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IGPX Episode 14: A New Challenge

Original Japanese title: A New Challenge

A new season has arrived, and Team Satomi is ready to defend their championship title...or are they? Are old problems back to bring down the team, or can Takeshi, Liz and Amy overcome their differences and focus on winning. Meanwhile, a new team has arrived to the IG-1 League, and it has everyone talking. Will this new team have what it takes to even compete this season? This episodes features the first look at Team White Snow, and a new formation used during races from Team Satomi.

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Spoilers Below

Don't scroll down any further if you want to avoid spoilers! The action reports, music credits and screenshots contain some spoilers from the episode!

Report #1

Team Satomi Continues, Team White Snow Enters!

Can this year's newly added team stir up the IG-1?

Just as the start of the 2049 season of the IGPX is upon us, this year's opening ceremony was held today at the Ricky Perch Memorial Hall, where all IGPX teams were invited to celebrate the start of a new season! On stage, Takeshi of Team Satomi commented on being victorious in the 2048 season, saying, "Guess we're better than I thought," and he's in a position where, this year, that title of "champion" will be chased by all the other teams. Takeshi made no mention of his rivals, such as Cunningham and Yamma, but, according to some, he is looking forward to when he can face them again on the course. With everything seeming to be going well with Team Satomi, one concern is the "second-year jinx". Whether their victory last season was just due to beginner's luck or if it was their actual strength remains to be seen. This season's results will speak for themselves when the time comes.

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On the other side of the coin, we have newcomers Team White Snow. They were promoted to the IG-1 this season and are expected to perform similarly to how Team Satomi performed last season. When Team White Snow decisively won the IG-3 League two years prior, they went into the IG-2 League fresh, and they still pulled out a victory in just one year in the IG-2 to jump up to the IG-1. The leader of the team, Zanak, said in his comment on stage, "We're going to take the IG-1 to school." People closely related to the IG-2 and IG-3 Leagues have also said that they are hoping that Team White Snow can show the world Team Satomi's supposed subpar qualities - qualities that they say means that Team Satomi is worthy of actually being ranked among the worst teams. With this new team coming from the IG-2 to compete with veteran teams of the IG-1, this is a season that we will all be keeping our eyes on!

Music Credits

Toonami Version

"Moody Hoe"
By Pest
Album: Necessary Measures
Heard: At the beginning of the episode

"Mr. Chombee has the Flaw"
By The Herbaliser
Album: Blow Your Headphones
Heard: During the IGPX opening ceremony

"All That You Give"
By Cinematic Orchestra
Album: Every Day
Heard: During the reception

"Evolution II (Mr. P Remix)"
By Cinematic Orchestra
Album: Zen RMX Retrospective
Heard: As the lights dim at the reception

 

"Havoc"

By Chase & Status

Album: The Druids

Heard: As Zanak approaches Takeshi at the reception

"Beyond Thought"
By DJ Vadim
Album: U.S.S.R. Resurrection
Heard: When Cunningham and Takeshi meet outdoors

"Count Your Blessings"
By Hint
Album: Portakabin Fever
Heard: When we see Take
shi in his bedroom and as the
Team Satomi pilots converse before the race

 

"Distorted Minds (Zero dB Mix Instrumental)"

By Hexstatic

Album: Distorted Minds

Heard: Immediately before the race begins.

"Day"
By Jaga Jazzist
Album: The Stix
Heard: As the race begins

"Just for the Kick"
By Coldcut
Album: Sound Mirrors
Heard: Just as the teams enter the second lap and also as
Team Edge Raid attacks

"Dark Lady"
By DJ Food
Album: Zen: A Retrospective
Heard: The last song of the episode

Production I.G Version

"Do or Die"

Licensed Track (not commercially available)

Action 2 (not commercially available)

Heard: At the beginning of the episode

 

"Mr. Chombee has the Flaw"
By The Herbaliser
Album: Blow Your Headphones
Heard: During the IGPX opening ceremony

"All That You Give"
By Cinematic Orchestra
Album: Every Day
Heard: During the reception

"Evolution II (Mr. P Remix)"
By Cinematic Orchestra
Album: Zen RMX Retrospective
Heard: As the lights dim at the reception

 

"Country Folk"

Licensed Track (not commercially available)

Album: Drama Simple

Heard: When Cunningham and Takeshi meet outdoors

"Count Your Blessings"
By Hint
Album: Portakabin Fever
Heard: When we see Takeshi in his bedroom and as the
Team Satomi pilots converse before the race

 

"Mission Objective"

By Gavin Greenaway

Album: Directors Cuts (Action)

Heard: Immediately before the race begins

"Day"
By Jaga Jazzist
Album: The Stix
Heard: As the race begins and through the first part of the
second lap before Team Edge Raid attacks

Additional Information

US original broadcast date: May 20, 2006
Japan original broadcast date: January 25, 2006

Toonami Version Differences

- An additional line spoken by one of the mechanics is cut. The scene includes Mark reacting to it, and then the mechanic apologizing to Mark. It's only about 10 seconds or so.

- Towards the end of the episode in the middle of the race, one line from both Takeshi and Liz each are cut.

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