While ZAFT attacks the first relay cylinder of the Requiem weapon, the Minerva is sent on a bombing run of Djibril’s moon base. Before they set off, Shinn is quite worried about Lunamaria’s well being, but she says that she’ll be fine, asking Shinn to believe in her. The two share several moments together before setting out. As usual, the battle is intense, especially since the Minerva is the only ship assaulting the base. However, with ample use of the Tannhauser and good piloting by each of the gundam aces, they quickly bring down everything that’s thrown at them including several mobile armors and Destroy Gundams. Djibril gets desperate and wants to fire the Requiem prematurely, but that never happens. Instead, Rey destroys the ship he’s tries to escape on. Sitting on his throne, Gilbert thanks Djibril and then says goodbye. On Earth, Kira and Athrun get ready to launch the next day. They talk about everyone’s dreams and desires while looking at the peaceful sky. When the ArchAngel is about to launch, Cagalli delivers a speech to the crew. Athrun notices that she’s no longer wearing the ring that he gave her, but he never gets the opportunity to speak with her. When Kira and Lacus approach him concerned, he replies that it’s ok because their dreams are the same. Walking out, Cagalli runs into Meyrin and requests that she watch out for Athrun’s safety. Cagalli leaves with tears in her eyes, but salutes the ArchAngel off as it once again heads for space.
I enjoyed this battle episode even if it felt rather one-sided at times. There is a lot less Yzak and Dearka and a lot more Shinn/Rey/Lunamaria than I would have guessed. But since the fight is more about the Minerva’s moon assault, that makes sense. I’m just happy that the battle didn’t seem too much of a redux of past fights.
The ring is gone! I didn’t expect that to happen, but it makes sense. Cagalli probably wants to concentrate on her state duties, and realizes that when this is all over, she and Athrun will have all the time in the world (assuming he survives). But it still seems very painful for her not to be able to go with them. I have a firm belief that Athrun and Cagalli will still end up together, but for now they will pursue their dream in different ways.
Neo/Mwu is now officially the pilot of the Akatsuki. They even changed the OP sequence to reflect this. It’s about time the man who makes the impossible possible gets a powerful mobile suit again. I’m rooting for the fact that he doesn’t die again, and hopefully the suit will serve him well in that respect.
Rey’s quick reflexes catch Djibril trying to escape, resulting in a quick death. I thought the thank you, and then goodbye line from Gilbert was a nice touch. With Djibril’s purpose served, whatever that may be, Gilbert is now ready to move forth with his plans. He’s already sent Meer to the moon city Copernicus, and that also looks to be where the ArchAngel is headed. The preview shows Athrun, Meyrin, Kira, Lacus, and Meer under small arms fire (maybe from the bodyguard Gilbert gave her?). Maybe Meer will join the ArchAngel (oh dear, I can see the Meer and Lacus encounter now…). I’m very curious to see what her eventual role in all this will be.
Closing Thought: Seems like we’re shifting girls around in Athrun’s harem again. (I say this in all jest)