Gundam 00 Second Season – 19
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.
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.