Allelujah: I Can Feel It In The Air Tonight Oh Lord…..HALLELUJAH!
In the interests of having an impression somewhere on the blogosphere that isn’t just more of the constant negativity and angry drunken rants that Gundam 00 gets from it no matter the content and quality of the episode (and let me say that this is one episode that really just doesn’t deserve it at all) here is my impression of this one from Animesuki. Still I recognize a certain sect that needs that sort of thing so in the interests of appealing to those who didn’t like the episode or just want something to get worked up about I’ve released my evil twin from his deep dark prison to help translate this impression into rage speak. You should be so lucky. Enjoy.
Honestly I wasn’t a big fan of the battle this episode, but as I’ve said elsewhere I can live with that because it wasn’t the main focus. It was cool to see Sumeragi get right into things instead of hitting the bottle the second she gets depressed which gives me far more confidence in her as a strategist then before. Can’t say her strategy was all that brilliant but she did what she needed to do in making the A-LAWS go away so that Kataron could get out of there. Again if there’s any part of this episode that could have used some work then it was this part (Shin’s translation for RAGERS: THIS BATTLE SUCKED AND IT’S ALL BECAUSE OF THAT STUPID ALLELUJAH FOR GETTING SHOT DOWN AND 00 GUNDAM BEING WORTHLESS! GRRRRR!)
Setsuna’s duel with Graham was brief but probably the most interesting part of this short skirmish. As Ian predicted Trans-Am did eventually cause the 00 Gundam to overload, but not before he did some equally serious damage to Graham’s Ahead. I have to wonder how the battle would have gone if that hadn’t happened. And then there’s Saji who as I suspected couldn’t pull the trigger. I was ready to give up on him altogether but then he finally did what he should have done all along if he wanted to be helpful. Put his engineering certificate to use on the bridge in order to help repair the 00 Gundam with Ian. I also got a bit of a laugh (not sure how appropriate it was) out of the Meisters not realizing Allellujah was missing until the A-LAWS had left. Are they really that uncoordinated when Sumeragi is not in the picture? (Shin’s translation for RAGERS: STUPID MEISTERS CAN’T EVEN KEEP TRACK OF THEIR OWN MEN! WAY TO GO SUNRISE! GRAAAAH!)
Of course Allelujah was off elsewhere after getting shot down by and shooting down Soma and finally all of those convince commands he’s been using on her pay off (speaking of which this is great because when an SRW rolls around with 00 in it means I get to use my favourite female character…..maybe). I’ve gotta side with the group that doesn’t feel this is too soon. In fact it’s been a long time coming. 27 episodes at least since the beginning of season 1. Speaking of season one we also finally get to see what was up with all of those flashbacks Allelujah was having about being lost in space and killing some kid. So that was when he escaped from the Super Soldier facility and his Hallelujah finally kicked in in order to help him survive the ordeal at any cost. A blessing and a curse. The way I see it these past couple of episodes and their focus on Allelujah are making up for all that time they forget about him for at the end of last season. (Shin’s Translation for RAGERS: IF SUNRISE THINKS THEY CAN MAKE UP FOR SCREWING UP FIRST SEASON THEN THEY ARE WRONG! BAAAAAAAH!)
As for Marie, boy is she different from Soma. She even sounds different in how she lacks that gruff tone that Soma always had when talking. I disagree with the idea that she’s been reduced to some sort of moeblob now though. She’s merely gone from being unnaturally bloodthirsty and arrogant to something a bit closer to a normal human being. Being a super soldier really isn’t all it’s cut out to be. When Sergei showed up I also knew exactly what he was planning to do the whole time and that was to execute Soma Peries in battle. He didn’t do this for Allelujah or himself though as you know he would gladly like to seek retribution for the death of his comrades, he did it for his daughter as one last gift before he said goodbye to her. Celestial Being up one pilot, A-LAWS down another. (Shin’s translation for RAGERS: GRAAAH THEY KILLED SOMA SHE’LL NEVER PILOT AGAIN! SUNRISE JUST DOESN’T GET IT DO THEY! HOW IS THIS GUNDAM?!)
And while this episode carried with it a fairly upbeat tone, it also brings us quite a bit closer to what I think is going to be the main plot. We finally see what was up with Ali’s attack on Azadistan and there’s no doubt that the A-LAWS were unnofficially behind it. This is how they roll (hint hint there Crusader, hope you’ve been paying attention this time…….). If they can’t get a country to join the Earth Federation then they will force it in, and if that means having a crazy guy perform go black ops on an entire region so that they can come in, restore order and install a friendly government then so be it. By the way, does this sound familiar to anyone. Subtle, but at the same time obvious to anybody who’s been reading the newspapers in the past 5 years. The preview also seems to hint that this is a step forward in Aeolia’s plan. Wait though, I thought Aeolia’s plan was through world peace unless……..world peace ends with an innovator in charge and the next step for humanity. Enter Regena Regetta and her bragging that she and Tieria have something in common and that also includes Ribbons. It looks like we are going to be heading into a Tieria focused series of episodes now and with it I sense we’ll be getting some answers to questions about what is really going on and our entrance into the core plotline that will define the rest of the series. (Shin’s Translation for RAGERS: WAY TO TURN THE SHOW INTO A BLACK AND WHITE CARTOON SERIES! I SUPPOSE THE OH SO GOOD CELESTIAL BEING WILL HAVE TO TAKE OUT THE BIG BAD A-LAWS NEXT TIME! GOD THIS SHOW MIGHT AS WELL JUST END NOW! IT’S OVER FOR ME! THE ONLY REASON I WATCH IT ANYMORE IS FOR MR.BUSHIDO LOL!)
One other thing I noticed is that Soma and Louise seem to have hit it off in the previous episode and she’s the next most reluctant pilot in the A-LAWS group. The one that most certainly doesn’t belong. The fact that Andrei had to step in and save her and that she just keeps making all of these made charges makes it hard for to see how she can continue to function as a member of an elite military group. If she only knew the truth about what was going on and could speak to Saji and Soma then it’s easy to see her path to getting out of this mess and heading over to Celestial Being too. They’re less of an enemy of the kind that would do what Nena did to her family then the A-LAWS are with their willingness to destroy an entire country just to see that it falls in line behind the Earth Federation. (Shin’s translation for RAGERS: LOUISE SHOULD HAVE KILLED SAJI THIS EPISODE IF SUNRISE WANTED TO TURN THIS SHOW AROUND! OF COURSE THEY DIDN’T! AAAAAARGGGGGGH)
As a side note, I wasn’t a fan of the Tommy Heavenly6 insert song at all. Give me Taja any day. Can’t say it really fit the scene. (Shin’s Translation for RAGERS: A SHITTY INSERT SONG?! IF SUNRISE EXPECTS ME TO BUY THEIR CRAPPY MUSIC THEN THEY THEY’RE MORE INCOMPETENT THEN I THOUGHT! RAAAAAAAAGE!)
In the end I think this episode deserves about an 8.5/10 rounded up to a 9 for the absolutely solid animation and choreagraphy throughout. If the shows been good so far it looks like it’s about to really hit it’s stride this season. (Shin’s Translation for RAGERS: 2/10! AT THIS RATE IT’S SURE TO BE A….)
That will do Shin Oikamas. That will do…..now get back from whenst thou came.
Rating: Nine Out Of Ten
Fury Rating: Two Out Of Ten
Special Bonus Topic:
I would like to touch upon a point made by Wingdarkness over on Animesuki (this part is copied verbatim as well) about how Setsuna didn’t seem to have learned anything from this encounter. At least so far. I find this actually is a little bit worrisome because a) We have been under the impression that his personality and way of handling things has been improved this season, but have never really seen it and b) a lack of reaction indicates that Setsuna has not recognized his defeat and what he might need to do to improve in order to do better against Mr. Bushido the next time, which seems a bit foolish.
The problem here comes from what may happen in the future because if Setsuna suddenly does beat him without having undergone a certain realization in order to do so then it could end up feeling cheap and will do no honour to Mr. Bushido nor Setsuna himself. They are building this confrontation up to be a big one in the future so I hope we at least get to see Setsuna recognizing his opponents skill in the coming episodes and taking steps to prepare for the next confrontation. Mr. Bushido should not be allowed to get the drop on the 00 Gundam a third time like he’s been doing. How does the saying go, ” ‘Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a thousand battles without disaster.”
1. Mr. Bushido is only interested in fighting the 00 Gundam. Use this to your advantage.
2. Mr. Bushido insists on close quarters combat and is nearly unbeatable in this regard. Make a point to keep your distance when engaging him.
3. Mr. Bushido prefers to fight alone. Find a way to use his “comrades” against him as a distraction.
4. Mr. Bushido will not fight an opponent who cannot defend himself. Make not of this if you want to avoid combat with him.
Time to get cracking Setsuna. Of course I don’t expect many or really any of these points to come into play in the future, but they are worth noting just the same. This is where Setsuna could potentially start in his quest to overcome his adversary.