MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM II, compiled from the middle section of the celebrated 1979 Japanese animated TV series, continues the action-packed saga of the space ship White Base and its battles with the Zeon Archduchy.
The adventures of the Federation battleship White Base continue on earth as the young crew gains more experience and learns to work comfortably as a team. At one point, however, Amuro Ray overhears the news that he'll be removed as pilot of the Gundam mobile suit and he reacts by taking the Gundam
and flying off into the desert. When the White Base is attacked, he returns, successfully defends the ship, and is reinstated.
In Belfast, where the ship stops to refuel, Ensign Kai Shiden gets involved with Michelle, a Zeon spy. Michelle has a change of heart and opts to join Kai, sacrificing herself in a battle with other Zeon spies. The White Base finally arrives at underground Federation headquarters in the Amazon
jungle, where General Revil congratulates the crew for having survived so many battles. He announces their formation as an Independent New Type Squadron. Several of the possible "New Types," individuals who have heightened intuition and insight, begin to experience regular psychic flashes,
including messages from dead comrades.
Zeon officer Char Aznable leads a spy mission into the underground base to determine what new weapons the Federation is preparing, then launches a major attack. Amuro and Char have their second major confrontation, the Zeon forces are thwarted.
The second "Mobile Suit Gundam" movie was released in 1981 and compiled from episodes 16 to 30 of the original TV series with about 30% new animation. As the second part of a trilogy, it's not as dramatically compelling as the first film, which introduced all the youthful characters by
unceremoniously plunging them into wartime peril, nor as spectacular as Part III (Encounters in Space), which emphasizes the flourishing of the characters' New Type capabilities, but it still boasts numerous twists and turns, tragic deaths, explosive battle action, and occasional quiet moments. It
also deftly charts the shifting, deepening relationships of a solid cast of characters. (Violence.)
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- Released: 1981
- Rating: NR
- Review: MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM II, compiled from the middle section of the celebrated 1979 Japanese animated TV series, continues the action-packed saga of the space ship White Base and its battles with the Zeon Archduchy. The adventures of the Federation battleship… (more)