It’s funny how every episode so far has had at least one person coming to tears. But I rather like Gundam: Reconguista in G‘s latest offering. Not only was the battle against Dellensen pretty well-scripted, for the first time in the series, Bellri isn’t his normal, happy-go-lucky self. There’s no goofing around this time. We just fight until one side dies. Now, don’t get me wrong; I don’t need every mecha protagonist to be a brooding bundle of self-loathing. At the same time, it’s nice to see the protagonist of the series display a wide range of emotions. He had been nothing but smiles for most of the first five episodes. But now? We finally have some real conflict to chew on. Ultimately, I suspect Bellri will finally decide to officially join the pirate’s side, but it’ll be interesting to see his thought process. After all, he is pretty shaken up by the whole ordeal. I didn’t expect him to care this much about Dellensen, but he does. You might even say the prologue has finally ended, and as a result, the story can actually get started.
Twice now, Bellri has killed two people that — well, to put it simply — he regrets killing. Granted, he’s not personally worked up about Cahill’s death, but I’m sure he’d take it back if he could. I’m sure if he knew how much pain Aida is in, he’d also feel pretty bad about it himself. Point is, someone as innocent, well-intentioned, and happy-go-lucky as Bellri simply can’t avoid becoming a murderer in these conflicts. You therefore have to wonder if this will become a recurring theme. More importantly, who’s next? With Luin entrenched on the Capital Army’s side, will Bellri eventually have to kill his friend? I can see it happening. Another major trend is the way Bellri seems to deflect full responsibility for his actions. I suspect he could improve his relationship with Aida immensely if he actually showed any real guilt. Their relationship will eventually have to thaw at some point, right?
I also wonder how long it’ll take Bellri to bounce back. The pirates are happy to have him around, but that’s because he’s the wunderkind at the moment. Like most Gundam protagonists, he’s a natural at what he does. Plus, they don’t really have any one else to pilot the G-Self. Aida’s a princess, so it’s too risky to throw her into the middle of a fight. As for Raraiya… well… I’m sure if they could control, they would. Maybe that’s what a part of next week’s episode will be all about. Point is, Bellri’s loved at the moment, because he’s useful. But what happens when Bellri starts screwing up? What if killing Dellensen sticks with him, and he doesn’t do as well as he’s normally been doing? And what happens if — God forbid — they can just start relying on Raraiya instead? The previews for next week’s episode seem to imply that the pirates will finally suffer a defeat. I wonder if our hero will be at fault.
Anyway, here are some notes from the first half of the episode:
— Hm, I didn’t think last week’s episode was complicated enough to require a brief recap at the start of this week’s episode.
— Dental gum sounds really useful. Who said advanced technology was forbidden! But on a more serious note, I also like that everyone has their hair up because of the zero gravity. In general, I prefer it when characters have their hair up, which doesn’t usually happen since the hime cut is so popular that it’s practically everywhere you look. I just think it looks incredibly boring both in anime and in real life.
— Noredo: “So you haven’t forgotten you’re a Capital Guard cadet after all.” She sounds rather gleeful, but the girl should hold onto to that thought. I have a feeling he’ll want to forget by the end of the episode.
— Yep, Raraiya is still useless and annoying.
— C’mon, those bird walkers have got to be annoying to ride. You constantly bobbing up and down. Why on earth do they not have stabilizing technology this far into the future? Is stabilizing yourself against the Ag-Tech taboo too?!
— Bellri’s mom has no real role in the anime at the moment. Every time we see her, she’s just expressing some variation of shock at the events occurring around her. What’s going on?! What are you doing?! Is His Holiness really okay with this?!
— I like how Secret Identity Luin is simply referred to as Mask. On a related note, I don’t know why some of you guys think it isn’t Luin. Where has Luin disappeared off to, then?
— CGI looks out of place, the sky is blue, the sun rises in the east… what else is new?
— Wow, segways… I mean, technically, they’re superior to those bird walkers, but… uh… yeah….
— Nevertheless, it’s nice to see what life up here is like. They don’t seem to have much respect for the Capital Army either, which would explain why those guys are fighting for their honor. Ultimately, I don’t think this justifies their actions or anything, but it does give them another motivation to work off of.
— Do they really need to turn and face each other when they’re communicating via video feed?
— The G-Self gets some giant reflectors installed onto it. They look alright in action.
— Noredo was so close to asphyxiating Raraiya… so, so close.
— Aida gets into a mecha this week, but again, she doesn’t do anything. I get it. She’s a very important person, and they don’t want to put her at risk. And sure, she nevertheless plays a major role in the plot. I just think it’s a pity that none of the other female characters have really stepped up. There’s a reason why Gundam has a significant number of female fans. The older series were pretty progressive for their time. That being said, Gundam: Reconguista in G isn’t doing anything interesting on this front.
Anyway, that’s about it. I pretty much stopped taking notes when the fight started, because… well, there’s really not much note-taking to take during a fight scene.