I think pirates are cool, even fake pirates like the Crossbone Vanguard and the Bisidians here… at least on paper. I never did get into Mobile Suit Crossbone Gundam though, and am highly ambivalent now with how things are turning out with Gundam AGE. I haven’t made up my mind at all about it, but I’m glad that there are many episodes to make sense of this… because I don’t get it.
So Captain Ash(em) SahalinAsuno is the expy for Seabrook Arno/Kincaid Nau while Kio will get to play Tobia Arronax (what a bunch of fucking Gundam names). Um, yay? I think half of the fans of Crossbone are like “fuck yeah Pirate Gundam finally animated,” and the other half are like “fuck this now Crossbone Gundam is never going to get an anime.”
I got no dog in this fight. I don’t hate Crossbone, but I’m no fan either. I do have some questions that I want the story to answer sooner than later.
Why piracy? Especially why target the Federation? Why would Asem who distinguished himself serving the Feds start attacking them? Were all those attacks recruitment drives? They took the soldiers, pilots, crew from their lives and families to join the Bisidians? After all, that’s what happened to Asem! Or did they kill them? Flit said forces disappear never to return. Why would Asem participate in this kind of thing?
Did the Federation turn into the Titans under Algreus? How much and how far? Was Oliver Notes so insulated from such developments? Who are the Bisidians really fighting against? What kind of relationship do they have with the Vagans?
These questions wouldn’t bother me so much if the the three-way battle was actually any good. Sure, it was Kio’s first sortie into space, but it was such a big regression. Suddenly he’s the least skilled pilot among the Asunos judging by their first sorties into space with Asem having the best showing. Sure, Kio had to fight an ace immediately… and it was a super pilot after all, but he should’ve acquitted himself better. Also, the animation and choreography were both ass.
- Flit’s first sortie into space became more the debut of the AGE system, and he wasn’t fighting anyone special.
- Asem’s first sortie into space featured Zeheart’s soldiers, which featured at least one skilled pilot in a non-grunt MS.
Kio had to fight a super pilot, and then a team of veteran Vagan pilots, shooting down at least one (three?). The challenge per generation did escalate. Still, Kio looked like a n00b. Instead of using dynamic movements, he adopted a fixed gunnery position and got strafed, and Yazan’d/Hammarabi’d before Capt. Ash rescued him. So much for Shanalua’s lessons!
Interesting though, Flit recognizes Asem immediately. I can only wonder how he didn’t take out a mobile suit himself and whip his prodigal son. I suppose he has had a lot of time to think about this, and he’s built up a healthy respect for Asem and his choices. He didn’t second-guess him immediately, and at the same time figured out that Kio wasn’t in mortal danger against the Black Pirate Gundam.
Back to Ash. They were going to plunder the Diva for the AGE System, but having discovered that Flit, Kio, and the rest of the crew weren’t weaklings, he’d let them be. Now how about that? I’m back to questioning what the hell they’re up to. I guess I’ll find out over the next few episodes.
In other news, Natora Einus is still a mess, but Tomino’s wig she is goddamn cute. Also, Wootbit talks to the Gundam.