Gundam AGE – 11
「ミンスリーの再会」 (Minsurii no Saikai)
“Reunion at Minsry”
If Emily is still in the running to be Flit’s future wife, the prospect doesn’t look good with this “calm before the storm” episode where Flit spends two weeks frolicking around in the woods with Yurin. The possibility is definitely still there, with the most probable scenario being the sudden death of Yurin after all the Gundam-esque butterfly and bluebird symbolism — complete with an insert song by KOKIA — but I will be somewhat surprised if the writers decide to go that route. The series is on break during the Christmas week and the start of Asem’s arc is confirmed for January, leaving only a handful of episodes (at best) to play up Emily as a the supportive childhood friend who’s always been there for Flit. She’s also up against some stiff competition in Yurin, whom we learn here shares the same painful loss of her parents that Flit does, so in terms of commonality, Yurin does seem like the more likely choice.
The only thing that’s stopping me from jumping on the “Yurin ship” completely is the franchise’s tendency to build up the a romantic interest and then have the protagonist go through the painful loss of her to further develop his character. More often than not, the protagonist in question would then confide in the other girl who’s always cared about him and eventually develop an interest in her. The prospect of that happening here is intriguing of course, as it would single-handedly take the series in a darker and much more serious direction in the next arc, plus provide fans with some “ammo” to fire back at all the naysayers with. If Gundam AGE is truly intended to reintroduce the franchise to younger audiences, I wouldn’t put it past the producers to emphasize one of the main themes, but in the back of my mind, I’m kind of questioning if they’re “ballsy” enough to do it. They did kill off Boyage and used his death to further the story here with Alzack Birmings (Nishmura Tomomichi), so I’m kind of looking to be proven wrong. Either way, the upcoming episodes will be fun to watch when I’ll be constantly wondering, “Will they kill off Yurin?”
The possibility of that happening is compounded by the fact that Yurin possesses Newtype-like abilities and that Desil has set his sights on her, though it’s anyone’s guess as to whether he’ll brainwash her and throw her into a UE mobile suit that Flit will be forced to shoot down — a scenario that’s all too familiar to anyone who’s seen a Gundam series. For now, I’m just hoping that Yurin does survive since I’d love to see her continued involvement in the story (and a grown-up version of her character). In comparison, I’m more indifferent toward the other love triangle developing between Woolf, Largan, and Millais, simply because I don’t see it having nearly as much of an impact on the story as Flit, Emily, and Yurin’s. In all likelihood, Woolf will come out on top of that one, given all the signs from the previous episode and this current one. It does however add an interesting spin on the upcoming operation to capture the UE stronghold, Ambat, now that Diva’s pilots have been tasked to defend the warships against insurmountable odds. Will we see Largan take a page out of Mu La Flaga’s heroics in Gundam SEED and risk his life to defend Millais on board the Diva? I’d say it’s a possibility, and infinitely more interesting than seeing the E.F.F.’s Stoller Guavaran (Kusunoki Taiten) as the new poster boy of Gundam AGE and interfering with their mission.
INS: 「Memorial days」 by KOKIA
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