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EPISODE 9:
DASH OUT, TANK TRANSER!

ORIGINAL AIRDATE:
28/08/1986
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SYNOPSIS

The quest has brought the travellers to the desert of Libidou. While scouting ahead, Rom finds a Tank Transer being attacked by Gyandlar troops. Jet and Drill recognise him as Trim Sponsor and save him from a sand monster. That night, the group spot a mysterious singer in the desert. Trim says it is his girlfriend Lumei but refuses to let them meet her. Trim insists on staying in the desert while the others continue to the city to follow the Wolf Sword. He tells them a safe path but instead the desert attacks the travellers with poison gas. Drill saves them by burrowing underground where they find a giant drill ship with the Wolf Emblem on it. The ship takes them to the local king who tells them Libidiou is suffering an energy shortage since Trim betrayed them on a mission to get Hyribead from another settlement. Drill reacts angrily but Rom offers to recapture the Hyribead for the king, and promises Drill they will find out why Trim did it. They head into the desert and split up to find him.

Trim ambushes Rom, refusing to listen to reason. He acts erratically and begins to break up before suddenly exploding. Rom spots and confronts Lumei, who turns out to be a lifeless android carrying the Hyribead. Rom finds a recording in the robot. Trim's message explains the king - working for the Gyandlar - used an experimental bomb, mutating the desert, killing Lumei and infecting him. He stole the Hyribead to prevent the king making further bombs. The others swear vengeance. In Kenryû form Rom confronts the king, backed by Jet and Drill. The king turns into a massive Gyandlar monster, so Rom calls up Baikanfu and uses the mutated desert to destroy him. Victorious, they bury Trim's remains.


NOTES

Trim - a Tank Transer - was a childhood friend of Drill. He always won Drill's lunch off him when betting. He's very powerful, easily keeping Rom at bay until the after-effects of the experimental bomb catch up with him by turning him into rock and causing him to fall apart. The red areas of the desert are instantly lethal to Machine Robo; the blue areas are inhabited by underground monsters.


TRIVIA

Cronos Tribe Featured: Leina Stol, Rom Stol, Lumei

Battle Tribe Featured:
Triple Jim, Rod Drill, Trim Sponsor, Bulldozer Robo (cameo, flashback).

Jet Tribe Featured:
Blue Jet.

Gyandlar Featured: Gadess, Grujios, Diondra.

Anime Clichés: Jet's sword trick. Again.

Errors: Where the Hell does Flex appear from all of a sudden? I could understand him being left ashore during the visit to Mu but here he suddenly appears a few minutes in.


REVIEW

The best episode yet. The tragic unpredictable Trim Sponsor adds a heart to the thing that just hasn't been present before, while Rod's belief in his friend is a nice touch. The multicoloured desert is a bit strange but at least the thing's trying to introduce some shades of grey to the plot.

There are some nice touches to the animation as well, especially Trim's shocking death, and with some good action sequences and plot twists this one runs along nicely.