Mobile Suit SD Gundam's Counterattack Theatrical Short
Easily one of the oddest Patlabor related anime. The reason why I have
included it is because it contains cameo appearances of the
Ingrams. This is a short film which was screened prior to
"Patlabor the movie" in cinemas in July 1989. The first part
of the film (called "The Storm-Calling School Festival") is a
parody of the "Universal Century" Gundam series such as "Zeta
Gundam" and "Char's Counterattack" movie, done in the 'Super
Deformed' (SD for short) style as "Minipato" was. This is the
first of a number of short movies and direct to video episodes
made with SD Gundam characters. Most of these were released in
the late 1980's and early 1990's and spawned further anime and
manga series and model kit releases.
The second part of the film,
which is were the Ingrams make their appearance, is titled
"The Tale of the SD Warring States: The Chapter of the Violent
Final Sky Castle", is the first animated part of the SD Gundam
Sengokuden (Musha Gundam) franchise. This franchise is set in
a world based on the Sengoku period (the Age of Warring
States, from 1467 AD to 1615 AD), which was a
period of near constant civil war, social upheaval, and
political intrigue. Super Deformed sentient mobile suits are
the main characters in the franchise and tone of series is
comedic and references elements of the Gundam franchise.
The story of "The Chapter
of the Violent Final Sky Castle" takes place in the fictional
country of Ark, where the Gundam Army and the Army of Darkness
continually battle over land. The final battle is to be held
in the in the fabled land called the Mominoki Field where once
every 333 years a mysterious castle called Fortress of A Baoa
Qu appears. Once one of the sides occupy the castle, the
victor will control all of the land. Leader of the Gundam
Army, the Shogundam, is told that the castle will appear in 33
minutes and he sends off troops to capture it. However the
Army of Darkness also knows and makes plans as well. In order
to capture A Baoa Qu castle, soldiers must place their
castle's shachihoko (a stylized roof ornament with the head of
a tiger and the body of a carp that is common on the roofs of
Japanese castle) on top of the castle's roof to claim victory.
Naturally things don't go to plan and chaos ensues in the
SD Ingrams (led by an SD Alphonse and Ota's Unit 2 Ingram) make several cameo appearances, first guarding a group of captured Mobile Suits, then participating in an all out battle, with a group of them carrying a ladder in order to storm A Baoa Qu castle. At the conclusion of the battle, two of them can be seen briefly as the dust settles. There are also a couple of very quick minor cameos from the SD Ingrams. Most of the time they're hidden in the background, making it extremely hard to get any clear images of them. Interestingly, there are SD Ingram soldiers in both the Gundam Army and the Army of Darkness. The inclusion of the Ingrams in this film is very unusual as the "SD Gundam" series almost solely focuses on Gundam robots. The reason for their inclusion is of course because this movie was being screened prior to "Patlabor the movie" in Japanese cinemas.
Below is a small selection of images of scenes where the SD Ingrams appear.
This movie is
not available in English anywhere commercially, but it has
been fansubbed. Because I only like to support official
releases, I won't be providing any links to download this
movie. Currently Sunrise is releasing the Gundam franchise via
the Right Stuf in the United States of America, including some
of the more obscure anime in the franchise. There is
reasonable chance that this film may eventually get a
subtitled physical home video US release. There is also a
reasonable chance that Sunrise's Youtube channel, Gundam.info,
may stream the film with English subtitles sometime in the
Bandai Channel and Amazon Prime Japan are currently streaming the second part of the film, "The Tale of the SD Warring States: The Chapter of the Violent Final Sky Castle", separately in Japanese. Bandai Channel and Amazon Prime Japan's current streaming rights only include Japan.
Currently this movie is only currently avalible in the limited release SD Gundam Blu-ray Collection Box by Bandai Namco, and sold via the Premium Bandai and A-on Store websites in Japan only. All Bandai Namco blu-ray discs are region free. This movie was also previously released on VHS (rental only), laserdisc, in two separate DVD box set releases and a rental only single DVD in Japan by Bandai Visual. These releases are in Japanese language only and are not dubbed in English nor do they contain English subtitles. These releases are only available in Japan, and therefore will only work on NTSC compatible VHS, laserdisc and Region 2 DVD players (if you don't live in Japan, check your VCR, laserdisc or DVD player's instruction manual to see if it will play them). Please see the Japanese Specials and Oddities Releases Video List for a complete listing of all releases, formats and product specifications for this movie.
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