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Summary:

It’s been four months since the Break Pillar incident that the Federation has labeled as an act of terrorism. On this particular day, the Federation is celebrating the restart of the Africa Tower’s transmission of electrical power, and with that, the Federation president announces that Federation army will be consolidating with A-LAWS in order to prevent terrorism. Homer and Arthur are at this event representing A-LAWS, but Kati is not and hasn’t been heard from. Up in space, Celestial Being chooses this moment to go after the second Memento Mori, and they succeed in destroying it. This does not slow A-LAWS’s activities though, and they continue to crack down on all anti-government forces. With Katharon in no position to fight, Klaus, Shirin, Marina, and the children have gone into hiding in a house in the woods, but Klaus isn’t too worried since Celestial Being is around. Shirin doesn’t share his sentiments and is scared, but those feelings turn to surprise when she hears Marina and the children’s song come on the radio.

Back on the Ptolemaios after the successful mission, Allelujah calls out to Marie, but she isn’t going by that name anymore. After the shock from seeing Sergei get killed, she now identifies herself as Soma Peries again. Soma knows that Andrei was the killer, and she questions why he can so easily throw away something that she can’t have no matter how much she wants. What bothers Allelujah is that he had promised Sergei not to make Soma fight again, but Lyle advises him to just leave her alone for a while and to understand her current desire to fight. Having listened in on this, Saji wonders if the sadness from losing her family also changed to hatred in Louise’s case. Elsewhere on the ship, Setsuna is still getting treatment for his wound, and the metabolic failure of his cells around his shoulder is spreading thanks to the effect of the pseudo GN particles. Fortunately, the progression of this is gradual, unlike Lasse’s condition, and Anew suggests that there’s something keeping it in check. Tieria wishes that they had access to Veda in times like these. Setsuna’s own thoughts dwell not on his injury but on how the Innovators are after the 00 Gundam, and he realizes that it is their trump card because the other side doesn’t have any information on the Twin Drive.

Over at the Innovator base, Wang Liu Mei reports to Ribbons that Celestial Being has resumed activity, but she also voices her disappointment with the current situation. She’s specifically referring to the information control and military buildup going on, and she sees that as the old generation’s way of doing things being spread on a global scale. When Ribbons declines to tell a her – a human – what his plans are, she questions if all humans weren’t supposed to become Innovators eventually. Ribbons denies this and claims that, during revolutionary times, the old and the evil must be cast away. As an example, he uses the people who take wealth and power for granted and who look down on their own species. He’s referring to her, and he goes on to talk about her falling behind the times and how the Innovators think of things in a broader perspective. Ribbons also tells Wang Liu Mei that she cannot become an Innovator, and afterward, Regene asks him if it’s okay to be pushing her aside like this. His answer is that he doesn’t have any use for Wang Liu Mei any more, but he’s aware that Regene has met with her often in the past four months. Not happy that Ribbons knows, Regene claims that it was just to get information on Celestial Being.

Meanwhile, Louise talks to Andrei about his recent promotion for killing Hercule during the Break Pillar incident. Revive Revival and Hiling Care interrupt this conversation to point out that he also killed his father for this promotion, and Louise was unaware of this. Andrei tries to justify what he did by claiming that his father was assisting the dissidents, and he asserts that it was for the sake of peace. He feels that people who break away from the military and threaten the government must be punished, and he attributes his own mercy to letting Sergei be killed by himself, a blood relative. With Louise still in shock over all this, Andrei questions what she’d do in the same situation, but she’s not sure. The two Innovators are amused at how well matched Andrei and Louise are, and Revive advises Andrei to protect Louise if she’s important to him. After they leave, Andrei tells Louise that they’re fighting for their ideals and that there are times when they have to make decisions for that. Louise’s inability to answer him causes Andrei to hug her, and Louise wonders to herself if she can shoot Saji.

Back on the Ptolemaios, the crew is talking about the Federation military being under A-LAWS command and how they’ve been attacked so much in the past four months. What bothers Lasse is that the enemy can figure out where they are. Given all this, Tieria suggests to Sumeragi that they try to recapture Veda, but the problem is that they don’t know where Veda is. Setsuna feels that they have to find out from someone who knows that information – an Innovator – and Tieria agrees. While this discussion is going on, Anew and Lyle meanwhile are in bed together, and she asks about his brother. Lyle claims not to have any memories of him and explains that he lived away from home in a dormitory ever since junior school. He admits that he didn’t want to be compared to his brother, so he chose to run. When Anew points out that he and his brother both ended up as Gundam Meisters, Lyle notes that their motives are different. He then asks about Anew’s family, but he decides not to press the issue when she painfully tries to remember. As the two are kissing though, Anew’s eyes suddenly flash and she loses her senses for a moment.

Unbeknownst to Anew, Revive has been using her to locate the Ptolemaios, and another A-LAWS attack is coming. Mr. Bushido, Andrei, and Louise are all taking part in it, and Andrei’s promotion allows him to pilot an Ahead now. When the Ptolemaios detects the incoming force, everyone prepares for battle, including Soma and Allelujah. Saji is also suited up, but he worries about Louise being in A-LAWS, and he questions if Setsuna will attack Louise. Surprisingly, Setsuna answers that it’s up to Saji, and he goes on to assert that fighting is not just about destroying – it is also possible to create. He understands Saji feeling of not being able to pull the trigger and only being able to continue to call out to Louise, and Setsuna stretches out his arm to propose that they go see her. The two then board the 00 Gundam and the 0 Raiser and join the other Gundam Meisters in launching. Lyle, however, before he heads out, radios Anew to tell her that he loves her in front of everyone. In fact, each of the pilots on both sides of the conflict has someone on their mind as they head off to battle: Louise and Saji are thinking of each other, Andrei is thinking of his mother, Soma is thinking of Sergei, Allelujah is thinking of Marie, Lyle is thinking of Anew, Tieria is thinking of Veda, and Setsuna is thinking of his Gundam.

While this is going on, back on Earth, Klaus’s secret hideout gets discovered by the security forces. When one of the children grabs a gun, Marina stops him and protects him with her body, but one of the security forces appears to get a shot off. Wang Liu Mei meanwhile has obtained the location of Veda from Regene, and her ship is headed towards the Ptolemaios because Regene had instructed her to give it directly to Celestial Being.

Preview

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Given the timeskip and all the explaining that needed to be done about what’s happened in the four months, I was a little afraid that this would be a boring episode, but it turned out to be quite interesting – as well as unintentionally amusing because of what Tieria and Setsuna were thinking about at the end compared to everyone else. The assault on the Memento Mori made for an exciting start to the episode, though now that we’ve seen three separate attacks on the satellite weapon, I hope they go for something new next time. I am disappointed, however, that Arthur is still alive (I thought for sure he died last week when the Memento Mori appeared to explode as it was firing) and am very curious about what’s going on with Kati.

I also found Marie being Soma again to be a fairly predictable twist. She and Allelujah got together fairly early on in this series, so it’s probably about time something happened between them. Unfortunately, in shows like these, it’s hard to keep two lovers together for a long time, and it’ll probably take another traumatic event to get them back together (alternatively, it’s possible that she learns to love Allelujah as Soma). For that same reason, I have a bad feeling about Lyle and Anew being together, though I do have to say that it was quite a surprise to see them sleeping together already. Lyle’s probably going to be the first one to figure out that the Innovators are using Anew to track down the Ptolemaios (if he hasn’t already), and he’ll have to make a decision about what to do.

As for Marina, she appears to get shot at the end of the episode, but I highly doubt they’re going to kill her off at this point since I see her being a Lacus or Relena type figure. Even if she were going to die, it wouldn’t be as a cliffhanger like this and not in the middle of nowhere – dying like this doesn’t have enough impact on Setsuna. Most likely Klaus fired first or the guy missed or something. What I’m much more interested about going into next episode is what’s going to happen between Louise and Saji. The preview seems to suggest that they’ll meet, but it’s unlikely that they’ll make up, especially since Louise still has to pilot that mobile armor shown in the OP.

February 8, 2009 at 5:13 am
145 comments »
  • February 9, 2009 at 3:33 amFrito

    power and greed. she is too young to realize that the world she wants will never be given to her.

  • February 9, 2009 at 4:23 amZaku Fan

    I’m guessing Saji bites because in the OP, there are 2 scenes that seem to hint at it.

    First is Saji’s expression of reaching out but connecting with nothing (before it links into the hotel room) but his expression changes to being one of being at peace. Then, in hotel room, Saji is walking in the dark and stopping before reaching the light while Louise’s ring twinkles and she looks up into the sky with an expression of reminincing.

    This episode he sounded like he just made up his mind of not firing at Louise even if his life was threatened while Louise sounds like she going the opposite way.

  • February 9, 2009 at 4:29 amZaku Fan

    And i’m guessing when Veda gets taken back, they should be revealing how Ribbons have been perverting Aelio’s plan and what was the real plan. That should clear up the plot. Episode 21 or 22 maybe?

  • February 9, 2009 at 5:11 amFrito

    who said ribbons was feeling up old aeolia? that’s creepy.

  • February 9, 2009 at 6:05 amMr. Bushido

    Setsuna is an Innovator :0
    explains everything

  • February 9, 2009 at 9:07 amforce

    Ribbon became megalo, he think he is better than human and human will never reach the Innovators level but Aeolia was human and Setsuna, without having been modified to, seemed to sense when Revive use quantum wave to know where Anew was. I think Regene is becoming fed up with Ribbon’s behaviour.

  • February 9, 2009 at 11:10 ama-milli

    i am disgusted by the way andrei hugged louise.

  • February 9, 2009 at 11:19 amd0_0b

    Is Marina dead? I guess not.

  • February 9, 2009 at 12:06 pmwingdarkness

    I nearly coughed up my beer when Tieria said “Veda” and then Setsuna said “Gundam” after everyone else had named the one they loved or whatever…Good Set-up episode…

  • February 9, 2009 at 12:42 pmZuhri

    A stylish episode, don’t know what to say. Setsuna just had plenty of heroic moment of awesomeness lately, with the 00 raiser and the newtype vibes. Hehehe, awesome.

  • February 9, 2009 at 1:31 pmEspada

    Espada’s Weekly Gundam Episode Opinion: #18
    1. Gundam Obama – dog of the A-Laws
    2. Anew and Lyle having <_<
    3. Turn a Maria to Soma…
    4. A love episode…
    5. Will Marina die?
    6. Ribbons long speech about you humans…
    7. Veda in the hands of Liu Mei…

  • February 9, 2009 at 3:36 pmSoet

    I laughed so much when Tieria said Veda :P

  • February 9, 2009 at 4:31 pmJLaP

    With all the bad stuff that’s happened to them i think Saji and Louise have earned their happy ending. They both their whole families after all, the writers aren’t that cruel.

  • February 9, 2009 at 4:41 pmHighman

    Man, that black federation President looks like “kermit the frog” kind wish he already. Assassination by someone from Kataron.

  • February 9, 2009 at 5:30 pmDashiva

    Aeolia plan is getting more clear imho. He created innovators through GN particles. Maybe he found the way to let all humanity reach a new step of evolution using GN powers and braiwaves as innovators do. Prolly Twin Drive is just the system to spread GN particles all around the earth, changing the world forever. Ribbons, who wants to be the only one leading mankind through innovators powers, obviously can’t allow that humans could be pair to them, that’s way he’s so concerned about 00.

  • February 9, 2009 at 6:57 pmkayne001

    Marina will most likely not die.
    Also if you look at the preview they say that the innovators are keeping the string of love apart, so Saji and Louise will not get together yet.
    I just hope they find out that Anew is being used. If that happens in the next episode i’ll be happy. However I think they may use this as a cliffhanger.

  • February 9, 2009 at 7:18 pmjimmie

    louise, saji, mother, colonel, marie, anew…..veda, gundam WTF LOL??!

  • February 9, 2009 at 7:23 pmNovax

    Why is anyone surprised that Arthur isn’t dead? He wasn’t on the memento mori just like Lint was commanding from a battle cruiser. Lint only got killed cos the debris hit his command ship.

  • February 9, 2009 at 9:18 pmmilk boy

    i believe Anew is the spy for Ribbons…. hope tt is not true

  • February 9, 2009 at 9:26 pmKami

    Saji: Louise
    Louise: Saji
    Andrei: Mather
    Marie: Colonel
    Allelujah: Marie
    Lyle: Anew
    Tieria: Veda
    Setsuna: Gundam
    Yep that pretty much the whole episode

  • February 9, 2009 at 9:51 pmWingZerozxt

    less bored than usual! Finally celestial being have a viable plan (Or they will sincewe know WlM is on her way in her cruddy looking ship! Im Reaaaly hoping that Marie kills Andrei in the glorious firestorm of vengeance. (similar to the one Suzaku should have died in during code geass S1/S2.95 ) Graham acres scare is somewha more substantial than kazukis from Dragonaut and hes taken the full mask of so now we cant atleast understand there some kind of deep rooted emotional trauma that made him crazy
    (a bit like Gul Dukat from Classic Deep Space nine been watching that recently Sisco FTW)

    Anew: ‘Put Down’(like an animal lol) for the good of CB yes or no? im gonna vote Yes (as in she will be killed!)

    Louise arm at the end might be restored due to the positive effects real GN particles have on health apparently!

    Ali al sarches: Bored Lazy or sleeping? aint seen him for a while

    THAT IS ALL

  • February 10, 2009 at 12:33 amJohnnyxp64

    LOL ….., Veda , Gundam! from romance to hiumor int 1 sec! amazing! i couldnt stop from LOLs!

  • February 10, 2009 at 2:03 amKraven Ergeist

    Klaus, at the end: “Oh my God! They killed Kenny!”

    Little kid: “You bastards!”

  • February 10, 2009 at 2:52 amAnonymous

    I understand that (unfortunately) Marina isn’t going to die out of nowhere with another 7 episodes to go. But we can always hope.

    As for Setsuna…given the cybernetic technology available, if they somehow can’t stop the GN Cancer in his arm over a 4-month span (even though it was explicitly stated that Lockon Mk I could’ve fully recovered from A GN BEAM SABER TO THE FACE in three weeks if he’d gone into the pod *facepalm*), why not just slice off his arm and give him a replacement like Louise’s hand?

  • February 10, 2009 at 4:27 amgotchi

    ahaha i had such a kick watching the ending dialogue with tieria + setsuna going veda + gundam…they just totally killed that moment

  • February 10, 2009 at 7:20 amKaioshin Sama

    WingZerozxt:

    Oh man, all I can say is that you are going to learn to stop feeling sorry for Dukat soon enough. Eventually he passes a point where his actions are no longer justified by his loss and believe it or not it actually ends up making him one of the greatest Sci-Fi villains of all time.

  • February 10, 2009 at 8:25 amWingZerozxt

    @Kaioshin Sama I know ive seen it before to the end however ima at the point just before he turns watching it on Virgin in Britain (just watched the episode when he and sisco were stranded ) But yeh i know he killed Jadzea!

    anyway bck to gundam… er i still miss code geass lol (yeh i got nothing)

    over to you

  • February 10, 2009 at 6:22 pmUltimate

    Andrei is starting to contradict himself with this whole story of “I killed my father because it was my dutty as a millitar”
    Someone please kock out his head to wake him up (If possible, chop it)

  • February 10, 2009 at 7:41 pmJordiblau

    Thought the episode was great..

    Only one question for me, where and when is Kati going to show up again?.. She seems to have left A-laws. To me Regene seems to have chosen Celestial Being’s side but I could be wrong, I have a strong hunge though as she’s the only innovator who’s been questioning Ribbons’s ways since the very beginning. I could see her joining Tieria’s side and well let’s face it, the note she gave Wang Liu Mei is a big clue to her symphatizing with CB.

  • February 11, 2009 at 12:42 amHufferg

    It almost seemed to me that Lyle was going to say something to Anew about her being an innovator when they leave his room, but I guess that could have just been his first attempt to say his feelings for her. It also really pisses me off when Andrei tries to talk up killing his father as being a duty, his blatant hypocrisy is startling, he hated his dad all his life for “killing” his mother by doing his duty but now when its convenient for him he hides behind it. I really hope that Andrei somehow finds out that Sergei was under orders to be there just to knock his cocky ass down a few pegs.

  • February 11, 2009 at 12:53 amJLaP

    So the Twin Drive’s Trams-Am heals people, explains why Hallelujah came back briefly at the L3 base. Wonder how the close proximity will effect him in this battle?

  • February 11, 2009 at 1:41 amunknown2

    lol I just realized TUXIDO MASK = Graham!!

    And poor Felt, doesnt get any character development…I just realized…

  • February 11, 2009 at 2:11 amJust guessing

    While Andrei did the deed of killing Sergei, was Sergei sent to the tower to be disposed off (his commander gave him an order and later talked to A-LAWS)?

  • February 11, 2009 at 3:54 amAnonymous

    @Jordiblau

    Regene clearly has his own agenda. At the moment that agenda coincides more with CB than with Ribbons, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s on their side. Regene is on his own side.

  • February 11, 2009 at 5:09 amUltimate

    Oh come on… Ribbons is screaming out of loud for betrayal
    “U suck” “U too”

  • February 11, 2009 at 7:03 amSuvra

    I’ve got a question even though it’s not directly related to episode 18.. this might seem like a stupid one though… I understand that perhaps that the 00-Raiser gets it’s GN power source from OO Gundam but how does GN-Archer get it’s source? I f you look closely while it is engaged in independant combat it releases GN-particles from somewhere near it’s back but how ? It’s not like it has it’s own gn drive… Perhaps from Arios, but I doubt it… it’s just something that’s bugging me…

  • February 11, 2009 at 10:53 amDmoHiro

    @Suvra: If I remember corectly, in seson I there was another support unit that gave off GN particles but didn’t have a GN drive. They said that it was charged by a GN drive and stored the particles, much like a fake GN mobile suit, only with all of the filters

  • February 12, 2009 at 1:22 amsome guy

    I read it was called a “GN drive diffuser” on a website somewhere

  • February 12, 2009 at 4:07 pmShaky

    Everyone else: I love significant other/family
    Tieria: I love Veda!
    Setsuna: I love Gundam!

  • February 12, 2009 at 5:20 pmJLaP

    @ Just guessing

    I hear what you’rde saying, there were plenty of reasons for A-Laws wanting him dead.
    1. He witnessed Memento Mori 001 destroying Suille; they were probably trying to get of him then, he was like two feet from the edge of the blast radius.
    2. He seemed to opposed to A-Laws tactics of absolute annihilation, he seemed opposed to A-Laws in general.
    3. As the “Wild Bear of Russia” he had considerable respect and creditability in the armies of the world. People would believe him and question the Federation if he spoke out.

  • February 13, 2009 at 12:23 amAnonymous

    @Suvra

    GN Archer gets charged up by Arios before it launches.

    Just like how the GN Arms was charged by Exia’s drive in season 1.

  • February 13, 2009 at 11:13 amthis guy

    Oh FFS. Marina isn’t even the one who gets shot. Its Shirin, and she’s going to die, and that will jolt Marina out of her idiocy and she might actually do something other than dick around with the kids for the last eight episodes.

  • February 13, 2009 at 3:14 pmCain

    @this guy
    I can imagine this will be “Singing more openly” with the kids. > . >

  • February 13, 2009 at 3:15 pmCain

    ewww for the double post, but may I add Klaus looks ridiculous in his new outfit? =D

  • February 14, 2009 at 11:22 pmAnonymous

    @Cain

    Klaus’s outfit reminds me of Kafk Sunbeam from Zatch Bell.

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