||Dragonball GT Episode 19
Shutsujin!! Saikyou muutanto Rirudo
Set Out and Attack!! The Mighty Mutant Rirudo
Trunks and Pan are trying to figure out who the great ki is coming
from, and hoping that whoever it is hasn't defeated Gokuu. Gokuu's
arrival alleviates that fear, but they are still worried about who else
will be arriving soon. Pan adds that the Dragon Balls are missing, and
she wishes that they'd never found Gill. Then, Rirudo arrives in a rush
of dust-laden air.
Rirudo comments on Gokuu's defeating Mega Cannon, and Gokuu replies
that even with Rirudo's great ki, he can defeat the Shogun alone.
Trunks also thinks that he can take the robot single-handedly. Pan
butts in, trying to find out what is happening with Gill. Rirudo
decides that he must tell the humans that he is the infamous Shogun
Rirudo. Pan is not impressed, and she denounces Rirudo as the absolute
worst. She attacks. Gokuu, Trunks, and Rirudo all expect the girl to
get smashed into the ground again, but this time, she punches the Shogun
hard in the face and follows it up with a kick that sends him flying
backwards. Trunks and Gokuu are stunned. Trunks tentatively observes
that Pan is indeed a chip off the old block, and Pan agrees, stating
that when she wants to do something -- she does. She is not a mere kid
anymore. She asks if Rirudo agrees, and demands the Dragon balls back.
Rirudo says that he can't do that, and stands up. He straightens out
his neck, with mechanical popping noises. Turns out that the Balls have
been given to Dr. Myuu -- for his "All Galaxy Safe-something." Gokuu
asks what this is, and we are told that Myuu has created all of these
"machine mutants" in his quest to take over the universe.
Gokuu doesn't understand any of this. Instead, he concentrates on
the evils wrought be Rirudo. Rirudo suddenly targets on Pan and spits
out some kind of light-green lightening. Trunks protects the girl and
gets hit himself. The lightening changes, and Trunks falls to the
ground, encased in a lead-colored shell (ala the deep-freeze treatment
Han Solo received in the second Star Wars movie.) Then, the shell
disappears. Pan demands to know what happened to her friend, and
springs at Rirudo. This time, her punch has no effect and she is easily
batted away. Gokuu can't understand Rirudo's cryptic answers, and is
ultimately told that he can find out what's happening by visiting the
big tower in the city. (Trunks was sent there prior to being shipped
off to Myuu's planet.) Pan flies to the tower, telling Trunks to wait
for her. Rirudo wants to capture Gokuu as well, and fires off more
green lightening from his mouth. Gokuu evades the blasts, but part of
the forest, and the entire ship, get lead-encased (they don't warp away,
though.) Gokuu feels sheepish at letting the ship get trashed. Rirudo
decides to switch to plain combat, which is to Gokuu's liking.
At the tower, Pan is wondering where Trunks is. Then she decides on
the brute force method and blows a hole randomly into the top of the
tower. The alarm system goes off, and the "red commandos" are
dispatched to level one. (Outside, Gokuu and Rirudo are fighting hard
and destroying the countryside.) The first round of commandos is
quickly trashed, while the lone survivor is requested to tell Pan where
Trunks is. The last surviving red commando says "gack."
Rirudo gets hammered into a cliff, and fires off a rocket punch to
Gokuu's head. The boy complains about this sneaky trick. The machine
mutant apologizes, and commands the rocket to return and hit Gokuu in
the back of the head. The fist opens at the last moment, grabs Gokuu's
face, and plows the boy into the earth. The hand returns to its owner,
still holding Gokuu's limp body. Rirudo laughs, and so does our hero.
Rirudo is surprised as Gokuu suddenly unleashes a rapid series of energy
balls into the Shogun's belly at close range. Rirudo isn't hurt much
after the smoke clears. In fact, he is having fun, and the two of the
them resume bashing each other.
In the tower, Gill is watching as Trunks is about to be teleported to
Myuu's planet. Pan enters the lab room a moment too late. Gill tells
her what she already knows about Trunks being teleported. It adds "Pan.
Danger." Pan tries to attack Gill, but the room's defenses have been
activated and the floor warps and appears to be ready to squeeze her.
Instead, Pan is suddenly teleported down to the front gate of the tower
On Myuu's planet (a black sphere covered with huge conduit and black
domes), in a black tower designed to look monster-ish, Myuu is very
eager to start exploring the possibilities that have opened up with the
advent of Trunks' falling into his clutches.
Gokuu is firing energy blasts that hit everywhere but where Rirudo is
standing. The mutant disses the boy, before part of a volcanic wall
tears loose and falls on him. The Shogun gets angry, powering up and
blasting the rock away. Gokuu seems to have disappeared -- Rirudo
locates him just as the boy launches Kamehame-ha. The ensuing atomic
blast apparently destroys Rirudo. But, Gokuu knows that things can't be
that simple -- Rirudo is waiting at the boy's back, suffering a little
superficial damage. Gokuu comments that while Rirudo escaped the
Kamehame-ha's full fury, the mutant won't be so lucky next time. Rirudo
isn't so sure -- he returns to the ground to do more hand-to-hand
combat, while the (are you surprised) still-surviving EC4 swim through a
metal pipe to approach their Shogun. All four robots materialize and
grab the boy's arms and legs.
Rirudo thinks that the fight is over, and Gokuu laughs. Rirudo asks
what's so funny; the boy goes SSJ, his ki blows a huge crate in the
forest, blasts Rirudo away, and smashes the EC4 into bits. Rirudo says
that he now understands -- Gokuu had only been using half of his full
power until now. Gokuu says "same for you, right?" It is time to quit
playing around, and Rirudo switches to the next level up, absorbing all
of the loose bits of machinery around him (including all of the EC4.) He
announces that he is now "Mega Rirudo".
When the hurricane subsides, the machine mutant is a cross between a
metal ninja and a jet plane (mostly red body, with stiff short wings
coming out of his back. His right hand is now the big power drill.)
Gokuu is looking forward to having some real fun, and they rush
Note: "Shutsujin" actually translates to "Set out from the 'jin' in
order to attack." The 'jin' is a military formation that is
part camp and part grouping of foot soldiers. Probably, the
closest English equivalent is "Engage!"
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