There are a number of interesting things that happened in this latest episode, but what I want to comment on is the presentation of ground-based mobile suit combat. We’ve seen mostly space combat save for the initial fight of the Gundam. Here in this episode we’re shown how mobile suit battles have been fought for what must have been a long time.
It’s not pretty.
We see what mostly are slow, lumbering, towering mobile suits shoot each other with machine guns with little-to-no-effect. The defensive abilities of the armored humanoid far outstrip the power of available weapons. The resulting dynamic is how the mono-eyed mobile suits slowly trudge towards each other firing at full-auto with their machine gun rifles, hoping to puncture a critical area.
This is stupid.
If kinetic weaponry is so weak relative to armor, then I imagine the obvious immediate alternative is melee weaponry. The weight and strength of the mobile suit would be sufficient to drive such a weapon with destructive force. Since there is little to fear against guns, the mobile suit can simply charge against a rifle formation, and hack/bash its opponents to a crumpled mess.
But no, they instead walk around shooting each other ineffectively, posing more threat of collateral damage than actual decisive casualties against each other. I swear, tanks are a far better weapon than they are under the circumstances. A tank would have a main cannon far more powerful than their machine guns and would be using the same armor, be lighter and quicker and have a far superior defensive silhouette, compared to the big, slow, target these suits provide.
I want Gundam shows to, at the very least, provide an excuse for the robots. The original mobile suits are a response to Minovsky Particle broadcasts in space rendering all combat impossible unless in visual range. It still doesn’t justify the size of the mobile suits, but I like how they make the excuse anyway.
What’s AGE’s excuse? Why are there mobile suits? How did fighting evolve into this highly impractical method. I don’t need it to be incredibly possible. I just want the effort made.
What does this week of fools have to say?
You’re all free to raise things about the episode that I nor the panelists didn’t discuss. In other news, Woolf Enneacle continues to grow on me. That guy is cool.