No lie. The GN-001 Gundam Exia is still one of my favorite mobile suit designs. This isn’t just nostalgia for my Gateway Gundam show, but really I loved the very humanoid silhouette it has, primed for the close quarters battle scenarios it was designed for. Mobile suits have always been designed with some CQB in mind, this is why they have heat hawks and beam sabers. The Exia however is one of the few that really looks great while doing it.
Designs like The Shenlong Gundam and the Deathscythe Gundam are ugly, and as much as I love G Gundam, most of the designs there are lulz. The Exia however, is perfect. The rest of the suits in Gundam 00 can die in a fire, but I love my SExia no doubt. Gundam AGE Spallow, remembers love for the Exia in a big way…
Starting with its rather large sword.
The UE Guymelef of the week was very quick and attacked with a solid blade that dismembered most of the Zalam (and Eula) mobile suits. The AGE Builder responded with a technological solution, that was launched and fitted IN SPACE, Mobile Suit Victory Gundam style (yes, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED did this as well, but even that remembers love for V Gundam). This turned out to be the “Spallow” configuration, which boasts a number of CQB weapons, but most notably the Shigeru Blade that is a direct throwback to the:
A solid GN blade attached to a miniature forearm shield, which serves as the Exia’s primary weapon, and the largest blade amongst the Seven Swords. It works by applying a GN Field over the solid sword which greatly increases the sharpness and cutting power. The blade can be vertically folded along the forearm, exposing the muzzle of a beam rifle.
The Shigeru blade on the Gundam AGE Spallow doesn’t have the versatility of having a gun when the sword is folded up the forearm (it is also quite smaller). Otherwise it’s the same weapon, with different names for its science fiction cutting power.
Instead of tactical solutions; or piloting skill increasing (which is implausible in such a short time anyway) the solutions to the problems have been consistently technological ones, and always Gundam-related. I am okay with this. Something I’m not as forgiving about in a show like Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is acceptable here in this kids’ show. It’s definitely cooler than your Beyblade or Bakugan.
Another thing… War is Hell. LOL I didn’t even think this show would go this far. Not only does it send Don Boyage and his silly followers to their deaths, they portray it in a really nihilistic, hollow way. The whole thing was futile, the day was only going to be saved by the Gundam AGE Builder. I love it. But will the rest of these idiots do so?
Yeah the crew pledge their loyalty to his rogue-ness Capt. Grodek. Even Emily, who must be given something to do. Flit’s gonna have problems dealing with the idea that the UE Guymelefs are piloted by humans. Yeah, he’s going to have to kill a little kid at some point.