「鬱陶しい歌」 (Utoshii Uta)
“A Gloomy Song”
One step forward and two steps back – or as the Gundam world likes to call it: just another week of teasing. We all knew how the duel between Suletta and Elan would go given cute face and plot armour, yet all that inevitability still happened to yield some, shall we say, interesting facets you know damn well will take a few weeks to get a proper answer on. At this stage the only real question is how many episodes this series will be, because the rate we’re going it’s going to take several before the main plot makes its presence felt.
Following the reveal of Elan being a Gundam guinea pig, I doubt anyone is too shocked discovering that his status has a little more to it than simple bio-circuitry – even if it definitely is out there. I have to admit, antagonist of the moment actually being a expendable body double for another more prominent character certainly raised and eyebrow, especially when factored into Elan’s sponsoring company containing key personnel involved with the events of Witch from Mercury’s prologue. Besides the catharsis and melodrama such things invite, the real discovery here is of the typical Gundam variety where they serve as pieces to a far more ‘absolutist’ objective. After all, it’s already heavily hinted that Aerial is not of mama Prospera’s design and that Peil Technologies is seeking through the likes of Elan someone who can overcome a Gundam’s limitations. What do such facts add up to? A gameboard multiple sides are looking to dominate. Completely.
Pushing matters along such a trajectory is Suletta herself, because I also doubt few missed the connotations of this particular moment. While I’m still holding out that Suletta isn’t exactly special outside of cute introverted awkwardness, there’s no denying Elan’s little spiel over Suletta’s piloting suggests our MC has more to her than meets the eye. This lines up too with how Prospera is treating her daughter and what is increasingly looking like yet another angle on the whole Earth-space and child-adult dichotomies defining Witch from Mercury’s core. Is there a price worth paying to achieve full independence? Can vengeance be justified even if it means sacrificing those close to you? These are the sort of questions I see this series exploring before too long because it’s obvious Witch from Mercury has some major reveals itching for their debut and several characters who are definitely not as simple as they seem. I wouldn’t go as far to say everything here is completely predictable (yet), but this is one Gundam which certainly wears its grandiosity and over-the-top intentions on its sleeve.
It simply remains to be seen just what comes out flying out the woodwork, because one way or another, we’re not going to stick with playing teenage school-life sci-fi drama forever.