Gundam 00 Second Season – 04
Many years ago, a boy had woken up in a lab to the telepathic voice of a girl calling out to anyone who could hear her. The voice led him to a room with a girl inside an enclosure, but he discovered that she had no control over her body and could only communicate in this telepathic manner. The girl was nevertheless happy to see him since she had been alone up to this point, and she introduced herself as Marie. The boy didn’t have any memories of who he was, so Marie had given him the name Allelujah because those were words of gratitude to God. Since Allelujah didn’t know what they were grateful for, Marie had explained that it was for being alive. Back in the present, Allelujah remembers that this was a sort of baptism for him. Marina meanwhile is thanking some of the Ptolemaios crew for helping put a stop to Azadistan’s internal conflict five years ago. Her intent right now is to return to Azadistan, and she feels that an Azadistan that didn’t participate in the Federation is castaway from the world since its economy is in shambles and since conservative leader Rasa is dead. Setsuna agrees to have the Ptolemaios change course towards Azadistan, and after the meeting, Mileina asks Setsuna and Marina if they’re lovers. Their immediate and in-unison response is to deny it.
In the hanger, Lyle is practicing sniping in a simulation, but his accuracy is only 78%. He finds Feldt outside as if she had been watching him, and she gets embarrassed when Haro reveals that she likes Lockon. Lyle makes it clear that he’s not his brother, and since Feldt claims to understand that, Lyle kisses her. He follows it up by trying to invite her to his room, but she slaps him and runs off. As he walks off as well, Lyle comments on how he did it to make her come to her senses and how unbearable being compared to his brother would be. Over on an A-LAWS ship out on the Arabian Sea, Arthur Goodman is reprimanding Kathy for her previous failure. He assigns the next operation to a man named Arba Lindt, and Lindt promises to show Kathy how A-LAWS does things. After Kathy is dismissed, Lindt discusses how Marina was taken and how he thinks that Celestial Being is acting on self-interest. Based on Lindt’s plan, Goodman approves the use of the Trilobite mobile armor. Lindt then introduces a man who also wants to participate in this operation: Mr. Bushido. As the Trilobite launches underwater, out on the deck of the A-LAWS ship, Soma comments on how a mobile armor with a GN Drive was developed, and Andrei reveals that there’s a rumor of a woman who donated a lot of money. Up in space, Louise’s platoon meanwhile receives orders to head to Earth.
Over in the desert, the Katharon forces learn of the Ptolemaios’ new heading towards Azadistan, and Klaus decides to help because they need Celestial Being for their own goals and so that they can protect Marina. Shirin remembers how, back when she left Marina’s side, she had explained that their country had no future even if it was possible to join the Federation. At the time, she had wanted to create a future for Azadistan in her own way, and she now asks Klaus to let her go with the Katharon force. Back on the Ptolemaios, Marina is thinking about how she should be able to do something when Setsuna finds her. She uses this chance to ask him to come to Azadistan with her to reshape the country so that it’s a place where people can lead normal lives. Setsuna, however, feels that he can’t do that because all he is able to do is fight. Hearing this prompts Marina to tell him that nothing can be created from strife – there would only be things lost. Setsuna explains that he felt the same way until he joined Celestial Being, but he now knows that there is something that can be created from destruction, and for the sake of the future, he’ll cut away the warped part of the world with the Gundam.
In the engine room, Ian is having Saji help out since he has training as a space engineer. When Saji asks Ian why he’s here, Ian explains his dislike of battlefields and how he wants to get rid of war. Ian knows that the others on the ship feel the same way, and they’ve all lost something important in war. That said, he also knows that they’re criminals and that they’ll receive their punishment after war is gone. Elsewhere on the ship, Allelujah brings Sumeragi some wine and talks to her about Soma. Back when he was captured by U.N. forces, he thought that it was time for him to atone for his sins, and he had even been okay with rotting away as he was. However, he feels differently now – he now wants to get Marie back. Sumeragi points out that Soma is an enemy right now and that Allelujah had destroyed the super-soldier organization’s facilities, but Allelujah realizes all this and knows that Marie would hate him if she knew that he killed the others like him. Sumeragi admits to being envious of the fact that Allelujah has a reason to fight, and although she had wanted to get rid of war, she reveals that she was also trying to wipe out her abominable past. She feels that her ego led to the sacrifice of a lot of lives, and she wasn’t able to wipe out her past, so she feels that she has no reason to fight now or be on the Ptolemaios. Allelujah, however, suggests that there is a reason and points to how she helped save him.
As Sumeragi thinks over Allelujah’s words and remembers someone named Emilio, Allelujah goes to the Gundam hanger and vows to get back Marie even if Hallelujah is gone and even if he can’t use quantum brain waves. Around this time, the Ptolemaios exits the Strait of Hormuz, and Sumeragi realizes too late that the surrounding waters are too quiet. The ship suddenly gets attacked by a wave of torpedoes, and although they get a GN field up to protect themselves, the torpedoes carried a compound that prevents the use of sonar. The Trilobite is firing these, and the second wave it launches consists of a pair of torpedoes that can pierce through the Ptolemaios’s GN field. This results in part of the bottom of the Ptolemaios being flooded, and Lasse tries to raise the ship to a high enough point that they can release the Gundams. The ship then gets hit with depth charges that cover the ship with a resin that prevents them from opening their gunports. With all this going on, Sumeragi rushes to the bridge and calms everyone down. She knows that the depth charges will stop soon and that the enemy mobile armor will then start attacking them directly, and that’s exactly what happens.
Although the Trilobite hits the Ptolemaio’s hull, Sumeragi is optimistic because they now know where it is, and they’ve also reached the point where they can release the Gundams. The Seravee is first out of the ship, and Tieria activates its Trans-Am in order to push the Trilobite away from the Ptolemaios. Lyle then starts firing at it, and Setsuna eviscerates the mobile armor after pausing for a moment to remember how Marina wanted him to join her. Afterward, the 00 Gundam hitches a ride on the Arios Gundam to reach the water surface, but right before Setsuna can destroy the command ship carrying Lindt and Kathy, the 00 Gundam gets tackled by a custom model Ahead. It belongs to Mr. Bushido, and he quickly figures out that the pilot of the 00 Gundam is Setsuna. While he and Setsuna are fighting, Soma meanwhile launches in her custom mobile suit and engages Allelujah in battle. Allelujah gets his several times, but he doesn’t blame the Gundam and instead blames his own abilities. Unfortunately for the A-LAWS forces, a group of Katharon mobile suits choose this moment to strike, so Kathy orders a retreat. In the aftermath, Setsuna brings Marina in front of the Katharon forces, and she’s reunited with Shirin. Shirin declares herself a member of Katharon and a woman who objects to the way the Earth Federation does things.
Back at A-LAWS headquarters, Billy officially joins, and his uncle Homer assigns him to succeed Eifman in taking charge of the development of new mobile suits. Billy now harbors feelings of resentment over how Sumeragi used him and trampled on his feelings. At that moment, Sumeragi is rejoining the crew on the bridge of the Ptolemaios, and she’s now wearing their uniform. It’s a bit small for her though, so Feldt goes to prepare another, and Sumeragi smiles as Setsuna formally welcomes her back.
So despite all the serious stuff that happened, there were quite a few cute moments this episode like Sumeragi’s uniform being too small, Feldt’s blushing during the scene with Lyle, and Setsuna and Marina denying that they were lovers. The latter was especially amusing given how the two immediately and in-unison denied it. The scene between Feldt and Lyle was also interesting, but less because Feldt was cute and more because of how Lyle seemed to intentionally want to put some distance between them because of how sensitive he is to being compared to his brother. He might not be a playboy, but I still don’t find him 100% trustworthy given that his interests lie with Katharon.
The biggest laugh this week came when Graham was introduced not as the Masked Man but as Mr. Bushido. It’s a pretty ridiculous sounding name, especially when we all know that he’s actually Graham. At least his custom Ahead can perform on par with the 00 Gundam, so the danger of the Gundams being completely overpowered is avoided for now. Speaking of mobile suits, maybe now that Billy has joined A-LAWS, he can develop them some better looking ones (I think the Aheads are pretty bulky and ugly). What’s also interesting is the rumor that there’s a wealthy female financing the development of them, and that person could only be Wang Liu Mei. It’s more evidence that she’s playing both sides to get the change she wants, and that could be a dangerous game. I guess it technically could be Louise too, but that just doesn’t make as much sense as Wang Liu Mei.
As for Saji, he’s slowly getting a bigger role on the Ptolemaios, and it looks like next week he’ll go off and meet Sergei about something. Ali Al-Saachez will likely also make an appearance since his new mobile suit can be seen in the preview as well.