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Summary:

Fourteen years ago, during a losing battle, Sergei had issued the order to retreat to their final defense line so that they could protect all the people building the orbital elevator. Doing so, however, meant abandoning Holly on the battlefield. Andrei now recounts how his mother’s body was never found, and ever since then, he hasn’t spoken with his father normally. He believes that in maintaining military discipline, his father had killed his mother. Back near the Africa Tower, the Ptolemaios crew has realized that A-LAWS has another satellite weapon. Kati has figured out the same thing and can’t believe that they’re going to be attacking the low orbit station, but Billy suspects that in order to achieve a permanent peace, Homer is willing to shoulder all the sins. Ribbons and Regene meanwhile discuss how mankind hasn’t learned anything from the past and how that’s why Aeolia Schenberg created the Innovators. Ribbons, however, reminds Regene that he created him, so he should be treated as the Maker, and it will be he who leads mankind, not the Innovators.

By now, Tieria, Lyle, and Allelujah have launched in their Gundams and are headed towards the Africa Tower. When he sees the Katharon forces getting decimated by the Federation forces, Lyle rushes ahead and engages the enemy. Sumeragi wants to try to fly the Ptolemaios back into space to attack the Memento Mori again, but the ship isn’t in any condition to do so. Fortunately, Setsuna decides to head out in the 00 Raiser because at this point, that’s the only thing that can stop the Memento Mori. Since the 0 Raiser needs a pilot, Setsuna instructs Saji to do it, and he reminds Saji that there are 60,000 lives at stake. The idea of protecting those people motivates Saji, and he soon launches in the 0 Raiser and docks it with the 00 Gundam. While this is going on, onboard the low orbit station, Hercule wants to stay behind and urges Sergei to escape, but Sergei convinces Hercule to escape as well by reminding him that they have to protect the people.

With the Memento Mori about ready to fire at this point, Arthur orders the Empruss out to intercept the incoming 00 Raiser. Devine has the Empruss grab onto and electrify the 00 Raiser, but Setsuna is able to activate its Trans-Am, and he fires a massive particle beam that annihilates the Empruss. This beam doesn’t stop with the Empruss though, and Setsuna is able to use it like an extremely long beam saber to hit the Memento Mori. This does a considerable amount of damage to the satellite weapon, but it’s not quite enough, and the Memento Mori is still able to fire off a shot at the low orbit station before it itself explodes. One of the explosions causes the firing angle to be different though, so the Memento Mori beam ends up hitting part of the orbital elevator structure below the low orbit station. The result is that the outside wall of the orbital elevator starts falling apart, and its various pieces plunge down towards Earth. This also means that all of the people still on the trains heading down die as their trains fall off their tracks and collide.

Given the dire situation, Sumeragi broadcasts a message to all the forces around the Africa Tower asking them to destroy the fragments of the falling pillar in order to protect all the people on the ground. The Gundam Meisters are the first to spring into action destroying the falling fragments, and they get some help in the form of Marie piloting the GN Archer. They are then joined by Katharon, the coup forces, the regular Federation military, and even by some of Kati’s A-LAWS units, including Andrei and Louise. During all this, Sergei and Hercule emerge from the shaft and start helping out as well, and Marie recognizes Sergei’s mobile suit. When Andrei realizes that Hercule is here and was behind the coup, he turns his weapon towards his father’s friend, but before he can do anything, he’s alerted to a massive pillar fragment that’s falling towards them. Normal weapons fire doesn’t have any effect on such a big piece, so Tieria activates Trans-Am on the Seravee Gundam and fires its GN Bazooka in hyper burst mode. This splits the fragment into two, and the 00 Raiser swoops in to finish the job.

The battle against the falling fragments continues until evening time, and the population under the orbital elevator is mostly saved. After surveying the destruction, Sergei finds Hercule in disbelief over what happened, but this is short-lived because Hercule’s mobile suit is suddenly destroyed by Andrei. Andrei blames them for causing all this, and when he realizes that the other mobile suit is piloted by his father, he’s fueled by his belief that his father killed his mother and that his father had participated in the coup. Marie tries to help Sergei, and although she’s briefly pushed back by Louise’s Ahead, Louise then gets occupied with Saji and the 00 Raiser. Unfortunately, Marie isn’t able to reach Sergei in time, and Andrei’s GN-XIII proceeds to stab Sergei’s Tieren. In his final moments, Sergei remembers how Holly had asked him to take care of Andrei if something happened to her during their next military operation. During her funeral, however, it was Hercule who had comforted Andrei, and Sergei hadn’t said anything to his son afterward. Covered in blood now, Sergei tries to apologize to his son and confesses that he didn’t know how to deal with Andrei who had closed off his heart. He then pushes his son’s mobile suit away from his own, and in his mind, he apologizes to Holly. Sergei’s Tieren then explodes, and Marie is only able to watch in horror.

Preview

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Bah. Everything was working out so well with everyone, even Kati’s A-LAWS forces, banding together to destroy the falling pieces of the orbital elevator. In a series like this where they emphasize how much humanity tends to fight itself, it was good to see a moment of actual unity. But then stupid Andrei had to ruin it all by killing Hercule and then Sergei (at which point I was yelling “Noooo” at my screen). Story-wise, it made sense that if Sergei were going to die, it was going to be by A-LAWS or Andrei – being killed by his own son was definitely the more tragic route – but I still didn’t want it to happen. I really hope Marie kicks Andrei’s ass now, and it looks like in the preview that she’s pissed off and wants revenge.

Speaking of Marie, she finally debuted the GN Archer and showed off it’s mobile suit form. It looks quite feminine and resembles a U.C. GM like with its single visor and coloring scheme. All it needs to do now is to combine with the Arios (I think this is the point where I wonder if there’d be any sexual connotations). This week also had the fall of another Innovator, Devine, who died in a rather unceremonious fashion – so much for his revenge. Four more of them to go (not including Anew or Tieria). I found it interesting that Ribbons flaunts his superiority over Regene – maybe that’ll be his downfall. The story will be jumping ahead four months before that can happen though, and I would guess that they’re going to start building up towards the finale now. That time period is probably long enough for Louise’s new mobile armor to be completed, and it looks like Anew’s relationship with Lyle might be heating up as well.

As a side note, with all the Obama stuff in anime and manga (I’ve seen at least five different references/appearances now, including in some recent chapters of Air Gear), I’m sure I’m not the only who thought of him when they showed this in the preview.

February 1, 2009 at 5:03 am
168 comments »
  • February 1, 2009 at 6:54 pmks

    SOMA MUST DELIVER! Kill this Andrei mother fucker! For the horde!

  • February 1, 2009 at 7:01 pmforce

    he killed his father because he makes him responsible for his mother’s death.

  • February 1, 2009 at 7:02 pmLelouch

    Heh most people want Andrei dead XD

  • February 1, 2009 at 7:11 pmpockets

    sergei and hank died like a chump!

  • February 1, 2009 at 7:16 pmks

    #pockets

    You forgot about the Innovator that died like a chump too.

  • February 1, 2009 at 7:24 pmTJ

    Yeah, Andrei just had to go and ruin the party. What a party-pooper!

  • February 1, 2009 at 7:34 pmExia

    this is so sad. NOooo COlonel!! I hate andrei now, that bastard. Hope he dies!!

  • February 1, 2009 at 7:47 pmJusuchin (Military Otaku)

    guh…forgot libs own the net…

  • February 1, 2009 at 7:47 pmJLaP

    None of the battles use recycled footage it’s truly a beautiful thing. That always annoyed me in other Gundam series you’re watching and it’s like “Hey, I already saw this fight!”

  • February 1, 2009 at 7:54 pmMichael

    @Jusuchin:

    Obama rules, get over it. :D He rules by having a Japanese town celebrate November 4th as an offical holiday, because that town happens to be called Obama. Dumb conservatives.

    —————————–

    Ok, Soma kick that little piece of crap into space! I cannot stand Andrei’s freaky accent, it’s like Russian/Japanese, or something like that. Hopefully he’ll die the same way Alejandro did in the first season: epically. and lol wtf Ribbons is in antartica? he’s so nutty.

  • February 1, 2009 at 8:01 pmJuiceBox

    Andrei is… SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO fucking dead.

  • February 1, 2009 at 8:02 pmLF1230

  • February 1, 2009 at 8:05 pmFive Boxes

    Dayum, Setsuna messed up big time. Can’t blame him though, who knew that him blowing up the Memento Mori would just so happen to angle its Death Ray right towards the orbital elevator?

    On an unrelated note, how is it that Setsuna’s 00 can have a higher-output laser than the Seravee? I’m pretty sure that the 00′s weapons weren’t built for such massive output, even if it has the energy levels to deliver it.

  • February 1, 2009 at 8:18 pmcool

  • February 1, 2009 at 8:50 pmleoh

    Obama for the red revolution FTW! Kidding, I’m proud to have him as President, even if some of the promises may not be fulfilled. We’ll have to wait and see. The time may come though, when he will need us.

    Sorry for bringing up something like politics in an anime blog. :P

  • February 1, 2009 at 8:56 pmjordiblau

    Am I seeing things or did another innovator just bite the dust, he looked pretty dead to me.. But man what an episode, I expected Hercule to die as soon as Andrei showed up, but coronel Smirrnof as well.. Bummer! But still this is going to get things moving, I wonder when Louise is going to turn round, Marie will definitly be the one that makes this happen now that she has shown up on the battlefield.

    And an interesting part from Ribbons as well. He has revealed that he and Tieria where the only official innovators. He made the others. That perfectly explains why he is taking this path. I’m not gonna explain all my thinking, to much of a hassle, but my guess is that CB is following the true plan of Aeolia. Ribbons was probably shoved aside when Tieria was created. That’s why he didn’t now about Trans-am and 00-raiser. So the guy’s jealous and thinks he’s a god. He hacked into Veda and is now creating the future where he rules the world and where he doesn’t have to follow Aeolia’s plan.

  • February 1, 2009 at 9:18 pmMira

    I’ve only got one thing to say…*clears throat* “suck on this mobile suit with fastest speed and ‘strongest sword’, graham.” http://randomc.net/image/Gundam%2000/Gundam%2000%20Second%20Season%20-%2017%20-%20Large%2019.jpg

    @jordiblau – that is a possibility, the fact that he was left out of the knowledge of Trans-Am and Twin Drive System, is definite proof that he was not in on the plan, or at least wasn’t entirely trusted by Aoelia.

    In other news, I hope Nena will be okay. It really worries me that she’s not in the opening, because it either means that she’s going to die before/during EnD GaMe, or that she doesn’t participate in anything risky thus leading to her survival in this series. Personally, I hope that the animators just botched the opening and forgot to add her in, and that she does something productive like against Momento Mori.

  • February 1, 2009 at 9:18 pmJLaP

    @jordiblau

    I was thinking something similar, even if Ribbons piloted 0 Gundam he was replaced by Tieria. This is all for the sake of his ego, like it was for Corner, and to prove he still of value. “If Tieria’s so much better then me how come I’m in charge now old man.”

  • February 1, 2009 at 9:59 pmFalenXangel

    NOOOOO NOT SERGEI!!! its so sad… poor Marie… I wouldn’t wanna be Andrei next time they meet. the joint effort of everyone to do the right thing was so crazy though, there were so many mobile suits and Cherudim’s shield bits pwn Strike Freedom’s Dragoons. Final thing, 00 Raiser’s trans-am beam saber is scary…

  • February 1, 2009 at 10:13 pmArmando

    is that setsuna in the water’s reflection at the beggining of the ending song?

  • February 1, 2009 at 10:50 pmRyvius

  • February 1, 2009 at 11:17 pmLelouchsama

    This Ep was awesome. I mean there was some intense battle moments, but also some very sad moments ( Sergei’s death ). Finally we got to see what GN Archer does, but still I want more Arios + GN Archer demostration – i don’t think that’s all it can do.

    Note: I always read OMNI’s impresion of the Ep an it’s very near mine. OMNI keep the good work – I know it’s dificult to spent time writing summaries like you do ( with detailed information ) and making time for yourself. Hope you read my comment

  • February 2, 2009 at 12:27 amYJK

    Why are characters so emotional?
    Andrei is one of the worst…
    That blonde idiot comes next.
    Saji is getting better, doing what’s right and seeing what must be done.
    All I see is idiots on the side of A-LAWS which contains masses of emotional idiots swirled by bitterness of the past and fear of unknown. A son who kills his father is no son nor is he son of his mother. His a fool. He killed his daddy because he always wanted to, he just needed fucking reason to do it. Gosh, I hate story makers. They just mess up good characters into emotionally screwed-up idiots.

  • February 2, 2009 at 12:33 amGadessa

    gosh..
    andrei kill papa bear?!
    will “cute panda” will take revenge?
    o_O
    cant wait next ep..

  • February 2, 2009 at 12:53 amGollyzilla

    COSSACKVODKAIMAGRIPNSIP FOR SERGEI.

  • February 2, 2009 at 1:04 amEdbert

    I prefer Hallelujah to kill Andrei by using Arios’ pincher (maybe he would do that as a favor to Marie)

  • February 2, 2009 at 2:47 amxfyux

    PUAHAHHA i hope marie abducts andrei and tortures him by cutting finger by finger, toe by toe, hand by hand, feet by feet, half of his arm, the other half, then half of his leg,and the other leg, then the rest of the arm, then the rest of the leg, then skin him, make sure he doesn’t bleed to death so he can feel the pain, then finally decapitate him. :D

    REVENGE. PUAHAHHAHAH lol

    cant wait for next ep ^^

  • February 2, 2009 at 2:57 amSam93

    Saji looks good in that outfit

  • February 2, 2009 at 2:59 amGekokujou

    Sergei, you were a good man, you’ll be sorely missed *salutes him*.

  • February 2, 2009 at 3:05 amAndré

    Maria’s MS looks like a toy.

    Well, all MS looks like toys in this series. I would like to see some of classic MS designs like in Zeta Gundam. ;(

  • February 2, 2009 at 3:39 ameddie

    @Andre – Your right Marie’s unit does look like a toy but I’m more interested in how it will integrate with Arios. I mean look at all the upgrades to the Gundams (or what was built-in in Seravee’s case). 00 docks up with the 0-Raiser, Cherudium gets integrated parts that act as shields and ‘Dragoon’ style weapons, Seravee has the Seraphim built into his back, only makes sense Archer and Arios can go together in some way

  • February 2, 2009 at 6:01 amgn 0000 00gundam

    epic episode

  • February 2, 2009 at 8:21 amNyar

    Andrei killed pedobear!!!! NOOOOOOO D:
    @eddie: Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 2, 2009 at 8:27 amUngas

    setsuna’s able to use kamille bidan’s technique

  • February 2, 2009 at 8:56 amDane

    I watch this for Anew Returner.

    ’nuff said.

  • February 2, 2009 at 9:47 amdward

    Damn….Andrei’s a bastard. He killed his own father and he didn’t even flinch.

  • February 2, 2009 at 11:22 amterra13

    Hmmmm is it me or do these two look very very similar? I’ve been wondering about this for the last few episodes since we’ve seen more of Sergei and Andrei’s pasts.

    http://randomc.net/image/Gundam%2000/Gundam%2000%20Second%20Season%20-%2017%20-%20Large%2023.jpg

    http://randomc.net/image/Gundam%2000/Gundam%2000%20Second%20Season%20-%2017%20-%20Large%2041.jpg

    On a different note….is Marina EVER gona do anything….EVER.
    ”Oh look i made a song which will save the world”.
    Even crappy Relina (annoying) Peacecraft jumped in front of a Gundam from time to time. Sheeeesh.

  • February 2, 2009 at 2:41 pmAnonymous

    @Nyar

    That’s not a spoiler, we’ve seen it in the show twice before. Docking on Arios like that is the main function of GN Archer.

  • February 2, 2009 at 2:44 pmVsin

    Huh, NOW I notice the Gundam head behind GN-Archer’s mask. Inb4 mask shatter. Maybe that represents Marie masking Soma? Or vice versa?

  • February 2, 2009 at 3:02 pmBlue

    As saddened as I am that Sergei died, I’m happy that it now means that Marie/Soma will probably be a permanent member of Celestial Being, since Sergei is probably the only one who could convince either one of them to leave.

  • February 2, 2009 at 3:29 pmlilu

    @Blue:
    Most likely she is going to blame herselft that she hasn’t chosen to stay with TAISA(maybe then he would live).

  • February 2, 2009 at 7:03 pmMao

    If you look closely at the GN Archer’s visor in the screenshot provided by Omni you can see something that sort of resembles a Gundam face..

  • February 2, 2009 at 9:29 pmraijeki

    Wait… Was 00-Raizer able to destroy the Memento Mori?

  • February 2, 2009 at 10:38 pmAsoch3

    @ raijeki

    Not it did not destroy it but it damaged it. It will take a while before they can use it again (hopefully).

  • February 2, 2009 at 11:10 pmFrito

    @mao, old news, news is old.

  • February 3, 2009 at 1:31 amRonin09

    I don’t know if anyone’s mentioned it yet but the whole Andrei impaling his dad thing kind of reminded me of Shinn when he took down the original Freedom in GSD. which isn’t a good thing for the character obviously given how popular Shinn is.

  • February 3, 2009 at 2:51 amFalenXangel

    @ Ronin, looks really familiar but… as you said, Shinn is very popular and even though a lot of ppl think he is just a messed up emo who fight with sheer rage, Shinn has a very sad past, his family gets killed by either Orga or Kira, and Stellar got killed by Kira (btw, that scene looks like this too) so Shinn really doesn’t deserve most of the crap ppl say about him

  • February 3, 2009 at 3:13 amFrito

    bah, saji and marie becoming meisters…

  • February 3, 2009 at 10:55 am@ttacker

    @Frito – I like to call them mini-meisters

  • February 3, 2009 at 12:11 pmZuhri

    Farewell Sergei, you were a great man.

  • February 3, 2009 at 12:36 pmEspada

    Espada’s Weekly Gundam Episode Opinion
    What Amaze Me:
    1. Elevator Destruction = Destruction of PLANTS (GSD)
    2. Kataron, Kudeta Members, A-Laws, CB together
    3. Death of Another Innovator baka = YAY!
    4. CB showing off their abilities to the enemies = aww
    5. Andrei = His just so EMO
    6. Death of Sergie = so that was his commanders plan tsk
    7. Obama in Gundam OO = O_O

    hmmm episode 17 is less action more drama…

  • February 3, 2009 at 1:03 pmBrandon

    Wait, so did the elevator fall?? completely?
    Also I think the whole 00-Raiser-trans-am-raiser is getting to be a bit much. But the last battle with Andre, Marie, Sergie, Louise, Saji, and Setsuna like a much larger version of the 0079 with Char, Lala, Sayla, and Amuro.

    But hopefully Maire’s rage will bring back Soma so she can kill Andre

  • February 3, 2009 at 6:09 pmleoh

    Sergie? wat? Wouldn’t it just be Andrei vs. Marie/Soma(and maybe Allelujah/Hallelujah) , Setsuna and Saji vs. Louise?
    Adding to teh final battle might be (speculation ahoy):
    Lockon vs. Revive and Healing (if they didn’t die by ep. 20 already)
    Tieria vs. Ali
    Setsuna vs. Mr. Bushido (hopefully, Graham comes back to his former self)

    Now for the final boss:
    Setsuna vs. Ribbons! (I AM GUNDAM NO MORE! / I AM GOD!)

    Also: ZOMG TRANS-00 RAISER BEAM SABER = <a href=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4St9e7ZMco)IDEON SWORD!!! Too bad it wasn’t as destructive.

  • February 3, 2009 at 11:32 pmroddy

    Ribbons almark and Tiera Erde are the only two innovator names that make sense..

    Bring Stabity…
    Hilling Care..
    Rivive Revial..
    Regene Regetta…
    Devine whattever his name is..

    Ribbons has such a bad sense of naming people.
    He’s better off not having children. Hah!

  • February 3, 2009 at 11:59 pmjho

    That was one ridiculously sick ep

  • February 4, 2009 at 3:50 amFrito

    you guys know what tieria erde means right and ribbons almark?

    the others are rather derivative from the religion of christianity.

    healing, revive, divine, bring, anew. and the gundam names are too. except for 00. which is a number.

  • February 4, 2009 at 4:15 amPointless

    @roddy: That’s why the Innovators (who aren’t innovative at all) must be destroyed. We simply cannot have an almighty ruler with a stupid name.

    And I hereby declare Andrei a non-person for his crimes against humanity.

  • February 4, 2009 at 5:09 amFrito

    veda copyrighted the designs for the gundams. therefore linda vashti has to put on a visor to not get sued by a supercomputer.

  • February 4, 2009 at 12:18 pmMulti

    How the fuck could he kill his own father?! That scene when he stabbed Sergei I had to pause. I couldn’t see the rest. I know it sound funny but I had my father in my mind all the time I was about to cry. That Andrei guy is one fucking retarded piece of motherfucking horse shit. Even saying that doesn’t help. it’s just….

    T____T

  • February 4, 2009 at 8:47 pmgboynextdoor

    you gotta love saji and marie in their CB pilot suits…

  • February 5, 2009 at 12:11 amMira

    @gboynextdoor

    We finally have all the power rangers.

  • February 5, 2009 at 11:38 amYanDaMan

    What the hell, I hope Marie kills Andrei ASAP, that bastard ruined the whole episode, why did Sergei have to die =\

  • February 5, 2009 at 3:46 pmMike Abundo

    Andrei Smirnov is the new Shinn Asuka.

  • February 5, 2009 at 4:51 pmAnonymous

    @Mike Abundo

    How do you figure? Shinn actually had valid reasons for his actions, Andrei didn’t.

    As for the timeskip, how are they going to explain Soma/Marie not killing Andrei on the spot?

  • February 5, 2009 at 5:50 pmJLaP

    @ Anonymous

    My guess at the reason for no immediate retribution are either the GN Archer ran out of power because remember it doesn’t have its own GN drive, or she was so devastated she needed time. Probably the first.

  • February 6, 2009 at 12:03 amVsin

    Marie probably didn’t kill Andrei for some reason like “That’s not what Sergei would want”. Besides, Andrei is needed for plot movement (more Marie piloting, Louise having second thoughts, yadda yadda).

  • February 6, 2009 at 1:25 amDaniel Johova

    BARRY OBAMA IS ANIMUUUUUUUUUUUU

  • February 6, 2009 at 1:31 amLF1230

    lol Divine and Bring’s totally proves that fact the in gundam, everything that is red is “3 times as fast”( as in they died very very quickily).

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