My, that was rough. If the previous two episodes gave fence-sitters hope against hope that this show will be a “mature” GRIMDARK Gundam in sheep’s clothing, this episode crushed those hopes with finality.
Desil has got to be the youngest Newtype in action. I don’t mean some Mineva Zabi loli with dormant NT powers like in Zeta. I mean serious Kindergarten Newtype h4xx0rz on the level of Kira Yamato. This is the worst. Stop watching this show now. There’s nothing but heartbreak from here on out.
You can handle this kind of thing, in the context that this is a kiddy show where you don’t get ONE kid in an adult world. You get a kiddy rival. This rival is a lot smaller and younger than your lead. This rival is already an advanced pilot with Newtype abilities.
Of course, Gundam AGE hasn’t named this space power yet, so I’m calling it Newtype power until they cough up their newfangled name.
This is a big ol’ kiddy show with kiddy enemies and rivals. Just checking, are you past this now? Can we start talking about the episode now?
Flit and Emily arrive at parallel crossroads: Flit isn’t a fighter, and he doesn’t really want to fight in the Gundam. However, he can’t stay in the Diva if he’s not going to pilot the Gundam. He’d have to leave for Tordia with the other kids. He doesn’t want to, because he’s attached to the Gundam, he believes his dead mother gave it to him to protect everyone… and he wants to get better at being a Gundam pilot… if only that didn’t mean becoming a soldier and killing enemies.
Emily still doesn’t want Flit to become a soldier. She doesn’t want him in danger, she doesn’t want him emotionally damaged and scarred by fighting and potentially killing. Emily confronts the suspicious Captain Grodek himself, and talks him down. This is an amazing scene, and solidifies the kiddyness of the show. How? Because Grodek doesn’t for a second condescend to her. He reasons out to Emily as if she were an adult, a civilian adult not under his command who is holding him into account in his own office.
Why is he suddenly explaining his strategy (never mind revealing them in the first place) and tactics to a little civilian girl? It’s because this is a kiddy show and it’s being awesome at it. It sends a kiddy message that even suspicious adults can be held into account, that it’s okay to suspect, but it’s even better to ask for the truth directly. Awesome.
Back to Flit. Instead of indulging him in a “cue Linkin’ Park music” 4 minute stretch of wallowing in emo, he’s given a rival… a rival sure to annoy him (and therefore everyone else watching LOL). He already knows he wants to be better at piloting the Gundam, and there’s nothing like someone showing how far he has to go, and how far he’s left behind. This builds on the previous episode’s lessons of how precious little difference he can actually do and how he had to rely on Woolf to save not just everyone but himself.
Don’t listen to these losers, they’re just fucking try-hards:
Lastly, I’ve been listening to Aya Endo the last 7 days (Emily in ep 04 and 05, and as Sheryl Nome in my rewatching of Macross Frontier TV as well as watching and rewatching The False Songstress and The Wings of Farewell), and I think she’s great. I don’t hear the loli Sheryl in her Emily performance, which would be an easy thing for her to fall back on.