As with the tradition of Gundam shows, the final battle becomes a mess of conflicts as factions turn on each other. The Earth Federation isn’t immune to this, with the Asunos each trying to end the war in their own way. The Gundam itself is thrown into this fracas as an object of temptation – its final, most powerful “Burst Mode” is supposedly a decisive, deadly weapon capable of destroying enemies en masse.
This is what Kio struggles against using, as he tries to be good enough a pilot to disarm all Vagan he comes across without having to use the deadly mode. Nothing gets through him, with the most sensible and level-headed of all characters Seric failing to convince him to not focus on disarming his enemies – protecting them from the battle by taking away their means to fight. Obviously this is a supposedly higher degree of difficulty compared to targeting the torsos of the Vagan mobile suits. But this is his way of ending conflict, and Gundam as a franchise is committed to this ideal as its definitive form of heroism.
Fortunately for us, the battle itself is fast-paced and ferocious. So far, there is not stalling or stalemate scenarios. The tactics play out very quickly: the Vagan drew in the Feddies into the firing line of its mass beam weapon by placing dummy warships. The laser took out five or so Federation capital ships. Algreus responded quickly by sending the Diva and the rest of the forces into the firing path knowing that the enemy weapon must take time to recharge.
The Vagan on the other hand has to deal with civil war, as Zanald openly rebels and while not opposing the directive to fight the Federation forces, takes the opportunity to take out Zeheart. He will most likely fail, but I imagine Fram to die ensuring this failure. What is left for this show to show us?
What’s left for us to see is how Kio’s way prevails. He will be compromised to use the Burst Mode, but what can happen, much to my dismay, is for his X-Rounder powers to tame this weapon to disarm ALL combatants en masse. The only combatants to escape from this disarmament would be the key players, most likely the other Asunos and Zeheart, perhaps a few other Vagan. The final moments of the battle will play out as duels, while the La Glamis’ weapon is prevented from firing a second time. This will be the defeat of the Vegan in the battle, the cannon being the last weapon to play as the fleet is disabled by the Burst Mode.
Flit or Asem may have to sacrifice themselves in order to stop this.
The question is: what do I make of AGE as a whole if it chooses to go this way?
I think it turns out to be a watchable show, which could have been great. It fails to become great because it doesn’t overcome the limitations in terms of budget and time to produce a consistently amazing spectacle, while deploying many of the elements of the franchise that annoy me, and I imagine many fans throughout its 30+ years. I won’t enumerate these things here, as I imagine there would be time for reckoning after the end.
Of the approximately 9 50 episode TV series in Gundam’s franchise, there is only one I consider to have strong rewatch value (Mobile Suit Z Gundam), I somehow feel that this show will become another. And no, I don’t mean to say that Zeta, or the other long Gundam shows I like don’t have incredibly long stretches of ugly and boring episodes. They all have it in varying degrees. It’s a shame how AGE is filled with it after the quick start, and the long stretch towards the end.
Flit, show me something big before you go. Don’t go down Kiofied.