Episode Analyses

Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – Episode #14 “Separated Again”

Turn A Gundam‘s forteenth episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on July 9, 1999.

Turn A Gundam‘s forteenth episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on July 9, 1999.

With the help of Loran’s White Doll, Sid & Will hasten up the excavation process and dig through to find an entrance to the spaceship. Inside they discover that it is still in operating condition. Back at the estate, Dianna searches for traces of her past and discovers markings on a tree from her time with Will Game. When news of the spaceship arrives, she realizes in despair that there was no reason for her quick trip back to the Moon in the past. Loran questions her in her distressed state, but she quickly sidesteps the question—Dianna is very good at masking her emotions.

The Inglessa Militia meet with Mallygan, a lieutenant-colonel of the Lousana Militia and are displeased with the idea of working under their command, despite having mechanical dolls. However, it turns out that the Lousana Militia have their own arsenal of mobile suits. The Suicide Squad pilot a set of “Borjanons“, aptly named in honor of their Lord Borjarno. The Borjanons are modeled after the famous Zaku-IIs from Mobile Suit Gundam, if it wasn’t painfully obvious! It’s similar to how the Kapools bear a striking resemblance to Capules (ZZ Gundam). We’re introduced to Gavane Goony, the leader of the Suicide Squad, a boisterous man who’s immediately struck by the “lady warrior” Sochie. Character designer Akiman intended to make Gavane look like a Zero Fighter pilot from the 1971 Japanese film Tora! Tora! Tora!, so that’s why he has a mustache. He also gave him a scar on the left side of the forehead simply because he felt he had to fulfill an anime scar-quota. Gavane’s a significant supporting character in the show’s plot, so we’ll keep an eye on him.

Look, it’s a Zaku! Er…

Meanwhile at the Soleil, Miran suggests that the Dianna Counter should make a declaration of statehood, to establish a temporary territory for the Moonrace and have a moral upper hand in negotiations. As it stands, they’re still simply invaders. Kihel (as “Dianna”) agrees with the idea since it’ll potentially improve their ability to converse with people like Guin Lineford. Phil, however, is against the idea, mostly because he’s an unhinged warmonger. Kihel commands Phil to avoid continued conflict as much as possible, and he begrudgingly obliges.

At night, Teteth pays the current Will Game a visit and convinces him to inform the Dianna Counter of the spaceship that they’ve dug up. She further edges him on by saying that the Militia has no desire to help him go to the Moon, but the Moonrace may be of assistance. Clearly she’s conspiring something, because she uses her feminine wiles again to get him to agree with her. The next morning Loran and Dianna wake to the rumblings of a mobile suit; Will Game has excavated an MS—the SPA-51 Cannon Illefuto, which I’ll talk more about in next episode’s post—and he plans to take it to the Dianna Counter and sell it in exchange for a trip to the Moon. He cares little what the Militia does with the spaceship. Loran, Dianna, and Sid chase after him, with Dianna worried that he’ll make his life go even more astray. They find themselves near a skirmish taking place between the Militia and Harry Ord in a canyon down below. Will decides to jump into the midst of the fray and gain Harry’s favor. Loran follows suit in his White Doll and squares off against Harry, who uses the opportunity to test Loran’s capabilities. Harry has the upper hand, but before he can land a finishing blow Gavane and Sochie come to Loran’s aid. Dianna recklessly drives Sid’s car down the canyon, with little fear for her own safety, in an attempt to quell the conflict with her pleas. She berates Will for improperly using his mobile suit and claims that his ancestor (the original Will Game) wasn’t nearly as foolhardy as he is. The Militia use this diversion to press the attack against Harry, who’s forced to retreat along with Will.

The episode ends with Loran and Dianna finally reuniting with Sochie, and Dianna comes to terms with the fact that the Will Game she knew no longer exists. She decides to place her faith in Harry to lead this generation’s Will down the right path.

Turn A Gundam Episode #14 Credits
Loran – Romi Park
Kihel – Rieko Takahashi
Dianna – Rieko Takahashi
Sochie – Akino Murata
Sid – Akio Nojima
Michael – Tetsuo Kanao
Joseph – Setsuji Sato
Harry – Tetsu Inada
Miran – Kazuyuki Sogabe
Phil – Tsuyoshi Koyama
Gavane – Hochu Otsuka
Mallygan – Hiroya Ishimaru
Pilot A – Toshide Tsuchiya
Will – Kenichi Sakaguchi
Teteth – Yumi Touma

Key Animation – Nakamura Production (Kazuhiro Sakakura, Kohei Yoneyama, Akira Matsunaga, Shinichi Takahashi, Hiroyuki Mori, Seiichi Hashimoto, Takeo Tominaga, Yuji Miyashita, Yoshitaka Nakazawa, Takefumi Suzuki)

In-between Check – Tsuguru Fukuda (Nakamura Production)
In-betweens – Nakamura Productions (Kenichiro Kasuya, Ryuji Iwabuchi, Yukiya Dobashi, Seiichi Watanabe, Masaaki Kitahara, Hidenori Miyahara, Satomi Tanaka, Ryugo Nihonyagi), Kazuyo Tominaga, Fumiyo Mori, Studio Dove (Liu Jun, Akihiro Saito, Katsuhiro Yokoyama, Masami Koyama, Tomohiro Zaizen, Mari Yasuhiko, Kazuyo Otake, Atsushi Ichijo, Seoul Dove, Shanghai Dove)

Color Setting – Fusako Nakao (EMUAI)
Assistant Color Coordinator – Miyuki Sato (EMUAI)
Finishing – EMUAI (Shinichi Yoneda, Yukari Goto, Ayako Tsunoda, Mayuki Kato, Yumi Yokoi, Namiko Hamano)
Finishing Manager – Fumie Maebayashi

Art Board – Yukiko Maruyama (Atelier Musa)
Backgrounds – Atelier Musa (Shuichi Okubo, Masaki Kato, Eiko Shinozawa, Yoichi Yajima, Tomoko Yoshida)
Special Effects – Toshio Hasegawa (Marix)
Title Lith Work – Maki Pro

Photography – Asahi Production (Shinya Sawada, Atsushi Tamura, Asami Kumazawa, Noriaki Akitaya, Tomokazu Kaneko, Akihiko Fujino)
Assitant Editor – Nobuhiro Akiho (Jay Film)
Development – Tokyo Laboratory

Sound design – Koji Kasamatsu
Foley – Eiko Morikawa
Recording Adjustment – Yasushi Nagura (Avaco Creative Studio)
Recording Adjustment Assistant – Mika Kamemoto (Avaco Creative Studio)
Sound Production – Rakuonsha
Desk – Yoshimi Sugiyama
Music Production – Yoshiaki Ota (Borderline Records)
Digital Effects – Sunrise D.I.D. (Hiroshi Furuhashi, Ken Iokawa, Makoto Takakura)
Digital Coloring – EMUAI
Video Editing – Qtec
Telecine – Makoto Imazuka
Video Editor – Tetsuro Fujita

Mechanical Design – Hitoshi Iwaki, Yoshikazu Miyao, Junya Ishigaki, Mahiro Maeda, Tsukasa Dokite
Setting Proof – Shigeru Morita (Studio Nue)
Title Logo Design – Daisuke Unno

PR Management – Sachio Tamenaga (Fuji TV), Kaoru Asai (Sunrise)
Setting Management – Shigeru Horiguchi, Yoshitaka Kawaguchi

Episode Director – Akira Nishimori
Animation Director – Eiji Nakada
Screenplay – Jirō Takayama
Storyboard – Akira Nishimori
Assistant Episode Director – Satoshi Toba
Production Desk – Yoichi Watanabe
Literary Coordinator – Tetsuko Takahashi
Setting Production – Koji Yasukawa
Production Secretary – Michiko Yamamoto
Production Advancement – Hiroyuki Sato

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s