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.