from there.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Challia Bull – This guy is a soldier who is good at hiding his own agenda. At one point he appears to be almost a Magneto when he tells Lalah they need to look out for their own people. He also does a good job fighting and doing damage (destroys Guncannon’s legs) and is only defeated because of Amuro honing his abilities as a Newtype.

Lalah – She is getting character development! We see a huge part of her motivation is doing things for Char because Char cares about her, and she loves the feel of victory and being in control. We get more exploration of this next episode too.

Char – Knows how tough his position when when Challia arrives as an agent of Gihren, but doesn’t let that stop him. Once again he lets it be a chance to show Lalah as superior as he puts Challia’s fears to rest about him before Challia’s inevitable doom to Gundam.

Amuro – Amuro gets to the point where his reflexes are faster than his armor. This is the first time his Newtype abilities are very apparent and it comes in handy it is his speed that allows him to take out Challia Bull. It ends with him figuring how to upgrade the Gundam so it doesn’t happen again.

Sayla – Sayla tells the truth about her identity as a Princess of Zeon and that Char is her older brother. She expresses her disapproval of him and that she stands ready to fight. This one firmly establishes her truth and transparency.

Mr. Bright – Accepts Sayla’s confession and is grateful to have still on board. We also see him commanding during the battle.

Okay: Gihren – We don’t really get enough time with him to know his intentions, just that he’s untrustworthy, so there isn’t much to go on.

This is a good episode that shows how Amuro’s abilities are advancing and the fact that the Federation and Zeons now both know of Newtypes are using them as weapons of war. The Newtypes change things and just how radically they’ll change things remains to be seen.

Final Score: 8.5 / 10. Solidly good and enjoyable episode.

Mobile Suit Gundam – Season 1, Episode 36 – “The Duel in Texas” – The Pride of M’Quve

The Duel in Texas

“The Duel in Texas,” is very much a M’Quve episode as we find he has fallen into the trap most Zabi’s have of wanting to take Amuro on their own to show Char that they deserve respect. I was hoping M’Quve was above this, but what can you do. It is still an enjoyable episode.

The episode was directed by Shinya Sadamitsu and Yoshiyuki Tomino and written by Masaru Yamamoto.

We first learn that Gihrin has moved Zeon headquarters to A Baoa Qu as the final line of defense against Federation forces and also putting out a double rank advancement for whomever defeats the Gundam. The story involves M’Quve entering his own Gundam and luring Amuro into a trap in the Texas area that is a wasteland that Char is using to test Lalah’s abilities. The story lines meet when Amuro enters and Char decides to go and help M’Quve so Kycilia won’t be shamed. From here the story unfolds.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Sayla – We see her take on and do lots of damage and destroy many of the Zeon ships before Kai joins the battle later to help take on the Gundams. She’s improved a lot and the Zeon Captain is surprised one ship can do so much damage.

Amuro – Amuro faces off against M’Quve and at one point Char in his new Gundam over the course of the traps set on Texas. He fights M’Quve and kills him even when Lalah begs for him to stop as he’s already one. In this we see Amuro has no sense of attacking to incapacitate, he is just like Char in he fights to kill.

M’Quve – We see his pride (the Zeon’s and their pride) at stake when he duels Amuro for Kycilia to show up Char and when he’s later rescued by Char he asks Char to stay out of it, leading to M’Quve’s death. He was a good character though, he was the planner and scheme and his Gyan is pretty great.

The Introduction – It is great seeing that Dozle’s death is having consequences, from Degwin, the leader expecting Dozle’s defeat and Gihrin’s actions to strengthen the war effort. The past episodes have consequences, which makes the series great.

Char – Char helps M’Quve but let M’Quve’s pride destroy himself in the end as he saw M’Quve’s pride and ivory tower approach a waste (and every hurt against the Zabi family is a win for Char). It was great seeing that side of him again, that he will help but he’ll also let others destroy themselves if it serves him. He also manages to put up a good fight against Amuro which continues next episode.

Okay: Lalah – She doesn’t like fighting but she’s serving Char and Zeon? What? She is a confusing character who I really don’t get at this point.

This was a great episode and good way for M’Quve to go. I was hoping he’d get to go out with a super weapon though rather than Gundam vs Gundam which seems to be the status quo for how Zeon’s get defeated. Still has some great Char and Amuro moments though and we get to know M’Quve better too.

Final Score: 9 / 10

Mobile Suit Gundam – Season 1, Episode 35 – “Big Zam’s Last Stand” – The Strength of Dozle Zabi

Big Zam's Last Stand

 

“Big Zam’s Last Stand” is the completion of Dozle Zabi’s arc from the last episode, and they do a good job completing it! It says a lot when you have a named Federation character die, especially if they die on the Trojan Horse. Who I’m referring to I’ll show in the assessment, but the fact that Dozle pulls this off in his Big Zam makes him a very worthy foe who gets a great death.

The episode was directed by Osamu Sekita and Yoshiyuki Tomino and written by Kenichi Matsuzaki.

The story is the title. It is Dozle Zabi’s last stand in his Big Zam Gundam armor. During the battle he has his men retreat as he annihilates the Federation’s forces with his powerful Gundam and eventually starts targeting the Cruisers too. It isn’t until Kai, Sleggar and Amuro work together that they figure out how to face him. The story unfolds from there.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Amuro – We see Amuro’s fear when he faces down Big Zam and also when he faces Dozle Zobi who is firing his weapon at Amuro in his Gundam. To Amuro’s eyes he sees a dark specter which might be the violence that Dozle feels towards his enemies.

Mr. Bright – Does a great job being a supportive friend to Mirai and facing off against Dozle and making sure that all his the White Base 7 crew get back safe. You get why he’s the commander of the ship in this episode.

M’Quve – His arrogance leads to him almost not picking up Dozle’s wife and kid. It takes a soldier calling him out. Didn’t mind too much since he’s a manipulator and didn’t know if it was personal in order to complete wipe out Dozle’s line for the sake of ambition or Kycilia.

Dozle Zabi – Destroys most of the Federation Gundams and a lot of the fleet on his own, and is only taken out because 3 of the main crew face him and manage to get underneath the suit. Regardless he fights to the end and protects him men by fighting on his own allowing his men time to retreat. He was a good and honorable soldier and leader. It was great how he got to go.

Okay: Sleggar – He dies! I’m glad he does too as he finally gets to do something good and help Amuro defeat Big Zam. Never liked the character, but at least he got a noble death and got to show how dangerous Dozle is.

Okay/Con: Mirai – Mirai is attracted to Sleggar, why? He slapped her. I don’t understand and Sleggar doesn’t either. I guess the writers needed to give her characterization since they weren’t exploring her possible romantic interesting in Mr. Bright. Mr. Bright does give her a break though which is when her and Sleggar kiss and Sleggar gives her a ring. It all kind of came out of left field.

This was a favorite episode, since much like the Ramba Ral episode we got a full exploration of the character of Dozle Zabi and had sacrifice, showing that the Trojan Horse is not invulnerable and can take losses. It makes me excited for the rest of the series as there are still more Zabi’s to face. Sleggar won’t be missed, but at least got a good death…for me the true drama was with Dozle though and the lengths he went to fighting to the end to protect his family and men.

Final Score: 9.5 / 10

Mobile Suit Gundam – Season 1, Episode 32 – “Farewell In Side 6” – How War Changes People

Farewell in Side 6

“Farewell In Side 6” is a powerful episode on how war transforms people. Side 6 is the neutral colony that has stayed out the war and has pulled people there who are connected to our heroes…from Amuro’s Dad to Cameron Bloom, Mirai’s fiance. I’ll get into those consequences in the assessment.

The episode was directed by Shinya Sadamitsu and Yoshiyuki Tomino and written by Masaru Yamamoto.

The story involves White Base 7 getting repairs from the neutral party outside of Base 6 as Dozle Zabi sends Conscon to shame Char so that Kycilia will stop using him. As the crew rests on White Base 6 Amuro finds his Dad and Mirai is confronted by her fiance. The story unfolds from there.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Amuro – Poor Amuro, his mother hates him for being a soldier and his father’s mind is broken from loss of oxygen and can no longer relate to people. He gives his son junk to install on Gundam and Amuro feels completely lost until Conscon’s attack.

Mirai – This episode has Mirai, Amuro and Char as the main focuses, and Mirai has the best arc as she realizes she doesn’t love her fiance anymore and hates how her father took away her agency in setting up the marriage. She leaves Bloom at the end which makes sense given how much power he assumes over that fracking Sleggar calls him out on. If you’re being called out by Sleggar…you have issues.

Cameron Bloom – The neutral afraid of conflict and a leader on Base 6. You see him do what he can to help but also to keep Base 6 out of the conflict. In the end it is powerlessness and unwillingness to face Zeon that drives Mirai away as he doesn’t appreciate her role on White Base 7.

Char – Char is great at being humble in the face of Conscon’s arrogance and calling him out on the unfair shaming. This is good as when Amuro and his Gundam inevitably defeat his Gundams he is scared of their power which Char knows all too well.

Sleggar – He stands up to Bloom for Mirai when he’s blocking Mirai and being controlling. It’s nice to know this guy does have some good qualities. He also tells Bloom how Mirai is like a mother to them all.

Okay: Base 6 – Base 6 isn’t fully explored and I would have liked more of the civilian interactions and representation of Base. They are an amorphous body so we don’t really get their point of view.

The cons: Conscon – Is an arrogant prick who is no more than that. He’s a pretty one faced villain representing everything wrong with Zeon in their privilege and royalty. Seeing his face after his defeat was the best part of the character.

Good episode for the character development, though Coscon is a pretty lazy villain and White Base 7 is still pretty invulnerable. A good episode for how it develops Mirai and Amuro though.

Final Score: 8.8 / 10

Mobile Suit Gundam – Season 1, Episode 31 – “Breakthrough” – The Trojan Horse Cannot Be Stopped

Breakthrough      After all the damage M’Quve did with his trap I’m beginning to find the crew of White Base 7 a little too overpowered after this episode. I guess in a way it shows us how far they’ve come…but it also makes the Zeon faction not feel like a threat either. I’ll get into the details in the assessment.

“Breakthrough” was directed by Osamu Sekita and Yoshiyuki Tomino and written by Kenichi Matsuzaki.H

The story involves Char’s attempt to stop the Trojan Horse by forcing them to fight him in the Zanzabar and Dren’s forces. He does this after a soldier finds an experimental gundam called the Zakrello (that was untested and was done without Char’s consent) that White Base 7 is alerted to his presence. The story unfolds from there.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Char – We see Char and Dren treating each other as friends in this one and also how powerless Char feels after The Trojan Horse annihilates Dren’s forces. At this point he knows he needs a good plan to beat them since Dren couldn’t hold them off long enough for his forces to meet up.

Dren – Dren was always Char’s lackey when we saw him, but in this we see him as a commander, which is great! Of course Amuro kills him though, since if you are an interesting Zeon that isn’t Char…you are probably going to die. He at least got to go out fighting though and doing some damage to White Base 7.

Amuro – Amuro destroys the flagship and does a great job working with Hayato, Kai and Sayla to stop Dren’s attack force. He also stands up to Slagger creeping on Sayla and reaches out to Sayla as a friend, as well as warning Slagger about the threat of Char.

Sayla – We see a flashback where Char says that she must not stand in his way on his road to vengeance against the Zabi and that though she loves him she won’t support him. It is a great character moment before we see her in the field.

Hayato and Kai – These two rocked in Guncannon and Guntank against the swarm of Dren’s forces. I was rooting for them.

Mr. Bright – Is confident as a commander and does all the right things to defeat Dren’s forces.

The Cons: White Base 7’s Crew is Unstoppable – This is really the core issue here. We still have a fair way to go to get to the finale, but the crew has defeated everything thrown at them and taken most victories from the Zeon. This is good at ending the stalemate but takes away the threat of Zeon introducing new Gundams since Amuro’s Gundam will beat them anyway. I hope this gets dealt with later. An overpowering force isn’t all that fun to follow.

Good episode minus White Base 7’s invulnerability and really liked the Sayla and Char character moments. Also Dren finally got a moment to shine too.

Final Score: 8.3 / 10

 

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.

Mobile Suit Gundam – Season 1, Episode 27 – “Across the Atlantic” – For the Children

Across the Atlantic

“Across the Atlantic” continues Miharu and Kai’s story as well as Boone who is serving under Char at the Mad Angler. It has great action and character moments partially for these reasons and drives the story forward.

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

The story picks up with Miharu on board being hidden by Kai, but Amuro sees her but doesn’t say anything as Boone attacks out of vengeance for his men killed in the last battle. He first gets information that The Trojan Horse is headed to South America when he goes undercover as an injured fisherman. It is from here that Miharu is questioning her allegiance as she sees that the Trojan Horse is caring for orphans as well on their vessel. From here the story unfolds.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Boon – You see why he swears vengeance and he gets an awesome vehicle to fight in, The Grabro, a mini-sub/Gundam. It is a powerful Gundam that manages to injured the Trojan Horse before Amuro finally destroys it along with Boon.

Miharu – Miharu is the main focus of the episode as she realizes her mistake and tries to White Base 7 by joining Kai on his jet and when the lever is caught, releasing it which costs her, her life. This isn’t before she gets her message to Kai of wanting to end the war in conversation they had earlier…so future generations will grow up with peace.

Sayla and Amuro – This team is great and does a good job fighting the two Z’Goks and Amuro is able to take out the Grabro once the Grabro twists off his Gundam’s leg, and Sayla takes out a Z’Gok while Kai and Miharu take out the other.

Okay: Kai – Kai is pretty good in this episode, still pretty stupid for sheltering a spy and from that pretty selfish in regards to the safety of the crew, but I did feel bad for him when Miharu died. I don’t know if I’ll ever like this character…but he can be okay.

This was a great action episode and one that advanced the plot further. Also two deaths of significance though Miharu’s was bigger since we got to know her more than Boone. “Mobile Suit Gundam” has a pretty big named character body count…which is good, it doesn’t try to white wash war.  Can’t wait to see where the series goes and loving how White Base 7 is working so well as a team!

Final Score: 9 / 10

Mobile Suit Gundam – Season 1, Episode 26 – “A Spy on Board” – What Desperation Does

A Spy on Board

We continue our review of “Mobile Suit Gundam” with the first Kai centric episode. I wish these episodes made me more sympathetic towards him, this and the next one do a little at least. We also see reasons in this episode why a Federation citizen would help Zeon in the war.

“A Spy on Board” was directed by Hiroshi Hisano and Yoshiyuki Tomino and written by Hiroyuki Hoshiyama.

The story of the episode involves Kai leaving and being taken in by a Zeon agent who is raising orphans from the war in her home. Her name is Miharu and she and Kai take a liking to one another. She eventually hears from Boon who is serving under Char in Mad Angler and is told to infiltrate the Trojan Horse to see where they are going. From here the story unfolds as Char sends a Z’Gok mobile suit to attack.

Here is an assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Zeon Forces of the Mad Angler – Zeon Mobile suits rock and the pilots have personality, even if they only live for a short period of time. They always put up a good fight, for example the Z’Gok’s attacking is what bring Kai back to White Base 7 to help the crew he was a part of.

The Trojan Horse – The crew lets Kai leave, even knowing they could get punished for it, and welcome him back when the battle commences. You see that most people don’t like him (myself included) but they respect him.

Miharu – She was the spy we saw sending information to Zeon when The Trojan Horse first arrived. She’s an interesting character as we learn she is living in an abandoned house and has devoted the money she gets from Zeon to caring for orphans. She’s a great character and succeeds on sneaking on after she’s given a uniform by a Zeon agent.

Amuro – We see him working with Sayla more in this episode and how much of a team they are becoming. Amuro also gives Kai his tools so he has money for getting started. He says he doesn’t like Kai but respects him, showing that Amuro is a good guy.

Sayla – Sayla is getting more confident in herself as a pilot as she takes out and helps take out Z’Goks. I really like her character and hope she continues to get confidence. Her and Amuro make a much better team than Amuro and Hayato or Amuro and Kai.

Okay: Kai – He’s not a complete ass this time and we see how many times the crew has smacked him and affected his ability to trust and want to be with them (understandably). I don’t know if he sees how his selfishness has affected them though. He is kind to Miharu and the orphans though.

This was a good episode, not great because Kai isn’t strong enough to carry an episode on his own, but it at least explores the motivation on why a Federation would work with a Zeon as an informant.

Final Score: 8.5 / 10