My worst fears continue to be confirmed as Kio tears through the Vagan-held Luna Base lopping off MS heads with precise shooting, for the sake of not killing; then lecture any enemy he can’t decapitate on the first try on the merits of peace. Fortunately however, this episode wasn’t Kio’s alone, which forcibly reminds us that this show isn’t only Kio’s at all.
ZEHEART AND ASEM, THE REUNION!
While the tactics involved in the battle isn’t much to discuss: we don’t really know what’s going on except what we’re told, and that the Federation is overwhelming the defenses using superior numbers; it’s an excellent, thrilling battle for tv-tier Gundam. The movement is fast and decisive, and even if we’re only shown pink globes at a distance, we can infer those as casualties.
The highlight really was when Asem and Zeheart finally fought against each other again; like most of the MS depicted fighting in this battle, the movements are very swift and happen in combinations. This makes for thrilling gunfights and beam saber fights. Asem continues to attempt to win Zeheart over, by discrediting Ezelcant. But without magic dust, we know that even here in Gundam, attempting to win over opponents during the middle of a fight is very, very futile.
This is preliminary, however. I think this conflict between the two will persist until Zeheart is won over to Asem’s side or either of them dies (or both). I wonder if Flit will have a hand in the deaths of either of them. It was rather rich to see Asem disobey Flit like that. I just don’t think disobeying Flit is conducive to a long life.
But this episode is a minor throwback to Char’s Deleted Affair, with little Framan Karn falling over herself for the masked hero. Beautiful Fram is all sorts of death flag… and Kio will get her to admit she wanted peace too before she dies in her cockpit (maybe Flit does her in).
Too bad we won’t see another timeskip for Kio’s sake. These things are great for making changes big and small. While there are many cases of misusing this technique or at least less than effective execution (Sakamichi no Apollon comes to mind), but so far this show has done it well, just as Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann did, as well as Batman: The Dark Knight Rises (just saw it hours ago, and loved it). In the mean time let’s see how many people Flit and Ezelcant do in while Kio struggles to keep everyone alive in the middle of all the fighting.