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IGPX Episode 19: Moving On

Original Japanese title: Takeshi, Go Forward

Fantine remembers the meaning of her relationship with Takeshi, and decides to go out with Takeshi for the day. The thing is that Takeshi is still having an attitude problem, which is affecting everyone around him. Miss Satomi has to decide how she will deal with him. Will Fantine be able to keep her cool in the next race against Team Satomi, and will Takeshi be able to get over his problems? This episode features a quick look into the Team Skylark facility.

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 Vs. Team Skylark

Team Satomi breaks from their slump in a 'fistfight' of a race!

Was Team Satomi in a slump or in a second-year jinx? Or was last year just a fluke for Team Satomi? Last year's IGPX champions finished their 3rd race this season with only one win under their belt. Satomi's 4th race was them against Team Skylark, who is also not doing so well this season.

Team Skylark has a pattern of winning the first race of the season and then going on to improve their performance throughout the season. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, that first race was delayed. Their first race ended up being against Team Velshtein instead of Team Sledgemamma, and Team Skylark experienced a crushing defeat. Carrying the bad image they had from their first match, they also allowed Team Edgeraid to win in their second match, a team that was considered the underdogs this year. Losing to the lowest ranked team, it seems that there are already fans who are worried that they will drop to the IG-2 at the end of this season. But, the self-titled fan group called "Skylark Freaks" are not giving up yet. The reason is because if Skylark could get 10 points in today's race against Team Satomi, they would be able to continue in the IG-1 without crossing the line that would send them down to the IG-2.

The race began with man-to-man defense from Team Satomi. That was comprised of causing the other team to attack them, luring them into exhaustion. One might consider it as a passive strategy where patience is a virtue. But Andrei (playing as Midfielder) didn't miss his offensive chance to strike either. In the middle of Elissa's attacks, Andrei was able to counter her and strike her left arm. Although that single attack wouldn't normally damage her, because Andrei focused on the same area every time he attacked, the amount of damage was higher because the construction of the arm became weaker from every previous punch. The strength of the punches seemed inversely proportionate to the difference in age between Andrei and Elissa. After that, Elissa dealt a blow to the body of Andrei's mech, sending him very far back behind Elissa. Using the opportunity that that attack afforded her, Elissa caught up to Liz, who was being pushed around by Jessica's hammering attacks. She took Liz's mech from the rear, grabbing her legs, and initiating a giant swing attack. Liz's core junction frame was broken by the attack. On the brink of reaching the third lap, much to Liz's chagrin, she was forced to retire.

Fantine took the lead when Jessica wedged herself between Takeshi and Fantine, who seemed to be probing each other's moves so far in this race. Fantine thought she was going to escape into the lead and win the race, but with only two kilometers left before the finish line, Fantine started fighting off Takeshi who came in from the rear. A rough fistfight broke out from the last corner of the spiral. Both Takeshi and Fantine never considered loosening up the strength of their attacks. But Takeshi got a lucky break. He grabbed Fantine's right arm. He then focused his attacks on Fantine's left leg. He imitated the strategy that Andrei used earlier in the race on Elissa. Repeating violent attacks over and over, Takeshi was able to cause the leg to break off. Fantine who couldn't even smoothly change into Speed Mode, dropped in position while friction from the track slowed down her mech. Team Satomi got 1st and 2nd place. With 3rd, 4th and 5th place finishes, Team Skylark received exactly 10 points.

Barely receiving the 10 points needed to remain above the line where they would fall into the IG-2, Team Skylark has no more room for negligence. In order to get above Team Edge Raid, currently also near the bottom, they will need to win one of the next two races at the very least.

Music Credits

Toonami Version

"Night Time"
By Mr. Scruff
Album: Mr. Scruff
Heard: At the very beginning of the episode

"Close Your Eyes"
By Herbaliser
Album: Take London
Heard: When Takeshi and Fantine go shopping

"Easy Muffin"
By Amon Tobin
Album: Bricolage
Heard: After Team Satomi meets and talks for a bit (as Liz
is leaving the meeting room)

"Break In (Backini Remix)"
By Skalpel
Album: Konfusion
Heard: During the scene with Takeshi, Liz and Fantine

"Sonny"
By Journeyman
Album: National Hijinx
Heard: Immediately after the commercial break

"Batard Sensibles (Instrumental Version)"
By TTC
Album: Batards Sensibles
Heard: After Miss Satomi allows Takeshi to race

"Pulse"
By Hexstatic
Album: Master-View
Heard: Just before and as the race begins

"Dangerous Disco (Director's Cut)"
By Treva Whateva
Album: Music's Made of Memories
Heard: During the second lap of the race

"El Cargo"
By Amon Tobin
Album: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Soundtrack
Heard: The last song heard in the race

"Air to Sky"
By Hint
Album: Portakabin Fever
Heard: At the end of the episode

Production I.G Version

"Vad Forgive Me (Bullfrog Kid Koala Mix)"
By DJ Vadim
Album: U.S.S.R. Reconstruction
Heard: BGM in the store where Takeshi and Fantine are
going shopping

"Minitoka"
By DJ Food
Album: Kaleidoscope
Heard: BGM in the Chinese restaurant Takeshi and Fantine
eat at

"La Centinela"
By Neotropic
Album: 15 Levels of Magnification
Heard: During part of the scene with Takeshi, Liz and
Fantine

 

"Pearlfisher"

Licensed Track (not commercially available)

Album: Ethereal Journeys 5

Heard: During the second half of the scene with Takeshi, Liz and Fantine, and continuing until the commercial break

"Noble Globe"
Licensed Track (not commercially available)

Album: Action 2

Heard: After Miss Satomi allows Takeshi to race

 

"Medal of Honor"

By Geoff Zanelli

Album: Directors Cuts (Action)

Heard: During part of the race

"Go For It! (IGPX Japanese Theme Song)"
By GRANRODEO
Album: Go For It!
Heard: During the latter half of the race

"Air to Sky"
By Hint
Album: Portakabin Fever
Heard: At the end of the episode

Additional Information

US original broadcast date: June 24, 2006
Japan original broadcast date: March 1, 2006

Toonami Version Differences

No changes or cuts were made.

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