OP: 「slash」by yama
「大地からの使者」 (Daichi kara no Shisha)
“Envoys from the Earth”
Well, it only took a season, but here we are back with the fun of cute, crazy, and big giant robots. The wait for Witch from Mercury to kick back off might have been annoying, but there’s no denying that time let the hype build up, and considering the stakes of this season I dare say we’re going to get our payoff. After all, when you’re starting out promising bloodshed and radical change, best be sure something is going to prove interesting.
Given how the first season left off with Suletta Smash, probably no big shocker things this episode started by avoiding the elephant in the room. Sure, we danced around the bush and teased the outcome of mama Prospera (well, potential mama) getting her daughter into going full sociopath, but Miorine is away looking out for her crippled father, Suletta is busy dealing with school affairs (read: opportunistic students out to make a name), and the other relevant groups are figuring out their next steps. For all the annoyance of pushing their reuniting down the road it (alongside the ED) does hint towards some of the themes of this season in free will and trust, ensuring in part that drama will very much be on the menu. It’s only a matter of how crazy said drama becomes.
Ensuring crazy as well is the other side of the coin in Prospera and her plans, which thanks to one little chat with Miorine are now fully in the open. While the exact nature of Quiet Zero is up for debate, I think it’s pretty obvious that A: it’s nothing particularly pleasant; and B: it’s going to yield some serious conflict between Miorine and Suletta before too long. This is Gundam after all, insane and utopistic schemes are par the course so the only unknown is which flavour Quiet Zero winds up taking. Will it be some sort of superweapon that keeps everyone in line through fear? Or is it rather some omnipresent system that effects and coerces control to ensure peace and happiness for all? Considering the cybernetic premise at work – not to mention the ominous teaser – my bet is on the latter, but no guarantees can be had until Prospera herself finally reveals all. Gundam plots after all are never surefire things.
For the moment, however, matters are going to be all about Earthian witches and finally dealing with the role Nika is playing in affairs. I wouldn’t expect anyone to die in the latest bout of mecha violence (little early to be offing anyone), but I dare say it’s going to set the tone for what’s to come. Best strap yourselves in boys and girls, this season is going to wild.
ED2: 「Red:birthmark」by Aina The End