Alive and Kicking
I swore to myself that I would never quote or post anything from another Newtype article again, but this information doesn’t seem to deceitful….just limited. Here I have compiled everything I know about the second season of Gundam 00 and my thoughts on the information.
Looks Much Better When You Don’t See An Awful Looking Blown Up Newtype Commerical Lineart Doesn’t It?
Do I Really Need To Explain Who These Guys Are?
Characters From Right To Left:
Setsuna F. Seiei – 21-years-old. Lived as a boy soldier in his native Kurdish and became a Gundam Meister with Celestial Being. Engaged in one-on-one combat with Graham in a final battle. Went missing. 4 years passed. What does he think of as he looks at the world without conflict the Earth Sphere Federation ushered in?
Setsuna takes a leadership role in the second season. He wanders the world while knowing that peace is achieved by the Feddies through the distortion of truth. This is his motivation. Setsuna is a man who can only fight. He is conscious of the hypocrisy of “extermination of war through military prowess”. However, it is necessary to stop imminent war. Therefore he appears more militaristic than before. He tries not to get swayed towards the pacifist road that the heroine-like Marina takes.
Mission: To sever the distortion caused by the false peace from the world.
Mishizuma’s comments –
Setsuna has greatly changed internally in the last 4 years. He resents the state of the current world and is conflicted about whether his actions were correct.
Lockon Stratos – Expert marksman and Gundam Meister affiliated with Celestial Being. 4 years ago, he and his bitter enemy Saachez shot each other simultaneously and (*unreadable portion*) This Lockon (*unreadable*) heads to the battlefield together with his partner Haro and, as a Gundam Meister, pilots the Keldim Gundam.
Mission: The bullet that shoots the spark, shakes history again
Mishizuma’s comments –
He is here after shouldering inevitable circumstance and joining CB. This time, to visually showcase the confrontation with the “Arrows”, the Meisters’ uniforms are seen. Lockon is dead. He will not be revived.
Allelujah Haptism – (Nothing listed)
Mishizuma’s Comments –
Allelujah is changed by his surrounding environments. Whether the cross that previously killed his comrades affect him will become an important point.
Mission: What does the will to unite see in the new world?
Tieria Erde – Age unknown. Seriously injured in the decisive final battle in which he flew the Gundam Nadleeh but he was rescued by an organization and his life saved. Afterwards, he did his best to rebuild Celestial Being. Previously, he had thought of Veda as an absolute being but now he looks for the meaning of his personal struggle.
Mishizuma’s Comments –
Seriously injured in the decisive final battle in which he flew the Gundam Nadleeh but he was rescued by an organization and his life saved. Afterwards, he did his best to rebuild Celestial Being. Presently he looks for the meaning of his personal struggle.
Mission: One chooses and starts to walk the road to the future
At Long Last The New Gundams
Mecha From Right To Left:
GN-0000 00 Gundam – New generation Gundam developed as a successor unit to the Gundam Exia. A formidable mecha equipped with 2 GN Drives on its shoulders, it boasts astounding GN particle emission and its performance overwhelms that of all other mobile suits. Pilot: Setsuna F. Seiei
Selavii Gundam – A heavy armament model piloted by Tieria Erde that largely carries over features of the Gundam Virtue. Furthermore, it was developed with the intent of strengthening offense and while the 2 shoulder-equipped GN cannons are simple in form, their firepower far exceeds the Virtue’s.
General Plot Comments By Mishizuma:
Second Season is Federation vs. Anti-Federation.
The story follows the confrontation between the independent security enforcement organization within the Federation called “Arrows” which suppresses the Anti-Federation elements.
Gundam Meisters gather again to pilot Gundams. Their purpose is still to “extermination of war through military prowess”. However, they act as people whose Gundams were entrusted to by Aeolia.
The story of 00 has three overlapping layers, one is Aeolia’s plan, another is the Meisters’, and the last is how war affects the normal citizens who get involved. Saji is involved in CB’s fight in an unexpected way. Louise’s situation in the last episode of the first season will be made clear. The relationship between Saji and Louise exist in one axis.
Well first let’s talk about the characters. Setsuna seems to have taken everything that happened in the last conflict and developed an even angrier personality over it. You could sort of see the fury in his discussion with Alejandro and it awoken something in him that has probably influenced his decisions over the last 4 years. He also knows the truth about everything that went on and likely overheard Alejandro’s conversation with Ribbons. I like the fact that he doesn’t seem hypocritical like Kira Yamato and realizes that a certain amount of force is required to dispel a greater evil and effort at warfare. He appreciates Marina’s advice and it seems to have had an effect on him, but I think what it did more then anything is clear his head as to what he really needs to do. This development we pretty much saw during the first season. Marina was always sort of portrayed as wrong by Mishizuma in the first season as well as not fighting would only have gotten his friends even more…..errrr owned.
Lockon is most definitely not the original Lockon and instead his brother Lyle Dylandy. How effective then could he be as a sniper unless Lyle underwent the same training. Experience would also be an issue. This guys is probably going to be the newbie of the group who is the weak link where Lockon was strong. After all, apparently Setsuna is supposed to take on the leadership role.
Allelujah remains a mystery as ever and the article barely mentions anything about him other then a hint that he might become less introverted as time goes on like Tieria. I assume they want to keep the connection between him and Soma hidden for a little while longer as well. Pssst….my bet is that she’s his sister.
Tieria, my main man is still looking as handsome as ever. Apparently he was severerly injured in the final battle of season 1 but was rescued and his life saved. (rebuilt?) Continuing to further his humanity, it seems he’s finally dropped Veda as a god figure and is trying to develop himself as an individual rather then a cog in the Celestial Beings workings. I would have thought he would take over the role as leader seeing as how he seemed to be equal in rank to Sumeragi in season 1, but I guess not. I also imagine he and Setsuna won’t fight nearly as often but who knows.
That’s it, no information on any other characters. See that’s why I sort of hate Newtype, they never give enough info, but if I had to take a guess, most of the formerly Union, AEU and HRL characters are with the Arrows with the possible exception of Sergei. Let’s move on to the mecha then.
So the 00 Gundam is revealed to be quite powerful. How powerful remains to be seen, but then we finally have our other 3 Gundams. The designs are indeed simplified or rather seem scaled down as well. It kind of reminds me of Gundam Seed destiny where Gundam was a recolour of the ones from Gundam Seed, but with a difference. Here I get the sense of more of a literal rebuilding of the original Gundams in haste for whatever reason. This also isn’t the first time we’ve seen a variation on the original GN series either as there were units like the Gundam Exia Avalanche, Gundam Plutone etc beforehand. Plus the characters will probably want to have mobile suits as close to the original ones they gained experience with for maximum effieciency. These suits are customized for the actual pilots. They are no accidental (I’m assuming unless the first episode of Season 2 is a Gundamjack) pilots, but elite soldiers at this point who need to make use of the fighting styles they’ve learned in the past. Especially since things aren’t going to be nearly as easy in the early stages this time around. GN technology is now common and the Earth Federation is far more powerful then the original 3 nations combined. They damn well better be taking every advantage possible.
Here’s an image of how they compare to their original counterparts.
I’m liking all the redesigns except for Selavii Gundam which just looks to damn boxy. I mean I know Virtue had the nickname “Fatass Gundam” but now it just looks to slim, like somethings not quite right about it. 00’s design I’ve liked since day one and the Arios actually looks touched up from the Kyrios. Come to think of it, most of them aren’t really scaled down or simplified looking at all. They look more like the next model in their individual line then anything.
The plot sort of sounds like it has a Zeta Gundam esque, AEUG vs. Titans feel to it, but here’s the thing, Celestial Being or whatever it’s going to be called now are no saints. They started this and now they are trying to set right what they screwed up it seems. The game is likely to still be Guerilla warfare, but with a less sinister purpose in mind. It also seems that Aeolia was indeed a good guy all along and that we are going to find out what his intended plans were in this season. That said, before I leave, Ali, Graham, and Patrick, ace pilots for the Arrows. Sergei, member of the Arrows but with quiet dissent and will probably take Soma along with him and try to defect at some point. Calling it. That’s it……go home, nothing more to see here.