Gundam AGE – 20
「赤いモビルスーツ」 (Akai Mobiru Suutsu)
“Red Mobile Suit”
In case it wasn’t already apparent from the opening sequence, Zeheart is well on his way now to becoming the Char Aznable of Gundam AGE. His red Zeydra mostly resembles the other Vagan mobile suits, but comes in a red just like Char’s Rick Dias, Sazabi, and most the recent addition that’s graced television screens, “Full Frontal’s” Sinanju. Design-wise, I didn’t find anything all that compelling about Zeheart’s Zeydra, outside of its speed/responsiveness designed for X-Rounders and beam rifle/saber, but I did get a laugh out of the
excuse “reason” they came up with for him to wear a mask. Looking back, I should probably just be grateful that the writers established a pretext for it though, rather than leaving it entirely as a homage to the franchise.
In any case, friends clashing head-on with Zeheart sparing Asem and telling him he’s not suited for the battlefield is not an uncommon scenario in Gundam, but I’m most reminded of Athrun and Kira in Gundam SEED from what I’ve seen so far, simply because I can already picture Zeheart continually sparing Asem while he “returns the favor” by repeatedly getting in his way. That’s actually not a bad thing for me, as I quite enjoyed the teenage angst in the original season of SEED; however, I am hoping that AGE will try and distinguish itself in some way — especially if Zeheart and Asem’s reluctant rivalry is going to drag out for the entire arc — since the story is open to a wealth of possibilities at this stage. In some sense, it’s already strayed from the norm with Millais ready to pry into what’s going on had it not been for Woolf, and the preview already showing AGE-2 in desperate need of an upgrade with Zeheart “outskilling” Asem by a long shot, so that’s definitely a step in the right direction.
As for the grown-up Desil, now voiced by Terashima Takuma, I actually found it amusing how he’s been made out to be an arrogant psychopath. When he was a kid, it was easy to chalk up his personality to being childish and self-centered brat, but now that he’s a lot older, it’s hard not to see him as some sort of a serial killer. He was quick to realize that Zeheart knows Asem, so it’s probably safe to assume that he’ll be as much of a pain in the ass now as he was before. I gather he’s actually Zeheart’s older brother too, judging from their Galette surname, which just complicates things further. At this rate, someone’s going to die before this arc is all said and done, and I don’t think it’s going to be Asem. (It better not be Arisa or Romary either.)