Happy Birthday Flit Asuno! Gundam AGE 29

[Gundam AGE 28]

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.

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75 Responses to Happy Birthday Flit Asuno! Gundam AGE 29

  1. schneider says:

    Things I liked: the MS battle simulator, old Flit still being fit as hell, TRANSFORMING GRUNTS.

    LOL Setsuna

    • what the hell says:

      when grunts fly in zeta types => ZOMFG THEY KNOW HOW TO PILOTO

      RUN LIKE HELL!

      so what the hell, crossbone gundam really did get its anime adaption in this show, i was right since episode 3, omg. i must be a genius, /epeen

      but srsly, skullgear vanguard and their agebone gundam. omg, fuck everything else. <3 age

    • Tzu says:

      When I read MS Battle Simulator, all I can think of is: Good! Microsoft kept developing their flight simulator even after the invention of mobile suits.

    • Transforming grunts… just like in Unicorn. The technology progression in AGE is something I’ve come to like. When the whole thing started we were all concerned at how the AGE System was broken out of the gate. But it took half a century for things to move along, especially when it came to Gundams. Compare this to the rather rapid escalation in the UC which had broken tech by 0083.

      Of course there’s SEED and 00 where people just kept making superprototypes one after the other, with grunt units escalating once GN drives became sort of mass produced. But yes, AGE’s tech isn’t broken at all. It’s just that the mobile suits themselves are ugly. Only the AGE 3 itself is pretty.

  2. Shut Up Judau, you’re only Jelaous than Kio remplace you as THE PINNACLE OF HUMAN EVOLUTION. (or Regresion in his universe, anyway being the son of a Super Pilot and grandson of a X-rounder make him a Super X-rounder by default)

    but the most spoilerific thing was the OP…. Not one but two pseudo-gundam MS(One Veigan not less) in this one, beside the Goth Loli with Zehart(that will be the Veigan Princess and at the same time Zehart’s daugther… that is simple so much but amazing) plus some little thing.

    And Kio asuno prove that in the future videogame will be the most cheap simulator(again the arcade who use his father)

    • Kio will be the SUPER X-ROUNDER PILOT.

      When the next generation of Gundam/SRW video games come out, these characters and Gundams are going to be super fun to play with.

  3. -chii- says:

    I love Flit and all but those old man “glasses/goggles” …lol….
    His hair is still silly but I’ve come to love it! Still TOTALLY looks stupid though XD

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY FLIT! I’LL SEND YOU SOME SPACE FLOWERS~

  4. Laziness says:

    Setsuna’s comment reminds me of a hippy.

  5. Shinmarizu says:

    I loved this episode. Kio’s arc is going to be awesome. I would like to introduce Kio to Ryuusei Date, Ascended Fanboy whose reflexes have also been honed by years of videogaming.
    I can see it now. In a future SRW game, Flit, Asem and Kio are going to pull off some sick combination attack, along the lines of the Final Dynamic Special. It will be epic.

  6. CVPhased says:

    Being the last arc, I definitely feel that this will be the most epic of the three (i.e. with the Big Ring being blown up just like that). And that shot of Flit giving that MS simulator as a gift is funny… kinda reminds me of Vargas for some reason, haha!

    About that Crossbone Gundam-ish looking MS at the OP…

  7. I don’t think this post was made out of suck, just that the panel this time round was really weird … the last one in particular was just sadder than what I expected from you ghost, and Master Asia congratulating Flit on getting some Devil Cells made me raise an eye brow. But other wise, it was pretty good … You did forget a pretty obvious guest on your panel though (http://i.imgur.com/zbLoe.jpg) seriously dude, Bask Oum needs to at least say something about Granpa Flit’s awesome fashion sense.

    I do get you are a huge fan of Flit’s, and to be honest, I’m sort of as well. Maybe not to the same extent, but out of all the cast members, he’s certainly the one who deserves the top billing the most (http://i.imgur.com/kD9Kz.jpg lol) for being the best developed character in the show (dare I say in the franchise even?), and for having this long and fulfilling life that I bet most of us would envy. He has a bit of a genocidal side to him that made him train his Grandkid to become, as you pointed out, Desil-lite, but at the same time thanks to his caring side for his family (and the fact Kio is actually Flit’s mother reincarnated) he never made his Grandson fall into the same abyss as Desil was in. If anything Kio proves to be an Asuno through and through, saving everyone and picking up his future honeycomb/wife via a gain mecha, cause that’s how the men of the Asuno roll.

    I do think it’s sort of interesting that Kio was born only 10 years (cough, timeline re-writes, but you don’t really care about that) after Asem’s and Romary’s early marriage, compared to say Flit and Emily’s getting hitched at 21 and then having two kids quickly afterwards. I suppose it shows that there is a difference in the thinking between each generation (the older thought to build a family faster than the younger, so changing values?) or if Asem decided to hold off having a family with Romary at that point since he was still the then newly Special Ops. Captain on the front lines, so he didn’t want to have Romary spend her younger years taking care of a kid when there was a high possibility he might not come back.

    Zeheart coming back is pretty damn good news, since he’s the only Vegan who is actually a decent person and has a good head on his shoulders. He is truly the leader of that would have lead the Vegan’s to their Eden in a better world, but alas, he is too blinded by his unwavering faith in the monstrous actual Leader of the Vegans. I will say that the fact that a Galleat standing in the way of an Asuno once again,and the son of the Asuno he was a friend with no less that he once took saved from plummeting into the atmosphere to his death, is pretty damn exciting. This is a blood feud that’s been going on for far longer than Kio had been around, on so many levels, between father and friend, between grandfather and murderer, that has reached a climax right now, and Kio has to take all the burden to end one way or another.

    I will hold off any talks about the OP and the hints it gives for the moment, but I want to say, Vegan Princess. Called it. That is all.

    So yeah, Fantastic episode, much like every other introductory AGE episode had been. The question is, will the rest be up to par? I remain optimistic that for the majority of this finale stretch, it will be.

    PS Love that Flit forgoes giving his grandkid a Hyper-Super DODS rifle for an Anti-Fortress Beam Canon lol, Flit, Y U So Crazy Awsm?

  8. rollover says:

    He got dead Vagans for his birthday. Thank you, Kio.

  9. senshi says:

    When the Vagans keep declaring war by killing civilians and refusing peace talks, I think it’s perfectly justified that Flit feels just a tad genocidal towards the Vagans.

    I’m wondering whether Flit felt partially responsible for getting Asemu MIA so he spend more time with Kio and hopes that Kio at least have a fatherly figure to look up to. I mean from the cut scenes and flashbacks Flit was really good towards Asemu too when Asemu was young so it’s no surprises he would actually take care of his grandson, and no surprises that Kio looks up to his grand dad too since Flit is just awesomely perfect. Just hope Kio isn’t going to suffer the same inferiority complex that his father did, but since it looks like Kio’s already got his X-Rounder ability awoken that’s probably not going to happen.

    • Sure, but Flit was genocidal since he was a boy.

      Sure he feels responsible to some extent. And no I don’t want Kio to angst about self-consciously like Asem.

  10. Turambar says:

    Wait what? No Char in the peanut gallery? WHAT IS THIS?!

    I’ll have more meaningful things to say once I watch the episode. So fucking stoked for old age Flit.

  11. what the hell says:

    tech wise, both feddies and vegans has adopted a lot of designs from each other, from the vegan gundam to AGE 3 using emitter wings (although blue, not purple) to hover. and the blades that were once used by spallow units were reconstructed by vegans – pilots on the feds side however got better at doing their job, even if it is just a little bit. shit’s getting good. real good.

    • Oh most definitely. It’ll be interesting if I end up liking this show more than Turn A, which had great moments but didn’t feel like consistently good experience throughout.

  12. BenDTU says:

    Flit getting his own seat in the Gundam and Asemu being written out of the series in like 2 lines really do speak bucketsloads about their respective characters.

    Not that anyone with a brain isn’t expecting ZOMG TRIPLE GUNDAMU GENERATIONS SORTIE at some point.

  13. Shining_Bard says:

    Let’s just hope Kio doesn’t go through stuff similar to Uso.

  14. OK, fine, I’ll give this stupid show another chance. :)

  15. WhatSht says:

    Halfway through the episode, I was thinking about Aquarion Evol, the talk about inheriting and knowing what to do in a giant robot’s cockpit.
    “Kio inherited the legacy of the Gundams.” Thats all.

    Flit is the best grandpa, I think he actually showed that much care towards Kio because he regretted not being a good father to Asemu after Asemu went MIA. Kio is proof that video games are the best when it comes to training someone.

  16. sadakups says:

    Right off the bat, Asem is “missing” and not dead, and seeing that Gundam-like shadow in the OP along with the Vagans makes me think that there’s a connection.

    Anyway, I like the AGE-3 already, much even more than the AGE-2. Flit sure is still a badass mofo for an old man, jumping off that Core Fighter to the G-Cepter as if his knees weren’t weak. Interesting enough, Kio is just stepping right into it like a video game BAWSS, and I like that he’s an X-Rounder already.

    Now, for this generation, I’d like to see how Kio will develop, considering that he’s just taking the Gundam that fast and Flit seems to be hard on him considering that Kio is the only MAN from the family who can finish what he started.

    As for Flit, man, this guy is godlike status already. He sure has the most colorful tour of duty for a Gundam protagonist, considering that he lived through generations, and whatever end he gets, I just hope he gets a good one.

    • NOBODY should write Asem off. You know why? ZEHEART is here and love like this never dies.

      LOL Kio character “development”

      • sadakups says:

        Hahaha. Considering I’ve been saying it in Generation-2 with Asem, I shouldn’t be surprised if Generation-3 has Flit still running the show, or heck, even Asem, and Kio is just there to be the AGE-3 pilot.

  17. Did anyone notice that in the OP there’s a girl which looks almost like you-know-who? Speculah is that she is either Zeheart’s daughter (unpossible), Ezelcant’s daughter (maybe) or the sister/clone/whatever of you-know-who, kept in cryosleep for more than half a century…

  18. reidjou4342 says:

    Blast you, SaiMecha nomination deadline! I would have had to go with these new mecha-Charizards those nutty Vagans use these days lololol. This show has seriously got some of the wildest, silliest, stupid-coolest, idiosyncratic mecha designs I ever saw. I mean, first we have a Gundam that’s both a pro-wrestler AND a Joe Musashi wannabe, THEN there’s (definitely not) a newtype mobile suit that rides a robot flower that is itself being remote-controlled by ANOTHER not-newtype MS, THEN there’s these gloriously craptastic Dragonzord things…I love this show so much.

    • Yeah the mobile suits are piles of crap. Truly! Except AGE 3 though. That shit is sexy as fuck.

      • Reid says:

        AGE-1 = Kanetake Ebikawa saying “LOL I let Kunio Okawara design a pretty sweet RX-78-2 fan-art tribute two years ago for “Gundam 00″ too (The O Gundam). I bet I can make ANOTHER ONE THAT’S EVEN MORE GENERICALLY GUNDAM!!! But I’ll make it a ninja and a pro wrestler too! THAT’LL BE TOTALLY AWESOME FOR THE KIDDOS THAT WILL (not) WATCH THIS SHOW!!! Yeah!

        AGE-2 = Zeta Gundam homage that looks like an x-wing fighter with a huge phallus sticking off the front of it. Also can’t avoid whacking itself (hahahaha…) with its own wings since they’re attached at the shoulders.

        AGE-3 – Started out as ZZ Gundam meets Ex-S Gundam meets V Gundam, but turned into something pretty cool and all its own while still paying due respect. It’s probably the only decent mobile suit in this whole show, as you said…

        ….except for the Genoace, which looks like a kid’s toy, which is perhaps one of the more ironic things in the whole Gundam meta-series. It’s the first MS to look like an actual toy right from the start :) People can hate it, but it still doesn’t suck as bad as a Leo and people lurve that tv-headed thing.

        • YOU MEAN AGE 2 DOUBLE BULLET RAISER

          • reidjou4342 says:

            What else is there to say but that Ebikawa-san likes a few select design themes and sticks with those. His hard-edged, clean, uncluttered style is instantly recognizable, just like Katoki’s or Okawara’s or Kondo’s signature elements, but it’s almost predictable that he’ll have outboard shoulder-mounted weapons, lots of cannons (and arms) and Gundams without mouth vents, etc. I like his look, but Gundam age hasn’t really been his best work, at all. The AGE-3 is definitely the best for the reasons you and others have described.

  19. Turambar says:

    The AGE3 definitely has one thing and lumbering body profile. I kind of wish it’s combat style would reflect that, being more of an artillery unit than some dodgy front line duelist. But it’s the headlining suite of the show so who am I kidding. I really hope Flit stays as either the copilot of the AGE3 or comes flying in with an upgraded yet again AGE1.

    Also, it looks like the Federation has decided to copy the 00′s Union military outfit. I approve, silly hat and all.

    • Turambar says:

      thick and lumbering*

    • Turambar says:

      Also, Kio’s first sortie in the AGE3 is reminiscent of Shinji’s sortie in Unit-1. Except everything that went wrong for him from no previous training to asshole dad to looking in the mirror and seeing a monstrosity instead of a spiffy Gundam went right for Kio.

    • Definitely. Not many remember this, but Gundam Virtue is one of my favorite units. It’s a Gundam that stuck to its specialized purpose unlike goddamned Heavy Arms that dueled the Tallgeese in Antarctica (one of the worst Gundam fights ever, from concept to execution). But since we know Gundams are really forced to perform Gundam vs. Gundam duels, they put an Anti Gundam Gundam in the Gundam virtue just for this purpose… the fabulously haired Nadleeh… I’m still blown away by the concept and design.

  20. ces06 says:

    They’ve reinvented a character three times in one show. That’s awesome.

    Old Flit seems kind of kooky and more light-hearted to me. But that’s probably because his son is (presumed) dead, and he’s making it up for Kio. That or those goofy goggles.

    Aeolia, you got owned. That’s how you execute a lifetime-long plan. I like how the Big Ring just got wiped out like that, in contrast to the efforts to protect it a few episodes ago. Also the implications of the previous battle with all the Vagans going down to Earth and into hiding.

    I like AGE-3′s design, (Lol it’s wearing a cap) but it’s waaaaay too bulky. I still prefer the sleeker AGE-2.

    I hope they do what I think they’ll be doing with Asem…. especially since it has Crossbone vibes.

    Hoping for an AGE-1 AGE-2 AGE-3 team-up as well.

    • ces06 says:

      AND THE DRAGONS MECHS WITH BEAM SABERS FROM THEIR MOUTHS LOL

    • Bask Om resents your calling his goggles goofy.

      Not too sure about Aeolia getting owned though, not that I’m defending 00 but Aeolia’s plan was this big mysterious thing that drove the narrative forward, as opposed to Exzelcant’s suddenly successful “oh so there was this part of the plan after all” thing… since the Vagans just kept getting owned.

      • ces06 says:

        Problem is, Aeolia’s “plan” was given as this thing that was so deliberate and mysteriously complex, yet being that it undermined itself in that we never get to see a “money shot” or something of his plan coming to fruition. It sublimated itself into the narrative, and we only get to see the indirect implications of it through CB’s actions. It might not even be what he had in mind. Which is why I thought it was a shame for him to die just like that, since you’ll never know if the events of the show was part of the plan or not.

        I like Ezelcant’s plan, in contrast, because we get to see the fruition of the plan, even though it was so sudden. The Vagan that have been hiding show up. The Big Ring EXPLODED without a fight. Money shot. That alone was grand. Sure, the Vagans are going to get owned by the Gundams anyways, but at least we get to see the direct implication of their plotting.

        • I thought that was a nice touch, for everyone to be left questioning about their part in the plan.

          This is not to say Ezelcant’s plan isn’t enjoyable for the reasons you mentioned.

  21. Shining_Bard says:

    Kio would kick ass in the Gunpla Builders universe. Shame we’ll never get a series based on gunpla.

    • Rusty says:

      Shame we’ll never get a series based on gunpla

      You may want to check out Danball Senki, another cooperation of AGE’s creators Level-5 and Bandai. It’s about kids building functioning gunpla (complete with real weapons!) and duelling with each other in the future. It’s quite entertaining.

  22. Rusty says:

    I just catch up with the last three episodes. For all my misgivings about Flit being genocidal and his apparent obssession with making his son and grandson into suitable pilots for the Gundam, it’s remarkable that he never sets himself up as the supreme ruler of the Federation. He had that chance during the purge, but didn’t act on that. His life purpose is truely to exterminate the Vagans. Happy birthday to the boss of AGE.

  23. Dono says:

    lol you’re an oldman too judau astha

    you’re 80 when you’re helping uso ewin in Victory side story

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  25. banagherlinks says:

    This show is a deep shit. He gave the boy a fuck’ng video game to kick vagan’s ass. Yeah right. He still can not get over with asem. How come flit is the fleet commander while his former captain is still a captain? Come on. Even amuro never overshadowed bright in tactical warfare during char’s counterattack. Why gave age-2 to some annoying bastard who disobies his superiors not once, but twice. Top class suits are suppose to be assigned to aces with a strict sense of discipline. And I’m beginning to think that there was somekind of favoritism in the army. Flit choosing Asem, flit teaching his grandson to kill someone. Yeah right, “War is Hell” pffft…..

  26. banagherlinks says:

    Sorry about my earlier comment ghostlightning-san. I watched and started to like age, asemu remembered me of kamille with his personality. But I can’t help it, I’m kinda pissed off of how the third season turned out like this. Flit experienced the horrors of war himself. He lost yurin, Asem gone MIA and I hoped that flit will be bitter and become protective to Kio. I expected that the story will turn out that Kio will secretly train himself and will eventually prove to flit that he is worthy to his grandpa that he had what it takes to avenge his father. Gundam is suppose to show that it is better to avoid meaningless conflict, “War is hell” right? It’s been passed through generations not encouraging a 12 year old kid to go out there and bitchslap those vagan bastards. :(

    • How old are you anyway?

      Flit is a great character precisely for those problematic choices. Why do I like Char Aznable? Is it because he pays his taxes? No. Failures big and small make characters interesting. In Char we’ve been shown wide swings of characterization — from mysterious to petty to damaged to heroic to evil to petty all over again, but over so many different shows. In Gundam AGE we get to see a life’s journey over a greater period of time for the main character. This is a tremendous feat and a valuable treat.

      Flit as he is, has become my second most favorite character in Gundam after Char himself.

  27. banagherlinks says:

    Maybe I’m just too old for this….. Or my taste is just too old fashioned….

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