Gundam 00 – 20
At a train station in Spain, Saji checks his cell phone messages and remembers how the nurse had told him back at the hospital that they can’t perform regenerative therapy for Louise’s left hand. When he gets a message from Louise urging him to hurry home because he’s missing classes and saying that his dream is their dream, Saji is unable to hold back the tears. Meanwhile, at the United Nations, the leaders of Union, the AEU, and the Human Reform League enter into a military alliance with the purpose of destroying Celestial Being. As she watches the news coverage, Marina wonders if bringing the world together like this is what Celestial Being and Setsuna wanted. On the island base, Lockon comments on how they finally cleared the first stage of their plan and how it’s incredible that it was triggered by the Trinity siblings’ actions. Tieria, however, finds it strange because he knows that bases in all three militaries have taken a good deal of damage from the Trinity siblings, and so even if the three militaries integrate, they won’t get results. After Setsuna deduces that there’s another side to all this, Tieria admits that he feels uneasy because the existence of the Trinity siblings wasn’t specified in Veda’s data, meaning that that data might have been falsified. The three pilots then get orders from Sumeragi instructing them to return to space.
Onboard the Ptolemaios, Sumeragi knows they have some preparations to do and sends Ian to get some GN Arms because the time draws near for them to have to do so. Down at Union’s Illinois base, Billy tells Graham and Daryl about a Celestial Being traitor and about getting mobile suits that use engines that are of the same type as Gundams. There are 30 in total, and Billy suggests that this is why the alliance was announced. He also reveals that the pilots will be chosen from the Over-Flags members and that the commander will be Graham, but to Billy’s surprise, Graham refuses because he swore in front of Howard’s grave that he’d defeat the Gundams using a Flag. A set of ten new GN-Xs has meanwhile already arrived at the Human Reform League’s southern Russia base. Sergei is put in charge of choosing suitable pilots, though his superior officer wants him to use Soma as one of them because he thinks that she’s an advantage against the pilot of the Kyrios. At the AEU France base, Kathy is also thinking about pilot candidates when Patrick arrives at her door to invite her to eat. She points out to him that the world is facing a period of great change, but when it appears that Patrick doesn’t consider it that important compared to asking her out, she agrees to have dinner with him.
Sometime later, at the villa of the chairman of the linear train company, Laguna Harvey is on the phone with his secretary about not responding to any JNN calls. He then turns to Ali Al Sarshes to discuss the transportation of some mobile suits, and Ali asks that one of them be assigned to him, not caring if it’s with Union or AEU. Laguna recalls that Ali was in the foreign legion, but he questions why Ali wants to pilot one, so Ali explains how he thinks that mercenaries like him won’t be needed in the near future and how he wants to go to a place where he can at least fight. Kinue is outside the villa when Ali gets into his car to leave, and she decides to stop him so that she can ask some questions. Hearing that she’s from JNN, Ali invites her into his car because he claims that he’s in a hurry, and although she’s hesitant, Kinue gets in and proceeds to ask him about his meeting with Laguna. After Ali tells her that he’s in the distribution business and was talking with Laguna about the distribution of goods, Kinue questions him about those goods, and to her surprise, Ali reveals that they were GN Drives. Kinue thinks that he’s referring to parts for a linear train, but Ali explains that they’re engines for mobile suits – Gundams. As Ali continues talking about a certain Gundam pilot that he trained as a guerrilla fighter, Kinue begins to realize what she’s gotten herself into, and she becomes even more fearful when Ali admits to being a warmonger who lives on his primitive impulses. Unaware of what’s going on, Saji meanwhile returns to Japan and finds his home empty. He spends the rest of the day laying on his couch thinking about Louise, and he has no idea that his sister is now bleeding to death in a dark alleyway.
In space, Alejandro and Libbons take off in a ship from Union’s high orbit station, though Libbons thinks that there was no need for Alejandro to come along. Alejandro claims that he wants to see the thing that Libbons finally obtained information on and that this has been a longstanding wish of the Corner family. When Libbons brings up how the Corner family has been plotting an intervention to the plan for many generations, Alejandro notes how there was nothing they could do as long as Veda was around. However, he now has Libbons who he considers to be an angel. Back on Earth, Johan is telling his siblings that they have a new mission from Laguna when Wang Liu Mei and Hong Long suddenly enter their secret base. After introducing herself, Wang Liu Mei explains that the Trinity team is also in Celestial Being, so it’s natural that agents like her would support them. Nena is doubtful because of how they were attacked by Setsuna, but Wang Liu Mei makes it clear that she’s not someone on that side. When Johan wonders if this means that she’s neutral, Wang Liu Mei clarifies that she’s a follower of the principles that Aeolia Schenberg advocates – no more and no less. Accepting this explanation, Johan tells her that he’ll be expecting her help when necessary, and Wang Liu Mei promises not to tell the others in Celestial Being about this place.
Afterwards, when they’re back on their own pink shuttle, Hong Long asks Wang Liu Mei if this is okay given how the rest of Celestial Being is hostile towards the Trinity siblings. Wang Liu Mei doesn’t think it matters because the Trinity siblings will cause the world to change. This prompts Hong Long to wonder if she hates the current world so much, and Wang Liu Mei reveals that she’s fine with the world getting destroyed if it doesn’t change. A few days later, the Trinity siblings attack a Human Reform League base in Guangzhou and have no trouble with the ground forces there. However, when Johan calls for a docking maneuver so that they can use the Throne Ein’s beam cannon, their formation is broken up by the arrival of ten GN-Xs. The Trinity siblings are confused because these mobile suits emit GN particles even though they aren’t Gundams, and Johan initially thinks that it is Celestial Being again. As the two sides engage, both are amazed at the maneuverability of the GN-Xs, and Sergei goes after Nena’s Gundam Drei with his GN-X’s beam saber. Michael attempts to help his sister, but when Soma gets in his way, he has to use his GN Fangs on her. To Michael’s surprise, Soma dodges and blows up all the GN Fangs, and she is impressed by how her GN-X is able to keep up with her own reaction rate.
With no other choice, Johan orders his siblings to retreat, and Sergei decides not to chase for now. Sergei instead directs Soma’s attention to how all the men on the ground are cheering for them now, and he calls it the taste of victory. Up in space, after having realized what just happened, Sumeragi concludes that the Human Reform League now has mobile suits equipped with GN Drives, and she predicts that the battles from now on will occur between Gundams. As for Alejandro and Libbons, the two have just arrived at a secret base on the moon, and Libbons uses his powers to open a door there. Inside they find Veda, the system that forms the basis of Celestial Being.
So it’s looking like all the major rival characters will get GN-Xs with the exception of Graham who doesn’t want one. I actually think that he’s more likely to survive longer without one even if it’ll be tougher for him in the short run. There’s something about how everyone will be using the same mobile suit that makes me want to root for the guy who’s willing to be different. It’s also hard for me not to be suspicious of these new mobile suits which are leveling the playing field so easily, especially since all this is likely to be connected with Alejandro, and he’s clearly up to no good. Speaking of which, I get more and more uneasy about Wang Liu Mei’s role with each passing episode and how far she’s willing to go to change the world. It wouldn’t take much for that goal to become twisted and for her to go too far.
As for Kinue, it doesn’t look too good for her. I didn’t expect that something like this would happen so soon in proximity to Louise’s tragedy, but if Kinue dies, then Saji loses the only other person important to him. That would seem like all the more reason for him to hate this conflict and want to stop the Gundams, and my guess is that he’d join the military or something. That would make for an interesting storyline for the second half of this show (Saji vs. Setsuna or Saji vs. Ali Al Sarshes), if it does end up happening that way. Saji will probably find out about his sister next week, though from the preview, it looks like the main focus of the episode will be Gundam Meisters going up against the GN-Xs.