I was wrong. Dead wrong. I predicted an overwhelming victory by the Vagans. I predicted everyone will die and a V Gundam setting will emerge from the ashes of this age. I predicted a multi-episode set piece battle that will show one death scene after another. I pretty much thought this will be like the end of Z Gundam. I need 7th Level Access to Veda to correctly predict this show.
What I most certainly did not predict is Flit Asuno still being the peak of human regression – as the philosophy surrounding the X-Rounders is the opposite of that surrounding the Universal Century’s Newtype tradition. The X-Rounders are pretty much a human enhanced for combat – that is with a connection to survival instincts evolved out of the domesticated and civilized human species. Flit is nothing but exceptional among X-Rounders. This isn’t some kind of NT progression of powers as supposedly was Kamille to Judau, before Tomino turned Amuro into Jesus.
Flit was the first X-Rounder pilot we met, and he is pretty much the Son Goku of the show, and he charged out against the evil Saiyans to protect his kid, who’s also doing his best! This is no casual comparison to Toriyama Akira’s Dragonball and Dragonball Z. Let me say a bit more.
In a far lesser number of episodes, Flit did his “Journey to the West” thing as a shounen anime kid back in the first age. He went to weird colonies, fought cartoony opponents, before getting sucked into a proper Gundam conflict (and how good that was!). That was Dragonball, where the Gundam was the Kinten cloud and the AGE system were like the Dragonballs themselves.
The second age is more like DBZ now where Flit’s son is a promising fighter like him, and is even trained by his one time (albeit very briefly) rival. Flit’s butthurt rival was this midget big shot who he keeps beating (although Desil’s height shot up unlike Vegeta). It’s not too similar to be derivative, but you get the picture.
The key similarity for me is how despite his offspring are supposed to be much more powerful than he is, Son Goku remained the baddest badass in the universe. This is how Amuro remained in our memories, though he is father of none. Flit becomes the more apt comparison. Even better, Flit is more than just a pilot, he is an able commander, who is also blessed with people he can rely on – and the wisdom to actually rely on them.
Flit is the the ultimate success, if we had to take a measurement at the given lifetimes and accomplishments of the different lead pilots, among the characters in Gundam. He is Bright, Char, Usso, and Amuro combined. He has rank, achievement, responsibility in the scope of war, family, and unholy piloting skills.
He took the Gundam AGE-1 Normal against current generation mobile suits piloted by X-Rounders. Sure, Setsuna F. Seiei took out the GN-001 Exia against the final boss, but Ribbons at that point was piloting an even older suit: the 0 Gundam. This would be more like Amuro taking out the RX-78-2 against Full Frontal in his Sinanju. And STILL he’d be younger than Flit by about a decade.
So it’s still Flit’s show, and I can’t help but feel it’s no great tragedy that it is. Maybe this is a setup for his:
b) corruption into the dark side (full Gihren)
If he does turn into a dark, Gihren-like character that casts a shadow over the AGE then he will indeed become the great UC characters rolled into one. He’d be the bitter Char Aznable of the Second Neo Zeon War, but in command of his own Titans. Unlikely? Who knows with this show. I can’t seem to to predict anything (and don’t start with Yurin dying or who wins the ships – that’s way beyond foreshadowed).
And what about Asemu? Zeheart? The re-emergence of Flit made all other plot elements orbit around it, and I think it’s a good thing. What would normally annoy me – these shouting matches in these cockpits while in mortal combat… didn’t. You know why? It’s because Asemu and Zeheart said the words I always wanted Amuro and Char to say to each other. WITHOUT THIS WAR… WE COULD REALLY BE FRIENDS.
This breaks me up man. I love this show…
…despite the complete lack of holes. Aquarion EVOL has all the lovely holes.