Exia: Making Freedom’s Dive In And Destroy Entrance Look Lamer One Day At A Time
So I wake up this morning to find this sitting in an MSN messenger window:
“kaio..im surprised you still haven’t done the GD 00 entry yet”
Geez Louise (not Halevy) heaven almighty. Heck there and Jesus by Deathasaurus, you really are embracing this Anime History Whip thing there aren’t you. Scary stuff….. Alright, tell you what, here’s the deal, I will post the little review/impressions bit I wrote up on animesuki last night here and that way I can say I never technically wrote a specific blog article on it, and you can say that I’m doing my part. Deal?
People weren’t kidding when they said they get right back into things pretty quickly, then slow down a little for Sergei and Soma, and then take right off again.
I was kind of surprised to see Saji and Louise almost take centre stage for this episode. Saji’s life pretty much still sucks and he continues to have the worst of luck. The A-Law’s seem to enjoy their job and the power it grants them way to much and seem to be taking out their pent up hatred and aggression towards Celestial Being and the Gundam’s out on the general public. Setsuna was right when he said things haven’t changed and I’d argue they worse now. At least before the war was against 3 countries fighting for the sake of their unique interests. Now the war is against the people themselves with weapons like those automated robots that among other things (including the shot lancers) remind me of the type of tactic the Crossbone Vanguard would use. Definitely not a utopia if it’s preservation means constant paranoia on the part of the leaders. And now that Celestial Being and the real Gundams (Ones with GN drives) have actually shown up again along with Kataron to mount a formal rebellion it looks like it’s only going to get worse. As the one A-Laws captain sound, now their position is justified and they are probably going to be granted even more sweeping priviliges. It also gets Graham and Soma back in the job, the former all for the revenge and the latter really not seeming up to it at all.
Speaking of not up to it, what is Louise doing in the A-Laws. The one butch dude was right, she really doesn’t fit in at all. One kill and she’s already panicking? Louise while she’s pretending to have grown up and toughened up, really hasn’t and I think she’s still the same vulnerable and happy go lucky girl she used to be under the surface and is just being used by Ribbons. I find it kind of depressing also that she was almost responsible for the death of Saji back in the Proud Colony. Better get your priorities straight there Louise.
While the A-Laws seem worth putting a stop to, for whatever reason I just don’t trust Klaus’ face. He has that calm look about him that worries me. The kind of face that says I could easily be just as cold and callous as the A-Laws if I were in a position of power. Newly minted rebel Shirin should keep an eye on him.
As for Setsuna and Exia, the latter went down surprisingly quick, and I guess it just goes to show that with GN-Drive Tau now being common technology and the advances probably made on it over the past few years, the Earth Federation is probably now on par with 3rd generation and possibly even 4th generation Gundam’s. I’m hoping this means less one sided struggles for the early parts of the series, and come to think of it, it also lends reason for Kataron needing Celestial Beings help. Considering all they have are outdated Realdo’s to pilot they are going to need all of the Gundam’s power to keep from getting destroyed.
There was also some interesting tension there between Setsuna and Saji with Saji finally figuring out that his neighbour is a terrorist and Saji reacted as I would have expected. Nice touching using Setsuna’s theme for their reintroduction as well. Also gotta love how Setsuna continues to be so ice cold that all he can do is stare at Saji and practically dare him to shoot. What a badass. Speaking of badass, Tieria is manly as ever and the Seravee does seem quite more practical and updated then the Virtue. Four compact GN Launcher’s now instead of 1 and a more compact size. Though possibly no Trans-Am. A bit of a tradeoff there, but a neccessary one as Virtue was toast at the end of the first season.
And as always Allelujah gets the shaft yet again. About 3 seconds of screentime as Hannibal Lector and not even a speaking line. Poor guy. Lyle Dylandy gets to speak more after the credits and even the new girl (Milena Vashti) working with Celestial Being got some lines, and I have a feeling I’m not going to like her overly cheery personality. At this point I’m just aching to give some cliched lolicon fan line to screw with the SA folk who are probably still descending on this blog (Love the faux outrage. Everytime), but then that wouldn’t really be an honest impression now would it. Truthfully though a part of me hopes she gets a shock fairly soon to give her some perspective. Or maybe Feldt will be the one to straighten her up as now her role has essentially been reversed and she is the senior operator/mother figure to Milena as Christina was to her. A part of me hopes they work that angle a little in the coming episodes.
So the music (especially the one choiresque theme which I think belongs to the A-Laws) and animation were also great and the battle quite exciting (more then most of the Code Geass ones were at the very least) and coupled with the smashing start, I think I’d give this episode a 9. Looks like things are going to start moving even faster next episode as the EF moves to respond to the resurgence of Celestial Being and Kataron’s next move. I expect to say some even more old faces returning to the battlefield before long.
Rating: Nine Out Of Ten