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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: 24.95
  • 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. #10

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: June 04, 2002


Mobile Suit Gundam Vol. #10
© Bandai Entertainment


What They Say
With the conflict's end in sight, the Earth Federation prepares to take the war into the Duchy of Zeon's home territory. Gundam pilot Amuro Ray, now a seasoned veteran, returns to space for the final battle. Along with the mysterious Lalah Sune - the final clash between Newtypes are at hand. Amuro Ray vs Char Aznable... The fate of two intertwined enemies collide with tragic consequences!

The Review!
The original Mobile Suit Gundam series comes to its climactic conclusion here as the Federation pushes toward the final Zeon base of A Baoa Qu. Who will survive!

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 print still shows its age, as scratches in the print rear their heads quite frequently. Encoding wise, this DVD is pretty impressive. I didn?t spot any glaring mpeg artifacts or macro blocking, but an item that stands out is when Lalah is wearing a space helmet. The color is a shade of purple for the glass on the helmet, and it doesn?t encode every well, leaving us with macro block artifacts.

Packaging:

Amuro and Lalah get center stage on this cover with them floating in space, and the Core Fighter, the moon, and the Earth behind them. This image makes a lot more sense after you?ve seen the episode. On the spine we had Amuro, a volume number ten, and the title for this DVD, Lalah?s Fate.

Menu:

The main menu uses the image of the front cover, and is similar to past discs. Amuro, Kycilia, Mirai, and Fraw Brow are featured in the background image. Submenus include scene selection for each episode, trailers, the credit page, and the MS Encyclopedia extra.

Extras:

The Mobile Suit Encyclopedia is the only extra on this DVD. The Big Zam, Elmeth, and Zeong are covered.

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

Ok, this doesn?t just contain spoilers, it contains spoilers that end the series. You have been warned.

Lalah?s Dilemna begins with the Gundam receiving an upgrade to its movement system so that it can keep up with Amuro?s abilities. Degin Zabi starts to doubt his son Gihren?s ability as a military leader, and even compares him to Hitler. Lalah is sent out in battle, but despite her NewType abilities she?s not the fighter that Amuro is. Char defends her in space, which allows her to concentrate on one target. Amuro takes out the upgraded Gundam and again easily takes off the left arm of Char?s Gelgoog. Lalah can?t fight Amuro effectively with Char there, so they retreat. This episode by the way is largely cut out of the third Gundam movie.

Cosmic Glow begins with Degin Zabi heading out in his flagship with Gihren Zabi finishing up with his plans to turn a colony into a Solar Ray (gun). Back on the White Base, the entire crew discusses NewTypes. Amuro raises the point that the entire White Base group may be NewTypes. Kycila attacks the oncoming Federation and a large space battle takes place. Lalah and Amuro sense each other in the fray, and rush towards each other to do battle. As they fight, they connect mentally and through this higher level communication, question each others actions. Char interferes with their battle though, and attacks Amuro. During the ensuing battle, Char almost kills his sister, which distracts him enough for Amuro to start a killing blow aimed at Char, but Char is saved when Lalah sacrifices herself. Char?s rivalry with Amuro is no longer just a fighter?s pride now, but personal. Degin Zabi makes a surprise move and wants to talk peace with the Federation. Gihren Zabi reveals his true colors though, and fires the Solar Ray, with his father in its path.

A Space Fortress: A Baoa Qu drives Kycila Zabi to start taking steps to watch her brother very closely. The Federation launches its final attack against Zeon with only half of their fleet due to the Solar Ray taking out a large portion of it. Char gets a new suit, the Zeong, which is interesting as it has no legs and is made for NewTypes. Kycilia confronts her brother about their father?s death, and kills him. Amuro and Char begin their final duel as the episode ends.

Our last episode is entitled Escape, and contains the climactic battle between Char and Amuro. In the Zeong, Char finally fights at an even level with Amuro. During the battle, the White Base?s engine is taken out and it?s forced to crash land on A Baoa Qu. Everyone else from the White Base except Amuro rushes to defend it. As the battle rages on, everyone basically loses their vehicle or mobile suit to damage. Amuro and Char switch to hand to hand combat inside the corridors of A Baoa Qu. Sayla gets the two of them to stop, and Char heads off to kill Kycilia. With the Zabi family no more, everyone now makes it their mission to escape from the battle. Amuro uses his NewType ability to send everyone along a path to escape. The survivors meet up in space, and the One Year Wars ends as the Earth Federation signs a treaty with the Republic of Zeon.

Wow! The end is here, and the series lived up to all the hype for me. While yes, I would love to see this in the original Japanese language, the English voice actors here did very well. I had mainly been seeing AC type Gundam series before this series, and seeing Char?s Counterattack is what sparked my interest in original Gundam. I wanted to figure out the motivations behind the characters in the movie.

A lot of people might say, you should just watch the movies. While that is next on my list of items to watch, I just can?t see how the movies could even come close to covering the depth that the TV series provides. Of course, the movies are the only way right now to watch the series in the US in its original language. I always believe in seeing a story from its beginning, so definitely take the time to watch this series if you?re a fan of Gundam.

Features
English Language,MS Encylcopedia

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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