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IGPX Episode 21: Decision

Original Japanese title: Decision

Team Satomi and Team Sledgemamma continue their race for the second season. Amy Stapleton still has to find her place, and when things get tough, will she be able to pull through? No matter what happens, Team Satomi really needs this win as much as Team Sledgemamma does. Will they be able to cope with another loss when it comes to heading to the championship? This episode features a first look at Team Sledgemamma's coach.

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 Sledgemamma

Yamma pursued Team Satomi with all of his might, but the key to victory was coalescence

Round 5 of races begins with the race between Team Satomi and Team Sledgemamma!

As the race entered the second lap, Team Sledgemamma attacked first and ambushed Team Satomi with their column formation, and unleashed attack after attack on Takeshi. But those attacks didn't hit Takeshi who has become a much stronger pilot since previous bouts. Even River and Dimma using tag-team maneuvers with the intent to conceal their attack didn't phase Takeshi, who almost seemed to know that they were coming. Takeshi then passed them with a very smooth jump. Surprisingly, Team Satomi seemed to focus their attacks all on Yamma, playing Forward, who was in the lead. They broke off Yamma's left leg, and Team Sledgemamma's Running Skeleton entered into the course. Was Team Sledgemamma being overpowered by Team Satomi? Sledgemamma was determined to show that there was no concern for that happening. When their Running Skeleton left the course, Yamma grabbed hold of Liz with his Inner Edge attack, giving Dimma a chance to break off her left arm. And River attacked Takeshi, and in their struggle, Yamma came from above and smashed Takeshi's right arm off. This would likely have been an ideal time for Team Satomi to bring out their own Running Skeleton, but the rules of the IGPX state that Running Skeletons can only be used at the same time as another team using theirs. That opportunity had already passed by. And if you think back to just before Team Sledgemamma used their Running Skeletons, Yamma seemed to easily take Liz's attacks. Perhaps Yamma was purposely trying to create this kind of situation for Team Satomi, where they would want to use their Running Skeleton but would not be able to. But something has seemed different with Team Satomi this year, and that begins to show with what happens next. Losing their balance, Takeshi's and Liz's mechs now lacked precision in not only their offense but their defense due to them missing one arm each. Nonetheless, they appeared to be dancing on the track. Almost as if they had configured a computer program beforehand, Takeshi and Liz used their broken arms as a cover to defend beautifully against Team Sledgemamma. We would see the real beauty of that shortly.

Entering into the final lap, Team Sledgemamma changed into Speed Mode. To Takeshi and Liz not having the advantage of a fully operational mech physically, one might think they may as well have declared it a loss at that point. But in that moment, Amy who switches into Speed Mode carries Takeshi and Liz in front of her mech, in the middle of the two where their broken arms would be touching the body of Amy's mech. 3 mechs became one. The synergy from the slipstream allowed them to pass River and Dimma who were in front of them. Passing Yamma just before the finish line, Team Satomi was able to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd. For Team Satomi, not only did their win bump them to the top of the rankings, but to be able to have Amy come back and finish off the Regular Season, we can probably expect great things as we approach the finals! On the one hand, Yamma was to be forced to retire due to the results from this one race, and he would have surely found this loss to be big. But there's still one chance for him to reverse his fate. While Team Satomi has finished all of their races, the three teams ranked lower still have their own final races for the Regular Season. The current 2nd place ranked team, Team Velshtein, is aiming for a kind of reversal in their final race. The problem is that Team Sledgemamma and Team White Snow have nearly the same odds, as they are only separated by two points for 3rd and 4th place, with the same amounts of wins and losses. Regardless of anything, for Team Sledgemamma, or more specifically Yamma, the win in this final race is going to be necessary for him to avoid being forced to retire. What Yamma needs to do hasn't changed. Now is the time for him to win it!

Music Credits

Toonami Version

By Skalpel
Album: Konfusion
Heard: At the beginning of the episode

"Sunday Seance (Loka Remix)"
By Blockhead
Album: Expiration Date
Heard: Immediately after the song "Hiperbole" finishes

"Rusty Beats"
By Journeyman
Album: National Hijinx
Heard: Just after Team Sledgemamma finishes their pit stop

"Rockit Soul"
By Funki Porcini
Album: The Ultimately Empty Million Pounds
Heard: Just after the commercial break

"Just for the Kick"
By Coldcut
Album: Sound Mirrors
Heard: Towards the end of the race


"Ulterior Motif"

By Trulife

Album: Chill Out 2

Heard: Just after the race finishes

By Journeyman
Album: National Hijinx
Heard: When River tries to get Yamma's attention after the
race (Yamma is still inside his mech)

"For All You Happy People"
By Jaga Jazzist
Album: What We Must
Heard: As the sun is setting and we see Team
Satomi as they appear to be resting near the track

"Coke & Wet (Instrumental)"
By Spankrock
Album: YoYoYoYoYoYo Instrumentals
Heard: When Team Satomi bumps into Team White Snow
later in the day

"Slipped Disc"
By Luke Vibert
Album: Ninja Cuts Vol. 3
Heard: When Miss Satomi and Mark talk in Miss Satomi's office

"Beyond Thought"
By DJ Vadim
Album: U.S.S.R. Resurrection
Heard: The last song of the episode; when Cunningham

Production I.G Version

"Medal of Honor"

By Geoff Zanelli

Album: Directors Cuts (Action)

Heard: During the sceond half of the episode, when Amy talks about how she enjoys the IGPX

"Warm Waves"

By Steve Carter

Album: The Seasons

Heard: When the team meets on the track after the race

"Three Strikes"

By Jim Dooley

Album: WWII in HD (Music from the Original History Channel Series)

Heard: The last song of the episode

Additional Information

US original broadcast date: July 22, 2006
Japan original broadcast date: March 15, 2006

Toonami Version Differences

- About 20 seconds from the episode were cut out. All the cuts were made before the commercial break. No major cuts were made, but include some cut footage from the opening scene, and a few seconds here and there during long pauses to shorten the pauses.

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