「大切なもの」 (Taisetsu na Mono)
Although I’m inclined to give Witch from Mercury some benefit of the doubt and hold off on impressions until all is said and done, damn is it making such a pledge difficult at times. Between last week and now the developments this time there’s quite a bit now which hints towards running right off the cliff, but with just how much is left outstanding and half a season left to go it’s hard not staying glued to the onrushing train. After all, when it comes to speeding trains it usually pays to stay firmly in your seat.
After Witch from Mercury revealed the extent of Prospera’s sway over Suletta last time, lo and behold an episode devoted to Miorine devising a way of freeing Suletta from that influence. Inevitably this was always going to be a thing: Miorine, per her morals, upbringing, and general Gundam theme of stupid adults, cannot stand seeing Suletta being led around by the nose, and given her growing attachment to the girl, wouldn’t stand to simply leave it as personal opinion. Suletta likewise would eventually be forced into a situation where that attachment would be felt and most certainly lead to her doing something the average person would quickly regret. Thus the rather orthodox plot of having Suletta lose to the new and improved Guel via some motherly assistance, something which lets Miorine (by getting an additional supporter), Prospera (by acquiring a viable presidential candidate), and Guel (by emphatically reestablishing his name) all claim a win. Not Suletta of course, but that’s beside the point.
What stands out to me with this scheming though is how ham-fisted (or abrupt) the whole thing seems. While very much a wakeup call to Suletta and the sort of move Miorine would do to ultimately free her from Prospera’s grasp, it’s hard seeing exactly where we go from here right now. Suletta for one is basically confirmed expendable: she’s the literal human test pilot of a machine Prospera has full control over and seemingly present only for the sake of making the technology easier to rationalize for the average onlooker. Guel’s new ownership of Aerial after all could simply mean ownership of the machine and pilot vs. just the Gundam itself – but with the styling of recent events I’m not so sure yet we won’t see the punished hero flying a digitized girl dear old mama holds the kill switch over. Likewise Miorine has done all this for the sake of Suletta, but how she now translates it into erstwhile change remains to be seen. How do you pick up a closeted and naïve girl who you ripped the floor right out from, and how do you do it while explaining the near-180 switch in mentality as Suletta sees it? Inevitable future duel with Guel to reclaim Miorine’s hand or not (seems to be the go-to conflict resolution for Witch from Mercury) there’s quite a few new loose ends to tackle before hitting the true meat and potatoes in Quiet Zero and Prospera’s ultimate goal.
Then again it wouldn’t be a proper Gundam if we weren’t wondering just what the hell was coming next, would it?