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
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:25 PM)
    Altogether there is no good explanation as to why Berserk has been on the fringes for the last 20 years. The silver lining is that it looks like things are picking up for the franchise- with a new series, two new games and frequent manga releases- so here’s hoping we get a much bigger budget for the next cour, and god willing maybe even a studio change. And I’m getting greedy, but gimme that From Software Berserk game! That would be an instant cash mine.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:18 PM)
    @Vyse: I was actually thinking of that, and the dark mature content is definitely a factor. Yet looking at what’s trending at the moment, with AoT and Kabaneri, it seems that the more violent stuff are bankable now. And it’s not like anime is stranger to adapting material that hasn’t finished yet. So I’m guessing that Miura is hard to work with probably, and maybe he’s tight about giving studios the license.
  • Rusty
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:16 PM)
    I like it better when animes are different then the manga because normally i know how everything will end after reading the manga.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:07 PM)
    And I’m more than open for an anime to do things a bit differently from the source, I mean look at the new berserk they included an action scene that wasn’t in the manga, I liked that.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:59 PM)
    @Mike: Makoto Takahashi! Makoto Takahashi! I know who he is, I spent a while looking at his art, best example of good oldschool shoujo style. He also is credited with kickstarting the shoujo-ai genre I think…
    @Bam: flowers of evil both improved on and took away from its source material.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:16 PM)
    Furthermore, it’s not as if Berserk is so special by itself that a decent adaptation is automatically impossible. You’re watching one right now. If you think otherwise than it boils down to personal preference.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:13 PM)
    @Vyse It’s obviously not trying to cater to children, the studio knows its audience. I wouldn’t automatically assume that just because it’s an anime adaptation that it’s an attempt to please everyone.
  • VyseLegendaire
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:45 PM)
    Because the story is so dark and so violent, its hard to cater to a middle ground audience that includes kids or maybe even adolescents.
  • VyseLegendaire
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:45 PM)
    Hey Bam, the reason for Berserk’s neglect is how unadaptable it is to other media. As a manga it stands as a monolith. but the thematic and graphical content -as well as the long and rather convoluted presentation – don’t lend well to either anime or games.
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:58 PM)
    Yeah, you could even easily do a spin of series in the berserk universe, it’s that well thought out unique and huge. I dreamt myself continously into that world – mostly because of it’s bright, shimmering side, which aren’t mentioned that often because of it’s ultra dark counterpart.

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