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Summary:

In the aftermath of the massacre, the Katharon survivors regroup and gather the dead bodies. Klaus made it out alive and is reunited with Shirin, but many others weren’t so lucky, and their surviving comrades put the blame on the Gundam pilots for leaking information until Lyle talks some sense into them. Tieria catches Saji acting strange, and when questioned, Saji reveals what had happened. After Tieria slaps him for his foolishness, Saji admits that he didn’t think it’d become like this and that he had just wanted to get away from the fighting. Tieria nevertheless blames Saji for taking away all those lives, and he specifically implicates how Saji felt that this had nothing to do with him and how he ran away from the truth. Saji ends up breaking down in tears, and when Setsuna walks in on this after having just returned from Azadistan, Tieria explains what happened. During all this, Sumeragi is watching the recovery efforts from onboard the Ptolemaios, and what one of the grieving men says reminds her of how Emilio had said something similar on his death bed after a disastrous incident in her past. She faints as a result of this, and Ian and Lasse take her to the infirmary.

Over on the A-LAWS ship, Lindt is proud of the fact that they succeeded in taking care of the Katharon base even though they lost two units to the Gundam counterattack, but Kati isn’t so happy. Lindt baits her by declaring that he loves exterminatory wars, and when she questions if he likes murdering people, he wonders why she’s so agitated. He then brings up how she had done something similar back when she was a tactical forecaster for the AEU where bad information had led to a friendly fire accident. This angers Kati, but she backs off and Lindt leaves her alone for now. Back on the Celestial Being shuttle near the Katharon base, Setsuna tells Tieria and Allelujah about the attack on Azadistan and how there was a Gundam involved. They’re interrupted by the news that Sumeragi has collapsed, and so they decide to return to the Ptolemaios with Saji, leaving behind Marina who is still being comforted by Shirin. Wang Liu Mei meanwhile is at her house talking with Hong Long about how kind the reborn Celestial Being is, and she wonders whose influence it is. Hong Long offers to make arrangements, but Wang Liu Mei wants to leave it to Nena. This prompts him to question why, so she points out that he – her brother – can’t use quantum brain waves, and she cites how Nena’s abilities are needed to deceive the Innovators.

On the Ptolemaios, Sumeragi is still unconscious, and she’s remembering how Emilio had once voiced his faith in her tactical forecasts. He had respected her for not running away from war and for endeavoring to end things quickly. Interlaced with this are memories of how her commander had praised both her and Kati despite both of them having forecast with bad information. Back in the present, at around this same time, Kati realizes that the Gundams’ tactics resemble how Kujoh did things. Elsewhere on the A-LAWS ship, Soma receives an encrypted message from Sergei apologizing for how she had to participate in the prior operation against Katharon thanks to information he obtained. Soma feels bad that Sergei worries about her even though he’s probably having a hard time with it himself, and it reminds her of the conversation they had about her becoming his adopted daughter. At the time, the two had talked about her last name and how she didn’t want to forget being called Peries. Moved to tears by all this, Soma now declares her gratitude towards Sergei and calls herself a tool to kill people. Sergei is at this moment getting slapped by Lindt for his failure at preventing Saji from escaping, and like a good soldier, he apologizes and takes responsibility.

Sometime later, Louise’s squad arrives and reports for duty on the A-LAWS ship under Kati’s command. In meeting the squad leader Barack Zinin, Kati asks him why he joined A-LAWS, and his motivation turns out to be the growth of the unified world. Over in the mobile suit hanger, Soma is telling herself that she’s a super-soldier who will faithfully execute any mission when she runs into Louise. After the two introduce themselves to each other, Soma senses that Louise is pushing herself too hard, is crying on the inside, and has been thinking about someone for a long time. Their conversation is interrupted by Andrei who came to tell Soma that it’s time for their briefing, and he’s taken back by the sight of Louise. The subsequent briefing is about attacking the Ptolemaios – which had decloaked so that it could serve as a decoy for the Katharon forces that were on the move – but Mr. Bushido claims sole rights to facing the 00 Gundam. By the time the A-LAWS forces arrive at the Ptolemaios’ location, it has already launched all four Gundams. While the others handle the Cherudim and Seravee Gundams, Soma’s group engages the Arios Gundam and Mr. Bushido takes on the 00 Gundam. Soma and Allelujah quickly figure out that they’re fighting each other again, and when Louise tries to help, she gets shot at by the Ptolemaios. Louise thus turns her attention to the ship, and Andrei follows her out of concern.

Onboard the Ptolemaios, the crew finds that they can’t hit their opponents with their guns set on automatic, so Ian volunteers to go man the guns. Saji catches Ian along the way and insists on helping because he wants to protect, but once they actually get to the gunner positions, Saji has a hard time opening fire on the two GN-XIIIs coming at the ship. All he can think about is everything he’s said to Setsuna and the others about his opposition to fighting and killing – including how he’d be the same as them if he killed someone – but his fear overcomes all, and he pulls the trigger. Back outside the ship, Setsuna is having a hard time with Mr. Bushido, so he activates the 00 Gundam’s Trans-Am system. At the same time, Allelujah is trying to get Soma to stop, but she declares that she’s a super-soldier and stabs the Arios Gundam with her custom Ahead. Despite the damage, Allelujah has the Arios reach out towards the Ahead.

Preview

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Unlike last week where I felt that having an epilogue gave the episode two strong finishes, I thought this week’s epilogue actually took away from the cliffhanger of Saji facing against Louise (which I didn’t expect to see so soon). Certainly Setsuna activating the Trans-Am system and Soma clashing with Allelujah are important, especially given that the preview hints that next week will be focused on those two things, but they shouldn’t have cliffhangered on one part of the battle just to go back to another part of the same battle and end in a weaker way. Saji finally pulling the trigger against his former lover is a much stronger finish and probably should have been the entire epilogue, and the other stuff could have been moved to next week.

Speaking of cliffhangers, I had hoped for more between Setsuna and Ali Al-Saachez this episode, but there was pretty much nothing new shown there. I guess Setsuna can’t really face him without the 00 Gundam. In fact, on the whole, this episode was mostly background (particularly with Sumeragi’s flashbacks) and set-up for the battle at the end which will continue next episode, so it was interesting, but perhaps not as exciting as previous episodes. There are a bunch of little things that got introduced that could become more relevant in the near future, like Kati and Sumeragi knowing each other (where does Billy fit into that picture…?), Andrei’s attraction to Louise (which was creepy), and how Hong Long is Wang Liu Mei’s brother (which I suspect won’t end well). We’re still early in this series, so the outlook is pretty good if all those things are going to get developed.

One final note: the Ishikawa Chiaki Prototype PV is out and available on her official site. The UVERworld Hakanaku mo Towa no Kanashi PV was aired earlier this week as well.

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November 9, 2008 at 5:13 am
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  • November 10, 2008 at 4:57 amKaioshin Sama

    @Amery: Going sissy? No moreso than in any other anime.

  • November 10, 2008 at 5:05 amLump

    man…. i literally said “oh fuck no” when they ended the episode right when saji was going to shoot lousie…. Its not fair how they end it so epicly yet make us wait another week T_T

  • November 10, 2008 at 6:12 amGrimjaww

    Ok does anyone else here find it weird that 00 is being pushed around by an Ahead? I mean it’s too early in the season for them to have a suit that causes Setsuna to use Trans-Am. Or does anyone think it’s his ability at this point?

  • November 10, 2008 at 6:12 amLunar_7

    sissy?what you mean is,that they were very girly?am i ryte?:)@amery

  • November 10, 2008 at 6:19 amLunar_7

    i am sure,not every of the fangirls out there wanted their favourite guys nor heroes to be that weak.=)

  • November 10, 2008 at 10:45 amHaro 00

    Tieria: “Setsuna, why did Ali Al Sarshes let you come back in one piece? Didn’t he talk back to you?”
    Setsuna: “I don’t know. Still a mystery to me. Is it because we aren’t ‘scheduled’ to fight in this episode?”
    http://pics.livejournal.com/haro00/pic/0005h7st/

    Lindt’s hair style reminds me of Kinoko Sarada from Dr. Slump :)
    http://pics.livejournal.com/haro00/pic/0005ps4a/
    http://pics.livejournal.com/haro00/pic/0005qhbs/

    Hong Long indeed is her brother but he doesn’t have the ability to use quantum brain wave like Nena who can deceive the Innovators. So Wang Liu Mei is not on the Innovator’s side?

    Has anyone noticed that Nena, Setsuna and Saji were so closed that they could have seen each other?
    http://pics.livejournal.com/haro00/pic/0005yzw0/

    Hope 00 Gundam’s Trans-Am mode can last longer with twin-drive as it looks like the fight with Mr. Bushido is going to be a while…
    http://pics.livejournal.com/haro00/pic/0006akew/
    http://pics.livejournal.com/haro00/pic/0006bdpr/

  • November 10, 2008 at 1:09 pmwillis

    hey, could you please tell me where i could download subbed or raw of this ?

  • November 10, 2008 at 1:44 pmPenguinator27

    Setsuna was slapped by Tieria in the first season. Besides the fact that Saji had it coming, I guess it’s just Tieria’s thing.

  • November 10, 2008 at 2:06 pmPenguinator27

    Ok, ok, I have more. Saji was stupid, yes, but this whole chicken-shit thing he’s doing is just to get him on his way to proper maturity. He’s going to be a real man after he decides to pick a side. Which will make it interesting when he finally confronts Louise. Did anyone notice that in the ending when he’s grasping her hand, she has a ring on her finger? And she just met a smitten, (not pervy, but smitten stupid,) Andrei. And Alleluia’s poor display this week was frustrating, yes, but his character should not be discounted for it. I think it makes a story particularly strong if their characters are very human and fallible. I would definately be less satisfied with the series was full of boy pilots choked to the gills with flawlessness and machismo. I think everything’s running it’s course just fine.

  • November 10, 2008 at 2:31 pmVsin

    Hmmm…for some reason I’m seeing a Ale-Marie and Saji-Louise parallel here. I mean:
    - In the OP, Soma and Louise are in the same shot dodging Ale’s shots.
    - Under the assumption that Saji is going to have something to do with the O-Riser (I’m putting bets on this), we have 2 MS (GN-13 and Ahead variant) vs 2 Planes (Arios and O-Riser).
    - Guy meets girl, becomes friends, then it gets cut short by disaster. If Marie was the one who told Ale to get out of the facility (we will probably find out about that next eppy)…then that makes her like Louise. And Saji did one heck of a lot for Louise, who gave companionship in return, just like how Ale appears to (again with the preview) give tons to Marie in return for companionship.

  • November 10, 2008 at 3:07 pmlilu

    @Vsin
    interesting notice

  • November 10, 2008 at 7:57 pmDexter

    Allelujah sucks his gundam got damaged just to pull Marie out of her MS. Well I guess they gonna have a little brawl, flashback and then leave the island parting ways with Marie saying, “When we meet again, I’ll kill you”. And switch screen to Hallelujah awakened with a evil smile saying, “Oh count on it.”

    Seems like Mannequin is not liking the Alaws very much. LOL. Where is Billy? He walks to slow to the base.

    What is Nena Looking at in that rock formation? Ribbons team?

    My god I want to see the next episode already!!! and also the week after too!!!

  • November 10, 2008 at 9:14 pmKanako

    ya no ali saache this ep :(

  • November 10, 2008 at 10:34 pmsam

    i thought all members of louise halevy’s platoon was KIA in ep2 when 00 owned them and only louise survived cause she was deemed too emo to launch

  • November 10, 2008 at 11:34 pmSpeculating

    @sam

    No, I think only the platoon commander got away because he was busy fighting Tieria. The other Ahead and GNX-III that got wasted by 00 belonged to a second platoon.

  • November 11, 2008 at 12:15 amjho

    This episode was sick, and i totally agree that the saji-louise showdown should have been the last scene

  • November 11, 2008 at 3:49 amraikujin

    @penguinator27
    agreed.

    I love the cliffhanger at the end. Plus the face-offs too.. I want more dammit! D:

  • November 12, 2008 at 6:26 amMethhead

    BWAAAAA!!! Please, Sunrise! Don’t force Soma to leave Sergei and happiness and become Marie and sadness!!! Allelujah is entirely the wrong person for you, in love with someone who is gone now! Soma>Marie!!!

  • November 12, 2008 at 9:28 amJafri

    FUCK THAT DOUBLE CLIFFHANGER!!

  • November 12, 2008 at 1:19 pmChino F.

    Allelujah for me is not weaker. I think Soma has something in her Ahead that puts Allelujah to a disadvantage. Thus she can trump the Arios until Allelujah praises the Lord or something.

  • November 12, 2008 at 9:41 pmexcalibur

    SAJI IS SO MOE!

  • November 13, 2008 at 1:22 amPenguinator27

    Saji, moe? Urgh. Perhaps you meant emo? ^_^

  • November 13, 2008 at 10:10 amjafri

    YEAH THAT’s RIGHT SAJI!! that’s what i’m talked about!! THIS IS WAR!!!

    i mean TATAKE SAJI!!! TATAKAE!! (FIGHT SAJI! FIGHT!)

    There’s no turning back to you saji crossroad!!

  • November 13, 2008 at 10:27 amExia7swords

    I wonder what are Ribbons’ plans for Louise (thinking back at the first episode for season2)…don’t tell me a psycho gundam or something like that….

  • November 13, 2008 at 10:47 amHakuroAkawashi

    The preview makes me think Soma Pieres might die in the next episode. That worries me… Alot. I mean, “Goodbye, Pieres” & “I wanted to be your daughter, colonal”? I do NOT want Allelujah to go through any more misery.

    Then again, maybe “Soma Pieres” will die and “Marie” will be reborn. Though it’s way too early for that.

  • November 14, 2008 at 4:24 amRX

    I am guessing,where’s ali?What is he doing right now?Why suddenly so quiet?How long do we have to wait for him to show up?Not that i like him but,I want to know what is he up to.

  • November 14, 2008 at 6:30 pmHakuroAkawashi

    @RX
    Uhh.. Did you not see what he did to Azadistan? His kick ass come back?

    I personally hate Ali Al-Sarches for what he did to Lockon, but now I’m glad he’s back because either Setsuna or Lyle’s gonna kick his ass.

  • November 15, 2008 at 7:38 amJordiBlau

    Nah Soma Pieres won’t die next episode.. But it would be a surprise if she ended up piloting a Gundam. Allelujah has been nagging that his abilities aren’t good enough anymore, so either Hallelujah is going to be awakened next episode or Soma/Marie is going to take his place in the Gundam.

  • November 15, 2008 at 8:34 amRX

    I m so sorry maybe i missed his action during his talk and fight.The anime/videoclip which i watched right from the internet always had this buffering-kind of thing(very long cut).So it got skipped.So i kind of missed it.Sorry again.

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