Mobile Suit Gundam – 29

機動戦士ガンダム /Kido Senshi Gundam episode 29
Mobile Suit Gundam – 29

SPOILER Summary/Synopsis:
 
Mobile Suit Gundam - 29White Base makes it safely to the Federation base at Jaburo, hidden beneath the rainforest. However, they’ve been quietly tracked by Zeon forces led by Char, who sends out a recon team of two Gogg mobile suits and the new Zock mobile suit, who soon discover the largest entrance to the base.  Meanwhile, the crew of White Base are given physicals and given some down time as Lt. Woody heads the repair team assigned to White Base. Amuro and Woody talk where Amuro learns that Woody and Matilda had been engaged and were planning to have the White Base crew attend the wedding. Bright and Mirai receive word that White Base is being assigned to the Tianem Fleet when sensors detect the Zeons snooping around. When it is clear they are massing for an attack, the base goes on high alert and the crew of White Base returns to the ship.

Mobile Suit Gundam - 29White Base is still out of commission, but the mobile suits are working. As such, Sayla and Amuro launch G-Bull to guard the base entrance along with Kai and Hayato in Guncannon and Guntank. The Federation activates their defenses, including fighters and GM mobile suits as the Zeons drop Zaku, Gouf, and Dom units. Char leads a Z’gok team into combat but his support suits are destroyed leaving him alone to hook up with the Zock-led team. With a smaller, secondary entrance found, Char has both entrances attacked. G-Bull is ordered to convert to Gundam as Char makes his way in and destroys Federation tanks and a GM unit. Amuro knows it is Char and Char is happy to see Gundam as the units class. Woody uses a hovercraft to attack Char and is destroyed by Char as the Zock attacks Gundam to allow Char to escape but is destroyed by Amuro. The Zeon attack is repulsed but when Amuro reports on the return of Char, Sayla is greatly affected.

Thoughts/Review:

Mobile Suit Gundam - 29It may not have been on the scale of Operation Odessa, but the Zeons certainly did launch a pretty impressive attack on Jaburo.  I guess it was a way for the production team to showcase all of the Zeon mobile suits seen to date while at the same time, show us the weaker GM Federation mobile suit.  Anyway, the Federation commanders made it seem like the base would be lost with their almost dismissive attitude on the Zeon attack.  Instead, the commanders seemed more annoyed that White Base was such a strong focus for the Zeons that they’d make a limited attack just to get at the ship.  As such, I get the impression that these leaders would throw the ship and crew of White Base under the bus just to not have a headache to deal with.

Mobile Suit Gundam - 29I liked seeing Kai’s determination when the fighting started because of Miharu’s death. I actually expected him to act rashly but he kept it together and did the needful.  I’m hoping this continues and that Kai becomes a more professional soldier and less the “who cares” type that he has been.

I’m not thrilled with how Woody’s character was done.  I appreciate that the writers wanted us to see that he loved Matilda by loving what she loved right down to sacrificing his life but did he actually accomplish anything by throwing his life away?

Mobile Suit Gundam - 29Now that Char and Amuro have clashed again, I guess we’ll be back to the conflicts between them that always end in stalemate, or rather end without either mobile suit being destroyed and Char retreating for the most part. *_*  If so, that will get old rather quickly.  Then again, with Sayla knowing that Char is back, she’ll probably try to contact him.  If so, how does that impact Char’s fighting?  What would the Federation do if they catch her, assuming she tries to contact him at all?

So, an entertaining episode to be had here.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to blog this series a bit more regularly than before. ^_^;

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3 Responses to “Mobile Suit Gundam – 29”

  1. Manae says:

    Tomino really does just love killing characters in the most senseless ways possible. That’s not going to change until… well… he redid Zeta Gundam as movies a few years ago? He was an angry, angry man and lets it out through his writing.

    It’s been so long, I forgot where you were in the series. This episode in particular is a pretty revolutionary one. Not for anything plot-wise, mind you, but in art: rewatch the part where they’re landing and all those animals. The detail used for each frame was never seen before, not to mention the techniques for the butterflies (and Haro’s flaps in the same scene) where in-betweens were ignored and it was left to the viewers’ brains to interpret as rapid flaps. Some similar awesome animation can be seen when you get to episode 31. It’s the sort of animation that is a matter of course today, yet first used by an unknown (at the time) artist on a floundering project.

    Unfortunately, you’re also approaching some of the worst art of the series as money ran tight and the lead artist got knocked out of commission for a while…

    Don’t slouch on the next episode, either. It might seem like a throw-away gag episode at the start, but by the end finally is delving into some of the deeper plot we’ve all been hinting about in our comments for a while.

    I believe this was also the last duel between Amuro and Char that ends neutrally. As the deeper plot elements are revealed, so is the deeper “mythology” of UC Gundam series, and Amuro’s little moments of sharp focus and inspirations that’ve been popping up every so often (such as directly hitting the cockpit of the Zock in this episode) start to make much more sense.

  2. junior says:

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    Tomino really does just love killing characters in the most senseless ways possible. That’s not going to change until… well… he redid Zeta Gundam as movies a few years ago? He was an angry, angry man and lets it out through his writing.
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    Turn A is when things will finally take a turn for the better (no pun intended…). The body count is incredibly low in that series, even if you don’t take into account that it’s written by “Kill ’em All!” Tomino.

  3. AstroNerdBoy says:

    Well, I’m going to have to watch the next episode sooner rather than later. Should just mark the whole day out tomorrow…assuming I could do so without distractions. *_*

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