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IGPX Episode 7: Spring Has Come

Original Japanese title: Spring Has Come

The annual IGPX festival has arrived and this gives Team Satomi some more time in the limelight, and a break from racing. The IGPX track has changed to allow for speed runs, and Takeshi takes a shot at making a record run. Meanwhile, Mark's father is concerned about him not seeing his mother for a while. Will Mark get over his work to see his mother, or will this tension continue through this episode? This episode features a first look at the VIP seats of the IGPX race track and introduces Mark's parents.

Spoilers Below

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

Report #1

The IGPX All-Star Festival

Takeshi is crowned with the award of "Best Performance".

The one event each year that IGPX fans anticipate, the IGPX All-Star Festival, has finished! Due to scheduling, this year's festival comes in between some IG-1 teams having finished their 4th race and some having not finished their 4th race. Nonetheless, this year's festival proved to be a truly exciting 4 days, seeing fans from countries all over the world gather in IG City to enjoy the festivities.

 

For the main event this year, there were three main areas for fans to explore. This includes the IGPX teams and their respective sponsors. The first area was the Exhibition Zone. Fans could see the mechs used by the pilots and were provided guided explanations on the ways in which they are used in the IGPX races. Even some of pilots' personal effects showed up on display for fans to see. The second area was the Attraction Zone. Fans could sit down and hear from IGPX workers about behind-the-scenes topics regarding the IGPX. Pilots also came by for photo ops, and the annual IGPX Charity Auction could also be found in this area. The third area was the Performance Zone, taking place on the IGPX track, where pilots try their best at events different from regular races.

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The two contests this year were the Time Attack Contest and the Arm Wrestling Contest. Takeshi from Team Satomi, who has been rapidly gaining popularity recently, placed 6th in the Time Attack Contest, with a time of 8:23.52. However, up until the final corner, he had the best time, and was appraised highly by fans for his performance. The final tally pulled him ahead of Team Velshtein's Cunningham to come out on top as 2048's winner of the "Best Performance" award.

Music Credits

Toonami Version

"Together"
By Skalpel
Album: Skalpel
Heard: When Mark and his father speak at the beginning

"Nighty Night"
By Wagon Christ
Album: Sorry I Make You Lush
Heard: As we watch Yamma run in the IGPX festival

 

"Champion Nibble"
By Mr. Scruff
Album: Trouser Jazz
Heard: When Takeshi and Liz "show-off" for a photo shoot

 

"Triptych Part 2"
By Blockhead
Album: Music by Cavelight
Heard: When Jesse talks with Mark's parents

 

"Auto"
By Hexstatic
Album: Rewind
Heard: When Liz does the arm wrestling match

 

"Get a Move On!"
By Mr. Scruff
Album: Keep It Unreal (10th Anniversary Remaster Edition)
Heard: When Cunningham runs in the IGPX festival

 

"Cosmo Retro Intro Outro"
By Amon Tobin
Album: Out from Out Where
Heard: At the beginning of Takeshi's run in the festival

 

"Sunday Seance (Loka Remix)"
By Blockhead
Album: Expiration Date
Heard: Towards the second half of Takeshi's run

 

"Saddic Gladdic"
By Wagon Christ
Album: Sorry I Make You Lush
Heard: When Takeshi finishes his run

 

"Florida"
By Diplo
Album: Florida
Heard: When Mark visits his mom in the hospital

"Ulterior Motif"

By Trulife

Album: Chill Out 2

Heard: The final song of the episode

Production I.G Version

"Nighty Night"
By Wagon Christ
Album: Sorry I Make You Lush
Heard: As we watch Yamma run in the IGPX festival

 

"Champion Nibble"
By Mr. Scruff
Album: Trouser Jazz
Heard: When Takeshi and Liz "show-off" for a photo shoot

 

"Words to that Effect"
By Hint
Album: Portakabin Fever
Heard: When Jesse talks
with Mark's parents

"Let's Roll"

By Donn Wilkerson

Album: Killer Stage & Screen 1A

Heard: During Takeshi's run in the festival

"Warm Waves"

By Steve Carter

Album: The Seasons

Heard: When Takeshi finishes his run

"Vacetious Blooms"
By Neotropic
Album: Mr. Brubaker's Strawberry Alarm Clock
Heard: When Takeshi plays Watch World

"Adagio Absolut"
By Patrick Cassidy

Album: Licensed Track (not commercially available)

Heard: When Mark visits his mom in the hospital

"Ulterior Motif"

By Trulife

Album: Chill Out 2

Heard: The final song of the episode

Additional Information

US original broadcast date: December 10, 2005
Japan original broadcast date: November 16, 2005

Toonami Version Differences

- A bit of the initial conversation between Mark and his father (Jesse is in the scene for a bit, too) is intermittently cut.

- A small piece of animation and a line spoken by Mark's mother is cut during the conversation between Jesse, and Mark's parents.

- A line spoken by Mark's mother is cut in the first conversation we see with Mark's parents in their office.

 

- A very small piece of animation showing Jesse turning and appearing to reach into her pocket while she says "Um..." is cut.

 

- During Takeshi's run, a line spoken by Liz to Takeshi in his mech is omitted in the Toonami version. It's worth noting that no animation was cut out (the original version of the line was spoken off-screen, meaning that no animation needed to be cut).

 

- One line during another conversation between Mark's parents later in the episode at their office is cut.

 

- When Fantine and Takeshi talk at the "VIP seats", Takeshi seemingly repeats Fantine's line of "...all the way to the final corner" before saying "Yeah..." that first line is cut from the Toonami version.

 

- A few lines between the longer conversation of Mark and his parents at the hospital are cut, along with a couple pieces of animation that contain longer pauses of silence.

 

- Toward the end of the episode, a 15-second scene where Mark's dad makes a remark to his wife about how she needs Mark back in her life (who is sleeping) is cut.

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