OP4: Wings of Words by CHEMISTRY
So yea, the song I put up a week and a half ago was indeed the right song. I thought the OP was done alright. Definately not as fast paced as the previous openings, but it’s not that bad. As for the sequence, we see that Luna does indeed inherit Impulse and is now Shinn’s girl. I’m willing to bet that the gold mecha behind Cagalli is the Akatsuki. Oh yea, Athrun in an ORB uniform is good. Also glad to see that Shinn is getting slightly more airtime (at least in the OP it seems).
As both sides speed to war, we see Lunamaria getting prepped in the Core Splendor and Sting getting ready to board the Destroy Gundam. Djibril and his crew of old farts are holed up in Heaven’s base preparing for the assault.
Lunamaria talks with Shinn in the ready room about her sister and Athrun; she blames LOGOS for their deaths. As she puts her hand on the side of his head, Shinn breaks down crying and embraces her. The two then kiss and part before Rey walks in.
The battle is broadcast everywhere, and everyone, including Meer, is watching. At ORB, Kisaka has brought Meyrin and Athrun onto the ArchAngel.
The battle begins as the LOGOS rolls out its forces and fires its missiles. Meanwhile, Athrun wakes up and, after seeing Kira, thinks of how Shinn destroyed Freedom. Kira calms him down and puts him back to bed.
LOGOS has launched a ton of Destroy Gundams along with their regular forces. Gilbert orders the launch of the space reinforcements, but it seems Djibril is ready for them. The mountain parts to reveal a giant reflector array. It fires and destroys ZAFT’s incoming forces, much to everyone’s surprise. Having seen this, Shinn asks for and recieves clearance to launch, with Rey and Lunamaria.
As the battle rages on, the tables start to turn as our three aces destroy wave after waves of grunts. Shinn ends up having to block a shot aimed at Lunamaria. He then squares off against Sting’s Destroy. He goes into SEED mode and really kicks it up a notch, cutting off part of it’s upper disk and then blowing up its head using his
God Finger hand. At ORB, Cagalli arrives to see Athrun awake. As she cries by his bedside, he struggles out some words telling everyone about what Gilbert is doing.
The tables have turned and now ZAFT is overrunning Heaven’s Base. Shinn kills Sting with a sword through the cockpit, while Luna and Rey mop up the other Destroys. Inside the base, the old farts turn around to find that Djibril is gone, escaped to his own waiting ship. As the battle ends, we see a very worried Lacus and Kira and a very happy Gilbert.
ED4: 君は僕に似ている by See-Saw
I don’t really see any pattern in this ED like there was for Find the Way back in GS. I rather like the ending song, sounds just like See-Saw. In a way, I kinda wish T.M. Revolution did the OP too, so we could come full circle, but I’ll be content with the insert song vestige (which played during the next episode preview). The sequence shows most of our major characters and then some. What I assume is the Akatsuki seems to be pretty prominent in the background behind Andy. The parallel of Lacus and Meer is also cute.
And from the preview, this image. Strike Freedom will be making an appearance next episode, yay! *crosses fingers for Infinite Justice too*
So, this episode was all kinds of awesome. GSD remains probably my favorite ongoing series, beating out everything new so far. I hadn’t expected the new OP or ED this episode (was thinking 39), but they are a welcome addition.
When Luna put her hand on Shinn’s head in the beginning, all I could think was “Holy crap, she’s become Fllay.” Hopefully that doesn’t happen as I kind of like Lunamaria as a character, even as Fukuda is pushing her towards Shinn. The kiss scene made me shout obscenities at my screen, as I think their relationship occurred just a bit too fast, but I’ll get used to it. I do admit that she’s become a lot better of a pilot now, as she worked very well with Shinn and Rey during the battle.
I rather liked the battle scenes from this episode. Granted, they reused a lot of footage (as they always do), but it was really fun watching Djibril catch even Gilbert off-guard with his preparations. And of course, it was Shinn and company that made the difference in this battle. Kinda wish they showed a bit more of Legend’s capabilities, but we can’t have everything.
I’m fearful for Cagalli and Athrun’s relationship because even as she was crying, he seemed to look distant. Still, it’s very salvageable I think. Adding to my worry though, is the fact that she’s not really featured with Athrun in the OP or ED the same way Kira and Lacus are. Fukuda might try to kill her off…
Actually, on that thought, the new OP and ED made me realize the friendship theme of the original Gundam SEED seems to be returning. We’re getting a lot of shots now of Athrun + Kira, so I like the fact that they’re trying to come full circle with that.
Next episode promises to be another thriller, with what appears to be the Eternal getting attacked, and Strike Freedom saving the day.