Gundam 00 Second Season – 11
Unaware of what just happened, Marina is asking the Katharon children what they desire. One of them wants clothes, another wants more to eat, but one of the children just wants to see his parents who are in Suihr. The reaction to the Memento Mori blast by the others is varied, with Ali Al Saachez and Nena being impressed whereas Sergei – who had survived – and Wang Liu Mei are shocked. The Katharon leadership is shocked as well when the news finally reaches them that the capital city was destroyed by a satellite weapon. A-LAWS officer Arthur Goodman, on the other hand, feels that this weapon means that they can literally wipe war off the face of the planet. Back on Lagrange 3, the test of the 0 Raiser ends, and Tieria, Allelujah, and Marie are all confused at what just happened. Setsuna calls it the 00 Raiser and feels that it has the power to change the world. Sumeragi meanwhile asks Lasse about his body data with concern about his future, but he feels that he can’t quit now. She’s not able to continue the conversation because Feldt suddenly reports of an abnormal heat source from Earth.
The crew of the Ptolemaios gathers on the bridge to hear about the satellite weapon, and Tieria wonders if this is the way Ribbons does things. Sumeragi decides that they’ll set out as soon as repairs are done to go destroy the new weapon. Tieria chooses this time to finally tell everyone about the Innovators who are manipulating the Federation. While this is going on, the Katharon leadership plans their own attack on the Memento Mori with 23 ships and 43 mobile suits, but they’re unsure about how successful they’ll be with the A-LAWS fleet stationed there. Back on the Ptolemaios, Tieria finishes explaining how the Innovators are bio-terminals produced by Veda and how they’ve been responsible for a lot of what’s happened. He also mentions how the Innovators claim to be continuing Aeolia’s plan and how Celestial Being might be the ones committing heresy. The others try to convince him that that’s not possible, and Setsuna vows to destroy A-LAWS and the Innovators. Sumeragi makes Tieria realize that what they have to do now is to destroy the satellite weapon and that he’s one of their friends.
At the Innovator base, Nena asks Wang Liu Mei if she intends to abandon Celestial Being and support the Innovators instead, but Wang Liu Mei feels that they won’t get to true change with such a way of thinking. Nena isn’t sure what that means, so Wang Liu Mei tells her that she’s not as special as she thinks she is. Nena in turn thinks to herself about how Wang Liu Mei is cooperating with the people who killed her brothers. Back in space, the A-LAWS fleet that is led by Kati is approaching Lagrange 3, and Revive and Bring set out to find the specific location of the Celestial Being base. In pilot’s locker room, Barack Zinin checks up on Louise, and when she notices a photo of him and his wife in his locker, he reveals that she was killed two months ago by a Katharon attack. Over at the Celestial Being base, Lyle is talking with Anew about the new systems added to the Cherudim and the Seravee Gundams, however she notes that adjustment work still needs to be done on the 0 Raiser to match it to the 00 Gundam’s Trans-Am system. Anew also reveals that she’ll also be joining the crew of the Ptolemaios.
Out in space, Revive flies the Gadessa around the general area of the asteroid field and sends out some quantum brain waves. Marie immediately senses them, but she has no idea where they came from and who they’re going to. The answer to the latter is actually Anew, and this allows Revive to figure out where the base is. This also causes Anew to zone out for a moment, and although Lyle notices, Anew claims that it was nothing. Sumeragi then gets on the asteroid base’s intercom and announces to all the Celestial Being members there that they are to destroy the base and withdraw elsewhere after the Ptolemaios is finished resupplying. Mileina and Ian part ways with Linda at this point, and Saji decides to stay on the ship. However, moments later, the base gets attacked from all directions by A-LAWS. While the non-Ptolemaios crew starts taking off in transports, the Ptolemaios and the Gundams head out into battle, and Sumeragi assigns Allelujah to escort the transports until they’re safely away. The asteroid explodes as the Ptolemaios exits.
Kati has several tricks up her sleeve for this assault, including a hidden group of mobile suits that immediately heads towards the Ptolemaios. Sumeragi sends Setsuna against them, but the 00 Gundam initially has trouble in the electrical field that this group sets up around it. Tieria then attempts to fire the Seravee’s twin buster cannons at the enemy mobile suits, but the shot is blocked by Bring’s cloaked Garazzo. What’s more, Kati has set up the Gadessa to fire at the Ptolemaios from a distance with its GN Mega Launcher, and it successfully hits. This causes damage to the hanger on the Ptolemaios where Ian is, so Sumeragi sends Saji to check up on him. When Saji gets there, he finds Ian injured, but the 0 Raiser is okay and the adjustments to it are done. Ian wants Saji to take it to the 00 Gundam, and although Saji initially cares more about Ian’s well being, Ian makes him understand that it’s to protect everyone. Sumeragi and the others are surprised when they see Saji in the 0 Raiser’s cockpit, but they let him go because Ian told him to and because he has Haro helping him.
By this point, Kati is growing confident that they’ve won. She feels that mankind can’t escape from fighting, and that’s why she and Leesa chose to be tactical forecasters. Kati sees the eradication of war as only a dream and vows to show Sumeragi that. Setsuna meanwhile has the 00 Gundam break free of the electrical field, and he battles Andrei, Louise, and Barack Zinin until the 0 Raiser arrives. Saji and Setsuna then dock the two units, creating the 00 Raiser, and Setsuna uses its new speed to destroy Barack Zinin’s Ahead. With the Garazzo now approaching, Setsuna decides to start up the Trans-Am system, and to his surprise, that enters him into an ethereal world where he can hear the voices of all the pilots around him. Saji can hear them too, and his attention is drawn towards one in particular: Louise’s. She is able to hear his voice as well, and the two soon realize he’s in the Gundam and she’s in A-LAWS. However, neither of them can understand why the other is here.
I started this episode a little disappointed that none of the surprises from the very end of last week panned out to be anything major – mainly, Sergei was still alive and Hallelujah wasn’t back permanently (more on this in a moment). However, by the end of the episode, I was quite impressed by intensity of the battle that had taken place and the ending that had Saji and Louise finally realizing that they’re on opposing sides. That’s something that I’ve been waiting for a long time to see, and it was exciting because of the potential ramifications. Neither might want their sides to fight each other in the fear that the other will be killed, and their relationship may ultimately be proof that love is greater than war. Saji already looks pretty distressed in the preview for next week.
Battle-wise, the exciting part of the episode was the 00 Gundam and the 0 Raiser finally combining to make the 00 Raiser. Adding the Trans-Am to that combination appears to lead to all sorts of magic, as first demonstrated during the test started at the end of last week’s episode. I questioned how Tieria’s hair went from long last week back to short in the same shower scene this week, and the my only conclusion was that it’s an effect of the Trans-Am/0 Raiser combo. Hallelujah’s brief appearance seems to be because of that too, and it might mean that he will come back out during a critical moment in a later battle. The big eyebrow raiser (no pun intended) in the battle this week though was the ethereal Newtype-ish world that Setsuna and Saji showed up naked in. That setting is new to 00, but fans of the Gundam franchise might recognize the general concept from past series such as Gundam SEED Destiny. It’s not clear whether that’ll have any purpose other than to make Saji and Louise realize they’re on opposite sides, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Marina eventually appears in front of Setsuna in that way as well. In any case, the battle’s not over yet, and the preview suggests that there might be a few more surprises in store, especially for Ribbons.