Episode Analyses

Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – Episode #24 “Laura’s Howl”

Turn A Gundam‘s twenty-fourth episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on September 17, 1999.

Turn A Gundam‘s twenty-fourth episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on September 17, 1999.

Dianna Counter soldiers are attacking Militia farms, because delayed shipments from the Moon are running late and patience is running thin. Miran asks Harry to make sure Queen Dianna hears nothing of this, as they don’t want to worry her. They regret that negotiation talks have stalled, as it doesn’t appear that Guin Lineford is currently able to unite the continent. The RRET Team—who were introduced in episode #20 as a group of “naturalized” Moonrace—wreaks havoc as they dance and chant to the “spirit” of the Moon, to the confusion of even their peers. This is a curious aspect of the show, where characters in a sense worship the Moon, its culture, and its queen. The RRET Team is agitated because they’re not allowed into Dianna Counter encampments due to their “outsider” status, but Poe guarantees that they’ll still receive supplies. Phil tries to further acquiesce them, but they’re not fully satisfied.

Back at the Militia, Sochie questions why Gavane is attracted to her. He claims to be smitten by her hotheadedness and how she fights to avenge her father. She’s not convinced by his advances but admits that he at least has good reflexes. If this all feels a little quick to the viewer, then that’s likely the intent. It’s meant to showcase the idea that love blooms quickly on the battlefield, and romances in Tomino’s anime can appear subtle and quick in their progression. Nevertheless, Sochie’s still apprehensive about the whole ordeal.

Word gets out that Gavane and Sochie are apparently getting married (that escalated, no?) and Loran is concerned beyond belief because Sochie’s still just a teenager. Dianna, on the other hand, is less worried. She presumes that people who are prepared to lead and die on the battlefield, such as Gavane Gooney, might become more attractive during wartime. She thinks the couple’s resolve is commendable and that the Dianna Counter may be defeated by such zest for life. Other members of the Militia react to the news differently; Yanny bursts out in laughter, thinking it outrageous for Sochie to marry someone from the Lousana militia, and Joseph remarks that there is no accounting for taste. On the Lousana side, Mallygan is unsure if Sochie is worthy of Gavane but Lily thinks they’re a fine match. Guin doesn’t want to stand in the way of other people’s happiness.

Dianna leaves to help at the field hospital again, but on her way there the RRET Team invade. Cancer Kafka—the team’s combat leader—proclaims that they’re fed up with mistreatment by the Dianna Counter and want to regain their honor. They thieve and pillage the tents and patient rooms as bounty “offerings” for the Moon and its queen. Miashei and the head nurse escape with patients as the RRET Team continues its havoc.

Loran implores Sochie to ask her mother for permission before marrying Gavane, but she just thinks he’s jealous. Dianna returns, informing everyone that the hospital’s been attacked, and apparently by a mustached mobile suit. Sochie says she’ll sortie but Loran stops her, claiming that it’s her bedtime (who is he, her mom?) and that Gavane’s Suicide Squad can scout the area. Sochie boldly exclaims that Loran would rather have Gavane dead, to which Loran scolds her. Dianna reprimands Sochie and says it’s rude to keep referring to Loran as her “servant”, and then slaps her, because she’s marrying Gavane for possibly impure motives. Sochie calls her a big meanie and scurries off.

The next morning, Loran and co. recoup at the field hospital and gain information from the head nurse. Loran sorties and finds the Suicide Squad facing off against the RRET Team and engages in combat. Cancer has a mustached boomerang on her FLAT. Loran reprimands her for burning villages in Dianna’s name, which is something she’d never condone. The RRET Team claim that coexistence with Earthers is impossible, but Loran fires back by stating if Dianna hated Earth’s people then she never would have tried to negotiate. They don’t understand just how much this war is making her suffer. Before the battle can escalate, Sochie and Miashei arrive as reinforcements and the RRET Team are forced to retreat.

After the battle, Loran reports what he’d heard from the RRET Team to Dianna. Apparently, they’re descendants of subordinates Dianna had left behind on Earth; a sin of her own creation. Loran pleads her not to say disparaging things about herself like that. She comes to the conclusion that she has no choice but to temporarily return to the Moon to prevent the war from spiraling out of control. The couple then waltz to Yoko Kanno’s “Moon” playing in the background, in an emotionally romantic moment. This scene might feel a little bizarre but it’s worth noting that this episode’s scenario is by Tetsuko Takahashi, a Tomino family friend and Turn A Gundam‘s literary coordinator. She attended Takarazuka Revue performances with Tomino in the mid-90s and this scene is likely inspired by that. Character designer Akiman has drawn a really striking promotional poster of the scene for the Turn A Gundam DVD boxes.

Turn A Gundam Episode #24 Credits
Loran – Romi Park
Kihel – Rieko Takahashi
Dianna – Rieko Takahashi
Sochie – Akino Murata
Guin – Gou Aoba
Miashei – Noriko Kito
Michael – Tetsuo Kanao
Joseph – Setsuji Sato
Yani – Takuya Kirimoto
Ladderrum – Ikuya Sawaki
Bruno – Kazunari Tanaka
Jacop – Hidenari Ugaki
Horace – Hirohiko Kakegawa
Verlaine – Nao Takamori
Gavane – Hochu Otsuka
Mallygan – Hiroya Ishimaru
Harry – Tetsu Inada
Poe – Yumiko Nakanishi
Phil – Tsuyoshi Koyama
Miran – Kazuyuki Sogabe
Lily – Ai Kobayashi
Gavane – Hochu Otsuka
Mallygan – Hiroya Ishimaru
Aims – Dai Matsumoto
Cancer – Urara Takano
Muran – Fumihiko Tachiki
Anan – Mayumi Tsubaki
Ship Captain – Shinya Ohtaki
Head Nurse – Atsuko Mine
RRET Team Man A – Toshihide Tsuchiya
RRET Team Woman B – Takado Honda

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

In-between Check – Tsuguru Fukuda (Nakamura Production), Sachiyo Hirade
In-betweens – Nakamura Production (Kenichi Kasuya, Ryuji Iwabuchi, Tomoyuki Tajima, Isshou Matsuyama, Koji Konno, Hitomi Takechi, Tomonao Ohashi, Keiko Yoshida), Kazuyo Tominaga, Setsuko Takenouchi, Studio Bogey, Anime R, Studio Takuranke, Studio Mu, Studio Dove

Color Setting – Fusako Nakao (EMUAI)
Assistant Color Coordinator – Miyuki Sato (EMUAI)
Finishing – EMUAI (Hiromi Tobita, Ayumi Ando, Yuko Takahashi, Shinichi Yoneda, Wataruko Ikehara, Junko Nakayama)
Finishing Manager – Fumie Maebayashi

Art Board – Yukiko Maruyama (Atelier Musa)
Backgrounds – Atelier Musa (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)
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 – Yasuhiro Minami
Animation Director – Eiji Nakada
Screenplay – Tetsuko Takahashi
Storyboard – Dan Kongōji, Minoru Yokitani
Assistant Episode Director
Production Advancement – Aya Kishida
Production Desk – Yoichi Watanabe
Literary Coordinator – Tetsuko Takahashi
Setting Production – Koji Yasukawa
Production Secretary – Masakazu Hishida

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