It’s time for the final four Gundam 00 episodes as we make our way to the finale, and so far I like what I see as we make our way towards the finale which I’m assuming will take place around the location of Veda. I really don’t have any strict expectations for what I like to see in the final four episodes other then it tie up as many loose ends as possible, but I do have three humble wishes for what I hope to see as well as what I hope not to see as far as a subplot and two classic Gundam finale cliches go.
Wish #1 Let The Louise Live:
This scene in the ending isn’t for nothing I should hope
Okay, so this subplot has been going for pretty much the entirety of the series if you want to count the early happy go lucky stuff with Saji x Louise, and right now Saji is potentially about to make his final attempt to bring back the girl she loves. Except they’ve set things up for her in a manner quite similar to the classic female Gundam love interest who has happened to end up on the opposite side of things. Mobile Armor? Check. Going slightly batty? Oh yes check. A danger to herself and others? Jury’s still out, but I’m tempted to say check. Four Murasame, Rosamia Badam, Stellar Louiser, all have been love interests to Gundam leads (I’ll stop to note that Saji isn’t a lead, but bear with me hear) and all have died soon after getting a transformable mobile armor and going slightly batty. However, few of them have ever had this level of intrigue centred around their pairing with another character, and that gives me slight hope.
Hope aside, I think it would also be far better for the overall story of Gundam 00 for Louise to survive and make it back to being with Saji then it would be for her to just tragically die for a number of reasons. Those being:
a) That it would buck the cliche of the female love interest dying on a main character after him already trying to get her to come over to him and then either accidentally killing or being forced to kill her to save himself and others. I mean how many times has this been done already. It goes back to the original Gundam of course, but it’s already been done even in this series with Anew Returner. Here’s a chance for Gundam 00 to set itself apart from the trends of other Gundam series and I hope it takes it in this regard because….
b) It would send a horrible message that all of Saji’s suffering, character growth and resolution with regard to trying to get Louise back would have been for nothing, and by extension that would be like sending the message that it wasn’t worth it for him to even decided to try with all of his will in the first place. Finally
c) There’s little to be gained by killing her off in front of Saji other then more angst, but there’s everything to be gained in the two being reunited, because face it, whether you like the two or not or think that Saji is a weiner and Louise is over domineering, they have chemistry and they are earning the right to be together. Louise has had her justice in being able to avenge her parents, now it’s time for Saji to be able to have his justice in getting together with Louise again. I can’t stress enough how firmly I believe that them reuniting will also provide exponentially better drama and a feeling of resolution to their story, whereas killing her would leave nothing but a hollow feeling and be like terminating their story in it’s tracks. Also it will get the writers many a catcall of lazing out on finishing up their story in a full blown scene and instead coping out with a death to tie it up as quickly as possible.
Really though this shouldn’t be that hard to do so please make this happen Mizushima and Kuroda.
Wish #2 For The Love Of God Please Don’t Introduce A Pink Exia
This Is Exia Trans-Am. It Is Simply A Power Up From The First Season And Now Exia Is Gone….Let’s Keep It That Way Please
Truthfully I don’t see much chance of this happening, but that’s mostly because there kind of already a pink Exia and it’s called Trans-Am Exia, but what I’m really getting at is that tendency of Sunrise as of late to bring back the previous incarnation of the major mecha in a pink form to give to a female pilot. It happened in Seed, it happened in Code Geass R2 and I don’t want it to happen in any capacity here, because it lends validity to the idea that it’s all about model kits all the time to the staff involved in these series by showcasing a tendency to milk a popular old design by having it repackaged in a different colour. Seriously, this doesn’t just go for Exia, I don’t want any previous incarnation of a Mobile Suit coming back in a pink colour just so say….Soma can have a Gundam to pilot in the final episode or something. If this happens I will come to the mecha designers Ebikawa’s house and tear his wife in half…..or not, but I won’t be too impressed either.
Wish #3 Please Don’t Do The Whole Doom Fortress/Super Laser Cannon Thing Again For The Finale:
I’ve taken down many a Fortress Of Doom in my time, and seen many Fortress of Doom get taken down in my time, and I’m plum tired of it. By the way if you know what game this picture is taken from then you need to get outside more
Again, I don’t see the Super Laser Cannon thing happening again in the finale as they’ve kind of already dealt with that in Memento Mori (and it was actually kind of a neat new take on the concept and I’d like to leave it that way), but the jury is still out on whether Ribbons has a doom fortress stashed somewhere. Again, common cliche in high profile Sunrise series as it’s happened in Seed, Destiny and Code Geass R2 and I’d rather them buck this cliche with 00 and just have some battle over Veda’s location as opposed to Ribbons sitting pretty in some death fortress that has X superweapon to use against X target for X purpose and all of that jazz. Ribbons, get the f*** out there and fight it out with some Mobile Suit in the finale please as I want to see what you’ve got. Again I have some hopes for this in the fact that Ribbons was a Meister at one point……just please don’t do the death fortress thing. Whatever your plan is I’m sure you can do it without having to resort to a cliche.
And that is all I ask as far as plot requests with regard to the final four episodes. May the mystical genie of the Gundam 00 staff please grant this.