「氷の瞳に映るのは」 (Kouri no Hitomi ni Utsuru no wa)
“Reflection in an Icy Eye”
Slowly but surely, I dare say we’re starting to get somewhere. As with all Gundams Witch from Mercury is taking its time smelling the roses, yet such lackadaisical behaviour belies the switch into chaos and carnage we all know is coming. Every step forwards brings the real story that much closer to its grand debut, and with Suletta finally being put on the spot, methinks we’re on the cusp of that defining moment.
With the Earth-space overview having been delved into, the other side of the coin missing from Witch from Mercury was the nature of GUND technology – so lo and behold an episode all about teasing it. Given what we know to date (prologue episode again says hi) there’s not much here which should shock anyone, though Elan being a test tube baby meant to turn deleterious cybernetic technology into a slightly less deadly variety certainly raised an eyebrow. I was expecting something along these lines, I was anticipating it being a character already introduced, but having it be the quiet kid? I’m kicking myself for not considering it. At least Elan’s reveal provides further evidence of who the immediate enemy will be, because with companies left and right all after a ‘safe’ form of Gundam to reap profits from, it won’t be long before one of them decides to stop playing in the shadows. Or, you know, stop making an utter fool of Guel. Must admit, I’m start to feel for the poor guy, even if it’s kind of funny in hindsight. Tsunderes gonna tsundere.
Of course you could also say we’ve already reached the point of open conflict courtesy of Elan deciding to duke it out with Suletta herself for the right to Aerial. While easy to assume to Suletta will prevail in the upcoming bout, honestly I’m not so sure right now. Suletta is explicitly confirmed different from Elan, she hasn’t shown any of enhancements he possesses or the controlling overhead associated with lethal (yet lucrative) technology. If Aerial is using a wholly different system from GUND (which is looking increasingly likely) it’s not that farfetched to think this duel will be the first which comes down to pilot skill vs. machine capability, since such a thing wouldn’t be repeatedly mentioned if not a future factor in some later event. And if that is the case, Elan could win this fight and give Suletta her first taste of defeat.
Where things go from there (if it happens), however, is the big unknown. We’re increasingly overdue for this story’s main conflict, and there’s some characters who’s ulterior motives are waiting for their reveal. Suletta could lose – but nothing says it’s a fight which won’t get upstaged in some capacity by external forces.
It’s certainly going to be a wait to find out next week just what takes place.