「オペレーション・ヘヴンズ•ゲート」 (Operēshon Hevunzu Gēto )
“Operation: Heaven’s Gate”
By now, we should all have figured this out – the word “action-packed” hardly does the show any justice! What we saw and what we have experienced were the essence of a mecha porn at its very finest – a striking feat that Majestic Prince has made it seemed way too easy. This episode had just about everything to keep me on the edge my seat – great character drama, political bickering, sweet saccharine revenge, and of course, adrenaline-pumping action sequences! The attention to detail continues to impress, both in its mecha conception and in the battle choreography of its big set pieces! Evidently, Majestic Prince is leaving the best for the last – Red 5, the poster child of its mecha goodness, was completely absent from this episode. But make no mistake about it – the thrills and exhilarations were most definitely alive and kicking, and we have the Godinion and the rest of the AHSMB to hold the fort in Izuru’s stead. Blue 1 and Gold 4, in particular, were a standout in this respect – the former showcased a brand new set of weaponry that look somewhat similar to a curling blade, while the latter, combining its sniping capability with that of the Godinion’s fire power, dealt a severe blow to the Wulgaru by taking out Lutier! Clearly, the wide array of mecha and action is front and center in the spotlight – but let us not forget, the character side of the equation is just as fascinating and Majestic Prince has surely delivered on this front with flair and excellence!
Our expectations have been toyed with more than once and the show has certainly racked up more than its fair share of bombshells! A chockfull of death flags were featured early and throughout – it’s hard to figure out when and if we should take any of them to heart, but such a facet has surely made this episode all the more intense, ablaze with both anxiety and exultation! Any one of the vanguard trio, Toshikazu, Tamaki or Ange, could have kicked the bucket easily – Operation Heaven’s Gate was fraught with peril right from the get-go and the death flags were most certainly running rampant! Fortunately enough, none of them has met an unfortunate fate just yet – they’ve been dealt a tough hand but as always, Team Rabbit was able to improvise and emerge from this ordeal stronger than before. Their performance in the battlefield was nothing short of stellar – every one of them had their moment in the limelight, but there were two who made an especially strong impression. First, there’s Toshikazu who has proven once again that he’s just as capable of a pilot as Izuru, and second, we have Tamaki, our favorite bumbling airhead, who has embarked on a quest for revenge! Toshikazu’s steadfast devotion for both his comrades and his mission is utterly beyond doubt – but there’s also a sense that he’s making it a point to prove his own worth, finally putting his self-doubt behind him and moving forward with conviction. Toshikazu was the one pilot who succeeded at launching the marker into the Portal Gate, and he was able to put up a good fight against Lutier as well – with his very own trance-like power-up, no less! “We have to succeed no matter what, for Izuru and for Earth” – Toshikazu is more than just Izuru’s backup and his many accomplishments pretty much speak for themselves, both as a team leader and as an AHSMB pilot!
Not to be overshadowed by Toshikazu, Tamaki has also made her mark in this episode and she was certainly quite a badass! Tamaki has always been portrayed as a bona fide baka, a simpleton who doesn’t think before she acts – but little did we know, she also has a spitfire-like persona in her, a Tamaki that is both vehemently incensed and determined! It’s payback time – Lutier, the Wulgaru General who killed Patrick in cold blood, is an obvious target for revenge and it’s hardly a surprise that her advent would send Tamaki on a warpath! The ensuing showdown was quite a majestic spectacle to say the least – it was a roller-coaster ride of frenzy, from the mad chase, the sneak attacks, right down to the massive snipe that eventually took out Lutier! Lutier’s demise is surely a huge win for the humans – but it remains to be seen how Team Rabbit can make it out of the latest tribulation alive. The vanguard trio has been completely surrounded by the Wulgaru fleet – and to make matters worse, the Wulgaru’s Portal Gate appears to be undamaged, even after it received a direct hit from the Straggle Laser. Energy-based attacks have been rendered useless and the humans would need to find an alternative to destroy the gate – presumably, that’s where Izuru and his Red 5 come into the picture. Izuru is a game-changer who can turn the tide around for the humans and he’s most certainly not going to sit still, not when his friends are in grave peril! Then there’s Jiart who, of course, remains the most fascinating element in the mix – his eyes are fixated squarely on the pilot of Red 5 and as soon as Izuru makes a sortie, he is for sure going to follow suit. The imminent clash between those two is bound to resurface very soon, and Teoria, who is both Jiart’s sister and Izuru’s genetic parent, is going to find herself right at the middle of this conflict – a circumstance that is, no doubt, extremely dicey and precarious!
- It looks like Toshikazu might just have his very own trance-like power-up – It’s not quite similar to that of Izuru’s or Ange’s, he remains relatively calm and composed, no sign of any personality flip-flop or a berserker!
- The comparison with the SEED factor in Gundam SEED is almost certain – unwarranted but inevitable!
- The “awakened” Blue 1 looks pretty darn awesome – but not nearly as grand and as majestic as Red 5! It has a pretty fascinating set of new weaponry as well, one that looks somewhat similar to a curling blade!
- Kei’s strategic advice was crucial in this battle, but her screen time was somewhat limited – I’m still hoping for a hand-in-hand happily-ever-after ending. Make it happen!
- “Douzo, douzo, please have some tea” – Izuru is tied up on a leash, just like a dog! I’m sure there are some onee sama’s out there who would gladly make him their pet.
- “I brought rice balls for everyone!” – Gotta fill up your tummy! You can’t fight on an empty stomach.
- “I like something low on calories and I don’t like natto!” – Rin Rin’s a pretty picky eater! I love natto, just had it for breakfast two days ago!
- “Shiokara Power!” – Tamaki’s pretty badass is her very own right and she doesn’t even need any form of power-up!
tl;dr: @SeishunRC – #MajesticPrince 22: Mecha porn, mecha porn and more mecha porn – the word “action-packed” hardly does the show any justice! #Anime
Full-length images: 02, 04, 17, 19, 20, 30, 35, 36.