This was one hell of an episode. I’m going to get to the good stuff soon enough, but I need to get past some really annoying things first: The battle is terribly done. Now, I’m not expecting incredible animation from this show, but I certainly expect better than G1 Transformers/G.I. Joe – level firefights. What I mean by this is back in the 1980’s, these shows portrayed battles with lots of shooting and explosions going on but with zero casualties. Transformers was actually worse because no one ever hit anybody. This was roasted quite well by Panty & Stocking With Garterbelt a few years ago:
This episode the Vagan attacked the Diva in a pincer maneuver, involving 2 capital ships and close to 30 mobile suits. THEY COULDN’T HIT A DAMN THING. Sure Kio’s Gundam AGE-3 got hit by some weird weapon (I’LL GET TO YOU LATER) but seriously 4 grunt suits can’t get hit seriously damaged without by all that concentrated fire? Redshirt plot-armor, I thought I’d never see the day.
Next, I was SO EXCITED to see the new funnels. And then I saw the CHEAPEST LOOKING FUNNELS EVAR. Fucking shit, they weren’t even drawn as funnels. They were just glowing bits of light that shot ineffective beams. This is the worst. Why did they even bother? Sure I like how they chased the AGE-3 Viper around – that looked kind of cool, but still they weren’t even drawn as machines. Terrible showing.
Lastly, while I’m still happy that there weren’t any hugging in space, I’m disturbed by how physical attacks still prove very effective – no, I shouldn’t say effective; they actually land as hits because their damage is nil but they look cool when they hit. Hello Char kicks, Epyon tail whips, etc. Gundams can dodge beam sabers and swarms of bit laserbeams BUT NEVER KICKS AND TAILS. Also, that fat mobile suit took forever to fire that super beam that apparently got the AGE 3 Viper… drama I suppose.
This is actually a pretty awesome episode, that battle notwithstanding. So much happened here that I can’t even go through all of them. I’ll take on two general things: The Asem Family history and the Diva/Federation… and then the Cursed Treasure. I love how the whole family thing plays out here. So many good, quiet moments between the different characters.
As always, I love Flit’s less-guarded moments – though he pretty much told Abis to mind his own business in the end, I love how he said he wanted Emily to know Asem was alive. I like how stark Kio’s childishness is compared to the rest of the crew, but never in a way that is childish for the sake of pointing out his age – and being annoying about it. Yunoa being solid around him was really nice; of course she wanted to see Asem again as well. The best scene of the episode however, belonged to Obright.
Kio told Obright that he didn’t have to use a mop to clean the Diva; these things are automated now. But it’s the effort of human hands that makes the connection human. Obright told Kio that he fought alongside Asem, and that the Diva (implying all the Asuno pilots) was his family. He wanted to make the place clean for when they come back. Like a ton of bricks we remember Obright’s failed love, and we see a man that didn’t resign himself to misery. He gave whatever love he had left in the service of the Federation, making his comrades the family he couldn’t start outside of the service.
Part of me wishes Obright was there when they listened to Asem’s message. The content is almost straight out of Turn A Gundam. Before the current Vagan wars there was a big Colony war. The current war, despite the technological developments in the the Gundam and some other new suits, is actually incredibly retarded in terms of weapons development. By retarded I mean slow, not the way it’s commonly used to describe Gundam fans. We know this because The Diva is what, 50 years old? The Gundam AGE-1 is the same age or older. The battles are fought the same way as it has been since Flit was a kid.
Now supposedly, there’s a secret cache of weapons technology from the previous war before they sealed all that destructive capability. Now it becomes a fetch quest race between Zeheart and Flit, with Asem searching independently. The war becomes an adventure, and I like it! This makes the lone capital ship in the big war type of story easier to swallow, without sacrificing significance to the whole thing. Let Algreus deal with the big campaign. The Asunos will SAIL FOR TREASURE!
I guess it’s too much to ask these retards to actually talk about the show.