The Best Episodes Directed by Kunihisa Sugishima
#1 - Forever Four
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Season 1 - Episode 36
In Africa, Amuro, Char and Kamille rest in a Karaba camp. Char doesn't want to attack Kilimanjaro yet, and Amuro thinks he is underestimating the Karaba's abilities. Later, Char and Kamille walk alone and Kamille asks why they don't attack. Char says he believes Kamille is ready to fight, and Kamille asks why he didn't kill Four. Char says Four has an ability to influence others and that Kamille would become useless if she was dead. He says he thinks Kamille believes he can rescue Four. Kamille asks Char to help him rescue Four so she can become normal again. Char says she is conditioned to fight with drugs and hypnotism, and Kamille doesn't want to hear any of it. He drives off in a jeep with a glider and heads for Kilimanjaro. He takes off in the glider and flies towards Kilimanjaro. While Four is taking a bath she senses Kamille and gets out of the tub. Kamille penetrates the base and senses Four's presence. Four sneaks up on Kamille and jokes that she will shoot him because he is an intruder. In another part of the base, Jerid leaves the infirmary on crutches. He sees Kamille and Four run by and decides to follow them. Four takes Kamille to her room and offers him a drink. He asks her if she remembers anything of her past, and she begins to reach for the gun in her refrigerator. She gets him a drink and they kiss. She suddenly pushes away from him when she feels intense pain in her head. She asks Kamille to get her medicine, but the bottle he finds doesn't have enough. He takes her to the infirmary and asks Namicar for medicine. Namicar recognizes him as a Gundam pilot, and he attacks the guard in the room. He holds Namicar at gunpoint and tells her to restore Four's memories. She says that is impossible, and Jerid comes in with his gun. Four tackles him and escapes with Kamille. They run out to the mountain top and are chased by Jerid. When several Karaba suits fly by, Kamille takes advantage of the distraction and throws Jerid over the side of the mountain. Four asks if Jerid would have killed them, and Kamille says he certainly would have. Amuro and Char lead the Karaba forces in another attack on Kilimanjaro. Char is using the Zeta Gundam in Waverider mode as flying armor and searches for Kamille. Nearby, Kamille and Four run down the mountain to escape from the battle. She suddenly feels immense pain in her head and sees Kamille as an enemy. He tries to talk sense into her, but she knocks him aside and calls the Psyco Gundam. He tells her not to get inside that evil machine, but she ignores him. Inside Kilimanjaro, Jamitov gets inside a shuttle to head back to space. Jerid climbs up the cliff and uses a secret entrance to get back inside the base. He takes out the prototype Byalant mobile suit despite objections from the mechanics. Kamille chases the Psyco Gundam, and Char spots him. He tells Kamille to pilot the Zeta Gundam, and Kamille says he doesn't want to shoot at Four. Char tells him not to be so childish during war. He tells Kamille he should find a way to help her, and Kamille says there is no way to do that. Char takes off while Kamille gets inside the Zeta Gundam. He is immediately attacked by Jerid and engages him. Four receives orders to protect Jamitov's shuttle and begins to attack Karaba. Char tries to shoot down Jamitov's shuttle, but Four attacks him and forces him to regroup with Amuro. Kamille continues to fight with Jerid and abandons the fight to find Four. He finds the Psyco Gundam, and Four suddenly becomes her normal self again. Jerid attacks Kamille with his beam saber, and Four jumps in front and blocks the attack. The beam saber goes through the Psyco Gundam's head, which is the location of the cockpit. The head explodes, and Kamille finds Four's body nearby. He begins to cry uncontrollably as Amuro and Char watch. Amuro says that people make the same mistakes over and over, and Char agrees. As Kilimanjaro explodes, Char grabs Kamille and Four's body in the Hyaku Shiki's hand and tows the Zeta Gundam away. On the Audhumla, Kamille cradles Four's body in his arms and tells Char he will never call him Quattro again. Wow, this was quite an episode. It's filled with tragedy and great drama for Kamille. Though he is reunited with Four, their reunion is fated not to last. Their few brief moments of happiness are interrupted by the mind warp the Titans have performed on Four. Throughout this whole episode we get to see Kamille much more emotional than he usually is. He loves Four, and at times it clouds his judgment. Jerid is also back after six episodes, and I'm sure he wants revenge for Mouar's death. However, he ends up killing someone Kamille cares for, which only perpetuates the deep hatred they already have for each other. What Amuro and Char say at the end of the episode is quite true. Their rivalry was the cause of Lalah's death in the original series, and the same is true here with Kamille, Four and Jerid. The question now is how will Kamille act after this? Will he become emotionally dead like Amuro did, or will he do something different?
#2 - Greed
Nabari no Ou Season 1 - Episode 5
Finally back in Banten, Miharu, Kouichi and Raimei destroy Banten's ninja skill books. Later, trouble arises when Miharu's teacher and former Kairoushuu member Masami Yamase appears. Kouichi and Raimei come to his rescue, but when Raimei finds out that he knows of a person she's after, can she kill him?
#3 - Shuttle Launch
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Season 1 - Episode 13
Amuro Rei is under house arrest at a great mansion in Cheyenne, Wyoming, when he is visited by former White Base crewmember Frau Bau -- now married to Hyato Kobayashi -- who is on her way to Japan with her adopted children Katsu, Retsu and Kicka. Katsu is contemptuous of Amuro's pacifist refusal to take part in EUG space operations. Quattro and Hyato prepare to transport the AEUG forces back to the Ahgama from Kennedy Space Center. Kai leaves a note for Hyato stating his certainty that Quattro is really Char Aznable. When Hyato confronts Quattro with the note, he denies it. Camille challenges the denial, but Quattro calmly replies "I am Quattro NOW." Appori commands one of the shuttles. Just before launch, Braun Burtark attacks the Space Center in the Titan variable Mobile Armor Asshimar (NRX-004), destroying one shuttle. The AEUG forces counterattack, but Roberto's Rick Dias takes a fatal hit defending Appori's shuttle from Braun's last-ditch assault. The Asshimar breaks off the attack and retreats as Appori's shuttle lifts off.
#4 - Mirai Captured
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Season 1 - Episode 18
Four sneaks off the Garuda to track down the (to her) unknown pilot of the Mark-II who touched her mind so deeply. Amuro escorts Mirai and the children aboard a cruise ship that will take them to relative safety until the Kalaba can find a way to reunite them with Bright on the Ahgama. Four comes ashore near the marina and notices Camille waiting for Amuro. After hearing Amuro's name called, she hitches a ride with Camille to get a line on the Mark-II pilot. Mirai and the children are kidnapped while Camille and Four are driving around Hong Kong. The Titans will release them for the surrender of the Audomura, but Amuro trades himself instead. Camille goes to the rescue in the Mark-II, surprising the submerged Marine Hizack (MS-06M) ambushers by coming in underwater himself.
#5 - Scirocco Rises
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Season 1 - Episode 46
With the Axis-Titans alliance on the ropes (what with Hamaan having double-crossed the Titans, captured the colony laser, and smashed the asteroid Axis into the Gate of Zedan), the leaders of both sides (Jamitov, Hamaan and Scirocco) meet aboard Hamaan's flagship to see if they can't work things out. Meanwhile, Katsu sneaks aboard the ship with the hare-brained notion that he's going to whack Scirocco and win Sara's love. He meets up with Char (still hanging out aboard Hamaan's ship), who improves on Katsu's plan by breaking into the conference room and trying to kill *everyone* involved. As luck would have it, Scirocco has meanwhile pulled a gun on Hamaan; Char breaks in, draws a bead on Scirocco, Sara senses the threat and fires her mobile suit's beam guns through the ship and into the conference room. Total chaos ensues, and everyone flees; Scirocco finds himself alone in the room with Jamitov, and shoots him just for kicks. Then he flees the Axis flagship, telling the Titans fleet that Hamaan had Jamitov whacked. The Titans open fire on the ship and destroy it. Now that everybody's outside in their mobile suits, Hamaan and Scirocco face off in one of those newtype staring matches. Reccoa and Sara, watching from the sidelines, decide to take out Hamaan while she's distracted - but Katsu has the same idea in regards Scirocco, and comes zooming in to shoot him in the back. Sara takes the hit, saving her purple-haired Humbert Humbert.
#6 - The Awakened One
Nabari no Ou Season 1 - Episode 1
Miharu Rokujou is asked by his classmate, Kouichi, to join the school nindou club. After refusing, Miharu is asked by his English teacher, Kumohira, to join the club. Although the two look like a student and teacher, there's more to Kouichi and Kumohira then meets the eye.
#7 - Moon Attack
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Season 1 - Episode 23
The Titans begin Operation Apollo to take control of Von Braun City. Quattro, Henken and Katsu leave the city in a space cruiser to prepare for the expected attack. Scirocco gives his troops their final mission briefing and leads the fleet from the Dogoth Gear. Quattro in the Type-100 and Camille in Z-Gundam engage the Titan Mobile Suits near the lunar surface while the Ahgama is attacked by the Titan fleet. Fa reluctantly enters the battle and Camille backs her up. Quattro's damaged Type-100 almost destroys Jared's Gabthley, but Moira rescues him. Scirocco very selectively launches his troops as the Dogoth Gear descends unopposed toward Von Braun City, having diverted the defenders away from his true target: the spaceport. Later, Jamaican reprimands Scirocco for his unorthodox tactics, even though they were totally successful. Scirocco's apology is sincere on the surface, but he clearly won't forget this incident. Fa is ashamed of her panic during the battle, all the more so because everyone insists on crediting it to her youth and inexperience.
#8 - Crisis at Side Two
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Season 1 - Episode 29
Radish orbits the Moon over Von Braun City as Ahgama goes on alone to Side 2, where a minor revolt is in progress and a Titan raid is expected at any time. Quattro takes the Type-100 to Von Braun City to brief AEUG's backers on his mission to Earth. Bright gets word that the Alexandria carries the same G-3 nerve gas used on Bunch 30. Camille is teased for hanging around waiting for Reccoa and goes to see Fa, who has been given charge of the refugee children Shinta and Qum now that Reccoa has returned. Jared briefs his troops on their mission at Bunch 25 (Side 2) -- they will indeed be using G-3. The mayor of Bunch 25 is having second thoughts now that the Titan force is known to be on the way. The Alexandria approaches the colony disguised as an asteroid. The Ahgama opens fire on it and launches Camille in Z-Gundam and Reccoa in the Methuss as the Titan Hizacks attach the G-3 canister to Bunch 25's hull. Jared's Gabthley goes after Z-Gundam, taking the battle into the colony. Katsu, in a Nemo, prevents Moira's Gabthley from destroying Z-Gundam. Reccoa destroys the G-3 canister and the Titan forces withdraw. The Ahgama docks with the colony and Bright lectures the mayor on the futility of trying to deal with the Titans.
#9 - Surprise Attack
Nabari no Ou Season 1 - Episode 3
Miharu and the others arrive when the Fuuma village is under attack. Although the group takes out a couple of the enemy ninja, they are easily defeated by the strongest of the group. Will Miharu have to use his hijutsu to save himself and everyone else?
#10 - Awakening
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Season 1 - Episode 41
Rosamia refuses to see the doctor until Shinta and Qum convince her by example that there's nothing to fear. Aboard the Dogoth Gear, Basque orders Reccoa to prove her new loyalties by leading an attack on Bunch 21 (Side 2). Reccoa's Messala and the pair of Hizacks with the G-3 nerve gas bomb are detected by the colony and intercepted by a squad of Nemos. Camille in Z-Gundam and Emma in the Mark-II take off to join them, but Quattro stays behind to keep an eye on Rozamia. Using the children as a diversion, Rosamia takes a Nemo (which she derisively calls "A simple machine!") and chases after her "brother" with Quattro close behind in the Type-100. Meanwhile, the G-3 is released into Bunch 21 with deadly effect. Camille senses the deaths of the eight million inhabitants. Battle is joined. Camille sees Reccoa in the Messala, but is accosted by Rosamia before he can confront her. Camille and Rosamia enter Bunch 21 through a breach in the hull. Rosamia witnesses the mass murder as Camille exacts a measure of revenge by blasting the Hizacks. Quattro confronts Reccoa, but can't bring himself to stop her. Rosamia, like Four, falls victim to her programming and suddenly sees Camille as the Enemy. Emma keeps Rosamia from killing Camille, who stops Emma from killing Rosamia. Reccoa and Rosamia escape, leaving Camille and Quattro to reflect on the consequences of their actions.
#11 - Father and Son
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Season 1 - Episode 5
The captured Mark-II 02 and 03 are partly dismantled for repairs. Franklin offers a few suggestions, and then grabs a laser torch and forces one of the workers to get him into Quattro's Rick Dias. He escapes from the Ahgama, hoping both to redeem himself in the eyes of the EUG and earn a great reward for himself and his mistress with the capture of a piece of AEUG's best military hardware. Quattro gives chase in the Mark-II 01, followed closely by Camille in the one-armed Mark-II 03 -- its left arm is still being repaired. The Mark-IIs and Rick Dias are attacked by the Alexandria, which is unaware of Franklin's escape. Quattro's Mark-II 01 is disabled as Camille arrives on the scene. Camille gets the drop on his father's Rick Dias, but is unwilling to shoot him. Franklin doesn't share his son's reservations and empties his magazines in a vain attempt to hit Camille's wildly dodging Mark-II. A shot from the Alexandria settles the matter, blowing a hole through the Rick Dias, which explodes just as Franklin is bailing out. Camille has lost both his parents to Titan ruthless, watching them die just a few feet away, unable to save them. Back on the Ahgama, Quattro tries to console Camille by telling him about Char Aznable, who acted entirely on his own and kept his feelings to himself until he'd avenged the deaths of his parents. Camille is unconvinced, but Emma Sheen and Reccoa Londo notice the change in Quattro's character.
#12 - A New Bond
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Season 1 - Episode 9
Reccoa is captured just after landing in the Amazon. She is rescued by Kai Shiden, who piloted the Guncannon (RX-77) during the One Year War, but is now a war correspondent working with AEUG. Kei tells Reccoa that the Titans are moving their HQ out of Jabrow and together they plot to capture a base radio station and transmit this information to the Ahgama. Camille is spending most of his spare time fixing Haro, so much so that he's late for a command staff meeting. Won Lee is outraged by Camille's tardiness and backtalk and "disciplines" the boy by beating him up. Camille recovers in the men's locker room where Quattro, Appori and Roberto are getting ready to test the new Anaheim Electronics Type-100 (MSN-100). Quattro is planning a raid on Granada to capture supplies and the New Salamis-type battleship being built there. Camille joins him in the Mark-II 03. Aboard the Alexandria, Basque's personal aide Jamaican Daningan is also inspecting the new Marasai (RMS-108), which are also built by Anaheim Electronics. Corcoran spots the AEUG Mobile Suits on the lunar surface while monitoring Ammon and orders an attack on the Ahgama with a squad of Hizacks. Emma goes out in the Rick Dias to defend the Ahgama. Quattro and Camille take control of Grenada in a quick battle. Camille's Newtype powers alert him to Emma's predicament. He returns to Ammon just in time to save Emma and turn the tide of battle against the Titans. Reccoa and Kai infiltrate the Titan HQ in Jabrow.
#13 - Duty Declared
Nabari no Ou Season 1 - Episode 4
After chasing Yoite off, Kotarou has the remaining Fuuma ninja treat the wounded while he makes up causes of death for the dead. Thanks to the Fuuma ninja, Miharu's group is treated of their injuries and even Kumohira is saved. Later, after everyone has gathered before Kotarou, Miharu learns of the past of the Shinrabanshou and what will happen to the user if it is removed.
#14 - Raimei Arrives
Nabari no Ou Season 1 - Episode 2
Now a part of the nindou club, Miharu continues his indifferent ways and doesn't really participate in training. Much to Kouichi's and Kumohira's disappointment. When a girl samurai named Raimei Shimizu comes to see if Miharu would be a good ruler of Nabari, she finds it hard to believe that Miharu is the one she is looking for.