Gundam 00 – 16
When the pilot of the Gundam that saved him checks to see if he’s okay, Setsuna questions who she is. Without hesitation, the girl answers that she’s Nena Trinity – a Gundam Meister just like him. Her Gundam is called the Throne Drei, and her brothers pilot the other two Gundam Thrones. At this very moment, Patrick and his AEU force are returning with the Virtue to their base when they suddenly start getting picked apart by sniper fire. Patrick’s Enact is the first to get hit, and the Virtue is soon free because the Hellions that were keeping it confined have now been destroyed. The Gundam pilot that was doing the firing doesn’t stop there though and continues on with his mission. In another part of the desert, Soma is wondering why the pilot of the Kyrios attacked the facility of the superhuman organization and killed her brethren. She suddenly senses something, but by the time she reacts, several of the Human Reform League Tierens have been destroyed. They are being attacked by several slender objects flying around that aren’t missiles, and these objects eventually return to the Gundam where they came from. What they are facing is the Throne Zwei Gundam, and its pilot is Michael Trinity. Michael refers to the weapon pieces flying around as Fangs, and they score multiple hits on both Sergei’s Tieren and Soma’s Tieren Taozi.
By now, the Gundam that freed the Virtue has begun picking off the Union Flags around the Dynames. Losing more men with each passing moment, Graham has no choice but to order a retreat. Lockon is surprised to see a new Gundam, and his Haro doesn’t even have any information on it, but he finds out about it soon enough when its pilot introduces himself as Johann Trinity and reveals that the Gundam is the Throne Eins. With all of the Meisters safe, Johann then tells Nena to scatter GN particles over a maximum area, and so she has her Throne Drei completely cover the sky in those particles. At the AEU base, Kathy is just now learning of the new Gundams and their failure to capture anything. With the GN particles everywhere, nobody’s communications systems work, and Sergei questions why Celestial Being didn’t do this earlier if they had the ability to do so. Back at Wang Liu-Mei’s place, Christina gets a coded message from Haro about the four Gundams being okay. Sumeragi is a bit surprised by this, but she feels that this is a case where she should be happy that things didn’t go according to expectations. All across the world, leaders of the superpowers are reacting to the news of three new Gundams, upping the count to seven total. Even Setsuna and company are still in shock as they safely return to their island base, particularly Tieria who knows that such Gundams didn’t exist in Veda’s plan.
Sometime later, Alejandro Corner arrives in a theater-like room that has each of its balcony spots occupied by a piece of artwork that represents a person. The voices behind the artwork discuss the new Gundams being part of a secret second team and how they weren’t described in Veda’s plan. Addressing all the observers, Alejandro asks about acknowledging the new Gundams, but the voices behind the artwork first want to re-evaluate the results of everything that Celestial Being has done. Alejandro thus launches into an explanation that starts with Celestial Being’s first mission against the AEU and against the terrorists, and he and the other voices go on to discuss all of the subsequent missions and events. When they work their way back up to what happened in Taklamakan, they wonder where the GN Drives for the new Gundams were created because they thought that there were only five in operation. Alejandro eventually brings the discussion back to the question of acknowledging the three new Gundams or not, and the group agrees to do it.
Meanwhile, the Trinity siblings have also been discussing the Celestial Being missions, and Johann thinks that the Gundam Meisters will have an interest in them and the Gundam Thrones. As their ship nears a rendezvous point, the three get ready to meet their fellow Gundam Meisters.
Despite what the Newtype spoilers had hinted at, I had thought last week that there wouldn’t be any recap this episode because there was so much to cover with Setsuna and company being saved by the new Gundams. That turned out to be not quite true because it was a very lopsided victory on the Gundam Thrones’ part. I had really hoped that it wouldn’t be quite so easy, but maybe this just proves that regular forces can’t stand against the Gundams without superior numbers and planning. Or perhaps the Gundam Thrones are just that good. In any case, it was all over before the mid-episode mark, and the latter half ended up being mostly recap. It wasn’t all bad though because they framed it as a discussion between the Illuminati-like Observer organization that Alejandro appears to be part of. I’ve currently got Alejandro pegged as the eventual bad guy, so anything he does I see as being up to no good, and I’m just waiting for him to backstab someone.
Anyway, the “good guys” currently have too much power on their side with no one to really oppose them, so unless something big happens to change things, I expect that the Trinity siblings will eventually have to fight Setsuna and company. It’s more a question of when, and I’m willing to bet that it’ll be sooner rather than later.