I’m running on 6 hours of sleep over the last 48 hours and it’s almost 2AM. Excuse me if this post ends up being made of suck.
I’ll leave it to you to calculate how old Flit Asuno is by the time Kio is 13 years old (born about 10 years after the last great battle). Flit, anyway, is magnificent. I already think he is one of the most awesome, awesome characters not only in Gundam, but in mecha anime as a whole. Here in this episode, in his advanced years, he returned to complete his life’s circle: He is a Gundam designer and engineer once more, and had built the AGE 3 for his grandson Kio to pilot… because Flit knew that the Vagans will be back. He wouldn’t trust them with anything, including staying dead.
Not only did Flit build an advanced, updated Gundam prototype for Kio, he got him an incredible military-grade Mobile Suit battle simulator as a video game while he was still a freaking toddler. Sure he gave Asem Gunpla when he was a kid, but this time Flit put his money, authority, and expertise into play and trained a child super soldier for when the Vagans strike back.
Basically, Flit raised his own Desil Galette. And yes, Kio unlike his father, is an X-Rounder.
We find out from Kio that Asem disappeared during his last mission, the day when Kio was born. Like Flit, Kio grew up without a father. Flit must’ve felt really bad about this and did his utmost to give Kio all he could. And how! The AGE 3 is a combination of the ZZ Gundam as well as the Victory Gundam, with a large gun that reminds me more of Gundam Virtue’s more than any other weapon. It’s the design that appeals to me the most from the AGE Gundams, and I’ve looked forward to it making its debut the most.
I find it interesting how Kio, more than Asem and Flit, is such a gentle kid. However, his mild personality doesn’t get in the way of him performing courageous acts, and yes, piloting a truly badass Gundam. It’s bulkier in a strong way, with beam sabers that protrude from the arm directly, like Vagan mobile suits during the failed invasion.
While we’re certain that Flit let Kio score his first kills as a Gundam pilot, we can pretty much expect him to take a more active piloting role next episode because Zeheart himself comes stooping from the sky to attack the Gundam.
Only Kio has the luck of having to fight an X-Rounder in his very first time in a Gundam, at a younger age than even Flit himself when he fought Desil for the first time. Flit isn’t going to be relinquishing center stage just yet, whose vigilance having been proven right. I was at first annoyed at how the Vagans would attack population centers and not military bases, but I get that they were less about killing civilians but more about rousing their sleeping armies.
Happy Birthday Flit.