OP: 「Blazing」 by GARNiDELiA
「謎のモビルスーツ」 & 「G-セルフ・起動！」 (Nazo no Mobiru Suutsu & G-Serufu Kidou!)
“The Mysterious Mobile Suit” & “G-Self, Start!”
It seems silly to only introduce one episode since two premiered, so have a double dose!
Before I begin, I’d like to point out that I am a complete noob to the prolific Gundam-verse. Normally Zephyr-senpai takes these kinds of mecha shows (though I assure you I fight for them tooth and nail in the knife fights) but he’s on hiatus so the role falls to me. However, I have no idea where Reconguista stands in the chronology nor do I have any outside knowledge besides. So if you’re new to the series like me, don’t be afraid, come on in! If you’re an avid fan, bear with me, I’m just giving my standalone impressions here.
I won’t lie; the initial draw to G no Reconguista for me lay in the character designs. It’s hardly a secret I have an obsession with Eureka Seven, and when Kenichi Yoshida, the character designer for that series, shows up, you know I’ll be there. By the end of the first episode, however, I fell in love with more than just the designs.
The story centers around a young cadet in the Capital Guard, Bellri Zenam (Ishii, Mark), who is about to embark on his first practical exercise to pilot a mecha. Just as the exercise is about to begin, the Capital Tower (a huge elevator connecting Earth to Space) is attacked by a gang of space pirates, and the elevator’s passengers are held hostage by a female pirate piloting a Mobile Suit. Bellri impulsively decides to confront her and helps to capture her; in the aftermath, he discovers her name, Aida Rayhunton (Shimamura Yuu), and becomes interested in her. Despite her protests that her Mobile Suit, the G-Self, only recognizes her as its pilot, Bellri has no problem entering and starting it, thus commandeering it for the Capital Guard. The second episode continues this plot line beginning in the aftermath of Aida’s failed attack. When the space pirates come down to Earth, where the Cadets have all but resettled into their normal school lives, Bellri and his friends rush to help the defense, and also to rescue Aida herself from the barrage of attacks on the prison. However, Aida is hoping to escape with her comrades, and tries to take control of the G-Self from Bellri. In the end, Bellri somehow triggers the G-Self to kill his enemy, Aida’s former commander, in a misunderstanding.
Though it sounds, and is, fairly formulaic for the mecha genre, Reconguista in G has a charm not many series like to use anymore. It’s so blatantly old-school, from the way in which camera direction is used down to the style of the soundtrack, that were it not for the use of CG here and there, I would have assumed I was watching a series straight out of the 1990s. I’m sure for some that’s a bit of a disappointment, but personally I’m a firm believer in style, and the show presents itself so earnestly that it’s not hard to get interested even if the scenes feel two decades old. The characters are certainly vibrant, and though we don’t know a whole lot about them, they’re definitely likeable enough (though maybe Noredo (Kotobuki Minako) should cool it on shooting dangerous slingshot pellets at girls about to fall to a tragic death). I especially got a kick out of the strange pilot Raraiya Monday (Fukui Yukari), who spent much of the second episode showing small quirky gestures to make up for her amnesiac state. Bellri too, is quite interesting, if only because he’s a bit more on the enthusiast side than most mecha protagonists tend to be.
Understanding the gist of what’s going on is a bit more challenging, however. Perhaps it’s because I’m new to the franchise, but at least half the jargon was lost on me, and I can’t say I can guess where the series plans to go from here. Regardless, I really enjoyed this premiere, and I hope to see good things come from it in the future.
We currently have no plans to cover this series on a weekly basis.
ED: 「Gの閃光」 (G no Senkou) by ハセガワダイスケ (Daisuke Hasagawa)