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Turn A Gundam Staff, Production, and Episode Analyses – Episode #47 “Ghingnham Invades”

Turn A Gundam‘s forty-seventh episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on March 10, 2000. This is the last episode with scenario by Tetsuko Takahashi.

Turn A Gundam‘s forty-seventh episode was broadcast on Fuji TV on March 10, 2000.

There’s a lot of moving parts in this episode, so I won’t go over every plot detail.

Sweatson’s Mahiroo squad is indiscriminately attacking Amerian towns and cities, using it as an opportunity to adjust to Earth’s natural gravity. Keith and Verlaine get caught in the crossfires of one such attack, and Verlain’s severely injured as a result. Meanwhile, the Whales descends onto Earth; Lily intends to have all North Amerian territorial lords join an alliance with Dianna, as she believes this is the only way to fight against the combined might of Guin’s intelligence and Gym’s strength. They make way for the southeastern border towards Vicinity (Kihel & Sochie’s hometown! We’ve come full circle).

Keith has a doctor examine Verlaine, who appears to be bedridden but doing okay nonetheless. He’s besides himself, unsure of what to do against people who “live to fight”. A Militia aircraft suddenly lands next to his factory. It’s Guin, of course, and he wants to borrow Moonrace engineers employed at Keith’s business. He tells Keith and Horace that the reason he’s arrived with Gym is to put an end to the fighting between the Militia and Dianna Counter. Keith doesn’t trust him since he hadn’t discussed these plans with Dianna, and Horace is skeptical as well. The scene then cuts to Ghingham forces who are attacking and occupying capital cities around the continent—Lousana (yes, Lily’s hometown), Erizona, Miana, and more. Guin tells Horace that he saw the future of Earth and has studied the Dark History, so what he’s doing is correct. They tell him they need more time to think about his proposal. Guin sees himself as a savior of mankind in its darkest hour, comparing himself to the Sun in the fable of “The North Wind & the Sun”. Merrybell goes along with his antics and thinks he’ll be fun to toy around with.

Joseph and Mallygan arrive at Keith’s factory and question him about the Ghingham Fleet—they reckon that since he’s Moonrace that he might know what’s happening. Before he can really answer, the Whales slowly lands in the area. Fran reunites with Joseph, and Lily and the Suicide Squad reunite with Mallygan. Dianna introduces herself to Keith, who’s shocked that he’s in presence of his Queen; remember, in his mind the last time he saw her is when she bid farewell to Loran, Keith, and Fran two years ago. The next morning, the group hold a strategy meeting. Keith presumes that Dianna intends to fight against Ghingham, and Horace suggests that he even surrender himself to Guin to figure out what his intentions are. The Willghem then enters the airspace and Guin begins to speak via loud mic; he informs Lily that her father Lord Borjarno has been reported to be missing. Lily harps back: if he’s missing, then that means that he’s still alive! He intends to unite all of North Ameria and join forces with Queen Dianna. Guin would like to believe her, but their behavior shows hostilee intent. Lily then passes the mic to Dianna, who exclaims that the Willghem’s menacing appearance alarmed the people of Earth. Guin ignores her point and then prods Loran—how does he intend to fight without the Turn A? He once again pleads “Laura” to join him, assuring him that he is not a villain (pfftt). Loran simply tells him to return the Willghem to Dianna and sever his ties with Gym. Kihel then speaks and tells Guin that pointing a gun at people does no favors. At this point, whatever attempt at negotiations that were taking place have failed. Some Militia members fire at Guin, and Joseph launches in his FLAT. Dianna and co. evacuate the area and skirmishes break out between both sides. There’s a lot of chaos and mayhem, and Guin tries to get the Ghingham Fleet to stop their attack but they don’t heed his orders.

Storyboard v. animation comparison shots. Lily teases Loran during a strategy meeting.

Merrybell launches in the Turn A begins attacking as well. Harry puts up a barrier and the Whale’s captain fires an “anti-beam beam” to stop the White Doll’s beam rifle. The beams collide, causing a huge explosion that destroys Keith’s factory and the surrounding area. This scene is one of Atsushi Shigeta’s notable contributions to the show.

Storyboard v. animation side-by-side comparison video of Atsushi Shigeta’s notable cut from this episode.

Guin is furious at Merrybell and orders her to fall back, and together with the Willghem they withdraw from the battlefield. The episode ends with Dianna apologizing to Keith, who vows to continue baking bread and fight in his own way. Harry and Loran decide that the Turn A needs to be reclaimed from the enemy if they have any hope of winning.

Turn A Gundam Episode #47 Credits
Loran – Romi Park
Dianna – Rieko Takahashi
Kihel – Rieko Takahashi
Sochie – Akino Murata
Guin – Gou Aoba
Harry – Tetsu Inada
Keith – Jun Fukuyama
Fran – Kumiko Watanabe
Sid – Akio Nojima
Miashei – Noriko Kito
Joseph – Setsuji Sato
Michael – Tetsuo Kanao
Sweatson – Toru Uganda
Merrybell – Rio Natsuki
Lily – Ai Kobayashi
Mallygan – Hiroya Ishimaru
Bruno – Kazunari Tanaka
Jacop – Hidenari Ugaki
Horace – Hirohiko Kakegawa
Aims – Dai Matsumoto
John – Toshihide Tsuchiya
Verlaine – Nao Takamori
Hammett – Atsushi Murai
Erizona – Mikio Terashima
Condrapht – Kenichi Sakaguchi

Key Animation – Studio Dove (Tetsuya Ishikawa, Kazuhiro Ono, Satoshi Tazawa, Lee Ju, Seoul Dove, Shanghai Dove), Toshio Mori, Atsushi Shigeta, Takao Takegami, Shinji Abe, Daisuke Kusakari, Masakazu Ishikawa

In-between Check – Reiko Saito
In-betweens – Studio Dove (Liu Jun, Reiko Saito, Akihiro Saito, Tomohiro Zaizen, Kazuko Otake, Seoul Dove, Shanghai Dove)

Color Setting – Fusako Nakao (EMUAI)
Assistant Color Coordinator – Miyuki Sato (EMUAI)
Finishing – EMUAI (Yoshiki Ito, Akemi Tejima, Mizumi Inoue, Mayuko Kato, Keiko Hiraga, Naomi Masuda)
Finishing Manager – Fumie Maebayashi

Art Board – Yukiko Maruyama (Atelier Musa)
Backgrounds – Atelier Musa (Shuichi Okubo, Masaki Kato, Mayumi Okawa, Eiko Shinozaki, Yasuomi Kishi, Kozue Oka, Yoichi Yajima, Myong Chi Park)
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)
Digital Coloring – EMUAI
Video Editing – Qtec
Telecine – Makoto Imazuka
Video Editor – Tetsuro Fujita, Minami Takahashi

Mechanical Design – Hitoshi Iwaki, Yoshikazu Miyao, Junya Ishigaki, Mahiro Maeda, Tsukasa Dokite, Kazutaka Miyatake, Takeshi Takakura
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 – Shinichi Sakuma
Screenplay – Tetsuko Takahashi
Storyboard – Akira Nishimori, Minoru Yokitani
Assistant Episode Director – Satoshi Toba
Production Advancement – Hiromi Ogawa
Production Desk – Yoichi Watanabe
Literary Coordinator – Tetsuko Takahashi
Setting Production – Koji Yasukawa
Production Secretary – Michiko Yamamoto

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