Despite the presence of a mobile suit battle, last week’s episode portended a massive slowdown in pacing for this show. I feared it would be a weekly dose of Zeheart’s erstatz Cyclops Team failing at jacking the Gundam, in part due to his growing romance with Asemu. Well, that ended up only being partly true.
Zeheart never got to jack the Gundam. He never initiated further action since the disastrous operation in the previous episode. He just spent the next few months living out this high school idyll probably impossible for the suffering Vagan teenagers who become child soldiers by the time they turn Decil’s age.
How could he ever pull the trigger on Asemu anyway? Asemu’s a genuine saint. We’ve never seen as good-natured a kid in Gundam since Uso Evin in Victory (but let’s not go there, ugh). The only thing Zeheart resents about Asemu is his idol worship of his dad, Flit “Ghiren” Asuno, who advised Flit to ditch the Military Academy and enlist directly. After all, Flit beat the Vagans without any stinking military academics. Asemu’s gonna get the Gundam anyway.
But even so, Asemu reassures Zeheart that he’s doing this out of his own conviction and free thought. Zeheart’s convinced Asemu’s not suited for fighting. Zeheart’s trying to convince himself that. Or, he’s just blinded by the BL sparkles.
“All this time you’ve never doubted me?”
“Why would I? We’re friends aren’t we?”
Had Romary worn one of those shock bands/donuts from Aquarion EVOL, we’d see more than just her doing the orz pose in them woods.
I think there’s something about Asemu’s naïveté that is winsome rather than off-putting. It’s not obnoxious or rubbed in our faces. He’s just a guy who thinks well of others and is trusting, obedient, and loyal. There’s really nothing super extraordinary about these qualities, as even I’ve had friends like this in High School, but these traits are super extraordinary in a Gundam lead.
Flit was like this, but his loud kiddyness got in the way of letting this shine through. The Asemu and Zeheart friendship is more mature and prone to deeper feelings compared to the Flit and Dique friendship. I mean, during high school there are already context for shared suffering that teenagers can reflect upon. This isn’t as easy to do while younger. Everything just means more in high school.
But thankfully, the show spares us from making itself too much about high school. We skip forward to graduation and the drama of identity comes to a head: Asemu is joining the army, and Zeheart reveals himself as a Vagan – proving Asemu’s trust false – at least on the surface, but not really because Zeheart is no traitor. He loves Asemu and spares him even though he knows his words really can’t stop him from fighting.
Based on the OP, we know Romary is joining the military as well. She can’t bear not to see Zeheart again, and this is the only way she knows to force the encounter. Besides, she’ll be very close to Asemu as well.
It’s dramatic but at the same time it feels unceremonious: Next week we get to see the AGE-02 Gundam. Suddenly the show is moving incredibly fast again.