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Summary:

Before Saji can fire at Louise’s GN-XIII, the Ptolemaios veers out of the way and launches a set of missiles. One of the missiles hits and destroys Louise’s suit’s right arm, and she’s protected from another missile by Andrei who subsequently orders her to get away. Back on the Ptolemaios, Ian doesn’t mind that Saji wasn’t able to fire, and Saji continues to struggle with his emotions. Outside, the 00 Gundam is losing the battle against Mr. Bushido’s custom Ahead, leaving Setsuna no choice but to activate the Trans-Am system. With it on, he’s able to slice off the custom Ahead’s left arm, but right as Setsuna goes in for the killing blow, the Trans-Am system shuts off because of an overload. Mr. Bushido takes this opportunity to point his custom Ahead’s beam saber beside the head of the 00 Gundam as if he were planning on cutting it off, but because he feels that his opponent’s unit wasn’t perfect, he declares that it’s not worth it and leaves. When the other A-LAWS mobile suits then try to attack the disabled 00 Gundam, the Seravee and the Cherudim Gundams come to its rescue.

It is at this point that Sumeragi, having regained consciousness, orders the retreat of the Gundams along with the firing of a special smoke torpedo. This in turn causes Kati to order a retreat of her forces as well. Unfortunately for the Celestial Being group, they then realize that they can’t find the Arios, so Sumeragi sends the Seravee and the Cherudim out to search for it. The Arios had crashed earlier along with Soma’s custom Ahead into a forest, and when Allelujah regains consciousness, he immediately goes to check on Soma. When she sees him, she tries to kill him, but her proximity to him causes a painful reaction inside of her. It culminates in her remembering her past with Allelujah after he calls her by her real full name: Marie Parfacy. Though she faints soon afterward, she first calls Allelujah by his name as well. Meanwhile, both Sergei and the A-LAWS forces are out searching for Soma, but the latter group is forced to abort their search because their job is to focus on Celestial Being. Onboard the Ptolemaios, Ian scolds Setsuna for using the Trans-Am system and gets to work with repairs. Saji helps Ian out and admits to Setsuna that he’ll do anything until the Katharon people can get away safely.

Back in the forest, Marie wakes up inside a tent that Allelujah had set up. He reports that both of their mobile suits’ systems are down and that they can’t repair it themselves, so they have to wait to be rescued. Allelujah then asks Marie why she was Soma Peries, so she suggests that a different personality was planted in her which restored her lost senses. The super-human organization had sent her off to the military as a super-soldier in an attempt to continue the organization’s own existence. Still, Marie credits that for being able to see Allelujah, and he in turn admits that he didn’t think he’d be able to exchange words with her. Marie then asks Allelujah what happened after he fled from the organization, so he explains that he and a bunch of others were escaping from being disposed. He had stopped in front of Marie’s room on the way out, but he had decided to continue on without going in. Allelujah had initially regretted not taking her with him, but he’s glad now that he didn’t. He and the others had left the colony via a stolen transport, but with no place to go, they drifted in space and ran out of food and oxygen. That led to Hallelujah taking over and killing the others.

Marie admits that she knew that there was another personality inside of him, but Allelujah makes no excuses and declares that Hallelujah is himself. He feels that his fate was cursed, and he became a Gundam Meister to change the world because, as a super-soldier, all he can do is fight. This discussion prompts Allelujah to ask Marie about having Soma’s memories, and since she admits to having them as well as Soma’s personality, he thinks that she knows about what he did. He’s still distraught over how he killed everyone when he destroyed the superhuman organization’s facilities with the Kyrios, but Marie doesn’t blame him because she also killed him – Hallelujah – once before. Allelujah tries to make the distinction between Marie and Soma, but Marie feels that they are one and the same, and she apologizes to him. Since Allelujah is unsure about what to do, Marie holds his hand and tells him that just him being there makes her happy. He was the only one who reacted to the quantum brain waves she sent out when she couldn’t move or use any of her senses, and it was because of him that she was able to be thankful for being alive.

Their conversation is interrupted by the arrival of a Federation mobile suit: Sergei’s. Sergei recognizes Allelujah’s voice from their previous encounter years ago, and as a result of this, he draws his gun and tries to separate Allelujah and Marie. Meanwhile, the Katharon survivors arrive at another secret base and learn that the Federation has finally embarked on the Middle East. Its military has entered the attacked Azadistan, and they’ve established an interim government with plans to reorganize the entire Middle East. Marina is shocked when she hears that Azadistan no longer exists. Back in the forest, Marie tries to explain to Sergei that she’s no longer Soma Peries, and Allelujah refuses to turn her over because he knows that she’d just be treated as a super-soldier by the Federation and A-LAWS. Sergei, however, points out that if Marie stayed with Allelujah, she’d get involved in fighting anyway because Allelujah belongs to Celestial Being. He refuses to believe in someone who he considers to be a terrorist, and he still harbors a grudge over all the comrades he’s lost to them. With Sergei ready to shoot him, Allelujah actually asks Sergei to do so, but he also wants Sergei to swear that Marie will never be involved in fighting again because he just wants her to be happy.

Agreeing to this, Sergei fires his gun, and Marie jumps in front of Allelujah at the last moment to prevent him from getting hit. She is unhurt though because Sergei had actually fired his gun into the air, and he then declares that Soma Peries died with honor in battle. As he turns to leave, Sergei also remembers to thank Allelujah for helping out in the rescue operation five years ago at the low orbit station. Marie in turn uses this chance to thank Sergei for using her only against the Gundams and for not making her participate in other operations. She also reveals that the Soma Peries inside of her had wanted to become his daughter, and Sergei is content just to hear those words. When Marie then runs and hugs Sergei one last time, he urges her to live on happily with Allelujah. The two part ways with a salute, and Marie can’t help but cry as she watches him fly off in his mobile suit. Wiping away her tears, Allelujah thanks her for being alive and for giving him something to live for. Lockon meanwhile spots Sergei’s GN-XIII, but to his surprise, Sergei transmits the location of the Arios via optical communication, and the two mobile suits pass each other without incident. By the time Lockon flies over where Allelujah and Marie are standing, the two are kissing.

The crew of the Ptolemaios are happy to hear that Allelujah has been found, and even Setsuna is relieved. When Saji catches him smiling, Setsuna explains that anyone would smile when there’s something happy. The crew, however, is surprised to learn that Allelujah is bringing a girl back with him. The news eventually reaches Tieria, who is out on a cliff overlooking the ocean, but he then gets approached by someone who looks just like him. This person explains that it’s because their DNA is the same, and he introduces himself as an Innovator, Regene Regetta.

Preview

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Well that was a pretty quick conclusion to the Allelujah and Marie stuff. I probably shouldn’t call it a conclusion since there’s likely (or hopefully) more to it down the road, but my point is that I was surprised how easily things were resolved between them. That’s also not to say that this was rushed or poorly done – in fact, despite feeling that some parts were a bit slow and overly dramatic, I enjoyed the episode. I had merely thought something like this could drag on for the better part of the series as one of several important subplots, yet in the course of one episode, Soma became Marie, and Marie and Allelujah became a couple. Perhaps with so many characters to develop, they couldn’t afford to spend any more time on this.

As for Sergei, I rather liked the parting scene between him and Soma/Marie (helped along by the Tommy heavenly6 insert song titled Unlimited Sky), and what he did only reinforces my notion that he’s too kind, but it looks like he won’t get killed because of it. Actually, I was half-expecting Sergei to get killed by Lockon in an ultimate twist of irony and fate, but fortunately it didn’t turn out that way. I’m curious to see now what happens to his character and to Marie’s character. There’s a good chance one or both of them will just fade into the background while other characters take center stage, especially since, as cool as it would be to see Allelujah and Marie fighting alongside each other, Allelujah probably won’t want her to do any more piloting. Anyway, it looks like we’re already moving on to Tieria’s back-story next, and, as the OP and ED have hinted, it’s connected with Ribbons and the Innovators. I’m sure this shot from the preview will get a lot of attention.

November 16, 2008 at 5:06 am
217 comments »
  • November 20, 2008 at 9:24 amWingZero zxt

    @Frito it obv doesnt work *Fine* if one of its features doesnt work properly!

  • November 20, 2008 at 9:26 amGN777Sia

    Who is that girl from the last shot??
    Is it regene legetta or Tieria erde??if yes then they are females!!!

  • November 20, 2008 at 1:43 pmPolar Bear

    The parting scene was excellent and the insert song…out of this world!!!
    Does anyone have any idea where to get a copy of it?

  • November 20, 2008 at 3:02 pmFrito

    @GN777, that girl is probably tieria undercover.

    @wingzero, i still don’t get you man.

    @omni, regene is a woman’s name. just pointing it out since you refer to it as a he/himself/him. tieria is an it with a case of micro-penis.

  • November 20, 2008 at 7:38 pmJordiBlau

    Frito above said that the quantum brainwaves didn’t give allelujah an edge in battle.. But that’s not completely correct. Yes the supersoldiers can hinder each other with the quantum brainwaves.

    But there’s more to it, compare it to quantum technology if you like, computers with quantum technology are much faster than normal computers. Same goes for allelujahs brain, it’s much faster than the brain of normal people. But to fully use his brain’s speed, he needs his second personality, without it his reactions can’t keep up with the speed of his brain. That’s why he was better than Marie/Soma, she could only use one personality.

    Simply explained it’s like this.

    Allelujah = fast brain, to slow of a reaction to keep up with the brain
    Hallelujah = fast reactions, but not a fast enough brain to predict the moves of others
    Allelujah + Hallelujah = fast reactions + fast brain, meaning a true supersoldier which is faster and smarter than any human.

    To round it of the test subject Allelujah/Hallelujah which was deemed a failed experiment is the only true supersoldier, Soma was incomplete. Why is it in every big story that the failed experiments are actually the best (FFVII anyone).

  • November 20, 2008 at 8:12 pmhoneyblu

    *sigh* can’t stop watching this episode over and over :)

    marie + allelujah = <3
    rain + allelujah = *sizzle*

  • November 20, 2008 at 10:15 pmP0

    Nice to see ppl are still posting in here
    for all allelujah im still reserving judgement until he actually FIGHTS someone
    all we’ve seen from him is him take 2 mobile suits out and then fight Marie/Soma I really dont belive he was even trying to srsly fight her.

    As for the gundams i think we havnt seen the full abilities of the gundams yet CB did have 4 yrs to upgrade.

    What worries me is no one has spoken anything about the innovators who i consider the BIGGEST advantage the UF has. Not to mention the mobile suits they must have in their possession.

  • November 21, 2008 at 1:33 amFrito

    Jordi, he’s a defective soldier. hence he can’t use it to his advantage. he ended up with a split personality disorder instead of brainwave interference like soma. so again before yapping, get fapping.

  • November 21, 2008 at 3:55 amWingZero zxt

    @Frito not sure how i havent sed anything complicated ohwell keep trying

  • November 21, 2008 at 5:21 amdelta

    nice ep, the new tiera chick is pretty hot!

  • November 21, 2008 at 5:38 amMoonLight

    Rumor outside in Japan that spreading, Tieria is final boss for gundam 00final phase episode that he? or She? be a part of them and piloting GNXXXX (??????)gundam vs GN GN0000 Double 0 Gundam , but still with unknown story plot.

  • November 22, 2008 at 7:20 amJordiBlau

    @Frito.. Maybe you should rewatch some episodes from season 1. I can remember an episode where Hallelujah almost kills Soma just with his brainwaves, one of the first. After that incident they altered Soma’s brainwaves so that she couldn’t be affected anymore by those of other supersoldiers (some of it explained in episode 10), that’s why couldn’t affect her in the later episodes.

    For you to understand why he wasn’t defective, watch episode 25, with good subs please if you don’t understand japanese. Soma has two personalities as well, but she supresses one, the fact that allelujah/hallelujah can use both at the same time makes him better than the rest.. The researchers created a new personality for every soldier, meaning a personality that solely exists for fighting and following orders (they suppress the one that doesn’t want to fight or thinks for itself, the original one). But as we know Allelujah/Hallelujah didn’t turn out to be the one that followed orders and developed a personality that was far more violent than the researchers probably predicted. So my guess is they named him defective because he didn’t follow their orders blindfully like the other soldiers and not because he’s really defective. Basicly episode 25 showes you that he’s far beyond Soma in skills.

    But it’s true that without Hallelujah he is actually defective, but not because he got a split personality instead of brainwave interference like you said. Another example, how the hell was he else able to talk to Marie when she was little and lying in some sort of coma in that room, where they’re were talking through their brainwaves.

    So I say to you before yapping, get fapping!

  • November 22, 2008 at 12:27 pmRie-chan

    Unlimited sky by Tommy Heavenly6 is awesome!

  • November 22, 2008 at 2:55 pmWingZero zxt

    ASHITA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! as they say ( i think :P)

  • November 22, 2008 at 6:25 pmFrito

    Jordi maybe you should focus on the realism and logic behind allelujah’s disorder? and why they planned to cast them off(the defective ones). why is that? have you ever crossed your mind that eventhough he has brainwave power he also developed some kind of disorder…. so before telling me to rewatch episodes. i would recommend that you analyze each episode accordingly. and not come up with bullshit. stop claiming that allelujah could use his uber brainwave skills. if he could he would have claimed the lives of others. that’ swaht supersoldiers are. so again think before you fap!

  • November 22, 2008 at 8:02 pmWingZero zxt

    @Frito kindly explain EXACTLY wat u mean before i judge u because i still agree withJordi

  • November 24, 2008 at 7:47 pmJordiBlau

    Frito you have a valid point, he did create a disorder, being his second personality.. but we also know the research facility intended to do so, that’s why soma has two personalities as well (only thing is hallelujah didn’t turn out as intended). As far as I know they didn’t cast them out or planned to, he escaped but I could’ve missed something.

    And well you keep telling me I’m talking bullshit, but well do you remember episode 5 of the first season. In it, Soma unintentionally enters Allelujah’s mind, what happens next is that Hallelujah takes over and tells her to get the fuck out. He then says I’m going to kill you. Next thing is that Soma begins freaking out and shoots at the orbital station. Once it’s over she’s in complete shock and he just stands there looking satisfied. He even corrects a person who says it must have been an accident. If he can’t use his brainwaves than it’s a pretty neat thing to be unaffected while Soma still lies in shock even in episode 6.

    In episode 6 that research guy from the facility even says to swirnov that he suspects that her quantum brainwaves where probably affected by an external force and implements a device in Soma suite to prevent it from happening again. Just a few moments later he starts erasing the files on Allelujah so they won’t find out that he was the one to let Allelujah escape.

    As far as claiming lives, the researcher in episode six says it can only happen under certain circumstances, which is that it might occur between people with the same quantum brainwaves just like soma. So that means he can’t do the same to normal humans. Besides he killed all the other supersoldiers and Soma is protected from brainwave interference by her suite from that moment on, so no he can’t claime her live anymore from that point on.

    I’m not sure you’ll read this but well consider my points above when telling me that I’m talking bullshit again. The point was you said he was a failure because he got a split personality instead of brainwave interference, but I believe I have proven enough to show that is not exactly the case. Again I’m not saying he doesn’t have a disorder, but it’s this disorder of having acces to two personalities at the same moment, that makes him better than Soma and that’s why he can’t really be seen as a failure. Although they call him that. If you don’t believe me on my word go check out episode 5 and 6 of he first season for yourself.

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