「魔女と花嫁」 (Majo to Hanayome)
“The Witch and the Bride”
We may only be two episodes in but it’s fairly safe to say this Gundam is going to be on the, shall we say, energetic side of the fence. Teenage rebellion; corporate scheming; hell even some secretive – and dark – backstories for spice: we’ve got it all, and there’s plenty of guarantees more is on the way. After all, you damn well know where masked enigmas in this franchise lead.
Given how most Gundams feature a melodramatic streak, it shouldn’t be too surprising that shocking yuri courtship winds up getting cancelled in a figurative blink of an eye. Honestly I’m somewhat taken aback just how quickly we got this move: usually the go-to would be drawing out Suletta’s and Miorine’s awkward pairing for a bit before bringing down the paternal ban hammer and snuffing out a million eager shippers in the process. In a way, however, revealing (or at least hinting towards) Suletta’s coloured past and digging into her and her supporting company right now does make some narrative sense; besides showing just how broken Miorine’s relationship is with her father (daddy issues indeed), we also get a good idea of her pride and how for all her wishing of escape, she’s not about to leave someone who helped her in the lurch. It’s a small yet significant step on the path towards true friendship, with the only unknown being if anything comes after it. Unless, you know, someone gets in the way of forbidden love.
One blooming pairing is only half the picture though as corporate inquiries and more down to Earth moments (quite literally) tease future proceedings. Lady Prospera is case in point, as besides her masked and augmented veil covering some very important twists to happen later on (seriously, just remember SEED’s Rau Le Creuset) there’s also the fact that Gundam Aerial is in fact a Gundam – just a well-camouflaged Gundam. It’ll be interesting seeing how this inevitably comes out because it’s quite likely Aerial is the first Gundam which overcomes the problems plaguing the technology as shown in the prologue. Reason for this? Pure guessing on my part (:P), and the fact there’s nothing so far indicating that Suletta has any sort of physical connection to Aerial. For such apparently dangerous tech there would already be some hint that Aerial is it, so the lack of one can reasonably be considered evidence that more is afoot.
Not like we’ll have to wait long to find out either. Between Suletta and Miorine going head-to-head with daddy dearest we also have the first taste of brewing troubles outside of the school environment. I think we all know how this upcoming duel is likely to end – but it’s anyone’s guess just which sly third party (as introduced at the end) will happen to interrupt the proceedings this time, and what their political manifesto will be.