This is going to be another short post because I don’t really know what to say about the story. It seems to be advancing as a snail’s paced, which is evident by the fact that the first half of this week’s episode is a continuation of last week’s battle. There are some differences, of course. The G-Self gets this rather cumbersome-looking backpack. I’m not even sure what it does, so this makes me want to ask the following question: do you guys actually enjoy the action in this show? Personally, something about the action scenes just makes them very hard for me to follow. I never really know what’s happening on a macro scale. The fight only ever seems to come to an end when the main bad guy has to make his retreat. The fate of the rest of his unit never seems to matter all that much. It doesn’t help either when Captain Mask is screaming stuff like, “What’s an island doing there?!” In my head, I’m just like, “What?”
Luckily, Mick is pretty useful this week, so she serves as a nice contrast to Aida. I’m beginning to think our princess is completely and utterly inept. The battle is still raging on and around her as she runs up to and hugs her father. She even giggles as she does so. Why is she even out there? Why is she even on the front lines? First, our princess never seems to actually contribute to the actual success of any given mission. But if you really think about it, what does she do outside the mission? I don’t really know. To be honest with you, if you asked me why her character even exists, I wouldn’t be able to tell you. She can pilot the G-Self, but she hasn’t done this since the very first episode. She’s a huge burden on the team as she constantly needs saving. The only impression I get is that she wanted to run with the pirates, and there was nothing her father could do to stop her:
Aida’s Father: “I’d like you to try and persuade her as well.”
Captain: “She’s at the age where she’s least likely to listen to adults, you know?”
Aida’s Father: “Oh, adolescence….”
“Oh, adolescence?” That’s it? Isn’t this the military? If she can’t actually contribute anything, then why is she here? Then again, these are the same guys who allow Raraiya to run around freely during numerous dangerous conflicts. Luckily, Noredo is all but forgotten in these last few episodes. But really, this show’s female characters aren’t faring too well as a whole. Anyway, Aida’s uselessness doesn’t end there. I guess she finally realizes that her previous rifle isn’t very useful for actually sniping anything, so she finally gets herself a more suitable weapon. It’s just too bad she decides to take off by herself to try and take out some unknown aircraft headed towards them from the Capital Tower. In other words, it’s Bellri’s mom Wilmit. Needless to say, without taking a closer look and realizing that the unknown aircraft is nothing more than an unarmed glider, Aida would’ve killed Bellri’s mom had he not followed the princess and hip-checked the her mobile suit out of the way. Christ, what is Aida good for?
Anyway, we only get a tiny bit of plot development, and it’s tucked away near the end of the episode. Lots of things are taboo in this universe, including astronomical observation. The Amerian army has also been preparing itself for the imminent threat from space. What’s the threat from space, you ask? Shit, your guess is as good as mine. All we know is that the Amerian army has been keeping a close eye on the moon, and as a result, they’ve noticed a lot of human activity going on up there. This is why the Amerian army is constructing a space fleet. This is why they want to revive Universal Century technology. Aida’s father goes so far as to suggest, “If the threat from space becomes more concrete, you won’t have time to take issue with us, you realize?” Shit’s about to go down, but unfortunately, the show’s taking it’s pretty little time to unveil everything. But isn’t this what the Capital Tower is also doing? Isn’t the formation of Capital Army a reaction to this space threat? Or was that just Klim’s mistaken assumption? After all, Wilmit seems to react very negatively to those pictures of the moon.
I don’t quite comprehend the situation, though. This is largely because the dialogue feels… incomplete? I don’t know how else to put it, but the show’s dialogue resembles its action scenes in a way. I can’t quite grasp what the characters are talking about, because they’re often referring to something that only they know, because what they know isn’t something that the story has even bothered to introduce to the audience yet. I find myself often having to rewatch a conversation just to get what they are trying to say. Anyway, I’m starting to suspect that the Capital Army is actually working with those moon people. Furthermore, I bet the anti-science taboo isn’t to prevent another apocalypse. Rather, it’s to keep the people on the surface from mounting any sort of actual resistance to whatever they’re cooking up on the moon. But again, maybe I’m wrong, because honestly, the show’s just kind of difficult to get into. Maybe one of you guys can tell me what you got out of this scene.
In the end, Mask is the only character I kind of like. I can relate to his story and motives. Still, how many times do we have to see the guy attack Bellri and company to no avail? I mean, I realize this is a Gundam thing. The bad guy will attack over and over and fail. Still, it’s repetitive for a 2014 anime. If you’re not interested in G-Self’s different backpacks, there’s nothing to take away from these battles. Yeah, Mask’s unit had the upper hand at first in the last skirmish, but it was only because Raraiya had taken the G-Self out on a joyride. If Bellri could’ve responded to Mask’s threat right from the very start, would the battle still have played out the same way? Probably not. And considering how the Kuntalas are looked down upon, these losses are beginning to mount. Not only that, the previews for next week’s episode suggests that Mask is back at it again. How many times can the guy fail to overcome the G-Self before he gets stripped of his position? Then again, if he’s a guinea pig for the Capital Army, they might not care if he loses…