Asemu Asuno’s first battle as a soldier of the Earth Federation Forces is nothing short of a spectacular success. Not that he didn’t make rookie mistakes, he did. He put his flagship in unnecessary risk by flying too close to the bogeys that the Diva would otherwise have a clear line of fire at. Worse, he presented himself as an evading target while the Diva was at his back. Terrible decision-making, but he dispatched two bogeys in one shot and saved the Diva anyway.
For his troubles he gets thrown into the brig. This is what’s called the Amuro treatment, but unlike Amuro, I don’t think Asemu’s going to run away and bury the Gundam in the desert. This however, makes me want to rewatch the debut of the first Macross-inspired Gundam, Kamille’s Zeta Gundam in the eponymous show’s 21st episode: “A Sign of Zeta.”
The debut of the transformable mobile suit arrived in the midst of the Titan’s Operation Apollo, which makes it comparable to whatever mission of importance Zeheart is undertaking. Kamille had just returned to space (while Asemu went on his first space mission), and was about to dock with his flagship. He got into a verbal argument with Torres, the flight controller, which would lead to a LOLtastic brawl in the bridge, that Bright Noa cleaned up WITH HIS OWN FISTS.
Like Asemu, Kamille has shown some heroics fighting within atmospheric conditions, and there’s a concern about how big-headed he could be getting after his exploits. In Asemu’s case it has more to do with his being the son of the Fleet Commander and war hero Flit Asuno. Things pick up when Jerid fills himself with umbrage after hearing Paptimus Scirocco’s speech about ruling the Earth Sphere after the war and going on some wild patrol then suddenly: LOLArgama!
This is beautiful. Jerid actually shoots down Emma Sheen in her Rick Dias, then forces Kamille to eject from the Gundam Mk. II with his PATENTED SURPISE BUTTSECKS BEAR HUG FROM BEHIND ATTACK. This has got to be Jerid’s best showing, achieving all this against elite pilots and mass produced MS backup while being supported by only Mouar in a similar ugly transforming beetle MS.
Then from deep space, the Z Gundam enters the battlefield in waverider mode shooting off Jerid’s foot with a powerful mega particle cannon (though not as powerful as AGE-2’s mega particle DODS rifle). Jerid had to retreat and Kamille got rescued. The Z Gundam entered the battlefield piloted by Apolly. It was actually in the succeeding episode that Kamille entered his first fight on the Zeta, this time fighting, YOU GUESSED IT, Jerid trying to single-handedly destroy the Argama and the Gundam Mk. II.
When Kamille charged at Jerid in waverider form, Jerid actually flipped his MS and grabbed hold of the Zeta in one fluid motion. Jerid is a fucking maestro at grabbing mobile suits IN SPACE. Kamille shook him off though and saved Fa in her Rick Dias from being shot by Sarah by kicking her Marasai in the face. Z Gundam’s battles are sure full of fail. The whole skirmish is a mess, and when Siddeley almost rammed her own Marasai into Jerid, she got blasted to spacedust by Kamille in the Z.
That’s what Kamille has over Asemu, he killed a (presumably) Newtype with a name and all (granted, it’s only a first name, but still). Asemu shot down mooks. Sarah chickens out and retreats, forcing Jerid to flee in shame himself.
- 1 MS shot down, killed Siddeley
- 1 kick landed (vs. Sarah’s Marasai)
- 1 escape from Jerid’s grab attack
Asemu’s stats (my unofficial count):
- Damaged 1 MS
- Shot down 3 MS (2 in one shot)
- Displayed some fancy flying and transforming maneuvers
At this point in their careers, Kamille is already a veteran of many battles (including some big ones), while Asemu has a few on-the-ground skirmishes. Asemu however, spent his whole life around mobile suits, is actually trained by the military, and is the most thoroughbred pilot in the whole franchise. Kamille is a powerful Newtype and is pretty much a genius, but Asemu might prove to be more so.
Ultimately, the quality of one’s career as an Ace pilot can also be measured by the quality of one’s opponents. Flit beat Decil while shooting down squadrons of Vagan MS (or I should say slicing up). Kamille fought the likes of Jerid, Yazan, Lila, and Paptimus. Asemu so far, has been beaten by Zeheart.
The Elephant in Space
Why am I not bringing up Kira Yamato? I don’t want to ruin my fun. If there’s anything worth comparing, is whether Zeheart can ever hope to match the legendary underwear-dropping factor of the most pimptastic character in Gundam: Athrun Zala. I don’t think Zeheart has a prayer, but he’ll probably eclipse Neil Dylandy aka Lockon Stratos, who still has the sexiest sex hair in all anime.
Everyone’s a fucking critic.