Gundam 00 Second Season – 09
Ali Al Saachez – whose body was half burned thanks to what happened four years ago – starts the battle by sending out a wave of GN Fangs, and Setsuna and Tieria find them faster than their predecessors. Setsuna faces his old enemy first, but after Ali’s Arche Gundam knocks the 00 Gundam away, Tieria steps up with the Seravee. After the Arche Gundam cuts off the barrels of the Seravee’s shoulder cannons, Tieria grabs his opponent and employs the beam saber hidden in his Gundam’s right leg, but Ali dodges it and counters with the beam sabers hidden in the Arche’s feet. The Arche Gundam is able to handle both Gundam coming at him at once, and while he’s got them occupied, Ali sends the GN Fangs out again to do some damage. Before he can finish them off though, the Arios and the Cherudim arrive on the scene as backup, and Ali decides not to stick around to fight in a four-versus-one battle. Tieria tries to pursue, and when Allelujah holds him back, Tieria questions why he’s being stopped from avenging Lockon. Regardless, they now know that Ali Al Saachez is still alive.
Back at the A-LAWS party, Ribbons claims that the party is spoiled thanks to Regene, but Regene points out that it was Ribbons who made Tieria angry. Regene thinks that if Ribbons had behaved himself, then they could have made Tieria into an ally, but Ribbons wants Celestial Being to oppose them. Hiling Care notes that the more Celestial Being acts, the more A-LAWS receives public support and has its actions justified, and that’s what they want. Katharon alone wasn’t a satisfactory opponent, and Hiling Care didn’t want to lose her turn for combat. Regene then changes the subject to the Twin Drive System and wonders if the Gundam equipped with two GN Drives was originally developed by Celestial Being or if it was inherited from Aeolia Schenberg like the Trans-Am system was. Ribbons doesn’t think it matters because it will still be inferior to the Gadessa, and Revive Revival will prove that in the next battle. At around this same time, Wang Liu Mei is being driven away from the party, and after she receives the news that Setsuna and the others got away safely, she looks forward to the confrontation with the Innovators accelerating change.
Also departed from the party are Andrei and Louise, and they’re now flying back to base. Louise is feeling fine again, and Andrei tells her to get some rest since they’ll be starting a Gundam pursuit operation once they return. He has read up on her past and how she lost her family to a Gundam attack, and it causes him to wonder to himself if she’s after revenge. Louise at this moment is thinking about Setsuna and his connection to Celestial Being when she sees Mr. Bushido’s custom Ahead fly by the aircraft, heading in the opposite direction. Meanwhile, on the Ptolemaios, Sumeragi decides that they should head back into space because she forecasts that the enemy will close in on them within twelve hours. Plus, if they head to Lagrange 3, they can get repairs and the Gundams’ support mecha. While preparations get under way, Setsuna tells Saji about running into Louise and their subsequent conversation. Setsuna wonders about Saji contacting her, but before Saji can answer, Lyle and Tieria show up, and Lyle is asking about the Arche Gundam and what Tieria had said earlier about avenging Lockon. Tieria thus tells Lyle about how Ali Al Saachez took Lockon’s life, and Lyle wants to hear more.
Over on the A-LAWS ship, Lindt is going over the plan to attack the Ptolemaios with six Trilobites. Since Kati places importance on air superiority, Lindt thinks that two squads of mobile suits will be enough since he doubts that their enemy will leave the sea. Revive Revival, however, points out that the enemy ship was able to enter the atmosphere and descend to Earth, so the reverse may also be possible. Kati agrees and notes the possible use of the Trans-Am system. Lindt gets angry because he thinks he’s being ridiculed after Revive Revival suggests that the enemy commander might already have figured out their orthodox strategy, but Revive Revival claims that he has a license. Since this is similar to Mr. Bushido, Kati questions if Revive Revival is also a one-man army, so he replies that he’s different and promises to follow her orders. Back on the Ptolemaios, Tieria finishes filling Lyle in on how his brother was trying to avenge his family by going after Ali Al Saachez. Lyle respects his brother and admits that he can’t obsess on something that happened over ten years ago like that.
In response, Setsuna questions if that’s true even if the enemy were right there, and he goes on to admit how he was a member of the KPSA. He reveals that one of his comrades at the time was the very person who blew himself up in the attack that claimed the lives of the Dylandy family, and he feels that if he had stopped his friend, then Neil wouldn’t have become a Gundam Meister. Lyle, however, knows that even if that had happened, the act of terrorism would have still occurred. He feels that it’s all past now, and they’re fighting for the future, not the past. After hearing this, Tieria thinks about living according to one’s own justice, but he questions if opposing the Innovators will lead to the true future. By now, Mr. Bushido has arrived at Billy’s lab and after the two get reacquainted, Mr. Bushido asks that the mobile suit being developed be dyed in his colors. Specifically, he requests that it have the fastest speed and the strongest sword. Billy agrees in exchange for Mr. Bushido taking down Celestial Being, and Mr. Bushido explains that that’s the only reason he keeps living.
The A-LAWS forces meanwhile have started mobilizing for their attack operation. Unaware of what’s coming, Tieria is in one of the Ptolemaios’ observation rooms and still hasn’t reported on what happened at the party to Sumeragi. Since Tieria claims that he’s gathering his thoughts, Setsuna asks him to continue what he was saying earlier about the distortion he found. Tieria’s thoughts are clouded by what Regene and Lockon have told him, and before he can explain anything to Setsuna, the ship’s alarms go off to warn of the impending attack. As Tieria and Setsuna rush to their Gundams, Sumeragi has the ship start rising to the water surface, and when the enemy fires a wave of torpedoes, she has the Arios, the Seravee, and the Cherudim activate their Trans-Am systems. This gives the Ptolemaios a similar effect and, along with the force of the torpedo explosions, allows it to speed up through the water and into the air, past the enemy mobile suits. When those units try to pursue, the ship launches a wave of missiles that takes out several of them, though Patrick and Louise both survive.
As the Ptolemaios breaks through the atmosphere, it’s hit by a massive shot from the waiting Gadessa. Although the ship is fine, the force of the blast changes the ship’s trajectory, and Sumeragi quickly realizes how good the enemy commander is. Kati knows that the Trans-Am system has a time limit, and she has an A-LAWS unit waiting in space. That unit attacks right as the Trans-Am system reaches its limit, and this leaves the Ptolemaios vulnerable to enemy fire. Fortunately, Sumeragi had anticipated this and had sent the 00 Gundam out earlier, and it obliterates the A-LAWS cruiser. The remaining A-LAWS mobile suits retreat as a result of this, though one of them first passes along a message to the Ptolemaios. The message is from Kati to Sumeragi – referred to as Leesa Kujo – and in it, Kati expresses her respect for Sumeragi’s tactics. This triggers memories in Sumeragi of her past and how she had known Kati, and she’s not happy to find out that Kati is in A-LAWS. It leaves her feeling that she can’t run away from her past.
Back on Earth, after learning of the death of the commander of the A-LAWS cruiser that got destroyed, Homer Katagiri feels that he can’t allow any more sacrifices and will need the help of the Innovators. Ian meanwhile is being led to the 0 Raiser by his wife Linda, and he thinks that the 00 Gundam will be invincible with it.
Well that was certainly an exciting episode. The battle with Ali Al Saachez was pretty intense – particularly when Tieria was going up against him – though still rather short since Lyle and Allelujah came to the rescue pretty quickly. The Arche Gundam appears a little overpowered at the moment, but that’s not accounting for the improvements/power-ups that I’m sure the Celestial Being Gundams will eventually receive. We’ve already been introduced here to the 0 Raiser which will probably make the 00 Gundam the king of the battlefield for a few episodes. I’m sure it won’t be invincible like Ian thinks it will though – the new unit Billy is developing for Mr. Bushido will probably be better or at least on equal footing. And speaking of new units, the preview features another new one. It’s in the same style as the Gadessa which implies that it’s an Innovator’s – probably Hiling Care’s.
As for the characters, I think one of the interesting relationships that’s developed in this episode is the one between Kati and Sumeragi. There’s obviously a lot of respect coming from Kati, and I suspect either one of them will die in the end (a la Natarle and Murrue from SEED) or they’ll be reunited as friends or something. In addition, I wonder if there’s more dark secret stuff aside from Emilio’s death in Sumeragi’s past that we don’t know about yet. This episode also introduced Ian’s wife Linda (in other words, Mileina didn’t just pop out of nowhere), and she looks to be joining the crew new week. Why do I get the feeling that she’s going to meet a tragic end… She looks too nice, and I don’t think that there’s necessarily room for her on the crew. Perhaps more importantly though, who is this person in a Celestial Being uniform, and why does his/her hair color look like an Innovator’s? It’s very suspicious, and my immediate reaction was that it was a spy or infiltrator sent by Ribbons.