Yes Setsuna, Yes It Was, It Was Named After You
No longer shall we wait, for the world did not, even for those who are Celestial Beings. It’s time to cap off the first half of Gundam 00 with one final summary and analysis before we head on to Code Geass and Macross Frontier. Speaking of which, what are those that follow primarily Romance and Slice of Life series going to do this season…..oh man I just got this thought of 30 people following To Love Ru and Kanokon avidly and I’m not sure I can get it out of my head. Let’s work at saving my brain…..”Together, With Gundam”.
Wow, Albatori Is Kind Of A Gunhaver Unit
But Then Again Exia’s Kind Of An M.C Hammer Kind Of Unit
Summary: We start a few moments back this time with Alejandro doing his little speech about making the tools of Aeolia Schenberg into an offering for his new world and Setsuna’s declaration to dispatch his target and before long they are locked in battle. The Albatori is going all Big Zam with beam cannons that were hidden all around it’s body and Setsuna is dodging around trying to figure out what to do. Before long Lasse tells Setsuna to destroy the Assault Container to at least try to damage one of the enemies limbs and he does so to no avail. The Albatori isn’t even scratched (not surprised seeing as it’s guest starring from Seed Destiny) and Alejandro laughs at the Exia’s feeble gesture as he moves in and the opening starts up.
They’s Dead I Reckon…..Ummmmmhmmmmm
She’s Crying But She’s Doing Her Job Now, That’s What I Felt I’d See From….Felt (Pun Not Intended)
But It Has Many Places To Hide
So Hallelujah Has Some Issues Regarding Pseudo-Lolidom Too Eh?
Finally Overcoming His Inferiority To The Master Loli Race, Allelujah and Hallelujah Merge. Gone Is The Emo Swoosh And Hello……Heterochromia…..It’s As If I Heard A Thousand Fangirls Cry Out In Glee And My Excitement Was Suddenly Silenced
Eat Your Heart Out Alba Frost
2 On 2?
When we come back though it’s not Setsuna and Alejandro we are with, it’s Sumeragi who wants Felt to confirm the status of the Gundam Meisters. She reports Nadleeh is badly damaged and Tieria isn’t reporting in and that the same is confirmed of Kyrios. Speaking of Kyrios, it’s still operational even if it’s missing much of it’s missing a good 1/3 of it and Sergei and Soma are out looking for it. There’s now a rather see it to believe it type scene with Allelujah chatting with Hallelujah in his cockpit, both of their personalities clashing as usual, but them ultimately coming to the conclusion that they have to hear the worlds answer to their creed. He pulls back his hair revealing both eyes (and one hell of a forehead) and charges forward and manages to kick Sergei and rip his GN-X’s arm off with the claw.
Don’t Let Happen Again You Wants To Live Boy (Yeah I’ve Actually Been Watching Roots So If Anyone Notices Me Speaking In Dialects Try Not To Pay It To Much Mind)
Whoever Said Pink Was The Dominant Colour In Gundam Needs To Reevaluate Just Like The Value Of Gold Is Doing Daily Lately
How About Green. Impz Should Be Happy With It’s Showing
Man They Sure Don’t Last Long In The ADverse
Okay This Things Just Starting To Remind Me Of The Gromlin From Gather Beat Now
Gromlin AKA Mobile Chicken
Albatori Versus Exia Is Not A Good Matchup
Who Is Underestimating Who? Feeling Backed Into A Corner Alejandro? (Pun Intended This Time)
Pushed Around And Kicked Around Always A Lonely Boy…..Seriously Look Up The Lyrics For A Song Called Smalltown Boy By The Bronski Beat And Tell Me That Shouldn’t Be Setsuna’s Image Song
Setsuna: “Oh My Sword! Oh Well I’ve Got Seven More Of Them, How Many GN Fields Do You Have Left Alejandro? Oh, Is That So….”
Back on Setsuna’s front he’s still not doing to well in finding a way to break through the Albatori’s GN Field and to make matters worse it has GN Fangs as well. (Setsuna recognizes them as those things the Throne had) Lasse asks Setsuna to dock and form the GN-Arms and he does so while taking down a couple of fangs in the process. Activating it’s GN Field so he can fight on par with the Albatori. Setsuna then proceeds to snipe all of the deployed fangs and Alejandro responds by bringing out the Mega Particle Cannon which Setsuna dodges again. And again when Alejandro get’s cocky…and again when Alejandro gets cocky again with the Albatori’s claw, even going so far as to parry it and draw first blood by severing a limb. Lasse makes use of the GN-Arms overhang cannons to destroy another one and takes a hit from the returned fire which leaves him bleeding but none the less determined. With one more charge Exia pierces through the GN Field, destroying the GN Arms sword but bringing down the Albatori’s GN Field.
Setsuna Seems To Have Access To All Swordskill Now, But Is He Orlandu Broken?
Shell Bust Stab
Using this opportunity Setsuna brings out the Exia’s GN Blade and proceeds to cut open the Albatori, fleeing as it explodes. Elsewhere Hallelellallellelalleujah………..wait….what?
Kaio: Fuck It I’m Calling Him Hal-Al (And no that’s not a Kryptonian name….at least I don’t think so)
Oh Come On Now….Vulcans?
So A Super-Soldier Is A Ninja?
Who Needs Two Arms And Legs When You Have Trans-Am
Fungah, Foiled Again!
Hal-Al’s Real Name Would Later Be Revealed As Yoshiyuki Tomino Who Would Take His Bipolar Disorder And Alternating Superiority And Inferiority Complexes Towards Women And Right His Memoirs Which Would Become A Book Known As Mobile Suit Gundam (Via The Power Of Time Travel And Dimension Hopping Of Course)
Elsewhere Hal-Al is beating up on Soma and mocks her for thinking shes the ultimate super soldier and she can’t seem to do anything about it despite having a fully intact GN-X while Hal-Al is piloting a broken Kyrios. (I’m reminded of the final battle between the Gundam and the Zeong a bit, only more unbalanced yet oddly balanced at the same time. Hard to describe) Hal-Al says the mergin of Reaction and Thought is the mark of a true super-soldier and she lacks that and thus will never be his equal. He activates the Kyrios Trans-Am for one last gamble but fails to sleigh his adversary when Sergei jumps in the way and is impaled. Soma uses this opportunity to disable Kyrios and the ensuing explosion shatters Hal-Al’s visor and much of the left side of his face.
Just Because She’s Small Doesn’t Mean She Isn’t Strong
Somewhere Somebody Is Getting Turned On By This
Your Post Clannad Moe Quota
Having the chance to show Hal-Al that the flat chest always wins, Soma declines and instead goes to help Sergei, letting Kyrios drift away from them. Soma opens up the cockpit and when Sergei tells her to go after the enemy she refuses saying that she can’t leave him or be alone anymore. Hal-Al meanwhile is watching them from the Kyrios’ still operable camera as he drifts away and seeing Soma’s face for the first time he recognizes her as Marie asking why she’s……..
Wait…..So If Alejandro’s Colour Is Gold And He Feels He Can Make Everything That Colour By Winning, Then He Thinks He’s Made Of Win And Gold Like Some Sort Of Delusional Self-Fanboy……OH MY GOD ALEJANDRO THINKS HE’S KYOTO ANIMATION! or Midas. Well Whatever, If Setsuna Get’s An 80’s Image Song I’ll Give Alejandro One Too
I Think This MS May Be Next Generation Or Something And Is The True Prize Alejandro Kept For Himself, Not The GN-X Which Was The Dummy Prize He Gave Away
Now The Real Battle Begins In Earnest
Meanwhile back on Setsuna’s front he’s trying to see if Lasse is alright when a shot comes his way. It’s from a mobile suit inside the Albatori equipped with a GN Drive. (It looks like what you’d get if a piece of Zondar Metal merged with a GM….or maybe somebody has been playing MS Saga too much, saw the Golden GM fight and wanted to redesign it, who knows) Alejandro taunts Setsuna now and when Setsuna starts to realize he’s fighting the man that distorted Aeolia Schenberg’s plan Alejandro says that things have changed and now he’s the lead actor before promptly kicking the Exia away. When Setsuna asks what his motives are Alejandro says he desires “Destruction And Rebirth”. He says Celestial Being has destroyed the current world order and forced it’s rebirth in unity and now he will stain it in his colour. His units wings now flip into place and it’s GN Drive starts spinning rapidly before firing off a huge beam the size of the Albatori’s.
You Know….Three Episodes Later The Trans-Am Still Hasn’t Gotten Old To Me
When we come back from the eyecatch Alejandro is gloating thinking he is victorious and can now carry out his plans without interruptions. Suddenly a familiar non-gold coloured beam strikes his GN-Field and it’s Exia having (Finally!) activated it’s Trans-Am to escape the blast. Setsuna says he’s finally found the distortion in the world and it’s Alejandro. (can’t argue with him on that one really) They begin to fight again and Setsuna soon notices that he can’t pierce Alejandro’s GN-Field and time is running out on his Trans-Am. He flashes back to Lockon mentioning that the Exia’s solid sword is a counter measure against GN-Fields (Anyone want to dispute why this is true or if they think this came in at the last minute be my guest, but it’s common Gundam knowledge that barriers counter beams and nothing else unless it’s Phase Shift Armor) in case something happens and a Gundam needs to fight another Gundam. The flashback Lockon tells past Setsuna he’s their ace in the hole and when we flash back to the present Setsuna says he knows. (Kind of touching how he still carries Lockon’s memories with him this way)
Gold May Be A Lucky Colour But It Can’t Beat Exia’s Lucky 7 Swords. Consider That In Alejandro’s Final Moment
See That’s What I Love About Gundam. The Complex Character Webs That Allow For Such A Cruel Betrayal. Even If You Could Sort Of Guess At It Coming Given How Ribbons Seemed To Be The Brains And Alejandro The Brawn And Fall Guy You’ve Gotta Love It Nonetheless
Setsuna now charges Alejandro’s MS and piercing the GN Field impales him with every last one of the Exia’s swords, shouting that they are Celestial Beings and eradication of armed conflict through force is their goal. He shouts that they will do that with the Gundams and at last Alejandro is defeated with one final swipe. As Alejandro lays dying he is contacted by Ribbons who tells him he played the clown well, but that this is no longer Aeolia’s or even Alejandro’s plan, but his own. Alejandro curses him and Ribbons says he’ll handle the united world in his stead. Alejandro has one last word with him saying this is the Corner families legacy, but Ribbons says that’s precisely why he’s a small man. Alejandro punches the vid window with Ribbons on it on rage and his unit explodes leaving a panting Setsuna.
Is It Over?
Heck No, It’s A Boss Rush
Now That’s A Jerry Rig If Ever I Saw One
It’s not over yet though as there is one last fight in store for the boy. It’s Graham Acre who has finally deployed in his GN Flag to settle the score once and for all and avenge Howard and Daryll. (Cue Union) He comes in over the comm with a vid message and Setsuna recognizes him as the Union man he met in Azadistan and likewise Graham recognizes Setsuna too. They end up in a saber duel and Graham manages to chop off one of the Exia’s limbs (It’s not the one with the Beam Saber) with Graham saying he’s fallen in love with the Gundam’s capabilites. Love so strong that it becomes hatred just like faith too strong leads to war. (The scene showing the hatred of Celestial Being casts doubt on the rightenous of Celestial Being to Setsuna. While there is some craziness in Graham’s speech that is kind of hilarious their is another layer to it in that regard)
Can You Feel The
Consider The Meaning Of Graham’s Words In His Battle Lust. While A Lot Of Them Seem Like Mad Ramblings Of A Man Pushed Over The Edge (And They Actually Are Cause He Is) There Is A Fair Bit Of Meaning To Them. Graham Truly Admires The Gundam’s Tenacity As The Power An Ideal Soldier Should Wield, But Despises Them For The Personal Sufferings They Have Caused Him In The Deaths Of His Teammates. This Turns The Love Into Hatred At The Same Time And Causes Some Serious Rambling During The Fight That Is Really Hard To Decipher.
We Know That He Says He Doesn’t Care About The World Anymore And I Interpret That As A Sign That He Must Have Heard About Darryl And Deployed Without Permission To Avenge Him Against The Gundams He Idolizes So Much. We Know He’s Still Technically With The World Though When He Tells Setsuna Of His Own Flaws As A Terrorist Whose Faith Has Brought Him Over The Edge As Well And To Let Him Provide The Worlds Reply To His Actions. (As He Raises His Beam Rifle To Reply With A Gesture Of Rejection By Firing It) The Two Share A Common Bond Marred In Hatred And Thus Is The Screaming Match Between Setsuna And Graham Possible In The Way It Comes Out
The Silent Big Bang Of Destruction And Rebirth As Two Forces Collide And Destroy Each Other, Signalling The End Of An Era, But Not A Tale
They now both trade blows (screaming like Super Robot pilots which is something to behold) denouncing each other as hypocrites and terrorists and soldiers (Oh man Crusader is going to have some issues with this one) and tearing each others limbs, heads and assorted MS parts off with each strike. Graham says the Gundam’s made him the way he is and that he doesn’t care about the world anymore and all that matters is defeating the Gundams. Setsuna shouts back that he is part of the world too and Graham says then he will let Setsuna hear the worlds answer. Setsuna says he is just reinforcing his own ego and he will sever that distortion. With a cry of, “Well said Gundam” Graham charges the Exia at max speed and the Exia does likewise (moving so fast they create a wave of GN Particles behind their respective units) and they impale each other. Graham says with a smile and a calm voice now that he has avenged Daryll and Howard and we see an explosion of light from far off with no sound. (Very eerie)
After all of this we see the ruins of the Gundam Nadleeh off in space and Tieria wakes saying this is not the end and the plan is still in motion. He ejects the GN Drive in an attempt to save it and says he can finally go where Lockon is before losing conciousness. Elsewhere Allelujah drifts asking Hallelujah if he knew that Soma Peelis was Marie and he replies that if he had known then he wouldn’t have fought and would die. (Little late for that now Hal) After that Hallelujah seems to disappear as the Kyrios drifts further into the reaches of space.
Tieria’s Last Gesture?
The End Of Setsuna F. Seiei
This Seems Invocative Of Setsuna Drifting In A Sea Of Confusion, Only Unlike Kira He’s Going To Do Something About It Still Instead Of Watching Stock Footage Of His Past
Spirit Of Bear Give Man Great Strength. Spirit Of Flat Chested Girl Give Even Greater Strength
Don’t Cry For Me Maaaaaaaaaariiiiiiiiiiiinaaaaaaaaaa
This Is Only The Beginning (Considering This Episode Has And Will Have Even More Throw Outs To Gundam F91 I Thought I Might As Well Have My Own)
We see an image of Setsuna looking dead in space and then on Earth Marina is reading a letter from him recounting what he has learned. (Complete with his theme song playing. We also don’t know if he wrote that letter afterward or if it’s pre-recorded. Odds are highly against him actually being dead regardless as Sumeragi, Felt and Ian are likely to find and pick them all up). As we see a montage of the characters pass by Setsuna recounts the worst parts of humanity in the pain and suffering they can inflict on one another and that he is still more or less on the path to finding his answers at how he can make a difference in putting a stop to that.
At Least Somebody’s Dream Has Come True
But Is The Era Of Celestial Being Really Over?
OH MY GOD THEY LOOK LIKE KNIGHTMARE FRAMES, SUNRISE SUCKS THIS IS SUCH A CODE GEASS RIPOFF! Seems We’re Seeing The Next Generation Of The GN-X Judging By Their Faceplates And It Looks Like They’ve Been Equipped With Weapons Similar To The Shot Lancers Seen In Gundam F91
A Crossbone Vanguard Shot Lancer
As If This Series Hasn’t Had Enough Gundam F91 References, Here’s Graham Sporting An Iron Mask Like Karozo Ronah (Okay Not Quite But Still)
Tieria Or Someone Else?
The Trinity Mothership In Deep Space
We flash forward 4 years on the day of the birth of a united Earth Federation. We also see that Saji appears to be sending a message to Louise again and he seems to be working as a civilian in space thus fulfilling his dream. He sees GN Particles trailing across the sky as he looks up at Earth and it doesn’t appear to be from an Earth Federation unit. He wonders if that light is a Gundam as Daybreak’s Bell starts playing. We then see the Earth Federation President giving a speech about the need for disbanding of national militaries and uniting the peace keeping forces under one flag. Lots of rhetoric here, but we also see that Sergei, Katie and Patrick are still alive. (Yes as many suspected Patrick made it out okay. Shirin is leaving Marina (probably since she doesn’t have to worry about leading the Middle East anymore since it doesn’t really exist) and we also see Ribbons mention that his “Innovators” will lead humanity to it’s future. We also see Graham in a mask down a corridor and a person who is clearly Ali slamming down a drink elsewhere. Still elsewhere we see a person that looks like Tieria but with Lockon’s hairstyle and a different voice standing by an ashamed looking Louise.
Purple Now Eh?
Hmmm I Wonder If Neena Is One Of These Innovators That Ribbons Mentioned And If It Has Anything To Do With Aeolia Schenberg’s True Master Plan
00 Takes A Cue From Zeta (A Good Cue Unlike Seed Destiny) In Finally Revealing The Titular Unit At The Halfway Point As A Teaser
After the credits we see Wang Liu Min disembarking from the Trinity Mothership somewhere in space and she is accompanied by Hong Long, Ian Vesty and Neena Trinity. Wang asks Ian to show her the first generation unit and he brings down a screen to reveal the O Gundam from the very first episode. Ian has removed it’s GN Drive and seems to be getting ready to transplant it into a new unit. He says he doesn’t know if Exia’s GN Drive will work and as the last shot of this season we at least see the 00 Gundam and Wang says it’s the unit that will change the world.
What a spectacular finish to the first season. I have no regrets, literally none at all as pretty much everything I had hoped to see tied up was and they left just enough to keep me intrigued while I wait for the second season. The theme of destruction and rebirth was also played out on so many levels in this episode that if one thinks it’s a trainwreck I would have to question if they are in fact a manatee. No, Sunrises writers were clearly in control of this season and it’s themes and rather than speculate about what’s to come (as it’s really anyones guess) I will talk about this theme of death and rebirth a little.
At the most shallow level of the story it’s evident in the destruction of the Albatori and it’s rebirth as winged unit for one last go at it with Exia. It’s evident in the destruction of Hallelujah’s split personality and rebirth as a united super-soldier. It’s evident in Tieria’s destruction and apparent rebirth as a new person with different motives. It’s evident in Graham the ideal soldiers destruction and rebirth as an out of control revenge obsessed madman. It’s evident in the destruction of the status quo of the world and it’s rebirth as the Earth Federation. And Finally it’s evident in the destruction of Celestial Being and their apparent rebirth at the end of the series with their “Mission Incomplete”.
It also seemed that thus who were willing to lay down their arms came out the better for it in their destruction and rebirth and those who didn’t suffered the worst. Saji never gave in to his desire for revenge and has the happiest ending in being able to fulfill his dream at last of going into space. Soma quit fighting Hal-Al and thus was able to save Sergei and keep her Papa Bear. Setsuna failed to lay down his arms (even if his motives were pure) even as Marina pleaded for him to in his dreams a little while back and now is MIA. The next worse off was Tieria who didn’t fight, but continued to abet it and thus seems MIA as well. Next we have Allelujah who goes out to try and prove something to Soma and ends up finding out more than he bargained for and is critically wounded by her last counterattack and MIA. Next is Graham who’s bloodlust in trying to destroy the Exia nets him a scarred face and probably a ruined reputation as well. Finally their is Alejandro corner who in all his greed is betrayed by Ribbons at the last minute and gets nothing but a timely death. Good riddance I say.
Did I also mention the animation was absolutely stunning this episode as well. Like even moreso then usual as was the fight choreagraphy and the use of the characters respective themes in conjuction with their actions. They even managed to tie up some loose ends or at least bring them up to the current progression of the storyline by showing us what happened to Wang Liu Min (she seems to be the leader of a new Celestial Being) Neena (She seems to be one of their pilots) Graham (He showed up at the last minute to basically play Sword Sepiroth to Alejandro’s MA’s Bizarro Sephiroth and the MS Safer Sephiroth in that Graham was the after battle. Still his appearance was necessary to give a bit of closure to his revenge storyline and to show that he had abandoned some of his beliefs such as that of a Union Soldier, but had not forgotten what the Gundams did to his comrades).
How’d they do it, how did they make such a satisfying close. Well anyway that’s not the end of the series of course and now I have to wonder if Sunrise is going to be in the same boat as Kyoani is with their Clannad Fans vs. Haruhi Fans dilemma in now having to manage the Gundam 00 vs. Code Geass fans. Speaking of Code Geass there was yet another new trailer at the end of this episode which will probably be the last since it starts next Sunday at last. I know a lot of people have been waiting and I fully intend to give it the same blogging treatment I gave Gundam 00.
This is the first series I’ve completed a full blogging run of folks and I sincerely hoped people enjoyed it. I’ll be doing one last Final Analysis wrap up post sometime this week so look for that and then we can head straight for Code Geass. By the end of that we should be seeing trailers for Gundam 00 Season 2 popping up and I look forward to it. I look forward to everything. God this is going to be an awesome year for anime.
Rating: Ten Out Of Ten