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Summary:

With Marina about to get shot, Klaus fires first and kills both of the security forces men. Shirin then leads Marina and the children into an underground tunnel, and along the way, she offers Marina a gun. Marina, however, refuses to take it because she knows that if she did, then she wouldn’t be able to look straight into the eyes of the children. Up in space, the Gundam Meisters and the Ptolemaios crew prepare for the coming A-LAWS attack. There are only 12 A-LAWS mobile suits, but Sumeragi is sure that reinforcements will come, so she warns everyone to stay alert. Setsuna’s goal for this battle is to reunite Saji with Louise, and while he engages the enemy force, he tells Saji to look for Louise’s mobile suit. When Revive fires at the 00 Raiser, Setsuna dodges and sends Tieria against the Innovator. As predicted, more A-LAWS units spon arrive, so Sumeragi has the Arios and the Cherudim fight them. Soma doesn’t stick with Allelujah though and instead goes off on her own looking for Andrei. Lyle, on the other hand, decides to use his shield bits in assault mode, and he’s able to make short work of four opponents with it.

Meanwhile, at his base, Ribbons finds out from Hilling that the 00 Gundam is taking part in the battle. Based on Veda’s forecast, Ribbons thinks that Setsuna’s cellular abnormality should have reached a fatal level, and he wonders if this is related to the Twin Drive and if this means that the change has started. Back in the battle, Saji hasn’t been able to find Louise’s mobile suit, but he does notice two suspicious meteoroids near the Ptolemaios. When he and Setsuna get attacked by Hilling, Setsuna activates the Trans-Am system, blows up the arms of Hilling’s mobile suit, and then races back towards the ship. In doing so, they fill the battlefield with particles, and everyone is able to hear their thoughts. This also has the effect of bringing out Hallelujah. Setsuna and Saji are able to make it back in time to keep the Ptolemaios from firing on the two mobile suits that appear from the meteorites because one of them is Louise’s. Andrei tries to stop the 00 Raiser from reaching Louise, but he’s easily tossed aside, and Saji then calls out to her.

With the 00 Raiser and Louise’s Ahead right next to each other and covered in particles, Saji and Louise find themselves on a platform overlooking the Earth. Saji remembers how they had looked down on the Earth like this five years ago, and it was because of that that he decided to work in space. He tries to appeal to Louise to return to how they used to be, but she feels that she can’t. Pointing a gun at him, Louise explains that she devoted herself to achieving a unified world and a lasting peace. For her, that means defeating Celestial Being and avenging her parents, and if Saji gets in her way, she claims that she’ll shoot him. Saji, however, knows that Louise was not this kind of girl, and he refuses to believe that she changed herself to be this way. He knows that she is a gentle person who studied hard to go to space, is selfish and clumsy, and gets lonely easily. Confident that she won’t shoot him, he approaches Louise and gets her to lower the gun. When he hugs her, Louise remembers how her family died and how she was left without a left arm. Back in reality, Louise is unable to handle all this and starts screaming as Andrei tries to come to her rescue.

Elsewhere on the battlefield, Revive and Tieria are still facing off, and Tieria finally decides to activate the Seravee’s Trans-Am. Revive is forced to eject right before the Gadessa explodes, but instead of getting away, he’s caught by the Seraphim Gundam. The 00 Raiser meanwhile reaches the limit on its Trans-Am, but Soma then joins the fight against Andrei. She wants to know why he killed Sergei, however Andrei is doesn’t answer and instead wants to know why she’s alive. With the Arios coming to help, Andrei decides to retreat, and he takes Louise with him. Soma tries to give chase, but she’s held back by Allelujah, and ultimately it’s Saji who convinces her to stop. Saji feels that even if they get revenge, they can’t bring anyone back from the dead – it would only add to the sadness. Unbeknownst to the Gundam Meisters, Mr. Bushido had been watching the battle and is disappointed at how tepid it was. He sees this as Setsuna refusing to be his worthy rival, but he also has something in mind.

Back on Earth, Marina and Shirin emerge from the tunnel and head for a rendezvous point with Klaus. Shirin directs Marina and the children to wait in one spot while she goes ahead because she believes that Marina would just be a burden since she refuses to carry a gun. Unlike Marina, Shirin declares that she – and Katharon – are fighting. By now, the Gundam Meisters have returned to the Ptolemaios, and Setsuna finds Saji alone in a dark room. Saji surprises Setsuna by making up his mind to fight in order to get Louise back. Over on the A-LAWS ship, Andrei attributes Soma being in Celestial Being to his own father’s betrayal. When he sees Louise curled up in a ball repeating Saji’s name, he decides to carry out what he thinks she wants. On the bridge of the ship, Arthur is going over their losses and the fact that Revive was captured. Hilling, however, thinks that Arthur doesn’t understand their way of doing things, and she wants the next operation to be just them Innovators.

At that moment, Sumeragi and the Gundam Meisters are unmasking the Innovator they captured, and Revive introduces himself. On the bridge of the Ptolemaios, however, Lasse suddenly notices that the ship is going off course, and when he tells Anew, she points a gun at him. When the others question what she’s doing, she reveals that she’s an Innovator and fires. Ribbons meanwhile is feeling that the 00 Gundam is suitable only for him, and he gets Regene to agree with him. Ribbons knows that Regene isn’t sincere about that though, and he slaps and warns Regene because he knows what Regene has been up to. In space, Wang Liu Mei and Hong Long have been unable to contact the Ptolemaios, and things take a turn for the worse when they suddenly lose control of their ship. Nena then contacts them, but she’s not about to help – she instead laughs at them and explains that she’s the one responsible. Revealing her hatred for Wang Liu Mei, Nena brings out her Gundam Throne Drei and proceeds to blow up the ship.

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Despite this being an action episode where Saji and Louise finally talked to each other at length, it actually ended up being the final moments that were the most exciting. Certainly a lot of cool things happened during the main battle, like Hallelujah reappearing because of the particles and Tieria using the Seraphim Gundam to capture the Gadessa’s escape pod, but without Mr. Bushido getting involved, it never really felt like the Gundams or the Ptolemaios were in any danger. In contrast, Anew’s betrayal – which I hesitate to call a betrayal because her Innovator personality was activated, so she’s not necessarily acting on her own free will – does pose a threat, especially to Lasse since he got shot and to the 00 Gundam which is apparently her target. Incidentally, I wonder if Lyle will have to shoot her now or if it’ll be someone like Soma who’s shown in the preview facing off against her and probably has no qualms about firing. Either way, I think Lyle now probably has a better chance of surviving the series than Anew does.

There were more surprises after the ED with Nena betraying Wang Liu Mei and blowing up her ship with the Gundam Throne Drei. It seemed like a rather unceremonious end to someone I expected to be around until the final couple of episodes (what with all her talk of changing the world), but I guess it’s always possible that she made it out alive somehow. As for Nena, it’s unclear to me what she gets out of this other than the satisfaction of killing someone she hates (which of course may be exactly why she did it). In this case, she’s not helping Celestial Being out since now they won’t get the location of Veda, and she doesn’t have many other places to turn to. Her return to semi-craziness also makes me think that she’ll be killed before this is all over, especially since she’s still using her old mobile suit.

As for Saji and Louise, they had a nice chat that got her all confused and him as determined as ever, but of course they can’t end up together yet – stupid Andrei always messing things up. The preview shows Louise’s new mobile armor in action though, so maybe she’s not all that confused. I also found it interesting that Saji and Setsuna have developed a pretty deep bond, and Setsuna’s role in this episode was almost entirely helping Saji get to Louise. Maybe Saji will return the favor someday. Oh and I almost forgot: of course Marina didn’t die because Klaus saved her by shooting first. I could have done without the whole thing about her not wanting to take a gun though – we know what kind of person she is and I don’t think there was a need to remind again us of that. I’m still hoping though that something interesting develops between Marina and Setsuna.

February 15, 2009 at 5:35 am
130 comments »
  • February 16, 2009 at 8:58 amRie-chan

    I hope Andrei will hit the edge of a tofu and die! >=(

  • February 16, 2009 at 9:10 amJustin

    Hmm, in the OP, Anew’s eyes are glowing. They weren’t glowing in previous episodes.

  • February 16, 2009 at 10:20 amAzureNight

    Graham Masurao standing like Master Gundam lol Wao~Hope his MS can release in 1/100 soon =D
    I think Wang Liu Mei wont die so easily, coz her own hand Veda code are for Tiera to open final phase Veda System,and it fully a trap control plan by Ribbons, and also a final badass in innovators? GNXXXX cant wait for it =D, if the rumor it was real~~

  • February 16, 2009 at 10:50 amArisa

    Anew’s eyes really are glowing in this OP… In the other episodes she had her normal eyes

  • February 16, 2009 at 12:27 pmnyaw

    Anew eyes are glowing. Must be an order coming from Revive.

  • February 16, 2009 at 12:43 pmreilina

    before im more interested on how the couples going to end up, but after watching the last episodes my interest shift to setsuna&00. it seems like 00 powers are not just a tool for war…damn veda i want to know what do you intend to do with.

  • February 16, 2009 at 12:52 pmMike Abundo

    Cupid Setsuna. :P

  • February 16, 2009 at 12:59 pmLin00

    Hm, I wonder if Anew really goes back to Innovators side. Maybe she will get back her personality and stay with Lyle?

    But damn bitch, I hate her >__<
    I hope she dies a dolorous death…

  • February 16, 2009 at 1:09 pmUltimate

    Nena. Is. Awesome. !.

  • February 16, 2009 at 1:40 pmmango

    how come they can’t notice that revive looks almost EXACTLY like anew???

  • February 16, 2009 at 1:47 pmFrito

    they did. but come on,prejudice won’t do anything to change the scenario.

  • February 16, 2009 at 2:15 pmlyni

    Somehow, I like Hilling in this episode. She wants to avenge Bring and Devine <3

  • February 16, 2009 at 3:48 pmHufferg

    Since Ribbons mentioned Setsuna going through a change I wonder if it has to do with his constant exposure to normal GN particles and if that is how an Innovator is created?

  • February 16, 2009 at 5:25 pmVsin

    Anew’s Glowing OP eyes probably means that she will eventually end up in CB (post someones death or not). Or Lyle will say “I’m a Spy” and ditch CB (improbable).

    Hmmm…Nena is SO KOS by Louise. I’m pretty sure Louise remembers the look of that Gundam that wtfpwned her entire family and left hand.

  • February 16, 2009 at 5:41 pmDarren

    Calling it right now:

    00 will be stolen…Setsuna will pilot the 0 gundam

    maybe…

  • February 16, 2009 at 6:06 pmCreid

    Lyle’s reaction in seeing Revive may not exactly mean that there is an obvious facial resemblance between Revive and Anew. Come on its a hundred years into the future, there are a lot of people with purple hair at that time lolz. He may have simply noticed Revive’s glowing eyes which he has already seen from Anew. That could be the answer on why we got a reaction from Lyle and not from the other CB crew.

    @Vsin

    I was actually going to say the same thing ^_^. The writers probably thought about this a long time ago. The common choice is to give Nena a new suit after the 4 year time skip. But seeing as how the Throne Drei is the only CB suit Louise saw. The Drei can then be used as a plot point in convincing Louise that it wasn’t CB and most especially not Saji that killed her entire bloodline.

  • February 16, 2009 at 7:47 pmmango

    iono, maybe they didnt show it, but it seemed like other than lyle, the others were completely oblivious to the fact that revive looked like anew =/

    :( i do hope for a happy ending though…it sucks that in shows like these, there HAS to be main characters that die off T_T

  • February 16, 2009 at 8:44 pmoz

    louise will face nena…then she ll realize who is responsible for the death of her parents

  • February 16, 2009 at 10:10 pmpierce

    Darren: How is Setsuna going to pilot the O Gundam if its GN drive is installed in the OO? -_-”

  • February 17, 2009 at 1:15 amender650

    I thought this was a great episode, the ending totally surprised me. I’m really glad I didn’t read any spoilers before watching it.

  • February 17, 2009 at 1:19 amunknown2

    Watch, Wang lie mei miraculously survives…

    I like Soma in action, missed that. And Hallelujah too….without him, Allelujah is just boring.

    And a lovey dovey Lyle should just kill Anew…I dont know why but Im irritated by their relationship.

  • February 17, 2009 at 4:24 amD.H.

    I was preferring Marina to die.

    If she died like how Fllay did in Gundam Seed, it would be more dramatic. Only when she dies will she realise her idealism.

    And Wang Liu Mei should just die since she’s just a supporting character. It’s time she left the stage.

    And the Memento Mori incidents are just stupid. I think the destruction of the PLANTs in Gundam SEED Destiny was more epic.

  • February 17, 2009 at 8:00 am@ttacker

    To everyone thinking that Setsuna is turning into an Innovator, well, there’s one part that is missing – the Innovators are Veda terminals, and I assume there’s some mechanism inside them that allows them to connect just like computers do. I do think he’s turning more into a super soldier.

  • February 17, 2009 at 11:14 amRosi

    When Louise realize that CB dont kill her father and mother she will help Saji, and that happen when she see Nena and her Gundam. I hope Louise and Nena kill each other. Wang is not dead, her brother save her, maybe he is dead, but Wang is alive, she cant die until the end of the series.

  • February 17, 2009 at 11:16 amCain

    @DH PlANT wasn’t destroyed. And if you are talking about the Super Fortress of heir Chairman, then it’s way different than G00. Here the grunts are even a considerable threat to the CB crews. Not to mention, that the Innovators also are better pilots and that GSD had a crew of immortals in their ranks. (-cough- Kira in berserk mode)

  • February 17, 2009 at 1:12 pmAyle

    @@ttacker

    They use quantum brain waves to interface with Veda, they are not machines. I think the super soldiers are a level under that as they use their quantum brain waves for fighting purposes.

  • February 17, 2009 at 9:29 pmAndy

    I got a feel that Graham is up to no good and I don’t like it.

  • February 18, 2009 at 1:29 amSentinel

    Good episode…but they really gotta cut out the whole gunshot-cliffhanger thing. I mean, two episodes in a row? C’mon, it’s getting old, people.

  • February 18, 2009 at 8:34 amJafriZain2009

    MY GOD!! NENA!! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!!??

    *SCREAMS FOR DESPAIR*

  • February 21, 2009 at 4:39 pmJLaP

    At first it looked like Andrei got knocked away by the sheer awesomeness of the 00.

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