「反逆者たちの船出」 (Hangyaku-tachi no Funade)
“The Rebels Set Sail”
Leave it up to anime to make goofy characters a lot cooler and more respectable than they originally seem, much like with the chocolate bar-munching Commander Stoller Guavaran here. His understanding of Grodek and his willingness to let the Diva and Euba/Zalam warships go led to a character-defining moment, and easily made him one of the more interesting characters to date. What was most surprising about his character is that he’s not as hot-headed as the prior episodes had me believe. He listened to what Adams had to say but stayed firmed with what he was here to do. He didn’t lose his cool when the UE suddenly appeared either, and was quick to pick up on what Grodek was thinking when the Diva came right at them with its main cannons charged. For all those reasons, it was pretty hard to hate the guy despite being the obstacle in our heroes’ way.
Aside from Largan’s Genoace finally getting a DODS rifle of its own so that he can show what he’s capable of, the “big” development this episode was undoubtedly the awaken of Flit’s extrasensory perception, which Gundam AGE has coined “X-Rounder”. I don’t know if the “X” in the name is meant to appeal to younger audiences, but it does have more “zing” to it than Newtype, Coordinator, and Innovator. Whatever the case, its effect appears to be the same, giving Flit an edge on the battlefield where he’s able to predict his enemy’s movements and throw beam sabers in their faces. The latter part was actually pretty cool to see, as it reminded me of the “whatever works” piloting mentality that I’ve seen from Amuro Ray, Kou Uraki, and Usso Ewin.
The real question now is what to make of Alzack willingly yet somewhat reluctantly handing over Yurin to Eden, who have taken an interest in her X-Rounder ability. Given how the last episode had death flags written all over it, I’m already fearing the worst where Yurin is brainwashed into piloting a UE mobile suit/armor and Flit is forced to kill her. This is a tried and true scenario in Gundam, so I’m just hoping to be proven wrong. I gather I’ll find out soon enough, as Flit’s arc willing likely conclude after the attack on Ambat. The opening sequence has already been slightly updated, showing a black shadow of Gundam AGE-2’s mobile armor form.
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