It’s no secret that I mostly get to watch anime via fansubs. This year however, Bandai started streaming Mobile Suit Gundam AGE at no cost to the viewer, at least over here in Southeast Asia. This is a liberating experience. Here in the third world I have no real purchasing power to buy imported DVDs or even subscribe to streaming sites. Thus, my love for anime must be satisfied by other means. Well, until Bandai showed us some love!
The last 12 weeks flew by pretty fast and it’s been great to watch a Gundam show in real time without having to worry about anything. I am watching and blogging the show without guilt or remorse. So thank you Bandai! You’ve certainly made it quite a Merry Christmas here in Manila.
On to the episode! Last week we saw all these death flags for Yurin. What I didn’t know is that the show will pull an Evangelion/Eureka 7 episode two on us and go straight into the future (and maybe flash back to the events that led to it). In any case, I went to the site I get to watch the stream and found a show that seems far into the future.
The OP alone, seems very different. I thought Flit would have a son, but instead I find this blonde girl that was saved by this high school student that piloted a weirdly gray Gundam. But even stranger, there were so many Gundams! This makes a lot of sense given that the AGE system should’ve mass produced these babies.
So Flit and Emily ended up having a girl, but she didn’t get to pilot a Gundam here. I smell something fishy. I mean, years into the future… and the AGE universe is still chauvinistic as fuck. I mean, it’s one thing for Emily to be pretty useless, but you’d imagine her daughter with Flit would be some kind of Gundam pilot badass. Instead, some “genius” named Kira will kind of get to seize the reins of history.
They also kind of turned Haro into a bird, which is a rather questionable decision… but I can’t really talk about that right now.
I suppose Kira would be Flit and Emily’s daughter’s boyfriend, and they’d be the parents of the next generation. It would seem though that the enemy Athrun knows Kira. What kind of relationship do they have? Are they straight? One of them’s got to be… or not really, as long as they can knock up Flit and Emily’s kid there’d be a new generation of not-Asunas anymore.
I also saw a lot of Zalam-looking mobile suits. So much for the UE I suppose. Man, Yurin must’ve turned out to be some kind of Ayanami Rei-like WMD and must’ve caused this “Bloody Valentine” thing the show talks about. I guess we’ll find out next episode.
I don’t blame them. I was kind of stunned and speechless too. But The One, The Only Judau Fuckin’ Ashta told me to, never ever ever shut up. That’s his life’s motto, and he told me that I have much to learn from it.