Alright, I think I sort of get what’s going on now. Sort of. As we all know, the end of the Universal Century brought about a near-cataclysmic event. I imagine the conflict over energy led to nations coming dangerously close to wiping humanity out. This is probably also why we haven’t seen any of those iconic Gundam space colonies after four whole episodes. We might still see them later, but for now, the show has remained relatively grounded. In any case, to solve this energy conflict crisis, various countries decided to rely upon an independent third party, and that’s where the Capital comes in. Its job is to regulate the distribution of said energy. In theory, this should work if the distribution was not only fair, but could also meet everyone’s needs. In practice, this is hardly the case. Thus far, however, the Capital had only needed to defend itself against “pirates.” That’s why the Capital Army seems so inept. It’s basically an army that has sprung up overnight. According to Bellri, even his own mother didn’t regard the Capital Army as anything official up until just recently. In any case, we all know that the pirates are really working for the Ameria.
Ameria, for whatever reason, wants to become energy independent. Remember the conversations in the previous two episodes? Remember how in episode two, Aida wanted to cover the surface of the planet with solar panels? This could certainly solve her country’s energy crisis. Nevertheless, Bellri tried to explain why the Capital wouldn’t allow this. We just didn’t quite get to hear what he said; we only saw the aftermath, which was Aida slapping our hero across the face. Now, what could he have possibly said to piss Aida off that much? In last week’s episode, Bellri argued that if the Capital doesn’t monopolize the world’s energy, then people would just misuse it. How so? Well, there’s a lot of talk this week about an Ag-Tech taboo against the advancement of science. The Capital, with the support of His Holiness, is deliberately hindering society’s technological advancement. It might be the case that during the Universal Century technology got so advanced that whenever nations came to blows, they nearly wiped humanity out. As a result, the Capital wants to prevent this from ever happening again by just completely retarding the progress of science altogether.
You kind of run into trouble, however, when nations are in such desperate need of energy that they might cease to function entirely if they don’t get enough. This might explain why Aida blames the war between Ameria and Gondwan on the policies enacted by the Capital. She even argues that “[t]he world has regressed to the time of the A.D calendar.” Perhaps the war between Ameria and Gondwan could have been avoided if Ameria could just rely upon science to fix its problems. Unfortunately, your hands are kind of tied when a third party claims that such a thing would be taboo. But that then leads us to another issue. In response to the recent pirate attacks, Bellri’s mother immediately wanted to cut off Ameria’s energy supply completely. It’s possible that the Capital was already distributing a reduced amount to Ameria in the first place. The ongoing conflict between Ameria and Gondwan might even be the reason why this is so. Ameria’s only option, then, is to either accept their punishment, or retaliate against the Capital with “pirates.” Hell, I seem to remember that a certain nation went aggressive against a major power shortly after its major supply of oil imports got cut off…
But I digress. In any case, the problem is further compounded when the Capital appears — “appears” is the key word here — to be a bunch of hypocrites. The colonel is clearly ignoring the Ag-Tech taboo. A few weeks ago, one commenter complained about the presence of religion in this universe. I don’t think it’s that far-fetched. If humanity really did come that close to extinction, and technology is now viewed as some sort of boogeyman that nearly brought about said extinction, it’s not completely out of the question that society might turn to religion for reassurance that a similar crisis might not occur again. A curse is even mentioned by Bellri in this week’s episode with regards to some blueprints. But like I’ve said, it appears that the Capital is ignoring said taboo, and this is pissing other nations off, especially Ameria. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the Capital isn’t justified in its actions. It’s far too early say either way. After all, it would seem that the Capital Army has come into existence to deal with some sort of threat from outer space. What threat? Well, it looks like we’ll only have to wait a week to find out.
All in all, I think the story is finally starting to come together. There are a few minor things I still dislike about the show. For instance, I still really hate the character dialogue. I know it’s a Tomino thing, but it’s just jarring to go from every other show this season to Reconguista in G. I also still really, really dislike Raraiya’s character. There’s still plenty of time left for that girl to come into her own, but at the moment, she is obnoxiously annoying. And as a final aside, I still think Aida’s suit is ridiculously designed. It looks like her ass has a moustache. But on the plus side, the battle scene in this week’s episode was… okay. I mean, it’s obvious which Gundam show got the bigger budget this season, so Reconguista in G will just have to make do. There’s a lot of other stuff to talk about, too. Like how the G-Self has a fancy beam saber. Or how Dellensen is also coming into his own as a character (so what’s your excuse, Raraiya?). But I think I’ve said enough for this week’s post.