Gundam AGE – 22, 23, 24
「ビッグリング絶対防衛線」 (Biggu Ringu Zettai Bōei Sen)
“Big Ring Absolute Line of Defense”
With the Vagans looking to go on the offensive, the Earth Federation has to defend Big Ring which is their last line of defense. This was the first major battle we’ve seen since the Battle of Ambat.
After pretty much bombing his X-Rounder aptitude test last episode, Asemu did pretty well in battle with numerous other X-Rounders. Woolf on the other hand got his ass handed to him in the big leagues. His G-Bouncer mobile suit took a ton of damage which looked odd for a man of his skill.
The Vagan’s X-Rounder unit’s (Magicians Eight) entrance was flashy and reminded me of Power Ranger poses after they had defeated an enemy. They were impressive at first but Flit and Frederick showed that they weren’t all powerful (as opposed to when they were still known as UE). There is still safety in numbers and they could be contained by strategic moves.
Desil is as crazy as ever. He’s still obsessed over the last battle he had with Flit. If it wasn’t for Zeheart, he would have probably fought to the death. Flit would have killed him without thinking too since he was responsible for Yurin’s death. Flit’s strategy to catch him off guard was pretty novel. It was pretty easy for Flit to distract and deceive Desil because his personality is similar to past antagonists who can only think of battle.
Flit really is the Earth Federation’s ace in the hole. He’s an established engineer, commander, and mobile suit pilot, and their resident X-Rounder – he does everything for them. Without him, this show would be over already. The Vagans would have taken over Earth after this battle.
I thought it was pretty harsh for Flit to scold Asemu after the battle. They don’t share the same motives for fighting. It may not be unwarranted though since you could die in a war if you lose concentration for even a second. Flit may not understand his son’s feelings but Asemu doesn’t understand his father either. After all Asemu, you might have been a purple-haired boy had Yurin not died. Instead he had to settle for Emily (who didn’t seem like a bad choice either).
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「疑惑のコロニー」 (Giwaku no Koronī)
Obright seems like a really nice guy but his comment about being like a brother put him in a hole. He seems like he has taken a liking to Ruth but if he wants to take that relationship any further, he should avoid comments that could send him to the friend-zone.
Flit’s idea to collecting an enemy’s mobile suit parts in order tow analyze them is a great idea especially since they have advanced technologies and it could lead to clues such as where they’re building them. The more you know (Am I right?).
I’m not really all that surprised that a company based on Earth ould help out the Vagans. After all, weapons manufacturers make money off of conflict and this war between the Earth Federation and the Vagans is good for business. Even though the Diva crew put one in the win column, they weren’t able to gather any intelligence on the Vagan mobile suits or evidence incriminating Techno Solon Co.
I thought it was cool to see the Genoace IIs with the Titus attachments. Since they’re based on the AGE-1, they can exchange parts easily. The concept of exchanging parts with different mobile suits isn’t new to the franchise though, but actually making them modular is as far as I know.
For insubordination, Asemu gets some alone time in the brig. He might be a failure as a soldier for not following orders, but I guess he can live with not being a failure as a human being for caring about civilians. Their argument is one over morals versus logic, reason, and reality. Flit may be blinded by his hatred but he’s not totally wrong about the Vagans. I bet they would use civilians as shields if it meant helping their cause.
「Xラウンダー」 (X Raundā)
It’s remarkable to see the two heroes of the first arc of AGE having a drink together. The use of different generations in AGE is one of my favorite aspects of the show. I’ve seen my fair share of Gundam series but the use of major time skips within the series gives off a feeling of continuance that I always want at the end of anime shows. I always want to know what happens after the ending.
It appears Grodek’s sense of responsibility is so big that he feels that he must continue help Flit even though he has finished his goal of revenge. He finds out that there’s a mole within the Federation from his sources in prison and tells Flit to meet up with him on the following night so he can hand over the information. Unfortunately for Flit, he won’t be getting those files as there is a giant conspiracy working against him.
I was surprised at how quickly they wrote out Grodek and Arabel. Arabel was nothing but a pawn that was allowed his revenge. Grodek identifying with his killer really freaked Arabel out. I guess revenge didn’t feel as good as he thought it was going to be. As for the ones behind the conspiracy…My best guess is that they’re connected to Techno Solon Co. The way they killed off the two characters felt like a very roundabout way of doing things if it was just a matter of covering their tracks.
Arisa might have a more masculine personality but she definitely has a cute side. For a girl to risk punishment to feed a friend is going above and beyond what most friends do. It makes me wonder whether she’s starting to develop any romantic feelings. Romary’s expression either showed me that she feels threatened by this close relationship or that she’s worried about Asemu or both.
Initially I thought Asemu’s encounter with Zeheart was just his mind creating hallucinations to illustrate the battle he’s fighting within himself. I should have known it wasn’t since they were heading to Solon anyway. I was corrected afterseeing the flashback. I also thought that whole scene with Romary interfering might have unlocked X-Rounder abilities. I was sadly mistaken again.
Zeheart seems like a better match for Flit than Desil on the battlefield. I was pretty surprised since I was about to compare Flit to Kira. He’s in the wrong suit though since AGE-1 is more akin to the Strike Gundam whereas AGE-2 is starting to look more and more like the Strike Freedom.
The AGE system seems to be adapting to Asemu’s lack of X-Rounder abilities. It created “Double Bullet” which allows him to fight multiple enemies at once. I’m quite surprised at how easy it was for Asemu to take out two X-Rounders and how he was able to use his two cannons as very large beam sabers.
It seems like that Vagan technology Flit picked up from their last battle is going to help Asemu in the future. The preview showed Asemu dodging an X-Rounder’s attack when he usually gets knocked around. Judging by appearance, his new helmet might help him sync with his mobile suit. Only time will tell.