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EPISODE 2:
WOLF SWORD!
CALL FORTH THE THUNDER OF COURAGE!

ORIGINAL AIRDATE:
10/07/1986
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SYNOPSIS

Rom, Leina, Jet, Drill and Jim mourn at Kirai's tomb. Rom vows to honour his father by fighting off the Gyandlar and follows the Wolf Sword's directions to find the next threat to Cronos. Jet and Drill decide to follow and help. Above the planet Gadess punishes Grujios for his failure, but allows his lieutenant and the Devil Satan 6 another chance at finding the Hyribead. He sends them down to find any buildings with the Wolf Head emblem. They soon find one at a city but Rom catches and attacks the Devil Satan 6 members at the gates. He struggles in the fight, but insists Jet and Drill leave it to him. Rom succeeds in driving the Gyandlar off, but is injured and collapses. Leina and Jim have also decided to follow Rom but are intercepted and captured by the rest of the Devil Satan 6.

Rom is recovering in the city when Grujios and the Devil Satan 6 arrive with their captives. They promise to leave the settlement alone if Rom, Jet and Drill are sent out. Despite Rom warning the city folk that Grujios won't keep his word the inhabitants agree. Sure enough once the travellers are tied to crosses Grujios starts slapping everyone around trying to find out about the Wolf emblem. A young boy named Ziggy releases the travellers and with help from Flex distracts the Gyandlar - but not before Rom falls down a ravine. There Rom receives a vision from Kirai and returns to save the city inside Kenryû. After the Devil Satan 6 combine, Rom summons Baikanfu and drives off the Gyandlar again. Rom returns to his comrades and agrees to continue his quest with their help.


NOTES

Kirai's tomb is the rocks that fell on him with the Wolf Sword emblem carved onto it. Rom has a device on his wrist for summoning the Battle Flex jeep, which has limited sentience itself. Battle Flex was included in the toyline - if it looks familiar, it's because the toy is based on Galoob's Power Machines Flex.

The boy Ziggy from the settlement actually transforms into a red car unlike most Cronos Tribe members - maybe he's a young Battle Tribe member? The design is like a cutesified Supercar Robo.


TRIVIA

Cronos Tribe Featured: Leina Stol, Rom Stol, Ziggy, Logan.

Battle Tribe Featured:
Triple Jim, Rod Drill.

Jet Tribe Featured:
Blue Jet.

Gyandlar Featured: Grujios, Diondra, Gadess, Devil Satan 6.

Anime Clichés: Leina cries little sparkly stars. Get used to seeing that. Jet slices one of the nameless Gyandlar mooks in half with geometric precision. This time it's Devil Satan 6's time to get a overlong combination sequence - 35 seconds. There's the first appearance of a trio of Rom's pompous declarations too: -

  • "You don't even deserve to know my name!", which usually comes when he confronts whichever Gyandlar about midway through the second act and is accompanied by cod-Ennio Morricone music.
  • "Wherever there is darkness, there is light. Wherever there is evil there is also good! The emissary from the heavens, Kenryû, is here!" whenever he forms Kenryû.
  • "Heaven, Earth, Fire and Water, grant me the power!" when summoning Baikanfu.

Again, get used to that.

Errors: There's a rather muddy message here - Rom goes off to undertake the quest by himself. When his friends come along to help they do nothing much and Leina and Jim only succeed in putting everyone in danger yet Rom agrees they should all come along and help after this poor showing.


REVIEW

Still very bland despite some nice animation. Leina's very irritating already, doing little but cry, wail and be captured and the grim stoicism of the others isn't a whole lot better. Trying to spin an episode's worth of plot out of the investigation of a single carving was always going to be a struggle and this one's not equal to it - whatever exactly the Wolf Emblem signifies is largely ignored.

Add into this that the ending - with Rom turning up as Kenryû, getting kicked around by Devil Satan 6, summoning Baikanfu and then forcing the bad guys to retreat - is identical to the first episode and it's not much fun. In fact you could probably skip this episode entirely with minimal trouble.