Everything that has run its course has been predictable so far, except finer details with regards to Death Flags – She was less Four Murasame in the end and more Lalah Sune. But truly what I didn’t count on was the boarding maneuver that the Diva is executing.
Let us put aside how it fails to make sense (like the previous episode’s necessity to fire from visual range despite 1) the presence of an advanced targeting system and 2) the effective range is much greater than the distance fired from) – in that the size of the explosion should’ve gutted the whole Ambat asteroid. Well, unless Grodek is some kind of bloodthirsty, xenoocidal, vengeance-freak (yes!) and is fighting a battle of extermination.
He wants his UE massacre. He’s willing to risk sending his crew — who are not infantry soldiers into the Ambat fortress in a boarding maneuver and get them all killed. By all means GO FOR IT! (Don’t forget that kids are watching bro!)
The battle for AMBAT shouts out to both the battles of Solomon and A Baoa Qu near the end of the One Year War in the Universal Century. In both cases it was a siege of an Asteroid fortress, especially for A Baoa Qu. During Solomon it was the fight between the team of Char and Lalah in the Gelgoog and Elmeth respectively (and the debut of funnels/bits) and Amuro in his Gundam. It was the showcase of Newtype powers, and Gundam will never be the same again afterwards.
The awesome things in this episode have to do with the Gundam itself, and I WON’T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY. First, when Yurin does the Lalah Sune thing, sure Flit got really, really pissed. But instead of drawing him with thick lines Nagai Go style (or Simon from Gurren Lagann style for you newfags) they put the emotion in the Gundam itself. Wait what? Emotion, from the Gundam’s masked face?
Why yes, it’s from the Imagawa school of immovable, but emotive super robot faces:
It’s just a matter of dramatic angles that play with the light.
Second, is how the Gundam went through its different modes getting trashed. As I would imagine, going up against two X-Rounders and one of them with flowery funnel attacks will rip off the Gundam’s limbs. Then Flit goes Titus on the UE and holds the figurative drawbridge open for the Diva to breach. Then yes, it too breaks apart. Good thing the Gundam AGE Normal is still good to go.
Daddy buy me all them toys! ALL YOUR MONEY FOR BANDAI! Oh shit, I’m the dad. Oh well. Let’s spend our money on food.
Bring her home, Char. Bring her home.