This episode starts out with a recap of everything that lead to this moment. Basically, the Decepticon god, Devil Z, called on BlackZarak, a powerful Decepticon fighting Autobots in space, to come to Earth. Grand Maximus got word of this and got to Earth first to warn the Autobots and give them plans to build a power up for Ginrai, allowing him to become God Ginrai and fly in space. And it happened just in time, because Overlord flew up to the moon to meet BlackZarak and God Ginrai has followed to stop him. The episode begins with God Ginrai having to hold off both BlackZarak and Overlord.
God Ginrai doesn’t get off to a great start. BlackZarak hurls a trident right through his arm, leaving a big hole there. So, outnumbered and without any backup, God Ginrai is in for the fight of his life.
Hit the jump to see how it goes down!
BlackZarak beats on God Ginrai some more and throws him aside. Overlord confronts BlackZarak, wishing to end the fight and escort him to Earth to meet Devil Z as he has been commanded. BlackZarak transforms from scorpion to robot mode, but he can’t do it like a normal Transformer. He has to announce “big transform” as he does it. Because he’s really big.
Overlord doesn’t even know this dude’s name. Seems like the kind of thing Devil Z could have bothered to let him know. I guess Devil Z didn’t want to risk the Autobots somehow finding that out. I may be reading too much into things, but his name being a secret implies to me that that means he is the same Zarak from last season, which is something the Autobots would know about. Either way, Overlord really wants to know his name.
BlackZarak is determined to finish off God Ginrai, but Overlord keeps pestering him about going to Earth. Why didn’t BlackZarak just go to Earth? What’s up with the whole meeting having to take place on the moon anyway? It’s not like they picked up anything special there. The Decepticons have goofy plans.
While Overlord slows everything down, God Ginrai recovers and figures out that BlackZarak is the rumored Decepticon weapon that was sent from space. He also guesses that the falling asteroids back in episode 23 were courtesy of BlackZarak. Wow. I had no idea about that. I mean, it makes a type of sense, but there weren’t really any clues that that’s what was going on.
God Ginrai also realizes that Overlord is trying to escort BlackZarak to meet the Decepticon leader and is surprised to learn that Overlord isn’t actually the leader himself. Overlord shouts out that he serves and RELIES on the emperor and is his own person. Not the most intimidating thing to shout out. He’s just sort of stating facts about his opinion of himself at the end there. “I enjoy sunsets and I don’t think that makes me weak!”
Overlord separates into the Megajet and Gigatank to attack God Ginrai. He shoots down the jet with his new God Cannon but gets shot in the back by BlackZarak. He’s just too overwhelmed by the two opponents. Things are looking grim for God Ginrai.
Down on Earth, the Autobots don’t know what’s going on. There’s a “magnetic storm” blocking their communications. I swear they stole that from every episode of Star Trek ever.
Lander makes a “joke” that Ginrai just doesn’t realize they’re calling him because he’s not used to being called commander. Hilarious. Shuta tells him to knock it off. Is Shuta growing up? Is this character development? Or is this just out of character? You decide.
Lander calms down and suggests they just start drinking until the communications are cleared up. Pretty much zero reaction from the rest of the team, but he wanders off to get himself a drinky poo. This show has its characters drink so often, I was shocked he didn’t show off a specific brand this time. They’ve done that plenty of times in the past.
Meanwhile, God Ginrai is getting his ass kicked by Overlord and BlackZarak. Especially BlackZarak. He big-transforms into a scorpion and starts humping God Ginrai like crazy. God Ginrai struggles to throw him off and comes up with an actual strategy. He separates into Super Ginrai and the Godbomber. While he draws Overlord’s fire, the Godbomber shoots Overlord in the back. Super Ginrai grabs his gun and shoots at BlackZarak, but is still overwhelmed and is forced to run away to catch some distance and time. ACTION!
While this epic battle is taking place, the Autobots sit around impatiently. Shuta grabs Cab’s Rubik’s Cube and desperately fiddles with it. Nothing like a relaxing speed-game of solving the cube!
The communications console lights up and everyone runs over, but it isn’t Ginrai. It’s actually Grand Maximus, telling them he’s actually on his way to the moon now. Where the hell did he come from and why then? It’s awfully convenient. Ever hear of the concept of the Clockwork Universe? It’s the idea that in fiction everyone is working to advance the plot and aren’t very invested in anything else going on outside of the main character’s arc. That’s this show times a million.
And sure enough, just as BlackZarak has SuperGinrai in his sights and is about to finish him off, Grand Maximus’ fortress mode flies in and blasts him back. He then transforms and I think this is the first time someone has shouted “Head on!” for their transformation since last season’s Headmasters. Head on indeed! The odds are evened.
Grand Maximus starts speechifying about how he won’t allow the Decepticons to win. Dude, there’s a time and a place for talking tough. Maybe punching is a good idea right now.
He listened to me! He begins punching and kicking BlackZarak all over the place. There’s even a really sweet side kick to his gut. I screencapped it. If there’s one thing the Japanese version of the show does well, it’s the fights. I can’t screencap it all, but they do innovative punches and kicks and even a bunch of wrestling moves. It helps keep it from being monotonous laser blasts back and forth.
While Grand Maximus keeps BlackZarak occupied, Ginrai struggles to his feet (he’s taken a real beating) and updates the Autobots on BlackZarak. So, even if Ginrai were to die, they know about the threat. The other Godmasters whine to each other that they can’t fly up into space. Tough luck.
Super Ginrai looks at the Earth and realizes how beautiful it is and how cold and dead the moon is and talks about how the Decepticons want to do that to Earth. He finally realizes the beauty he can protect just like Hawk has. He emotionally inspires himself.
After his awesome pep talk to himself, he knocks BlackZarak back, helping Grand Maximus who points out what just happened. Thanks for the obvious, Grand Maximus! Now that it’s two on two, Overlord just about begs BlackZarak to retreat with him back to Earth. The bad guys fly off.
Super Ginrai merges again with the Godbomber and as God Ginrai blocks the Decepticons. He blasts the holy hell out of Overlord who is hurled back towards the moon, head first. Booms and bashes and bonks and konks, yo.
At the last moment, Overlord separates into jet and tank and those crash to the moon. Lord Giga says that if they’d hit as Overlord they would have died. Actually, his speech gets flowery and he says they might have departed this world. I don’t think they landed any softer individually. Why would they?
As far as beating BlackZarak, Grand Maximus transforms into fortress mode and basically lets God Ginrai ride him. So God Ginrai surfs around in space like a cool dude zapping at BlackZarak. I applaud BlackZarak for not collapsing in fits of laughter.
Eventually Ginrai remembers that he can call on Chokon power, shouts out “Eat this!”, which is a frequent and kind of weird catch phrase both sides use on this show. This is strong enough to knock BlackZarak back to the moon as well.
Overlord gives one last attempt to get BlackZarak to follow him to Earth but dude, he’s just not gonna go for that. Give it up. BlackZarak orders Overlord to fly back to Devil Z and tell him that he’s made his own decision to stay and fight. And then threatens to kill Overlord if he doesn’t do exactly that. It’s hard not to like BlackZarak. He’s all business.
God Ginrai then uses his ultimate attack, Chokon God Fire Guts. This basically entails him yelling the name of the move, surrounding himself in energy and smashing himself into BlackZarak. Seems dangerous. I bet Ginrai uses skateboards without a helmet.
The attack blows BlackZarak’s head off. But he doesn’t die! Why not? I had to look this up because I figured BlackZarak was a headmaster like Grand Maximus and if his head is destroyed, he’s basically killed. My research turned in some interesting stuff. Apparently they NEVER explain this on the show, but DID explain it in the Japanese comic books – BlackZarak is in fact the same Zarak that lead the Decepticons last season. The comics explain that Zarak built a new body and hardwired himself into the CHEST. So he sort of is BlackZarak now. No real transtector. Anyway, he tells himself not to forget this. I would think having your head blown off would be memorable enough, but he wants to be sure he commits it to memory.
BlackZarak flies off into space and Ginrai wants to follow, but Grand Maximus assures him he can handle it from here. OK, you better. Because if he shows up again, you’ve done a terrible job finishing off a severely wounded enemy, Grand. Just sayin’.
The Autobots are all celebrating in the command center when Ginrai updates them. Then Lander enters by himself and said he heard they won. Who the hell did he hear that from? Everyone else is celebrating. He’s making shit up.
Oh, it’s because he was drinking. He suggests everyone celebrate with a toast. Cab tells him it’s a little early to drink, but Lander drunkenly ruffles his hair and assures him that it’s okay to drink any time of the day. Wow. What a great hero. Lander is Drunk Uncle.
The episode ends with Grand Maximus and God Ginrai agreeing that they should hang out some time. Uh, sure guys. How about finishing off BlackZarak while you still have a chance?