Episode Analyses

Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – Episode #22 “Harry’s Misfortune”

Turn A Gundam‘s twenty-second episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on September 3, 1999.

Turn A Gundam‘s twenty-second episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on September 3, 1999.

Moonrace engineers appear to be deserting en masse due to low food rations and other needs, causing Miran to ask Phil to take countermeasures. He plans to launch an all-out offensive at the spaceship the Militia have excavated, to kill two birds with one stone: a warning sign to the defecting engineers and to stop the Militia in their tracks. Harry leaves on Kihel’s orders on a top-secret mission to preemptively seek out “Kihel Heim”. It is strongly hinted that Kihel knows that Harry is aware that she isn’t actually “Dianna”.

Dianna dawns a new outfit in this episode, much in thanks to Lily Borjarno’s wardrobe of course. She’s a character with fashion sense and wears several different clothes throughout the show. It goes hand-in-hand with the theatrical play-like element of Turn A Gundam. One can view the previous episode—a pivotal moment for Dianna’s character growth—as the end or climax of an “act”, and thus with the curtains re-opening Dianna wears a new set of clothing. Character designer Akiman struggled with the fishtail-styled skirt—Tomino wanted it to be shorter, which would be difficult to implement with its flared hem.

Dianna’s new outfit! Character designer Akira Yasuda (“Akiman”) struggled with the fishtail-styled skirt—Tomino wanted it to be shorter, which would be difficult to implement with its flared hem.

At Kingsley Valley, newly excavated weapons and armaments arrive for the White Doll. Beam rifles, Gundam Hammers, and more, and we’ll see Loran utilize some of them in the coming episodes. Gavane and Sochie have converted a nearby private home to a field hospital, and Dianna attempts to cook (spoiler: it’s not going well).

Harry lands his SUMO a ways away from the Militia and dawns a really corny outfit. Akiman designed it by studying fashion magazines at the time but was told that it looked really lame and could only suit someone fit and cool, such as Harry of course. Of particular note is the fact that Harry’s eyes are completely visible through the glasses. Anyhow, he sneaks onto a Militia food delivery truck en route to the site of the spaceship. Turns out the truck itself is housing Moonrace engineers who’ve fled the Soleil. Horace introduces Harry to Sid and they put him to work, mainly manual labor tasks due to his youth and vigor. The engineers are struggling to prime the spaceship’s generators and Harry comes to inspect; they decide to use the White Doll to power it, which appears to be successful.

Harry’s impeccable disguise. Akiman designed it by studying fashion magazines at the time but was told that it looked really lame.

Harry finally spots Dianna and quietly asks her for a word, and the two walk off together. Harry warns her that the Dianna Counter plan to attack the valley and requests her to return to the Soleil. She retorts by stating he needs to stop Phil’s attack, but he says it’s too late for that. Loran sees them arguing and rushes to Dianna’s safety, thinking that she’s in danger. Dianna calms him down by introducing the two to each other and Loran excitedly thinks Harry wants to defect, which he refuses. Lt. Poe, who’s patrolling the area in advance, has had enough and begins to bombard the valley. In the midst of the commotion, Harry wonders if Loran can even keep Dianna safe. Dianna harps back by stating that she’s here by choice because she wishes to live with the Earth’s people. Mind you, this is in stark contrast to her attitude just a few episodes ago; it’s Kihel’s speech and vision that has reassured her that the Moonrace are in good hands. She threatens to expose Harry’s identity if he doesn’t leave her alone. There’s a lot of amusing back-and-forth between the three here, as they accuse each other of wearing disguises (which’s amusing, because all three have hidden their identity at some point). As the bombardment continues, Dianna takes cover with Sochie and Harry heads back to his SUMO, while Loran sorties in the White Doll.

The Militia engage in combat with Poe’s beefed-up WaDom. Loran blocks a full-on beam shot with his shield, and as Poe presses the attack Harry intercepts her. He calls on her to stop the solo endeavor because there are still Moonrace engineers in the valley. Loran uses his newly unearthed rifle to push them back, and Poe and Harry retreat back to the Soleil. The episode ends with Guin christening the spaceship as the “Willghem”, in honor of the late Will Game who originally discovered it.

Turn A Gundam Episode #22 Credits
Loran – Romi Park
Kihel – Rieko Takahashi
Dianna – Rieko Takahashi
Sochie – Akino Murata
Guin – Gou Aoba
Harry – Tetsu Inada
Poe – Yumiko Nakanishi
Phil – Tsuyoshi Koyama
Miran – Kazuyuki Sogabe
Sid – Akio Nojima
Ladderum – Ikuya Sawaki
Gavane – Hochu Otsuka
Bruno – Kazunari Tanaka
Jacop – Hidenari Ugaki
Horace – Hirohiko Kakegawa
Miashei – Noriko Kito
Ladderum – Ikuya Sawaki
Ship Captain – Shinya Ohtaki
Soldier A – Takuya Kirimoto
Soldier B – Toshihide Tsuchiya
Soldier C – Kihachiro Uemura
Child – Nami Okamoto
Mother – Miho Nagahori

Key Animation – Yasuhiro Seo, Tatsuo Yamada, Hiromi Maezawa, Kazuyo Nakamura, Takenori Tsukuma, Katsuhisa Yamamoto, Susumu Yamaguchi, Akitoshi Yokoyama, Miho Asatani, Dan Kongoji, Takao Takegami, Tomohiro Kawahara, Yoshihito Hishinuma

In-between Check – Sachiyo Hirade
In-betweens – Taeko Watanabe, Kazuyo Tominaga, Studio Kuranke, Studio Mu, Studio Dub (Reiko Saitou, Yoshiaki Wada, Kazumi Inadome, Yoko Kojita), FAI International

Color Setting – Akemi Nagao (EMUAI)
Assistant Color Coordinator – Miyuki Sato (EMUAI)
Finishing – EMUAI (Chiho Nishioka, Yasuko Suenaga, Miho Suzuki, Yukari Goto, Takako Okude, Kumiko Matsuhara), FAI International
Finishing Manager – Fumie Maebayashi

Art Board – Yukiko Maruyama (Atelier Musa)
Backgrounds – White Map (Masashi Hasegawa, Sachie Endo, Junko Sakurai, Akiko Manabe)
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, Makoto Takakura, Akira Iribe, Hirofumi Araki)
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 – Kunihiro Mori
Animation Director – Atsuo Tobe
Screenplay – Jirō Takayama
Storyboard – Kunihiro Mori
Assistant Episode Director – Masakazu Hishida
Production Advancement – Hiroyuki Sato, Tatsuto Higuchi
Production Desk – Yoichi Watanabe
Literary Coordinator – Tetsuko Takahashi
Setting Production – Koji Yasukawa
Production Secretary – Michiko Yamamoto

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