The BEST episodes directed by Hiroyuki Yokoyama

Inside the Capsule
175 votes

#1 - Inside the Capsule

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam - Season 1 - Episode 3

Aboard the Ahgama, Captain Henken Beckner interviews Camille and AEUG founder Blex Forra. They are delighted to learn that he is the son of the designers of Gundam Mark-II. The Titans are also aware of the possible consequences of Camille's defection and take immediate action to rectify the situation. Layla Myra Layla, a veteran mercenary pilot from the Granada Moon Base, is sent to intercept and destroy the Ahgama. The battle ends in a draw when a truce is called between the two forces. Emma Sheen comes aboard the Ahgama to hand-deliver Basque's message to the AEUG crew. She is horrified when she hears the terms of her Titan masters: return Camille and the stolen Mark-IIs or his parents will be executed!

The Day of Dakar
166 votes

#2 - The Day of Dakar

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam - Season 1 - Episode 37

Jared is aboard the Garuda super plane pursuing the Audomura, which is en route to Dakar to interrupt an Assembly meeting and use its global broadcast facilities to voice AEUGO and Kalaba grievances. Irma charms her way past the young Titan pilot Eiji to rendezvous with Quattro, airlifted by Amuro's Dijeh and flying sled. While Irma holds the Assembly at gunpoint, Quattro takes the podium and reveals his true identity, saying he speaks not as Char Aznable of the Zion Empire but as the son of Deacon Zion. Zion didn't set out to satisfy personal ambitions, like the Zabi dynasty that murdered him and stole his name, but to step into the sky for the true advancement of mankind. "Not to abandon Earth, as Earth is our mother, we must now go out on our own!" The broadcast is seen by Eiji, who spots Irma, and by Sayla Maas, the alias of Char's younger sister Artesia. Eiji and his cohort launch their Asshimars just as Jared takes off in the Byarlant with a squadron of Custom Hizacks (RMS-106CS). During the dogfight over the city, one of the Asshimars is hit and only Eiji's timely assistance keeps it from crashing in downtown Dakar. Eiji can't hold it and both are about to crash when Camille rescues them in Z-Gundam. Jared attacks viciously, tearing up a downtown city block to get at Z-Gundam. As he closes in for the kill, he is attacked in turn by Eiji' Asshimar -- his way of repaying Camille's earlier rescue. Irma hears the battle raging outside the Assembly and takes a cameraman to the roof. There they broadcast evidence of Titan ruthlessness as Jared attacks Eiji's Asshimar. The Kalaba and AEUG forces make a safe retreat as the EUG Assembly and the world at large officially condemn the Titan's actions. Amuro and Quattro are now truly on the same side.

A Descent Into the Maelstrom
77 votes

#3 - A Descent Into the Maelstrom

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam - Season 1 - Episode 47

The AEUG launches Operation Maelstrom, an all-out attempt to capture the colony laser back from Axis.

Escape from Side One
80 votes

#4 - Escape from Side One

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam - Season 1 - Episode 7

The AEUG leadership approves Camille's enlistment as a regular soldier. Camille isn't sure he wants it, but accepts in order to continue piloting the Mark-II 03. He's concerned about his ability to control his latent Newtype powers. The Ahgama docks at Bunch 30 in Side 1 so that Camille and Emma can witness first-hand Basque's atrocity: three million inhabitants were killed with G-3 nerve gas to suppress anti-EUG activity there. Bunch 30 is now a cosmic ghost town. The Bosnia arrives and Layla leads her commando team into Bunch 30 to size up the opposition. Overhearing the AEUG explanation of the Bunch 30 Incident, she confronts the group with the Titan version -- AEUG rabble-rousers fomented a rebellion. Hostilities escalate and move outside, where Layla's Galbaldy-Beta is soon locked in mortal combat with Camille's Mark-II. The battle triggers Camille's Newtype powers and he kills Layla with a shot right through the cockpit. As she dies, Layla perceives the truth and projects her regret that there is no resolution to the conflict between Earth and its space colonies. Jared is devastated by Layla's death and calls off the attack. He swears vengeance against the pilot of the Mark-II, fulfilling Camille's vision of an endless cycle of violence and enmity between the two. Camille is confirmed as an AEUG soldier/pilot and, having witnessed the devastation of Bunch 30, has no regrets over Layla's death.

Goodbye, Rosammy
78 votes

#5 - Goodbye, Rosammy

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam - Season 1 - Episode 42

Threatened by the Colony Laser at Grips 2, the citizens of Granada evacuate through underground tunnels while the Ahgama and Radish dock with La Vie en Rose for supplies. Camille, Emma, Fa and Quattro meet with the doctor, who tells them that Rosamia is an artificial Newtype. The Titans have given her false memories in hopes of preventing the personality breakdown that destroyed Four, but their plan backfired when Camille turned up looking like her fictitious older brother. The similarity of surnames -- Vidan and Vadam -- may also have been a factor. In any case, Rosamia is both a powerful and inherently unstable Newtype. Aboard the Dogoth Gear, Basque orders a test of the Bound Dock (NRX-055) with Rosamia as pilot. AEUGO goes on the offensive to keep the Titans too busy to use their Colony Laser, attacking a flotilla en route to Bunch 13 (Side 2). Rosamia attacks Fa's Methuss, but is driven back by Z-Gundam. Rosamia is torn between her conditioned hatred of Z-Gundam and her implanted love of her "brother" Camille. As they drift into Bunch 13, he tries to win her over, citing how much her playmates Qum and Shinta miss her. Meanwhile, Quattro finds a pair of Hizacks attaching a G-3 gas bomb to the hull and blasts it. Camille almost wins Rosamia over, but her controllers arrive in a prototype Bound Dock and activate the psycho-wave amplifier used with Four at Kilimanjaro. Rosamia tranforms her Bound Dock into its grotesque combat mode, a mechanical monster four times the size of Z-Gundam, but as before Camille can't bring himself to kill her. Quattro fires on the controller's Bound Dock and disables the psycho-wave. Rosamia loses her fighting spirit and both Bound Docks retreat. Basque returns to Grips 2 and the deadly Colony Laser.

Entering the Atmosphere
79 votes

#6 - Entering the Atmosphere

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam - Season 1 - Episode 11

Bright Noah, who commanded White Base during the One Year War, is appointed Captain of the Ahgama for the invasion of Jabrow. Paptimus Scirocco, pilot of the Messala, leads a surprise counterattack. Emma turns back to defend the Ahgama. The increased mobility of the booster packs developed for the Mark-II helps Emma's Rick Dias repel the assault force. Scirocco is not used to fighting this deep in the gravity well and is forced to pull out, but the Alexandria launches reinforcements. Emma's Rick Dias is damaged enough to prevent safe re-entry, so she reboards the Ahgama while the rest of the AEUG Mobile Suits begin their atmospheric descent. Corcoran pursues the AEUG force in his Marasai, but a ballute failure sends him plummeting out of control to a fiery death.