Mobile Suit Gundam Vol. #07 (of 10) (Mania.com)

By:Andrew Tei
Review Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Release Date: Tuesday, February 05, 2002



What They Say
There's a spy aboard the White Base! But will the spy remain loyal to the Zeon forces or to those on the White Base who have proven themselves to be friends?

Kai finds his life changed forever by the latest Zeon attack. Amidst all the chaos and fighting, there is a little bit of good news: Amuro and the others have all officially been made members of the Earth Federation military. But, their mission as a Federation crew will be a tough one.

The Review!
Another chapter is about to begin as the White Base prepares to leave for space, and the crew finally gets integrated into the Federation military officially. The rivalry between Char and Amuro finally heats up again as the two meet in combat.

Audio:

The English sound track provided is a simple stereo mix with no directionality detected. I couldn?t hear any distortions, hisses, or pops in the soundtrack. All the dialogue and music was clear.

Video:

The revised US openings and closing remain?. The print this time was pretty good, but the encoding problem sprung up right away. During a scene with Char standing still, his image couldn?t stay still and kept blurring. Line shifting popped up in several other places on the DVD also. The print still looks old. Perhaps it was due to the tone of the episode on this DVD, but the show?s color looked darker than normal.

Packaging:

Char returns to the cover in his new red Z?gock smashing its claw through what I think is one of the mass produced GM suits. The cover makes the Z?gock look a lot more menacing that it actually looks in the show. Our new Z?gock is also on the since with volume number seven. On the back, we get Lt? Matilda, which at first seem surprising due to the events of the last volume, and the Guntank. Episode titles and numbers are also printed. An insert with the cover is also included inside.

Menu:

A very clear image of the font cover takes up the upper left of the menu, with images of Miharu, Kai, and Mirai in the background. You can either hit Play All, select an individual episode, the MS Encyclopedia, or trailers. Selecting an individual episode leads to a submenu where you can choose Opening, Part A, Part B, Preview, and Ending.

Extras:

As usual, the MS Encyclopedia is the only extra and the choices this time are the Acguy, Z?gock, and Char?s Z?gock. An Acguy is an amphibious reconnaissance mobile suit. The Z?gock is also amphibious, and Char?s is just a slightly upgraded version with his custom color.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

All the episodes on this DVD are basically part of a transition sequence as the White Base heads back up into space. Char gets reintroduced back into the mix. Due to this, I didn?t find myself quite as excited while watching these episodes.

Across the Atlantic Ocean picks up on the White Base?s journey to Jaburo, the Earth Federation headquarters. Miharu, a Zeon spy, snuck on board and she?s discovered by Kai, who instead hides her away despite figuring out why she?s on board. Char is keep his eye on the White Base, and when he figures out the White Base is heading to South America, he attacks. During the battle, Miharu discovers the kids on board the White Base, and is reminded of her brother and sister. The battle is fierce, and Kai is forced to take the Gunperry out to attack, and Miharu joins him. Sadly, during the battle, Miharu loses her life taking out a Z?gock.

Tragedy in Jaburo begins with the White Base arriving, and Amuro meets Lt. Woody, who was engaged to Lt. Matilda. Amuro blames himself for her death, and Woody gets angry at Amuro for his attitude. He did the best that he could, and that?s all that anyone can ask. Char notices where the White Base landed, and sends out an expeditionary force of Z?gocks and Goggs to find the entrance. As Bright and Mirai meet with the Federation senior officers, Char launches a full scale attack. Unfortunately, Jaburo refuses to open its door to let the White Base crew attack. Zeon?s forces eventually break in, and Char enters the base in a Red Z?gock. Amuro immediately upon seeing the Red Z?gock, immediately determines that Char is in it. Eventually, the Federation forces push back the Zeon forces.

A Wish of War Orphans seemed like a filler episode to me, and it focuses on the three kids as the Federation tries to remove them from the White Base. In the meantime, the White Base crew finally obtains official military ranks. Char, with two other Zeons sneak into Jaburo and plant bombs all over the GM factory inside. The kids run away from the orphanage in Jaburo, and of course, happen to come across the bombs. They remove them all, and try to drive them out when they run into Amuro. Amuro takes over, and drives the bombs off a cliff before they explode. As Char makes his escape, he comes across Sayla who is looking for the kids. He tells her to quit the Federation before making his escape. Afterwards, we learn that the Federation plans to continue to use the White Base as a decoy.

Lastly, a Decoy in Space rounds up this DVD with the White Base being sent back into space. Just before they are sent in space, an officer names Sleggar Law is assigned to the White Base crew. Char follows the White Base in the Zanzibar as it heads out into space. The rest of the episode covers another battle as Char tries to take out the White Base. During the battle, Sayla is distracted as keeps thinking about her brother attacking them.

Gundam Movie 2 ends with the episodes on this DVDs, and either I was very distracted, or the episode here didn?t pull me in as much as the past series of DVDs. We?re transitioning between the end of Odessa and the final sequences of battles in space. Kai finally grows up from the sniveling coward that he is sometimes after Miharu dies, and the White Base crew is finally an official part of the army. The rebirth of the Amuro and Char rivalry was probably the best part of this DVD for me. Amuro?s comments during their fights amuse me greatly, and I love how Char uses everyone around him for his own purposes. The man is just evil. For the life of me, I can?t figure out my Lt Sleggar was introduced into the White Base crew. I?ll be keeping my eye on him though, I don?t trust him yet.

Features
English Language,MS Encyclopedia

Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears



Mania Grade: B-
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B-
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: C
Extras Rating: B-
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Bandai Entertainment
MSRP: 24.98
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Mobile Suit Gundam