It is to my great delight that while Flit had his big X-Rounder moment in this assault, the show belonged to the capital ship. It’s been discussed quite early on that the Diva ship would transform in some way, and it finally did. I’m not sure how much sense there is in distinguishing the two different modes, but hey, the Diva Albion looks a lot better, and packs a big punch.
There’s much negativity on my end regarding beam weapons in mecha anime, but I have no complaints when any particular derivative of Yamato’s Wave Motion Gun is fielded or fired by a fixed installation, or a capital ship. This is the kind of weapon that makes the ship more than just a mobile suit carrier. This is important because the Diva can’t just be the ship that fields all three mobile suits in every battle, even if one of them is the Gundam.
Now it fired, taking out its opposing battleship, and punching a hole through the very asteroid holding the UE fortress. Now this doesn’t quite decide the battle, I have every suspicion that the battle will eventually be decided on the level of a mobile suit duel. What’s interesting however, is the tactical action that led to the firing of the AGE-builder delivered gun.
The tactical objective in this case is to get the Diva into effective firing range. Nothing complicated about the battle itself: there is a straight line of fire that’ll get both the UE flagship and the fortress. What gets in the way is the swarm of mobile suits providing cover and anti-ship support.
This is sound defense, in that mobile suits clearly are the best weapons against bigger, slower capital ships. Thus it is the job of the supporting carriers with their mobile suit complements to clear a firing position for the Diva. What I find funny, however – and I fully fault the planners for this one:
The Diva never needed to get that close.
Yes, you read that right. Why? It’s because if the beam was powerful enough to punch through the damn asteroid, then its effective range must be far greater than from where they fired from. The Diva could’ve just destroyed the capital ship from a position of superior safety, and reduced the mobile suit resistance greatly. It could then recharge and destroy the asteroid fortress at will.
But of course, we need drama in our arc-ending, two-part battle. And much drama there was, giving Flit the opportunity to go all Setsuna F. Seiei on a swarm of UE suits and deploy his X-Rounder CQB skills. Decil and Yurin will combine next episode to fight you.
Still, pretty intense battle; I enjoyed how Ract was saved from his own suicide, thus preserving the most awesome hair in AU Gundam to date.
That Athrun is so pimp.