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IGPX Episode 23: Fate

Original Japanese title: Fate

Team White Snow and Team Sledgemamma are facing off for a spot in the finals. Team Satomi and Team Velshtein are vying for the other spot this year. The rivalry couldn't be higher this year. But everyone has something different
that they are bringing to the table. Will this affect the outcome of the races? And will Team Satomi really be able to pull off a win against a team who is solely determined on winning? This episode features a first look at the past between Sir Hamgra and the Rocket and also Cunningham's past.

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 White Snow Proceeds to the Finals

For the second year in a row, a rookie team gets a chance in the finals!

The first playoff race to determine who would go to the finals of the IG-1 in 2049 was Team Sledgemamma versus Team White Snow. The coupling of these two teams is unique, as it features the team who advanced to the IG-1 this year (White Snow) and IG-1's oldest and most experienced team (Sledgemamma). The odds were in favor of the veteran team to win.

But, looking at how the race began, the kinds of moves that Team White Snow were performing would not make you think that they were just newcomers to the IG-1, and it must have kept fans at a loss for words. Entering the second lap, where teams are allowed to begin battling each other, Team Sledgemamma took the first move. They kept taking the initiative in attacking first until the end of the race. But, they could never deal a decisive blow to a member of Team White Snow. Perhaps it wasn't that the members of Team White Snow were unable to do anything, but that they were conserving their strength, as they seemed to be on the defensive. That must have crossed fan's minds as they were watching. And that was confirmed when Zanak switched to Speed Mode in the split second that he had when his mech was safely on the course. This was a great chance considering that Yamma tried to stop Zanak by pouring down his Inner Edge attack on him like rain in the middle of the third lap.

From the Revolution Tunnel onto the home stretch! The race would be decided based on mere seconds of difference between the pilots and their changing into Speed Mode. In the end, it was Team White Snow who earned a ticket to play in the finals this year! This is the second year in a row for a rookie team in the IG-1 to advance to the finals, like Team Satomi did last year.

In other news relating to this loss, it was said that Yamma would hold some sort of press conference regarding the rumor of his retirement, and that has attracted a lot of attention.

Music Credits

Toonami Version

"Golfer Vs. Boxer"
By Amon Tobin
Album: Supermodified
Heard: During the race between Sledgemamma and White

By Spankrock
Album: YoYoYoYoYoYo Instrumentals
Heard: When the results of the race between White Snow
and Sledgemamma are determined

"Triptych Part 2"
By Blockhead
Album: Music by Cavelight
Heard: When Yuri talks to Takeshi in his room

"The Lighthouse"
By Amon Tobin
Album: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Soundtrack
Heard: During the first lap of the race between Satomi and
Velshtein, before the commercial break

"Sunday Seance (Loka Remix)"
By Blockhead
Album: Expiration Date
Heard: When Cunningham talks
 about his past

By Hexstatic
Album: Master-View
Heard: When Sim Hamgra and Andrei talk about their past

"El Cargo"
By Amon Tobin
Album: Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Soundtrack
Heard: When Team Satomi begins to attack Team Velshtein

"Verbal" (Kid 606 Dancehall Devastation Remix)
By Amon Tobin
Album: Verbal Remixes & Collaborations
Heard: The last song of the episode

Production I.G Version

By Mr. Scruff
Album: Trouser Jazz
Heard: When the results of the race between White Snow
and Sledgemamma are determined

"Witch Hunt"

By Jim Dooley

Licensed track (not commercially available)

Heard: At the beginning of the race

Additional Information

US original broadcast date: August 5, 2006
Japan original broadcast date: March 29, 2006

Toonami Version Differences

- Some of the conversation between Takeshi and his sister Yuri is trimmed from the Toonami Version.

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