Hyperbole aside, since this episode does have some moments of bomb-diffusing, telepathic boob activities, and maybe some other thing that I can’t seem to remember. It is otherwise a constant series of physical violence. It’s remarkable, really.
Two set-piece sieges: Galan’s forces attack the Octagon, The Death Caprice attack Galan’s palace. We got fights on foot, on the field, the rooftops, the cliffs, you name it – all done in the frenetic pace set by the previous episode.
In this post I’ll talk about 2 things I found interesting in the episode: Galan’s idea of regret, and the violence within the Pilder itself.
Kaido took his sword and stormed Galan’s palace like it was some kind of platform action game, fighting all the way up to the top level – the lair of the warlord. The final boss happily obliges, when I thought the right hand woman would give me a sub-boss battle first. Kaido fought like Mazinkaiser himself, pretty much unbeatable and cannot be harmed by mooks.
Galan, however is a different affair, being a far more formidable opponent than Kiba. Galan drives Kaidou out the palace and into the roof and tells him that he doesn’t want to fight him anymore. This is on account of Kaido being a pilot of the Mazinkaiser. Galan wants to fight Kaiser more than he wants to fight Kaido (since fighting in robots is infinitely more awesome after all). He will regret it if he kills Kaido then and robs himself the opportunity to fight Kaiser.
Well ain’t that fucking cool? Galan is a beast and his giant robot is a beast. As he shows the Death Caprice, he’s faster, stronger, better armored, and more skillful than them. He gives Mazinkaiser a solid beating and rips out one of the Kaiser’s eyes before plunging it through the mountain – creating a ravine just for Kaiser.
Galan is a man who gets it. Fighting using giant robots is the best damn thing. There’s just so much more you can do with them! Sparing Kaido was the best thing he could’ve done, even if he found the fight against Kaiser to be rather underwhelming. That’s what the finale is for anyway.
Kaido Gives Magami the Anti-Brightslap
It could be argued that Mazinkaiser’s loss to Galan was due to Magami going majorly butthurt over Galan reading his fortune. Galan spoke about how they’re fated to fight, and this turns out to be a HUGE issue for Magami who’s thoroughly in the self-determinism camp in the human agency vs. fatalism argument.
Magami showed us the limitations of the dual pilot system wherein he basically ignored his co-pilot and launched attack after ineffective attack on Galan’s robot while failing to defend Kaiser from Galan’s own formidable strikes. Perhaps it’s actually a boon that Kaiser can have another pilot even when one is incapacitated.
The story is how Magami got incapacitated. Kaido punched him out cold. It was amazing. The manly strike to the face is a tradition in robot anime, it’s most famous example is Bright Noa hitting Amuro (twice, not even Amuro’s own father hit him) for being a whiny brat in Mobile Suit Gundam. The more contemporary and famous example is Kamina punching Simon in his cockpit to snap him out of his funk in the middle of a fight in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
Kaido perhaps wanted some kind of similar result, but when he punched Magami he really just knocked him out. No it didn’t lead to some dramatic reversal in their fight against Galan. It didn’t serve as some kind of cue for Death Caprice to suddenly turn the tide. To me it just served to point out the language the show spoke: violence and only violence.