Posted by psgels on 8 February 2009 with categories: Mobile Suit Gundam 00



Short Synopsis: A building-up episode before the next big clash between A-Laws and Celestial Beings.
Episode Rating: 7,5/10 (Good)
At first I wasn’t that positive about this episode, as hardly anything seemed to happen at all. What I’m especially bugged about is how the Coup d’Etat really didn’t accomplish anything: the rebels are gone, A-Laws is back to being A-Laws. What the heck was the point of it besides killing off Sergei? I think that’s the biggest problem with the second season of Gundam 00: it’s just too damn one-sided. In the first episodes, we see the Celestial Beings fighting against A-Laws. Eighteen episodes later, and we still have the Celestial Beings fighting against A-Laws. It really hasn’t evolved that much at all.

Nevertheless, near the end of the episode I suddenly realized how good this episode was. There was hardly any fighting, but instead it focused on developing all of the major couples in this episode: Setsuna and Saji, Soma and Allelujah, Marina and the kids, Lyle and Anew (!?), Louise and Andrei, Claus and Shirin, Saji and Louise, Wang and Ribbons, Regene and Ribbons, et cetera. I especially liked how when everyone sortied, they said the names for the ones most important to them. For Setsuna this was his Gundam, and Tieria had Veda. Now that’s the reason why these two are some of my favourite characters of this series. ^^;

So yeah, while the plot really hasn’t been moving anywhere, the characters thankfully are making lots of progress, and especially Saji and Louise feel a lot less annoying compared to their stupidity in the first three quarters of the series. They’re actually preparing themselves to kill each other in the battlefield, and I like how Louise finally has a new boyfriend. It’s just a shame that she chose the third most annoying character of the cast…

9 Responses

  1. smurfy says:

    I couldn’t help but chuckle when Setsuna And Tieria Both mentioned Machines than their Counterpart Human Beings.(still chuckling)

    On the storyline side, I felt the death of Sergei was needed to get Her fighting in a MECH and breaks off Her Coupling with Allelujah.

    So we know Anew is the Beckon for all the Assaults. So the question is she simply playing folly or not.

    Anyways I like how things are going, basically still much as about simplified.

  2. Ireny says:

    Andrei’s only third on your list of annoying characters? Who’s first and second? xD

  3. TJ says:

    @smurfy
    That was exactly what I was thinking. Everyone else was mentioning the person most important to them but Tieria and Setsuna just had to say “Veda” and “Gundam”.

    Looks like not all is well in the Innovator’s camp. Regene and Wang seem to have other ideas regarding how the world should turn.

    And come on, Andrei isn’t Louise’s new boyfriend. He is trying to become her boyfriend but will never actually get there.

  4. Ben says:

    I think nothing was SUPPOSED to happen after the Coup’ to show how much A-Laws censors things… That was sort of the reason they did shoot the whole elevator, to keep the rebels and the 60,000 civilians shut and quiet…

  5. There was hardly any fighting, but instead it focused on developing all of the major couples in this episode: Setsuna and Saji,
    Setsuna and Saji? ROFL!

  6. Mackreki says:

    This blogger has a very limited understanding of the Japanese language . They always get things wrong like with the Andrei and Louise being together . Everytime i read a blog here , then watch the actual anime , i wonder if me and the blogger were actually watching the same show .

    With all that said , for some reason i am addicted to this persons blog for reasons unexplained .

  7. @#$%^&*()_)(*&^%$#$%^&*( says:

    @Sapphire Pyro

    hmmm, Setsuna ending up with Saji…..why not, it seem quite plausible actually =P I mean it’s like obvious that Setsuna swings that way, and Saji at the beginning of the series was drawn to him for no adequately explored reason >=D

  8. Mackreki says:

    The person who’s comment was directed at Sapphire has to be an idiot yaoi fangirl .

    It is common sense that you will never see the main character of any Gundam be homosexual .They aren’t going to ruin the most popular and profitable anime franchise in history .

    In fact there isn’t a homosexual main character in any popular anime , and certainly not in any regular shonens or seinens .

  9. windy says:

    Whoah! This series turned out so great!!! My favorite at the moment, can’t wait to see what’s going to happen with the children and Marina, she covered the child with her body , I hope they won’t kill my favorite character! I haven’t enjoyed so much the 1st season, I must say it’s a great change, now I just love it more and more, I plan to watch again the 1st one subbed.

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  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:55 PM)
    For those who have somehow managed to miss the hype for Harmony:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC-6U8HCF8c
    The visuals are intriguing, the palette very sharp, and the CGI relatively well integrated. The early reviews been scathing tho, and given my experience with Empire of Corpses I can guess why.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:49 PM)
    Each piece of the trilogy is handled by a different cast and company. Empire of Corpses was done by Wit Studio, Harmony by Studio 4°C, and Genocidal Organ by Manglobe (or Geno Studio as they are called now).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:43 PM)
    Anybody seen Empie of Corpses? I watched it to get primed for that Harmony feature film anime, which is part of Project Itoh trilogy. Studio Wit went all out here. The animation is great, and the premise has potential, but the delivery was just botched.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:07 PM)
    @Mario, you were worried that you would be covering too much slice of life style anime this season, at least with this I will likely be taking one off your hands. I don’t want to cover it but hey if the public says so…guess I will have to suffer.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 07:15 AM)
    Also it’s nice to see there was heated arguments on EVA even before I start to do any post review. The way I see it thou certain films/ series are classic/ influential for a reason, if they are brilliant I certainly can still see its sparks. Like I can still amazed of Potemkin Battleship on its montahe editing, or It Happens one night fot its influential on romantic comedy. So I really look forward to see how I feel about EVA hahaa
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 06:52 AM)
    Jezz, I was almost certain that I would cover Orange, mainly because I never have thought it would be on top of the polls. Anw, it’s good to see how Aidan cover it as it appears I’m a much more easy-marker than Aidan
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:40 AM)
    There is a hipster movement of contrarianism, that they just like to hate on whatever’s popular and deemed kinda mainstream. I get defensive when they shit on classics like Akira, Berserk and Ghost in The Shell. I see that wasn’t the case here. Anybody can sincerely dislike Anything; that’s fine.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:31 AM)
    I see your point too. We can certainly take the stance of judging a thing by its own merit, unobstructed by social influences and constrains of time. Yet even at that Evangelion is a fairly slick piece of science fiction, and an interesting watch. At worst it’s boring and contrived, but that’s harmless. Never really fair to call it shit.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:20 AM)
    @Aidan: looking back soberly I did come back a little too heated. That’s uncalled for and I’m sorry for that. I usually don’t lash out of unrelated daily stress, but there are mistakes here and there.
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:22 AM)
    @Aidan hahaha can’t wait for the episode reviews for Orange. It’s gonna really test you.

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