Gundam 00 Second Season – 12
As the battle rages on, the Seravee and Cherudim Gundams do their best to cover the Ptolemaios while the 00 Gundam faces off against the Garazzo. Bring Stabity, however, is unable to overcome the 00 Gundam’s power when it is docked with the 0 Raiser and has its Trans-Am active, and he’s forced to eject from the Garazzo right before it gets destroyed. Setsuna also saves Lyle from being trapped between several A-LAWS mobile suits, and he can hear Revive Revival preparing to fire another GN Mega Launcher blast with the Gadessa, so he slices apart the asteroid that the Gadessa is standing on. Revive, however, is able to hear Setsuna’s voice as well though and gets away in time. Because of this, he redirects the shot at the 00 Gundam, and when Setsuna is able to just stay out of the beam’s reach while still closing the distance between the two units, Revive lunges the Gadessa forward with its beam saber drawn. This appears to pierce through the 00 Gundam, but it disappears as if made completely of particles and reappears a moment later to attack the Gadessa from a different angle. Like Bring, Revive is forced to eject, and he is shocked that he as an Innovator was beaten. The 00 Gundam falls out of its Trans Am mode moments later because it’s at its limit, and Saji undocks the 0 Raiser from the Gundam because he feels the need to go to Louise.
Having observed what happened, Ribbons is shocked that the 00 Gundam had somehow quantized because this wasn’t an ability he knew about. When Wang Liu Ming asks about his reaction, he slaps her and tells her to shut up. Back on the battlefield, Kati gives the order to the A-LAWS forces to retreat, but despite this particular fight being over, Sumeragi remains focused on their goal of destroying the satellite weapon. Allelujah soon reports back that the Celestial Being transports had gotten away safely, and that makes Mileina happy because her mother is safe as well. Saji meanwhile continues to try to get the 0 Raiser to move because he wants to go to Louise, but it refuses to budge. Louise, on the other hand, is still shocked that Saji is in Celestial Being. Remembering how Setsuna is in Celestial Being as well, she also recalls how Saji used to live next door to him, and that makes her think that there was a connection between the two even back then.
Onboard the Ptolemaios, Anew reports back to Sumeragi that Ian is in stable condition, though he’ll need some time to recover. By now, Setsuna and Saji have returned onto the ship, and hearing Saji talk about how he heard Louise’s voice prompts Setsuna to question why she’s in A-LAWS. Saji angrily tells him that it’s because she hates Gundams because they killed her parents, and he blames Celestial Being for her enlistment. Hearing Saji question why this is happening reminds Setsuna of his own past and how he had often felt the same way. He urges Saji to fight to get Louise back from A-LAWS, but Saji reacts angrily because he equates this to killing people. Saji ends up punching Setsuna, claims that he’s different from Setsuna and the others, and then storms out. Having overheard everything, Lyle tells Setsuna afterward that he should have clearly told Saji that he’d be in charge of fighting while Saji could persuade Louise to come back. Lyle also questions if Setsuna is atoning for his past, however Setsuna clarifies that it’s not for the past but for the future.
Saji returns to his room and stares at a message Louise had sent him a long time ago asking him to wait in space because she’d catch up with him soon. Louise meanwhile watches as Barack Zinin’s belongings are taken out of his locker, including the photo of him and his wife, and his death by the 00 Gundam reminds her of how her family was killed. Andrei finds her like this and explains that Zinin was promoted posthumously, however he then changes the subject to how he heard voices during the battle. He thinks Louise might have been communicating with the enemy, and when she denies it, he reveals his suspicions that she has someone she knows on the other side, someone who’s close to her. Louise vehemently denies this as well and declares that their opponents are the ones who killed her family and are bringing chaos to the world. She’s cut short when Andrei grabs her arm and notes how delicate it is. He feels that these aren’t the arms of a pilot and that she doesn’t belong in A-LAWS, but Louise responds by grabbing him with her replaced arm – forcing him to let her go – and excuses herself.
Elsewhere on the A-LAWS ship, Revive is still frustrated that he and Bring were defeated by humans. Just as Revive is wishing that Ribbons had told them about the capabilities of the Twin Drive, he get orders from Ribbons to seize the 00 Gundam. Hiling Care and Devine are getting involved as well, and all this makes Revive think that even Ribbons didn’t know of the capabilities of the Twin Drive. Back on Earth, the Memento Mori is fired again, this time at a Middle Eastern country’s military base, and this makes the Katharon leaders think that A-LAWS trying to remove the Middle East’s military strength. It is made worse by the fact that there was a huge refugee camp right by the base. Marina overhears Klaus and the others talking about this, and although she returns to watch the sleeping children, her mind is on how their land, people, and countries are disappearing. Sergei meanwhile learns that a gag order regarding the new weapon has been issued by command of the Federation president. He points out to his commanding officer that a lot of his soldiers saw what happened and that rumors will start to spread, and he notes how there are a lot of people opposed to the way A-LAWS does things. Because of this, his commander assigns him to be the auditor so that the gag order is upheld, and that leaves Sergei thinking about always following military discipline.
Back in space, the Ptolemaios crew still hasn’t gotten in contact with Wang Liu Ming again, but they do get word that the satellite weapon was fired a second time. Feeling that they can’t afford any delays, Sumeragi tells the crew that they’ll set out as soon as repairs are complete and that they’ll use the Gundams’ Trans-Ams for maximum acceleration to go attack the weapon. Saji doesn’t want to leave this area of space because Louise is here, so he gets Haro to help him with the 0 Raiser. He feels that all this has nothing to do with him and Louise, and he wants to return to how they used to be, but once inside the cockpit, he remembers what Tieria once said to him about the consequences of not facing reality. Realizing he was about to do the same again, Saji is conflicted about what he should do, and he’s unable to leave the ship as it starts accelerating towards it next goal. Unlike Saji however, Louise is not confused and deletes all the images she has of him. At around this same time, the Katharon fleet launches its own attack on the Memento Mori, but to their surprise, it has the ability to fire at space targets and wipes out numerous ships with a single blast. Having witnessed this from a distance with the rest of the Celestial Being group, Setsuna observes that this is the way Innovators do things.
Well, it’s no surprise that the 00 Raiser is uber-powerful, though given how fairly lopsided the fight was, I didn’t think Revive and Bring would live through it. The two haven’t gotten all that much character development either and thus didn’t seem like anything more than simple roadblocks who will invariably die at some point, but I guess it’s not their time yet. Their survival does make me wonder though why more mobile suits in the Anno Domini don’t have escape mechanisms like how Knightmares in Code Geass do. In any case, the question now is how long it will take for an A-LAWS mobile suit to challenge the 00 Gundam (aka. when Mr. Bushido shows up with his new toy) or if the Innovators will succeed in capturing it.
As for the rest of the episode, from a purely drama point of view, Saji and Louise is turning out to be better than I thought it’d be. When they showed Louise looking at the pictures of her and Saji, I feared that we might be headed for something like a reprisal of that recording of Shinn’s sister from SEED Destiny where Louise would pine for Saji despite her conflicted feelings. Instead, she’s headed down a much more interesting route of cold-heartedness and hatred, which means that Saji has his work cut out for him. Odds are that he’ll eventually bring her back to how she used to be, but if they really want to emphasize the consequences/toll of war, I could see either her killing Saji or vice versa as a part of the grand tragedy. In the meantime, I suspect Saji will have to participate in the attack on the Memento Mori because the regular 00 Gundam probably isn’t enough to handle everything.