Lots of good things I appreciate in this episode, from the introduction of a war profiteer entity similar to Anaheim Electronics in the Universal Century, to seeing the Titus Equipment mass produced; from seeing Flit finally go “Gihren,” to Zeheart having to take the bullshit from his X-Rounder corps. Everyone’s just a little bit compromised (or a lot), making the stress, tension, and ultimately the drama a little more interesting.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I’m put off by some of the execution in this episode. I’ve been very forgiving, distinguishing what would easily work for my 8-12 year-old self. But there are things here that just don’t work period. There are mistakes here that exist because of the point the show is trying to make, and I dislike such laziness.
No, I don’t even mean Woolf Enneacle going Solid Snake on us. Any action done outside of mobile suits in this show isn’t very good, and Woolf dodging bullets either while jumping and running, or driving a jeep is rather painful to watch. It kind of sucks, but I know that as a kid I’d be WOW, WOOLF IS AWESOME. No sense trying to act cool, that’s just how I was, and I find it a lot easier to take than Setsuna F. Seiei’s super soldier bits at the beginning of Gundam 00 S2. Pilots aren’t infantry/CQB experts. I can take Kamille being a martial artists – Karate was his thing. I can even take Char and Amuro fencing, their proficiency with beam sabers must come from somewhere (I think).
But like I said, this doesn’t bother me as much.
What really annoys me is what Asemu did after his confrontation with the Commander, his dad. It’s one thing to disobey a direct order to launch – that’s bad enough, but what he did was not only run away, but run away into the combat zone on foot. What the flying fuck does he intend to accomplish? There was truly no reason for him to be out there. There’s nothing in his personality that predicated this behavior.
So why is he here, in the streets?
It’s because the show needed to portray “War is Hell,” and the quickest way to do that was collateral damage. We had to be shown Asemu’s horror, and his inevitable reevaluation of what he can do to stop/minimize human risk. Flit fighting with not-Zakus back in Fardain was one thing; that was incredibly and unmistakably kiddy-show fare. This on the other hand, is clumsy GRIMDORK.
Another lame thing directly related to this gaffe, is how the collateral damage reached this area. The fight involved one Federation MS with a beam rifle, and 2 melee suits. HOW THE HELL DOES THE CITY LOOK CARPET BOMBED WITHIN MINUTES? Why are skyscrapers being shot at near the top? UrrrghhhhhhRAAAEEEEG. I hate this kind of shit.
Why does a small skirmish turn the city into worse than Industrial Z in Unicorn (minus the nuke)?
It’s because the show needed to portray “War is Hell.” The show did this already during flashbacks of “Angel Fell” or whatever they called the first UE massacre. They already destroyed Flit’s home colony. This was already very clear. The show is doing this for Asemu’s sake, so that WE can see him work out these issues, and show how cold and/or ruthless Flit has become.
Good intentions, lame execution.
That Anaheim dude with the terrible facial hair is so evil.