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  • 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

Mobile Suit Gundam Vol. #06

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


Mobile Suit Gundam Vol. #06
© Bandai Entertainment


What They Say
Universal Century 0079. For once, things seem calm and the White Base crew enjoys a little bit of relaxation. However, they are soon interrupted by the arrival of an elite force of Zeon pilots - the Black Tri-Star, who seem more than a match for the White Base's rookie pilots.

And there are even more enemies to fight as the Zeon forces unleash their newest mobile suits, the amphibious Goggs! Now, an angry Char returns to battle, swearing vengeance against the Gundam!

The Review!
With the White Base disabled after M?Quve?s attack, the crew must race to repair it so that they can participate in Odessa Day. The Zeons are not sitting back though, and have developed new Mobile Armor to take care of Gundam, plus it?s time for the Red Comet to make his return.


Audio:

The English language sound track continues to be on par with a simple stereo mix. Dialogue and music is well balanced. No hisses or pops were detected. While listening, I couldn?t detect any use of directionality.

Video:

I think I?ve finally gotten over seeing the US made opening bothering me every time, and it barely registers on my consciousness anymore. There were a few small encoding problems spread throughout the DVD, mainly in macro blocking. The film print used in the latter two episodes seems to have really been hit hard by age, which I find surprising since these they are used in Gundam Movie 2.

Packaging:

The front cover reverts back to Gundam with the Black Tri-Stars, an elite Zeon force in the background that gets introduced during this volume. Gundam is also featured on the spine. On the back cover, Kycilia is featured with a Dom Zeon unit. We also get episode titles for 23-26 listed on the back. The insert inside reproduces the front cover of the DVD.

Menu:

The menus on the DVD are completely static as the previous volumes are. Submenus include scene selection for each episode, trailers, the credit page, and the MS Encyclopedia extra. The cover image is used in the main image menu to add a little color, and is brighter than the picture used on the cover. Behind the menu selections we see Bright, Sayla, and Kai.

Extras:

The Mobile Suit Encyclopedia is the only extra on the DVD. A description of the new Zaku Mobile Armor is provided. The aquatic Goggs are shown in this episode thanks to the White Base landing at a naval base. We also see the new Dom units, which the Black Tri-stars use, that are replacing the Zaku II and Gouf units. The Rick Dom variation is also shown, but that is used in space.

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

The first half of this DVD will end a major arc, and we start setting up a new one in the second half. Kill them all Tomino also strikes again.

Black Tri-Star begins with the Zeon ace squadron, the Tri-Stars, being deployed to take care of the White Base and Gundam. Repairs on the White Base get underway as the male crew members all keep their eyes on Lt. Matilda. Soon, the Tri-Stars attack, and Sayla must now pilot the G-Armor, a strong fighter craft that is a combination of the G Fighter and both units of Gundam. Amuro handles the weapons on the G-Armor. As the Tri-Stars are very experienced, Amuro separates from the G-Armor to form Gundam. The three Tri-Stars coordinate their attack against the Gundam and almost succeed until Lt Matilda crashes herself with one of her Medea squandron plans to save Amuro. Another person has been lost.

The Battle of Odessa is up next, and Amuro ponders Matilda?s death. To get some practice, Sayla and Amuro take the G-Armor out and accidentally notice a Federation transport lifting off from M?Quve?s base. They conclude there must be a spy on board and follow the plane back to a Federation ship. Amuro confronts General Elron, and uncovers him as the spy. Elron almost kills Amuro, before the troops step in. Revil?s forces attack M?Quve?s base, while the Guntank and Gundcannon barely fend off the remaining two Tri-Stars. Soon, Amuro returns in Gundam and the tide of battle swings to the Federation. M?Quve?s threatens to launch a nuclear missile unless the Federation stops. The Federation presses on so M?Quve makes true his threat. Amuro pursues the missile in mid-air by riding the G-Sky, another Core Fighter configuration, taking out another Tri-Star and destroying the missile?s detonator. M?Quve escapes abandoning the mines, but the Zeon now have enough raw materials to make the war last another ten years.

With Odessa over, it now time for Char?s Return to the scene. White Base docks in Ireland, where a Zeon spy, named Miharu notices and reports it. Who, of course, receives the report. Everyone?s favorite guy in a red suit, Char! As the crew prepares for the next battle, two Goggs, Zeon amphibious mobile suits, attack. With repairs going on, only Gundam can go out to fight, without a beam rifle. Finding it difficult to defeat the Goggs, Amuro forms the G-Bull, which has a powerful cannon that he uses to take out one of the Goggs. The remaining Gogg retreats into the water, and Amuro follows in just Gundam. Underwater, the advantage is to the Gogg, but Amuro takes it out with the beam saber.

In the last episode on the DVD, Kai decides it time for him to leave the White Base. No one does much to stop him, and Bright resort to just calling him a coward. Kai hooks up with Miharu, who offers him a place to stay and pumps him for information. After she relays the info back, she?s ordered to infiltrate the White Base. Char launches an attack on the White Base, and Kai just can?t resist going back to help. During the battle though, Miharu does successfully sneak onto the White Base.

The episodes on this DVD seem to be a mixed bunch to me. First, we center an entire episode basically leading to Matilda?s death. Unlike Ryo?s death, there isn?t too much aftermath. I didn?t see her death really affecting much, and the act almost seemed pointless. While there is a small effect on Amuro, I felt like Tomino just needed to get rid of a character at this point. Odessa goes very well for the Federation in addition to weeding of a Zeon spy out of the Federation. Unfortunately, the Zeon have done what they set out of accomplish. The raw materials they?ve stockpiled could lead to a long drawn out war.

Our last two episodes are a transition piece in the series. Kai finally gets a story and reveals a softer side. Char gets reintroduced back into the picture, though he?s very behind the scenes at this point. Miharu though is what I see as important. This young spy working for the Zeon, only to feed her brother and sister, helps the audience to be sympathetic towards her. Sadly, I can?t see anything good in her future. She?s now trapped on the White Base, and Kai knows she doesn?t belong there. Ooh, can you feel the drama!

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

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