Surveying the South African mine that the Dynames had previously laid waste to, a man named Ali Al Sarshes comments on how this will lead to the collapse of the country’s economy. He knows the effects of stopping war on the lower classes, and he speaks angrily on the phone with the PMC Trust about how, at this rate, a country called Moralia is going to collapse. Nevertheless, he’s happy to tell his subordinate that the AEU’s top people are finally rousing to action. At that time, a group of AEU representatives are debating the sending of AEU troops to Moralia. They need Moralia’s PMC for the space development program, but they worry about Celestial Being and the backlash of public opinion. Some of them think that leaving colony development to Union and the Human Reform League is fine because if the AEU doesn’t have the financial power, then the other two won’t be able to manage either. However, they don’t want to lose the final frontier to Union or the Human Reform League, and they can’t advance in space without a buildup of armaments. By sending their forces, they won’t miss the space development race any further and will become the white knights that save Moralia.
Meanwhile, on the Ptolemaios, Christina comments on how Allelujah has been in an isolation cell for over a week. Tieria pays him a visit to tell him that he’s not suitable to be a Gundam Meister, and he wants to be able to say that Allelujah is being taken off the Kyrios, but it seems that they need his abilities again. Sumeragi explains that the president of Moralia is secretly meeting with the foreign ministers of the three major AEU powers, and Allelujah realizes that it has to do with Moralia’s PMC. Over at the Human Reform League’s low orbit station, a scientist reports to Sergei that they examined Soma’s body thoroughly but found no problems. They analyzed the Tieren Taozi’s mission recorder and detected an abnormality in her quantum brain waves, but this phenomenon is normally impossible, so the scientist thinks that there might have been an outside influence. If that is the case, then there’s someone out there with the same kind of enhanced glial cells as her and uses the same brain waves. They’ve fixed her mobile suit to intercept these waves to prevent this from happening again, but Sergei isn’t happy with the idea that Soma will be put back onto the battlefield.
Back on Earth, Marina is meeting with the French foreign minister about getting technical assistance for solar power generation. The foreign minister claims to want to help, but he points out the unstable situation in Azadistan and says that the safety of the technical personnel would need to be ensured before this can be approved. Plus, the AEU’s own elevator isn’t completely up and running yet, so he wonders if they have the personnel to spare. He does promise to continue giving food aid to Azadistan though, and she thanks him for that. Over in Japan, Saji brings Setsuna some food because his sister had cooked too much, but Setsuna is on his way out, so he doesn’t take it. As he’s walking away, Setsuna comments on the space station misfortune, and Saji admits that he didn’t think that Celestial Being would save them. Setsuna quietly says that he didn’t think so either, but Saji doesn’t know what he really means.
By now, Sumeragi, Christina, and Felt are on their way down to Earth via one of the orbital elevator’s linear trains, and Felt briefly goes over Moralia’s background. The Moralia Republic is a small country located in southern Europe that was founded 23 years ago in the year 2284. Though the country has only a population of 180,000, there are over 3 million foreign workers there, and 20% of the approximately 4000 companies are part of the PMC. This private military company sends mercenaries, trains soldiers, transports and develops weapons, and maintains an army. Christina notes that Moralia gives preferential treatment to the PMC and asks Sumeragi why they haven’t targeted it up to now. Sumeragi explains that if war was reduced, then the PMC’s business would disappear, and it could have self destructed with the way things were going. At a Union base, Billy is telling Graham that the AEU is backing Moralia because the PMC’s human resources and technology are essential to starting colony development. Moralia itself wants to revive its economy, and even if this turns the country into a battlefield, they need the AEU’s support. Plus, they hope to obtain a Gundam out of this if things go well.
Around this time, Patrick Corlasawar lands at a Moralia airbase with some other AEU forces. He announces himself as the AEU’s ace and is really excited to face the Gundam again. Wang Liu Mei soon learns that the AEU, Moralia, and the PMC are going to be participating in a regimental scale joint military exercise involving over 130 mobile suits. She feels that with a mission of the largest scale, the world has no choice but to observe Celestial Being closely. Since they’re not going to start their mission until tomorrow though, Christina drags Felt out to go shopping with her while Sumeragi heads to a bar. Setsuna meanwhile arrives with the Exia on an island where Lockon and a man named Ian Vasty are waiting wait some new upgrades. For the Exia, this would be a pair of GN Blades that work similarly to the GN Sword in how they emit highly compressed GN particles. Lockon notes that this allows the Exia finally to become like the Seven Swords development code it was originally designated, but Setsuna quietly turns around without even thanking Ian because he’s so immersed in his Gundam. The group then sees the Kyrios and the Virtue flying in.
Sumeragi goes to a hotel bar and is watching a JNN news report on Moralia when Billy shows up. He asks her what she thinks about the Moralia stuff, but she doesn’t want to talk about it since they’ve just met after a long time. Billy wonders how many years it’s been since graduate school, however Sumeragi doesn’t care to remember because it would show how old she is. She feels that when a woman’s real age is stated, her youth decreases by that much. In any case, Billy is just glad she invited him and tells her about his new assignment to the Gundam investigation unit with Leif Eifman as its technological chief. When he reveals that Eifman has already noticed the special particles that the Gundam emits, Sumeragi doesn’t let on what she knows and asks what kind of particles they are. Billy can’t tell her, but he does ask her what she’s doing now, and she doesn’t give him a direct answer. He also asks her about a certain something, however she claims she’s already forgotten about it. Taking her hand, Billy then tells her that he’s glad they were able to meet again like this.
With the military exercise now almost underway, Ali Al Sarshes is entrusted with a new AEU mobile suit in order to capture a Gundam. Sumeragi’s group meanwhile arrives at Wang Liu Mei’s residence with the AEU and Moralia’s deployment information, and they get to work preparing for the mission. Unbeknownst to Sumeragi, Billy goes back to Eifman and reports on a person he calls Kujou. Graham isn’t sure who they’re talking about, but he suspects that it’s the tactical forecaster from a certain incident. The group then gets video feed of the Gundams who are approaching Moralia, and they don’t recognize the Gundams’ new equipment. Once the Gundams are spotted, the Moralia government declares a state of emergency, and the various news agencies around the world pick up on it. As he watches the JNN broadcast with Louise, Saji doesn’t understand what Celestial Being is doing because they’re not changing the world by fighting. He feels that they’re only giving birth to hatred and throwing the world into confusion.
The Gundams soon start their assault, with the Kyrios taking care of the airborne units while the others handle the ground forces. The Dynames in particular makes good use of its new armor plating, and the Virtue blasts Patrick’s mobile suit out the sky. Setsuna is also decimating enemy suits with the Exia’s GN Blades, as well as with its beam sabers. However, before he can finish announcing that he’s entering Phase II, he comes under attack by Ali Al Sarshes’ mobile suit. Since it’s able to hit the Exia with its rifle, Setsuna thinks that his opponent can read his movements. After knocking into Setsuna, Ali Al Sarshes laughs and comments on how the pilot isn’t so great even though the Gundam is. Setsuna is shocked to recognize this voice as belonging to someone who had been on the battlefield with him many years ago when he was still a child.
Like the Taribia episode, this week introduced and covered one particular act of Celestial Being military intervention, however it had the same problem of jumping around the various viewpoints as that episode did, so I was a little disappointed. Last week was good because it didn’t do that, and felt like a much more cohesive episode. This one threw us back into the political fray, and while I don’t hate the politics, I still think it makes some of the series unnecessarily complicated. Actually, all the talk of PMCs reminded me a lot of Metal Gear Solid 4, though fortunately there were no moo-ing mobile suits here.
For all the politics though, I thought this episode still did a good job developing the huge cast of characters. We now have yet another opponent who can stand up to the Gundams in Ali Al Sarshes (not Patrick as originally thought). He’s got some past with Setsuna, and that might make it that much harder for Setsuna to beat him, especially if Ali Al Sarshes discovers Setsuna’s identity and starts trying to break him down psychologically. That being said, he (like Sergei and Graham) seems too cool to be a bad guy for long, so I’m curious what direction his character takes. Maybe there’ll just never be any clear-cut good guys and bad guys in this series. Patrick, on the other hand, is beginning to feel like the joke antagonist who can never win. He could use a better mobile suit if he’s even dreaming of going up against the Gundams, but I think I almost prefer seeing him as a punching bag because it brings a little humor.
There’s also Sumeragi and Billy’s relationship which makes them seem really close, but there’s the matter of whatever happened back then that Sumeragi claims she forgot and that they mention with no specifics. Perhaps that incident is what drove her to join Celestial Being or why she’s such a heavy drinker. In any case, next week concludes this battle, and I’m hoping they can focus a little on Setsuna and his past.
As a side note, I really like how the Dynames looks now. The additional plates make it seem like it has wings or a wild-west style poncho.
Looks awesome. =D
OMG. Sumeragi-san… *nosebleeds*
And who’s this guy? Is it Patrick like some speculated?
so sumeragi and that scientist guy with graham are know each other??
wow exia sword throwing rocks. xp
so.. there’s some connection between that flag guy (I forgot his name) and Sumireagi (of Celetial Being)
Billy and Sumeragi were apparently in graduate school together, or at least that’s around when they last saw each other.
Breast size denotes rank in Gundam. Murrue Ramius, anyone?
yea seems the bigger they are the better rank they get XD
Can’t wait to watch it!
(Am officially addicted from the last ep.)
And Sumeragi-san …… *_*
But if only she’d comb her hair.
I’ve always felt less respect for her than Murrue-san because she doesn’t look well-groomed (just woken up hairstyle)
We don’t want Dragonaut cleavage please!
Another gundam pwnage ep?
Ok, so Sumeragi and Billy Katagiri had something (what it is, I don’t know). Isn’t a little bit too suspicious with only 6 eps up to now? Omnious shadows of Wing…
Aside that, Sumeragi shows that China-tan is not the only one supporting this series and that the caps’ rule :p
Patrick = Jerid Messa. Why? He’s a useless lucky SOB that may survive all the series until Seiji Mizushima gets fed with his own stupidity.
By the way, aren’t we getting too much antagonists too fast? Or is it that each one of the Meisters will have their own personal nemesis? Talking about feeding the fanboys…
ha ha the moment I saw that picture, I had to make sure if it was piece of clothing with similar colour to her skin but it was cleavage. And the size was bit exaggerated
> yea seems the bigger they are the better rank they get XD
Exactly. Thats why Lacus got more and more important as her breasts got bigger and bigger throughout GSD.
Looking good there, Sumeragi-san.
@SeedStriker: I totally agree with the Jared comment. Of course, Patrick has yet to lose a thousand comrades and love interests during his many failures.. Hahahah!
I want breasts!!!! XD (.)(.)
Sumeragi Fansclub! *nosebleeds*
Is it just me, or the quality is… umm…
i wonder if Sumeragi and the billy guy did something that night. Being a sunrise show we might never know.
Wow, this is getting really similar to Current Global Affairs:
PMC’s much like Black Water
Taribia: probably Venezuela or Colombia
I think Sumeragi just might want to spy some info from Billy. I don’t think they would do anything that night [I hope]. ha ha ha
=_=, first we get Setsuna, a diluted, emo version of Sagara, now we get a Gauron clone? Gee…Setsuna will be getting lambda drivers by his next upgrade then?
ps shut up bitch
lol from the looks of it saji got rejected once again xD
Well is big blue the “Gouf” of this show?
I love the look of it.
Cant wait to see this ep.
Ali ali reminds me of the good old times in Baccano!. Love the voice acting
similar to current global affairs….300 years in the future???? what a boring 300 years
There needs to be more GAR in Setsuna, hope they develop him into a bad ass character rather than all emo.
Lockon punches Setsuna in the next episode it seems in front of all the other Meisters. Interesting I guess. Hostility. 😮
@LS: So I guess that makes Sumeragi a Tethla Testarossa clone, and I guess Marina is Chidori and her advisor is like Chidori’s friend since both have glasses. Superficial comparisions FTW, especially if they don’t make any sense!
Then I really want to know what Setsuna’s gonna do, because I doubt Lockon’d punch him without a good reason!
Thx for the summary. (I begin to love all the Gundam Meisters but Tieria. I hope we’ll learn more about him, because up till now all he seems to be is arrogant.)
Its probably along the lines of “don’t keep us worried, & don’t do reckless things” I bet.
Yep, I think so too! He’ll probably do something that will endanger his own life needlessly.
Man, the only Gundam pilot I’m not really liking is Vowels. He’s gonna become a villain, I can feel it.
You say that we’ve had a lot of antagonists so far, but so far they’ve all been going for Setsuna and Exia. I can understand the whole thing with Ali/Setsuna, but I hope that Lockon/Allie/Vowels get their own rivals at some point (though I guess they have been setting up something between Soma and Allelujah).
The animation was ehhh this episode. Dammit what happened to the budget of the first few?! D:
Why do you guys think Setsuna is emo? I think people have taken that turm and used it too much when it doesn’t apply. Just because he’s not talkative and “happy” all the time doesn’t mean his “emo”. Seriously guys, think about it a bit more before you post away about things.
For all of Celestial’s Being’s “smart ideas” they still don’t have a politician! Which they really need right about now because everyone hates them now, except maybe Saji. Pbblt. Well I think we all know already who G0’s political person is anyway.
Where can i dl it?
I hereby present to all of you the Gundam version of Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy…
setsuna is bad ass
where can i dl?
Is it me or is the Exia lost an arm in the preview?
Again, why does everyone only go after the Exia??????
Is it suppose to be the easiest to capture or something?
’cause it’s sexy, that’s why
Oh God. It’s official. Patrick totally sucks ass by losing to Virtue, of ALL Gundams! ^_^
lol he’s PATRICK alright
Is that Setsuna washed ashore?
Nah, now we wait for Marina to walk near by and discover him =w=
“I will kill you, Marina”
@GP: I guess cause people don’t know what stoic means, which if you looked it up in a dictionary, should in all rights have Setsuna’s picture next to it. If he were emo he would not have the drive to be a Gundam pilot anyway.
Looking araoudn juts for fun, Moreria is actually Monaco.
Oh yay, will we get some actual combat next episode? This whole “blow up the helpless grunts” is getting tiring (which Wing and Seed/Destiny also had a problem with).
After the boring (in my opinion) last episode, I am glad to see the politics coming back in the show. The mercenaries look cool and I hope they will play a larger part from now on. The only problem I have is that the gundams are waaay too overpowered. Technologically they are far superior and thus the pilot’s skills don’t really matter. While the non-gundam mobile suits are far cooler when it comes to design, I also wish they at least had some chance of doing damage (a scrath maybe, or something more). So far they haven’t repaired the gundams which is way too unrealistic considering the damage they have done.
God, they keep introducing new characters instead of developing the old ones. I hope at least a good chunk of them (like 50%) die somewhere in the middle of the series after leaving a lasting impression, though probably this is too much to ask.
When is Sunrise going to learn that 1000 characters does not mean a good show, especially when most of them are really generic and poorly developed.
What impresses me the most is that Sumeragi has 4 different outfits in the episode. You never see that in anime.
Geez, just how many swords does Exia need?
I like how Dynames looks now though, very badass.
dynames sucks bitch and you mother suck my dick last night
Heh. Dynames looks like Batman now.
Syaoran is right. It is Monaco, with a little Dubai thrown in. And yes, once again, breast size equals rank.
Patrick = Orange-kun #2 :b
Los Negros, you didn’t need to be that profane and ill mannered about not liking dynames or someone elses opinion.
Anyways, I’m getting bored with Gundam Dynames, needs more action pwnage action and moves, all he’s doing right now is standing still fighting a bunch of idiots. I guess snipers don’t get awesomeness in action scenes.
And without further ado, we have our character development, yay now we don’t hear any more damn whiners about no character development.
@Sora no Kaze: Now people will complain about not enough character development instead of lack of character development. No matter what happens there will always be people complaining about something.
In any case I have the feeling that something is missing in this anime. My first reaction after I finished ep 1 of Code Geass was something along the lines of: “Yeah! I’m defintely watching this!”. It’s been 6 eps of Gundam 00 and not a single case where I felt like that about it. Hopefully something is going to happen soon…
Im a fan of gundam series but i dont think it s as good as the previous series. Maybe because the action isnt smooth or i downloaded the wrong format. Which is the best format and screen size to watch ?
I usually wait for the Xvid, 1280*720 MP3 avi version to come out. That’s the one that works best for me usually
@shadowlback: No matter what happesn there will always be people complaining about something.
Hmm, I guess what I mis-stated about what I meant. I should have said there will be less complainers about character development. The plot on the other hand, needs to be more than stopping all war. It sparks some interest, but needs to be more epic like Code Geass’s twists.
btw, a thing to mention is that despite the fact that the same artists are working on the animation, I’m pretty sure its not the same story writer. (I wish it was, then we could get better twists)
the character pic isnt good enough. They dont look as beautiful as gundam seed series . ( I LOVE LACUS )
@Zlostur: well, as long as the killed characters that you hoped for don’t come back to life like in GSD -_-
Currently, 00 may not be much better than GSD, but at least it still has room for improvement, unlike GSD. Hopefully we will begin to get a better understanding for the interesting reasons for why they entered the battlefield.