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[[Mobile Suit Gundam Wing]] Episode 9<br />Kanji Title - 亡国の肖像<br />English Title - Portrait of a Ruined Country<br />Original Air Date - June 2, 1995
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'''Portrait of a Ruined Country''' is the ninth episode of Mobile Suit Gundam. It first aired in Japan on June 2, 1995 and North America on March 16, 2000.
   
==Plot==
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==Synopsis==
At the Luxembourg Base, Zechs posits that the Alliance is probably regrouping after the OZ attack, so they'll use the base for future operations. Noin comments that the town's beauty doesn't change with its rulers, and Zechs responds that OZ's intent isn't to rule, but to free countries from the Alliance's stranglehold. Noin doesn't quite buy it, and Zechs says OZ is giving the countries that formed the Alliance a second chance. He's then informed that the carrier from the Victoria Base has arrived. Zechs greets Otto and is surprised to see him injured with broken ribs. Otto shows him the completed Tallgeese, and Noin comments that it doesn't look like a 20-year-old mothball. Otto explains that the Tallgeese's speed is three times that of the Aries, but they still haven't determined its maximum speed because Otto passed out during the test. Otto believes that Zechs is the only person capable of piloting the Tallgeese, and Zechs decides to use it immediately. Otto is taken to the infirmary, and Zechs tells Noin to prepare for an attack on the Sanc Kingdom. Elsewhere, Duo and Heero play basketball at their new school, and Heero easily makes a slam dunk. Girls in the crowd cheer for Heero, but he ignores them and walks off. Duo comments that it's pretty smart to change schools as cover for missions. Heero tells Duo that he stands out too much, but Duo counters that Heero would look less suspicious if he acted more naturally instead of being secretive. Heero tells Duo to leave him alone, and Duo points out that they're after the same target: a fortress across the bay. Duo asks Heero if he wants to make a bet on who can destroy it first. Heero is then surprised when Relena pulls up in her pink limo and greets him. Duo comments that it's strange for a girl to want to see the guy who intends to kill her. Elsewhere, OZ Aries suit deploy over the Sanc Kingdom and begin their attack run against the Alliance. Noin launches in her Aries and tells Zechs that she'll be his backup. Zechs then launches in the Tallgeese and immediately sees how difficult it will be to pilot. Zechs destroys several Aries and sees how dangerous its speed is. Noin calls the Alliance commander and asks him to surrender, but he refuses and deploys the base's laser beams. Noin didn't know about the beams and orders her forces to retreat. Several Aries are destroyed, and Zechs tells her they should fall back and regroup. Zechs wonders why he's acting so cowardly when he could end it all with the Tallgeese. He rushes in at high speed, but realizes that he'll die if he keeps going. He spits out blood and pulls away from his attack run.
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[[File:GundamWep09a.jpg|thumb|left|Tallgeese revealed.]]Noin and Zechs are at the recently taken over Luxemburg Base. Zechs claims that OZ will free countries from the oppressive Alliance; Noin thinks OZ won't be much different than the Alliance was. A carrier arrives with the Tallgeese on it. Otto comes out to greet Zechs, but he's seriously injured. He shows Zechs the now completed Tallgeese, and tells him this is the fastest Mobile Suit he's had the experience of flying. He wasn't able to find it's top speed though, because he passed out during the trial. He is confident though that Zechs can master it.
   
Une pours Treize some wine on their flight and asks what their next target should be. He thinks they should just keep fighting and winning, and she asks if that means conquering the Earth Sphere. He answers that by doing so, they'll become the target of all the world's hatred, which will serve as good motivation. In the desert, Abdul, Auda and Ahmed ask Quatre if he has no faith in the Maganac Corps, but he says that isn't the issue. Rashid tells them to drop it because Quatre has promised not to run off on his own again. Quatre tells Rashid about the other Gundam pilots and thinks that they're all nice guys. Wufei hangs out at the circus with Trowa, and Catherine brings them soup for dinner. Trowa pours Wufei some coffee, and Wufei comments that he has no right to pilot the Nataku. Elsewhere, Zechs lies in bed in a medical tent and tells Noin about how the Tallgeese ignores the pilot. He believes that its technology is far beyond any mobile suit, but he also feels like he has become a coward. He thinks that only a pilot who can risk death for victory could pilot it. He wants to return to the battlefield, but Noin objects and tells him he'll die. She relents on the condition that he doesn't use the Tallgeese, but he says it's important because of the design similarities to the Gundams. Otto overhears and concludes that the Tallgeese must be a suit for suicide missions like the Gundams. Zechs decides to attack again tomorrow evening, and Otto takes off by himself in the Tallgeese. Zechs calls him and orders him to return, but Otto says the Tallgeese can take over the Sanc headquarters. Otto declares that he's happy to sacrifice his life if it will help Zechs achieve his dreams. Relena says to herself that she needs Heero's support until she can get over Darlian's death. The fortress across the bay explodes as Duo launches his attack. Heero arrives and uses his buster rifle to destroy the central tower in a single shot. Otto blasts several Alliance Aries while Zechs chases after him in a helicopter. Otto ignores the Alliance laser beams and slams into the headquarters. Later, Zechs walks through the ruins of the old royal castle and looks at a painting of his rather. He addresses the painting and apologizes for having blood-stained hands. He knows he isn't sited to ruling the Peacecrafts, but he knows that Relena can. Relena runs into Duo and Heero outside of their school as they head to class. She says to herself that she wants to be stronger like them.
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[[File:GundamWep09b.jpg|thumb|right|Noin's Aries and Zechs' Tallgeese.]]Zechs wants to head to the Sanc Kingdom immediately. He is going to go on Tallgeese, without even a test run. Elsewhere, Heero and Duo play basketball at their new school. Relena arrives in her limo and says hello to them. Meanwhile, OZ carriers approach the Sanc Kingdom and release Aries mobile suits. The narrator explains that OZ is freeing countries kept by the Alliance. Not all countries believe these intentions are good though.
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[[File:GundamWep09c.jpg|thumb|left|Zechs panics in battle.]]Zechs gets into Tallgeese and takes off, but it's immense speed is too much for him to handle. Matters become worse when hidden laser cannons rise from the Sanc Kingdom base and start firing. Zechs orders the troops to retreat, but is intent on still attacking himself. He realizes he might die though, and retreats at the last second. Treize talks to Lady Une on his plane.
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[[File:GundamWep09d.jpg|thumb|right|Wufei and Trowa.]]Meanwhile, the Magunac Core yell at Quatre for heading out on his own. Rashid tells them to leave, but he too is very upset with Quatre. At the circus, Wufei and Trowa sit silent, and Catherine brings them some soup. Wufei says he has no right piloting his Gundam anymore. In the woods, a wounded Otto heads to Zechs' tent, where he too lies wounded after suffering a heart attack in the Tallgeese. Zechs says the Tallgeese ignores the pilot, and is a Mobile Suit made specifically for dueling. The pilot must risk death for victory.
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[[File:GundamWep09e.jpg|thumb|left|Otto spies on Zechs.]]Zechs wants to head back to the Sanc Kingdom the next day, but Noin refuses to let him go on the Tallgeese. Otto, listening from outside says it's for suicide missions. He gets in the Mobile Suit and takes off. Zechs realizes this, and orders Otto to return, but Otto is set on freeing the Sanc Kingdom himself. Elsewhere, Relena looks at a picture of her father. Nearby there is a lot of explosions, being caused by Duo and Heero in their Gundams as they attack an OZ ship.
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[[File:GundamWep09f.jpg|thumb|right|Tallgeese after the battle.]]Zechs follows the Tallgeese in his helicopter, but Otto still refuses to leave. Mobile suits head out from the Sanc Kingdom but Tallgeese flies right by them. Even the laser cannons are useless as he crashes the Tallgeese into the Command Center. Later, we are shown the aftermath, the headquarters is destroyed, and Otto lays dead in the cockpit.
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[[File:GundamWep09g.jpg|thumb|left|Zechs, unmasked.]]Zechs enters a room in a castle and looks at a portrait of his father, King Peacecraft. He says he has failed him and is unable to lead the Peacecraft Monarchy. He is confident Relena can though. After looking at a picture of her from years before, he leaves. Back at school, students look shocked at the destruction caused by Heero and Duo, they walk by paying no attention to it. The episode ends with another look at the picture of Relena.
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==Important Events==
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*'''Deceased:''' [[Otto]]
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==Staff==
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*'''Script: '''[[Akemi Omode]]
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*'''Unit Director: '''[[Tetsuya Watanabe]]
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*'''Animation Director: '''[[Nobuyoshi Nishimura]]
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{{After Colony}}

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Portrait of a Ruined Country is the ninth episode of Mobile Suit Gundam. It first aired in Japan on June 2, 1995 and North America on March 16, 2000.

SynopsisEdit

GundamWep09a

Tallgeese revealed.

Noin and Zechs are at the recently taken over Luxemburg Base. Zechs claims that OZ will free countries from the oppressive Alliance; Noin thinks OZ won't be much different than the Alliance was. A carrier arrives with the Tallgeese on it. Otto comes out to greet Zechs, but he's seriously injured. He shows Zechs the now completed Tallgeese, and tells him this is the fastest Mobile Suit he's had the experience of flying. He wasn't able to find it's top speed though, because he passed out during the trial. He is confident though that Zechs can master it.


GundamWep09b

Noin's Aries and Zechs' Tallgeese.

Zechs wants to head to the Sanc Kingdom immediately. He is going to go on Tallgeese, without even a test run. Elsewhere, Heero and Duo play basketball at their new school. Relena arrives in her limo and says hello to them. Meanwhile, OZ carriers approach the Sanc Kingdom and release Aries mobile suits. The narrator explains that OZ is freeing countries kept by the Alliance. Not all countries believe these intentions are good though.


GundamWep09c

Zechs panics in battle.

Zechs gets into Tallgeese and takes off, but it's immense speed is too much for him to handle. Matters become worse when hidden laser cannons rise from the Sanc Kingdom base and start firing. Zechs orders the troops to retreat, but is intent on still attacking himself. He realizes he might die though, and retreats at the last second. Treize talks to Lady Une on his plane.


GundamWep09d

Wufei and Trowa.

Meanwhile, the Magunac Core yell at Quatre for heading out on his own. Rashid tells them to leave, but he too is very upset with Quatre. At the circus, Wufei and Trowa sit silent, and Catherine brings them some soup. Wufei says he has no right piloting his Gundam anymore. In the woods, a wounded Otto heads to Zechs' tent, where he too lies wounded after suffering a heart attack in the Tallgeese. Zechs says the Tallgeese ignores the pilot, and is a Mobile Suit made specifically for dueling. The pilot must risk death for victory.


GundamWep09e

Otto spies on Zechs.

Zechs wants to head back to the Sanc Kingdom the next day, but Noin refuses to let him go on the Tallgeese. Otto, listening from outside says it's for suicide missions. He gets in the Mobile Suit and takes off. Zechs realizes this, and orders Otto to return, but Otto is set on freeing the Sanc Kingdom himself. Elsewhere, Relena looks at a picture of her father. Nearby there is a lot of explosions, being caused by Duo and Heero in their Gundams as they attack an OZ ship.


GundamWep09f

Tallgeese after the battle.

Zechs follows the Tallgeese in his helicopter, but Otto still refuses to leave. Mobile suits head out from the Sanc Kingdom but Tallgeese flies right by them. Even the laser cannons are useless as he crashes the Tallgeese into the Command Center. Later, we are shown the aftermath, the headquarters is destroyed, and Otto lays dead in the cockpit.


GundamWep09g

Zechs, unmasked.

Zechs enters a room in a castle and looks at a portrait of his father, King Peacecraft. He says he has failed him and is unable to lead the Peacecraft Monarchy. He is confident Relena can though. After looking at a picture of her from years before, he leaves. Back at school, students look shocked at the destruction caused by Heero and Duo, they walk by paying no attention to it. The episode ends with another look at the picture of Relena.

Important EventsEdit

StaffEdit


Gundam Wing Episodes

The Shooting Star She Saw | The Gundam Deathscythe | Five Gundams Confirmed | The Victoria Nightmare | Relena's Secret | Party Night | Scenario for Bloodshed | The Treize Assassination | Portrait of a Ruined Country | Heero, Distracted by Defeat | The Whereabouts of Happiness | Bewildered Warriors | Catherine's Tears | The Order to Destroy 01 | To the Battleground Antarctica | The Sorrowful Battle | Betrayed by Home, Far Away | Tallgeese Destroyed | Assault on Barge | The Lunar Base Infiltration | Grief Stricken Quatre | The Fight for Independence | Duo, the God of Death Once Again | The Gundam They Called Zero | Quatre VS Heero | The Eternal Flame of the Shooting Stars | The Locus of Victory and Defeat | Passing Destinies | The Heroine of the Battlefield | The Reunion with Relena | The Glass Kingdom | The God of Death Meets Zero | The Lonely Battlefield | And Its Name is Epyon | The Return of Wufei | Sanc Kingdom's Collapse | Zero VS Epyon | The Birth of Queen Relena | Trowa's Return to the Battlefield | A New Leader | Crossfire at Barge | Battleship Libra | Target:Earth | Go Forth, Gundam Team | Signs of the Final Battle | Milliardo's Decision | Collision in Space | Takeoff into Confusion | The Final Victor
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