How much better would this show be if every single episode didn’t feel obligated to showcase one cool-looking toy smashing up some less important toys? ‘Cause I don’t know, man… I think the story might actually take shape if this was actually the case. But it’s a mecha anime, maaaaan. Hell, it’s not just any mecha anime. It’s a Gundam anime. So we gotta have robot action! Well, of course. I’m not saying we should get rid of all the battle scenes in this show, but these skirmishes — and they really are just skirmishes — just feel so pointless. Like I’ve suggested, they feel obligatory, and when that happens, you pretty much suck the fun and soul out of the action. Worst of all, the action is gradually divorced from the actual story.
Lately, I find myself sitting there, just waiting for the action to end so we can actually get on with the plot. I mean, Aida announced her intention to see Towasanga for herself two whole episodes ago. And yet, our heroes only manage this at the end of this week’s episode. I’ve been griping about the show’s pacing for quite some time, and it’s fairly evident now that the action is actually the root of the problem. The battle scenes in this anime don’t feel as though they’re an organic extension of the story. They feel like Tomino has to hit some kind of weekly quota before he can get back to whatever story he’s trying to tell. Like whoa, whoa, whoa… I know you want to advance the plot and shit, but have you wasted fifteen minutes of the viewers time on a pointless battle? Yeah, this week’s fight is just a time waster. Most weeks’ fights are just a time waster.
Reconguista in G has fallen into that dreaded trap where the heroes find themselves battling the Monster of the Week. But of course, there are no monsters in this show. It’s just the same, tired skirmishes over and over. If we’re not fighting Mask, then we’re just fighting another tired face. What happens this week? The Dorette fleet are still in hot pursuit of both the Megafauna and the Salamandra. After all, they’re not going to let our heroes get to the moon. Problem is, we just saw this same song and dance last week. So I don’t need to see this again. It’s just not compelling. I’ve been dying to see the moon, and I had to sit here and watch a bunch of space combat when I just wanted to see the moon, and finally, our characters get somewhere… and the episode is over. I’m so tired of this shit.
Some commenters act as if Reconguista in G’s detractors are failing to understand or decipher the story. No, that’s not the problem at all. The story is actually fairly understandable. It’s just that none of the plot lines will pay off until we are close to the very end. In that sense, the anime is playing a very dangerous game. Either everything is foreshadowing for that big payoff that the story will eventually reach… or the show will just fall flat on its face as nothing comes together. But until then, the show’s just not very enjoyable to watch. In the best case scenario, it’s one of those series where you look back and go, “Oh, so that’s what they were going for…?” But that’s the best case scenario. Who even knows if we’ll have even that. It’s a sad day when the best thing that this episode has going for it is lucid Raraiya.