「宇宙要塞アンバット」 (Uchuu Yousai Anbatto)
“Space Fortress Ambat”
While I’ve always given Gundam AGE the benefit of the doubt, it still manages to surprise me with its flair for the dramatic. The lead-up to this “final battle” at Ambat was extremely well-done on several character fronts, making it seem like anyone could bite the dust, and then the battle itself proved to be all kinds of awesome starting with the Diva’s transformation. It was a fairly even battle since all the Euba and Zalam mobile suits were properly armed with beam rifles, but it wasn’t short of suspenseful moments either as Grodek’s fleet pressed on to try and get the Diva into firing range for its newly equipped Photon Blaster Cannon — a huge beam weapon with a long recharge time that’s directly attached to the AGE Builder.
The entire battle rested on this one trump card and clearing a path for the Diva, so once Flit made the last push with the help of his recently awakened X-Rounder ability, I was pretty pumped to see Grodek give the order to fire. The music, the sacrifices, and the eventual sight of the Photon Blaster Cannon punching a hole through not only the UE mothership Fa Bose but Ambat as well provided a plethora of emotions that ended in rejoice from seeing their plan succeed. However, before that feeling could even sink in, the writer’s went one step further by throwing in a kamikaze attack for even more drama from both Ract and Mukured. When I saw the huge beams barraging the UE ship, I was half-expecting Stoller and the EFF to show up, so I was completely surprised by Mukured’s dramatic entrance. His timely arrival just went on to reiterate that this episode was buckets of Gundam awesomeness all around.
Even with the destruction of the Fa Bose, the tension hasn’t even dipped one bit with Desil’s intention to join the battlefield. Of course, the bigger development is what I’ve been fearing would happen: Yurin’s going to be forced into piloting a UE mobile suit. Any old-school Gundam fan would’ve seen this coming from a mile away after all the flags episode eleven raised, but I’ll admit that the idea of Yurin dying before Flit’s eyes still doesn’t sit well with me. I’m almost entirely convinced that it’s going to happen, especially now that Emily’s received a clear-cut sign that she’ll be Flit’s future wife, but the Hayami Saori fan in me is still in denial and holding onto that extremely faint glimmer of hope that Yurin will survive somehow. I’d say there’s less than a one percent chance that’ll happen, seeing as the next episode is titled “Flash of Sorrow”, but I’ll still hold onto that hope regardless! Why do you have to do this to me Sunrise!? Yurinnn~ *sniff*
* In case anyone’s wondering, the kid with Gira Zoi, a.k.a. Yark Dole, is Arabel Zoi according to the credits. He is voiced by Hirata Mana and will likely have a bigger role in the second arc.
* Full-length images: 02, 03.