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Athrun arrives on the bridge of the ArchAngel, propped up by Meyrin. Outside, Murrue gives Mwu/Neo a Sky Grasper and emotionally sees him off. Back on the bridge, Athrun tells Meyrin to leave the ArchAngel for her own safety, but she clings to him, wanting to stay. Murrue arrives just in time to give her consent.

Cagalli faces off against Shinn and is able to deflect most of his beam shots with Akatsuki’s shiny armor. Shinn pulls out Destiny’s sword and boomerang and proceeds to start shredding her. Fortunately, Strike Freedom enters the battle hand in hand with Infinite Justice, arriving just in time to save Cagalli. Lacus, piloting Infinite Justice, boards the ArchAngel.

The ArchAngel and the Minerva face off, all guns firing. At the same time, Kira and Shinn are fairly evenly matched, though Kira does land a few nicely placed shots. Cagalli, free from fighting, flies off toward the command center. The battle still rages poorly for ORB’s forces until a pod drops some new mobile suits onto the battlefield. Lacus’ DOMs make their entrance and start annihilating the nearby enemies, even pulling off the famed Jet Stream Attack.

Athrun and Meyrin arrive in the hanger, where Lacus has brought the Infinite Justice for him. She tells him that it is his decision whether he wants to fight. Lacus remembers back on the Eternal when Kira wanted her to pilot the Infinite Justice down to Earth. They are both worried about Athrun, but Kira says that not being able to act is the worst. Lacus tells Athrun that though he might be a soldier, he is still Athrun. At the command center, Cagalli personally punches Jona, demanding to know where Djibril is, but Jona swears that he doesn’t know. Elsewhere, Shinn has returned to the Minerva so that Destiny’s battery can be recharged.

The battle between the ArchAngel and the Minerva continues. When the guns of the ArchAngel miss some missiles, it’s a Sky Grasper that destroys them. Mwu/Neo radios to apologize, saying that he hates the Minerva. He then says that he’s the man who makes the impossible possible, which reminds Murrue of the last time she heard that line: right before he died last series. Of course, this makes her very emotional. On the Minerva, Destiny has been recharged, so Shinn launches with Rey at his flank. In the hanger of the ArchAngel, Athrun finally decides to take the Infinite Justice and head out.

This was a good episode, though not quite as good as I had hoped it would be. Ideally, Athrun and Lacus wouldn’t have spent such a long time talking, so that he could have launched earlier. But that’s probably just me wanting to see the IJ in action all that much sooner. Plus, I can only take so much Athrun angst in one episode.
I think my favorite moments in this episode were the Murrue and Neo/Mwu ones. His making the impossible possible line was just perfect for making Murrue all teary eyed again. I really hope they end up back together, maybe with him getting his memories back. And maybe they can explain what deus ex machina they pulled off to keep him alive from last series.
Speaking of references to past series, I absolutely love the DOMs. They even used the Jet Stream Attack! If you don’t know, that’s the trademark maneuver pulled off by the Black Tri-Stars from the original Mobile Suit Gundam series.
There was a point this episode when I was agonizing over who to root for, but ultimately I think we all gravitate towards wanting the ArchAngel to win. There’s just too much backstory; we know the ship all too well. Plus, ZAFT is developing into the Galactic Empire, so I find myself having a hard time rooting for Anakin Skywalker Shinn and company.
Next episode preview showed more fighting, and perhaps a conclusion to the battle. I imagine that Athrun is going to spout more crap trying to convince Shinn that what he’s doing is wrong. Hopefully Infinite Justice will get some good fight scenes in between that. There was also a shot of Murrue and Neo/Mwu talking during what appears to a sunset. I am all for their relationship developing more, so I’m looking forward to it.

August 6, 2005 at 11:33 am
47 comments »
  • August 6, 2005 at 11:07 amMaya

    WoW!!…Since when Lacus learn how to use Mobile suits!!?
    And Athrun is hugging Meryin … MAN!!.. I guess this is the Good bye for Athrun and Cagalli relationship *sniffing* …
    Cagalli is just too cool when she is angry ^.^;

    SIGH … the episode finished when Athrun joined the battle too bad !!
    cant wait to see the next epsiode -_-”

  • August 6, 2005 at 11:25 amAiko

    It’s more Meyrin who hug Athrun .. he doesn’t really care but can’t let her alone .
    Cagalli is cool in the ep ,Lacus doesn’t know how to defend or attack just piloting but everyone can do that , even Kira was holding I-J’s hand . She should stay with her speech ^^;
    Athrun .. not that good .. hope for once he’ll do something good .. always thinking .

  • August 6, 2005 at 11:27 amTuarus

    Wow lacus has her own pilot suit is she going to pilot anything?

    Yeah yuuna got punch by cagalli!!!cool cagalli!!!go go!!

    And finally the infinite justice is out!!Yeah!!!athrun athrun!!

  • August 6, 2005 at 11:30 amAnza

    MUST HAVE MORE GSD!!!

  • August 6, 2005 at 4:10 pmMiko

    The Murrue and Mwu/Neo parts *tear* , I want them to be back together, the next episode I hope

  • August 6, 2005 at 4:35 pmBit

    This episode was so amazing. I wish last week was this one instead of the recap so this week could have been next week so IJ fighting and more good fighting action. It’ll be good to finally see Athrun back in gundam again and doing some ass-kicking like he did in GS.

  • August 6, 2005 at 6:32 pmGitS

    You know its not about Meryin hugging Athrun because she likes him. Well there is a little bit of that. We will use you in this situation.

    You just had the crap beat out of you.
    You finally are able to kinda shuffle along.
    Would you want someone to support you so you don’t fall down and then proceed to lie there useless because everyone is too busy doing something else to stay alive?

    I don’t think you do. Meryin is doing what she can. She is on an “enemy” ship with no friends, no suport other than Athrun. She knows Athrun is hurt.

    We all know that Athrun and Cagalli are also “destinied” ones. Sometimes in a relationship you have to have faith and trust. Cagalli and Athrun will be fine.

  • August 6, 2005 at 6:33 pmGitS

    Also I seem to notice that the most important DOM sequence didn’t get captured.

    It is the sequence of the 3 DOMs all in a line, side view just rumbling along the shore with their beam weapons out. When they pass things explode.

  • August 6, 2005 at 6:38 pmOmni

    Sorry, that shot got cut in favor of the one with all three DOMs present. No real preference, just what happened when I sorted through the caps and deleted stuff.

  • August 6, 2005 at 7:23 pmWill

    did anyone know that Lacus could go into Seed mode? it shows in GS eps 49 after shes talking about the war. Her eyes are all like Pure Dark Blue. Or is she just pissed off.

  • August 6, 2005 at 9:24 pmAnza

    It’s obviously fanservice XD

  • August 7, 2005 at 4:00 amAiko

    Lot of fanservice for Lacus … like here … I mean putting her in a MS … She doesn’t know how to pilot , she can just bring that to a place , like anybody could do , but seeing her “piloting” and in pilote suit = fanservice .

    Man all the girls in Destiny are for fanservice except somes . ( all the new at least + Lacus )

  • August 7, 2005 at 5:16 ammoyism

    JET STREAM ATTACK~! Now that was hot. I’m sorry to say I’ve never seen the original but only know of a variation parodied in FMP! during the AS festival. Seeing the “original” attack in a Gundam universe in all its glory was helleva sweet though!

    Good episode overall. I loved the beginning couple of minutes where the ending of GSD 40 was replayed while adding in the new scenes of the AA crew doing their thing. Good use of showing some time consistency for once.

    The Meyrin and Athrun moments were kind of sweet too, especially with Athrun taking responsibility and assumingly will be watching over Meyrin. Thank god he didn’t kick her off the AA or else we would have had our first Hawke sister death!

    What else… great mini-battles between Shinn and Cagalli and then Shinn against Kira. Awesome moment with Kira (once again) coming to the rescue. Loved we got to see S-Freedom in action with the use of the dual guns (however stupid the idea is) and Kira’s use of some Jubei(-chan) sword techniques. I guess we all know what Kira was *really* doing during the two year “peace.” ;)

    For some reason I found Lacus’ speech to Athrun moving-ish. You could tell right away Athrun was thinking Lacus was doing the same thing the Chairman did to him (in giving him a Gundam and using his power). The simple strategy of actually letting Athrun decide for once, with some comforting words by her and Kira, was good. And to end it with “well, no matter what, you’re still Athrun” so simply and as a given fact was icing on the cake. It also seem to help Athrun finally resolve, at least for now, what he’s fighting for and how to use his power & abilities for “good.” (I just wish Athrun got a theme song too like Kira or Cagalli… maybe next ep?)

    Oh yea, on the Mwu/Neo and Murrue thing. I actually thought it was depressing for Murrue when Neo said the whole “I make the impossible possible” line. It just reminded her that the Mwu she knew and loved *might* still be there but currently, there’s little hope in thinking it true. I mean I’m all for a MwuXMurrue as they’re one of the older couples in GS/GSD but I just don’t want it to feel rushed… like LunamariaXShinn.

    hahaha… that must of sucked for Lunamaria when Rey basically told her she’ll be in the way of Shinn’s fighting when she wanted to sortie too! I can only guess how bad Rey’s remark truly hurt Lunamaria but man, that *was* pretty harsh (if possibly true). XD

  • August 7, 2005 at 12:37 pmdarkgabman

    Yuuna got punched again!

    I’m seriously looking forward to seeing episode 43. Athrun is finally getting back to fighting after something like 25 episodes. And the look on everyone’s face when the real Lacus is going to make a public appearance is going to be so funny (supposed to be in episode 43 or 44)

  • August 8, 2005 at 3:44 amTuarus

    ya but im not sure is on which episode but the title is ‘the two lacus’

  • August 9, 2005 at 1:52 amKurogane

    Ughh… Lacus shld’ve just kicked Athrun in IJ and ejected him out instead of wasting time talking cock with him. So the 3 Lacus groupie’s MS’es are called DOM’s eh. They’re quite good.

    My favorite part would be Cagalli punching the ball-less SOB Jona. Unfavourite part?

    *fading in of Kimi to boku ni niteiru music*
    “Athrun Zala, Justice, deru-zo(?)”(and he flies out, frame freezes)
    *KIMI NO SUGATA-WA……(song)”
    (Me:……………) .

    Sunrise really likes to waste time don’t they.

  • August 9, 2005 at 4:55 pmMaya

    LOOOL XD

    SURE they do .. I can’t agree more XD

    my fav part .. when Kira joined the battle and WOW !!! .. he is just too cool in GSD .. unlike GS .. guess Athrun and Kira exchanged their personalities XD

    hope the next epsiode will be worthing our patience

  • August 10, 2005 at 10:46 pmShakenOff

    W0W it was just too cool!!!
    My favourite part? hmm… When Kira dodge the attack of Shinn. I hope Athrun will put up a good fight in the next episode!! I want to see him in a seed mode!! His just equally like Kira! I hate the pilot of the Legend, his twisting the mind of Shinn!!! I hope Kira will finish him sooner!! Back to the episode, I like to see Lacus fighting in a mobile suit it will be too cool!! Hope that Mwu will earn a new Gundam!! I also hope to see Cagalli improve her sklls in piloting the Akatsuki!!

  • August 11, 2005 at 2:31 amKL

    still wondering what is the 3rd mobile suit in the eternal hanger, the scene where kira asked lacus to pilot the IJ besides the SF .. watz the 3rd 1 ?

  • August 11, 2005 at 3:17 amOmni

    Someone said it was probably the Strike Rouge/Strike Gundam that Kira piloted to get to the Eternal a few episodes ago.

  • August 11, 2005 at 4:31 amTaurus

    Umm…is Andrew’s Gaia.(ya maybe is strike rouge)

    I have news here it was taken by other websites comments(sry) ((the guy who post this was also taken by other site’s forum))

    How will Athrun x Cagalli might end!? Or maybe reach a new level!?

    “please take extra notice on Cagalli’s left hand in episode 45″.

    “Upon receiving “Akatsuki” from her late father, it seems to be a situation where it’s impossible to talk about love and romance.”

    “An answer would be given regarding the relationship with Athrun!?”

    “The conversation with Meyrin in episode 45 is a must see!” )

  • August 11, 2005 at 5:04 amLucien

    this episode rocks man!!!a lot of good stuff like the strike freedom and infinate justice appearing etc. and lacus can pilot a MS?? where did she learn to do that?

  • August 11, 2005 at 10:01 pmKarasuhebi

    Tuarus, the episode you mean is ep 44.

    Will, all four of the main chars from GS can go into SEED Mode. Kira, Cagalli, Athrun and Lacus. That’s why most people think SEED Mode is not only for coordinators, since Cagalli is a natural (which I don’t understand, since Kira and Cagalli are twins and Kira is a coordinator).

    -Karasuhebi

  • August 12, 2005 at 7:46 amTaurus

    Oh is it? im not quite sure cos i get it from some where.
    You mean the news is true?

    Umm.. base on what i understand from the story is that cagalli is from mother’s womb that means natural birth,while kira is from artificial womb in order to make kira a coordinator.

  • August 12, 2005 at 3:00 pmGitS

    If you look at how I.Justice launches. It is entirely appropriate. Justice orginally launched at the end of the episode. In a way one could say the “insert” song for the orginal Justice is “Find the way”. Which in hind sight is very apt for Athrun with justice. Since thanks to justice and freedom they did find a way. True that way lasted only two years.

    Now looking at the lyrics of the new end, one thinks about the fact that justice launches with it playing. We know who the two they are talking about. One can consider Justice’s debut song to be the end.

  • August 18, 2005 at 6:28 pmKasey Ngo

    I really liked the look of this episode but wut stinks is that i don’t think it start up here in michigan yet it makes me really pissed! To see all these websites and people talking about how great it is when i dont even get to see it yet but in the magzine ANIME it saids that the show is start up real soon and they hasnt even made commercials for it yet here in michigan! That makes me so mad i mean everyone on every website i see has been saying they’ve seen at least one episode! I mean come on i wish it would start up here already! All i do is hear about it on the net and never see it on tv i wish they’d tell us the channel and the time it starts up and when its schelued to show here in michigan and i hope its soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Cause I’m really pissed waiting for it and never seeing it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Oh just please start before i get really MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • April 27, 2006 at 10:13 pmZeroFate

    Haha, its great to see Kira back in action again with his new Strike Freedom.
    Oh ya, 1 question plays in my mind though… isn’t that the Destiny Gundam is using Nuclear Powerplant ?
    If so, then why it still need to be recharged ?
    This shows some confusion and may as well drag Destiny into shame…

  • May 28, 2006 at 7:24 pmSilent Stones

    I LOVE the murrue and Mwu/Neo moments (and in other episodes) they’re so a sweeeet couple.

  • May 31, 2006 at 10:48 pmLim Shi Kang Daniel

    Athrun make a good decided to take the ZGMF-X19A Infinite Justice than ZGMF-X666S Legend. To me, the Infinite Justice is better than Legend.

  • June 7, 2006 at 12:52 amjulie mae igrobay & alicia

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! how romantic athrun is

  • June 11, 2006 at 5:31 amlean kate

    the hell what in the worl is meyrin doing i hate her ( sniff sniff mwahh mwuhh ) darn her i cant believe this why why ano nang cagali nooooooo i cant accept this cagali athrun noooooo they must be together 4ever

  • June 11, 2006 at 5:42 amlean kate

    omg i cant believe this is really tell ive only up until ep 7 couse its still not aired i have to wait another agonizing 24 hours to watch, oh i want say your a brilliant superb not only do you know your stuff anime but you sure do know your words do literary classes nice word dues ex machina so did they magic door escape pod what tell me tell me

  • July 1, 2006 at 5:28 amPaulo

    what d hell is lacus and cagalli doing in a battlefield? it should be luna who is out there

  • July 1, 2006 at 5:29 amPaulo

    what d hell is lacus and cagalli doing in a battlefield? luna get out and finish dem

  • July 4, 2006 at 3:31 amjulie mae

    more GUNDAM SEED PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • July 8, 2006 at 1:08 amLawrence

    you rock i hope you will make a online rpg game about gandamseed destiny kindly make aoudios music for gandamseed destiny and display it in cartoonnetwork.com for kids games

  • July 11, 2006 at 4:06 amandrew tan

    Athrun roax man he roax like heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeel! some body say that Kira is better than him but i dont agree one day Athrun Zala will be the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Those who look down on him ill REGRET

  • July 22, 2006 at 12:27 amIvar

    I think that this episode is kinda amazing but I want Kira have the destiny but it has nuclear weapons like the freedom I hope that Athrun pilots the Legend

  • November 17, 2006 at 1:46 amlonely in gorgeous

    oh my!! i never thought lacus could be in a gundam… i thought she’s do only in commanding… but its really interesting…
    athrun always going into bad side but also always getting back into good side when things get worse.. you know.. but i couldn’t blame him… that’s the way he really is…
    inspite of that he’s really very cute!!!

  • November 28, 2006 at 10:15 pmneko-chan

    athrun pilots Legend???maybe infinite justice is better3

  • March 20, 2007 at 5:03 pmng weng choong

    very good

  • March 25, 2007 at 10:54 pmsabrina

    i thought athrun is still love cagalli! but i’m confuse

  • March 27, 2007 at 9:52 pmkira yamato

    drop a FREEDOM gundam

  • April 6, 2007 at 1:18 pmkira

    i wonder if athrun still love cagalli. Athrun should ask Cagalli to marry him

  • May 18, 2007 at 12:02 pmRage

    Those 3 DOMs they sent to Orb were a most exagerated. Its impossible to travel the hover legs and Jetstream which filled huge craters and rumble streets this result limited agility and vulnerable to ambush. Only can use the battlefield an open country terain it show result at Gundam 0083.

  • January 8, 2008 at 9:14 amJOEL PEREZ

    shinn asuka and mayo kagura are you ok shinn yes mayo no more arika love shinn only shinn love mayo my name mayo kagura and your name is shinn asuka ok nice too meet you shinn asuka your good gundam seed/destiny and mai hime for sunrise gundam and mai hime 2008 i promise shinn asuka i promise too to protect her mai hime destiny good shinn mayo can we promise mai hime destiny next year 2008 well ok thanks for sunrise

  • January 26, 2008 at 4:53 ammargaret

    add more photos!!!!!!!meyrin is such a bitch!!! why is she hugging athrun!!! i still like cagalli-athrun relationship!!! plz add athrun and cagalli pictures!!!