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1 Griffin Resurrected
December 1999. Utsumi and Bud have returned to Japan
to challenge the SV2 again, and sell their team's
services in the format of the Griffin. At the SV2 the
AV-Zero is going though it's paces. It has been
improved and is now much faster. Kanuka has returned
to Japan to visit her Grandmother and has dropped by
to visit her former colleagues at the SV2. Detective
Matsui discovers that several top Labor specialists
are in town and informs Captain Gotoh of his findings.
Meanwhile Momoko Sakurayama receives a tip-off that
several arms dealers are also in Tokyo. She informs
Kumagami, who in turn tells Captain Gotoh. Something
big is going to happen. That night the Griffin Labor
returns. Division 2 was previously called out to a
fire, so Division 1 is called in to deal with the
Labor. Bud soon figures out the Zero's weakness; it is
programmed to stop near buildings to avoid damage. He
takes full advantage of this and defeats both
The Dirty Pair (Kei and Yuri) make another cameo
appearance in this episode. They can be seen in the
crowd shots in the beginning as the disguised Utsumi
is pretending to be a juggling busker. Just as they
were in the TV episode "Eve's Trap", Kei and Yuri are
wearing the same civilian clothes they wore in the OVA
Conspiracy of Flight 005". Sunrise
animated both the Dirty Pair OVA and the Patlabor New
OVA Series. Also of note is that Yuki of Division 1
finally has some lines of dialogue. Screenplay by
Kazunori Ito. Released 22 November 1990.
remains of Division 1's Labors return to the hanger.
Noa is somewhat scared of the prospect of having to
fight the Griffin again, but Asuma assures her that
she can defeat it. Meanwhile Schaft's section chief is
livid at Utsumi's actions. Gotoh asks Kumagami about
her relationship with Utsumi. She tells him it is none
of his business. Bud leaves the ship where the Griffin
is being hidden to visit the SV2. He doesn't go into
the hanger to meet them, and stops at the gate because
he is worried that Gotoh might spot him. He is later
chewed out by Utsumi because of his actions. Kurosaki
notices that Bud is becoming more dangerous and
secretly orders to place a bomb on the Griffin without
Utsumi's knowledge. If it looks like the Griffin will
be captured Kurosaki will destroy the Griffin and Bud.
Matsui notices that the labor specialists are on the
move. They are in fact being taken on a bus en route
to the Griffin Labor's next show. Utsumi notices
Matsui trailing the bus and manages to give him the
slip. The Griffin appears that night, the 31st
December 1999, and Division 2 are mobilised. Meanwhile
Kanuka is taking her grandmother on a trip. On the
train she overhears a news report about the Griffin
surfacing again in Tokyo bay. Her grandmother senses
her anxiety and tells her to go and that she will be
fine by herself.
Note that the bus Utsumi and the Labor specialists are
travelling on has the Sunrise logo on the side.
Sunrise is the studio that animated the series. This
OVA is apparently named after the 1988 Gundam film
"Char's Counterattack". In its original release, this
episode was the third episode in the series.
Screenplay by Kazunori Ito. Released 24 January 1991.
3 The Greatest Showdown in History
Griffin is ready to fight Division 2. Momoko
Sakurayama races to the scene, but a traffic jam is
holding them up. She decides she can wait no longer,
and runs to the scene without her camera crew.
Meanwhile the Ingrams face off the Griffin across a
bridge. In the ensuing battle the Griffin escapes off
the bridge into the water and Ota shoots a hole into
the bridge with the shotgun in an attempt to hit it.
But the Griffin pulls Ota's Labor down through the
hole. Ota manages to escape, but his Labor is at the
bottom of the bay.
Kanuka returns to the SV2 hanger to retrieve Unit 3.
She is determined to help her comrades, but will she
make it to them in time? Momoko finally arrives at the
scene to report on the action, but Gotoh and Kamagumi
have other plans for her and her camera crew. They ask
her to film the windows of the hotel where the fight
is taking place. Gotoh believes that the Labor
specialists are watching the show inside the hotel. He
wants to be able to identify them. Utsumi orders Bud
to fight Noa. Bud smashes Noa's Ingram back onto it's
carrier. Noa's Labor is flat on it's back, and Bud is
coming in for the final blow. Worse yet is the fact
her battery is running out.
Note that Noa's screen at the end of the episode says
"Battely Check" (sic). Obviously the animators noticed
their mistake as it has been spelled correctly at the
start of the next episode. In its original release,
this episode was the fifth episode in the series.
Screenplay by Kazunori Ito. Released 25 April 1991.
moving, so Hiromi moves his carrier back, out of reach
of the Griffin. Meanwhile Shinshi rams the Griffin
with his carrier to enable Hiromi and Noa to escape.
Noa's Labor is now totally out of power. She needs to
recharge her batteries fast. Unfortunately the
Griffiin has gotten past Shinshi who tries to block
it, but feels the Griffin's wrath for his trouble. The
Griffin runs after the escaping carrier, but Kanuka
arrives in the nick of time and starts fighting it.
Sakaki has also arrived in machine 3's carrier with a
new set of batteries for Noa. Kanuka needs to hold off
the Griffin until Noa can change her batteries.
Unfortunately Kanuka is severely beaten and has her
Labor's arm ripped off. While most of Tokyo celebrates
the first moments of the new year, Noa goes back into
battle, but Bud announces through the external
speakers of the Griffin that he is finally going to
fight his "big sister" (a term of affection - he's not
really her brother). Noa is absolutely shocked. She
realises that the young boy she met at the game centre
is actually piloting the Griffin. Kanuka tries to
shoot the Griffin, but Noa tries to stop her and
explain who is in the cockpit of the Griffin.
Kurosaki decides that now might be a good time to use
the bomb onboard the Griffin. Utsumi tells him that he
knew about it and that he's already removed it. Both
of them decide that the game is over and leave
disguised as hotel staff. Meanwhile Kumagami has been
trying track down Utsumi inside the hotel. She
confronts him, and we discover the nature of their
former relationship. Utsumi tells her that he wants to
turn himself in. He tricks her when they embrace, and
he throws her in a large laundry hamper and escapes.
Meanwhile Bud and Noa continue fighting, while trading
insults through their external speakers. Noa manages
to get the upper hand and pile-dives the Griffin and
arrests Bud. Kurosaki and Utsumi escape the police
road blocks. Utsumi tells Kurosaki that in fact he did
leave the bomb on the Griffin, and presses the
detonation button as they drive off and flee from the
scene. Division 2 notice the bomb in time, and Kanuka
manages to throw the Griffin into the bay before it
Later, Bud is deported back to India. Kumagami decides
to give away the watch Utsumi gave her when they were
lovers, to Shige. That chapter of her life is now
over. In its original release, this episode was the
seventh episode in the series. Screenplay by Kazunori
Ito. Released 23 June 1991.
5 A Bad Day
up to discover she has a toothache. But some members
of the team think it's more than this, especially when
Asuma has been teasing her about her wisdom teeth all
morning. The team force Asuma to apologise, but that
just makes things worse, especially when there was no
apparent reason to apologise. Shinshi gives Noa
painkillers to ease the pain, but unfortunately she
takes them all at once causing her to sleep most of
the morning. Later in the afternoon Division 2 are
suddenly called out to an incident where a stolen
Labor is running amuck in a forest. Only problem is
that every time Noa takes a step in her Ingram, her
tooth hurts like mad. In its original release, this
episode was the second episode in the series.
Note that one of the names of Hiromi's chickens is
Akemi, no doubt named after character designer Akemi
Takada. Screenplay by Michiko Yokote. Released 25
90% Viewer Rate
The children's TV program "Together With
Mother" has finally been axed after 20 years, and is
about to begin it's final broadcast. Unfortunately one
of the cast members, Kumagoro, a man in a bear suit,
has decided to take the rest of cast hostage by
grabbing them with a small a Labor. He demands
¥300,000,000 and a helicopter or he'll blow up the
cast. To prove his claims, he sets off a car bomb in
the parking lot. Division 2 are called in, but the
producers of the show seem to want to prolong the
situation in order to get higher ratings. Kumagami and
Noa enter the studio disguised as waitresses in order
to free the hostages, but the plan does not go well.
The riot police are called in after Division 2's
failure, but Gotoh thinks they'll just inflame the
situation more. However Gotoh does have a plan which
is so bizarre it might just work. In its original
release, this episode was the fourth episode in the
On one of the walls in the TV station Green Room you
can see a poster for a TV show which features a Zero
Labor. Screenplay by Hibari Arisu. Released 21
hot water system (a 40 gallon drum attached to a
propane tank) at the SV2 literally blows up, Division
2 is forced to go to a bath house to wash themselves.
Upon driving to the bath house, they come across a man
lying unconscious in the street. He identifies himself
as a policeman. He has been tracking down a terrorist
who has been responsible for several bombings of
businesses with contracts with the Babylon Project. He
found the terrorist, but was knocked out by him before
he could be arrested. Before the police officer passes
out, he tells them the terrorist can be identified by
three moles under his right arm. None of the team saw
anybody pass the van they were driving in, so he must
of headed in the other direction; a dead end street
with the bath house at the end of it. The men of
Division 2 decide to arrest the culprit and enter the
bath house. Only problem is that most of the suspects
look like Yakuza members, and who in their right mind
would attempt to look under their armpits?
There's a number of anime references in this episode.
One of the bath house customers looks like Duke Togo
(aka Golgo 13) from "Golgo 13" (Gotoh even calls him
#13), and the pattern the child draws on the back of
the "mole man" looks like the pattern on the chest of
Ken from "Hokuto no Ken" (Fist of the North Star).
Also note that the bomber uses locker 666. Black
Trinary or Black Tri-Stars, is the name of the three
man ace pilot team of Zeon Forces Commandos in "Mobile
Suit Gundam" In its original release, this episode was
the sixth episode in the series. Screenplay by Mamoru
Oshii. Released 23 May 1991.
The Seven Days of Fire
yet again totalled his Ingram in the line of duty.
Sakaki orders the mechanics to fix the labor
overnight. Shige tells him that they can't do it and
have been working non-stop, and will probably need a
night off. Sakaki is sympathetic to their plight and
checks up on the sleeping mechanics. However he finds
tons and tons of pornographic magazines and videos in
their possession. Enraged, he publicly burns the lot
and instigates new rules, banning many popular
pastimes such as fishing, and leaving very little of a
private life. The mechanics are very upset and Shige
decides to talk to Sakaki. Before he can get a word
out, Sakaki tells him that he may be retiring soon,
and that Shige will eventually be head mechanic.
Sakaki tells him that he will have to look after the
mechanics and discipline them. Shige takes this talk
the wrong way, and forms a force to weed out mechanics
who break the rules. This causes the mechanics to
revolt, but some don't agree and splinter groups form.
Kidnappings and beatings of other mechanics begin.
Though the ruckus doesn't effect their work, Sakaki
must do something to regain control.
This episode is a satire based upon Mamoru Oshii's
dealings with on campus political groups at the
collage he attended. The promotional poster for the
idol singer the mechanic puts up at the end of the
episode advertises the album "Akai Megane" (Red
Spectacles), which is also the name of the live action
1987 film Mamoru Oshii directed. Shigeru Chiba who is
the voice actor for Shige played the lead role, Koichi
Todome, in "Akai Megane". Screenplay by Mamoru Oshii.
Released 25 July 1991.
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