Gundam 00 S2 Episode 1 – Second Coming of the Angel [Orange Farm Archive]

Right on the heels of the epic ending of the epic series, Code Geass, which probably ties Nadesico and Gunbuster for my favorite series *ever*, comes the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam 00.

Guess we all know what sub I'm watching, huh

Unlike the first episode of Code Geass R2, Gundam 00 is coming back with a bang, which is pretty refreshing. We pretty much know what’s going on, even though it has been five years since the first season. Anyway, the basis of the story is this: Saji has been a space construction worker astronaut for a while, believing that if he’s in space, he’ll eventually get to see Louise again(logic?). However, a friend of his is arrested by the Feddies because he’s believed to be part of a rebel group called Cataron, and Saji is dragged into it and forced into menial labor pushing giant things in heavy gravity in a colony called Proud.

Push, my minions! Hahahahaha

A Cataron ship is closing with Colony Proud as they push, for some kind of “operation”, but A-LAWS, a faction of the Feddie military, has gotten wind of it. It seems Tieria knows of it, too, and also knows that Setsuna is currently on the colony. After we see Setsuna sneaking around, the Cataron ship literally crashes into the hangar, and they’re about to infiltrate when an A-LAWS battleship commanded by some fat dude blows it apart. The AHEADs also release some automatons with machine guns to kill stuff…

Oh my GOD it's Tachikoma <3

…and Louise reappears as well, in the pilot seat of an AHEAD; she’s *apparently* now with A-LAWS for some reason. As the automatons close in on Saji and kill his friend, Setsuna arrives and blows the thing up with a sticky grenade, and they have a short-lived reunion. Well, they have to keep running, but Setsuna is pretty much blowing them all up.


And then there was Exia. It looks like Setsuna has done a fairly good job of repairing it, and man, does it look badass when missing one eye cover and an arm. (Pulling off a Sandrock look there, eh? You’re doing it a lot better than Quatre ever did) Louise reacts to the Gundam much the same way as Enhanced Humans usually reacts to Newtypes… and then you see her eye glow, and it becomes clear that Ribbons has done something to her.

Meanwhile, Exia is getting its ass kicked(well, it IS five years old), and Setsuna is about to die when Vowels Tieria appears in the C’est la Vie Gundam(WTF KIND OF NAME IS THAT) and blasts the crap out of stuff using FOUR CANNONS. It also has a face on it’s back. That’s right, it can see behind it. Apparently its hands are reversable, too, because he slashed the guy behind him.

That's on it's back, in case you can't tell from the picture

That's on it's back, in case the picture isn't clear enough

So, back at Colony Proud, Setsuna and Tieria are reunited, and Saji bursts in, demanding if Setsuna piloted a Gundam five years ago. Well, duh. Saji’s angry at him for killing Louise’s family and his big sister, and even grabs his gun, but ends up not shooting him.

We get the opening sequence at the end of the episode here. Personally, I don’t really like the song, but the animation is great. After the opening sequence, we see Setsuna approaching someone that appears to be Lockon’s brother – he first refers to him as Lyle, and then corrects himself, saying Lockon Stratos.

For the first episode, this was pretty damn good.  I especially like the new AHEADs(or whatever they’re called) simply for the beam saber-whip thing:

Holy shit.

Holy shit.

It looks like Saji’s character status has been elevated – he’s gone from “support character that we can go all Tomino on” to “actual main character that might have an important role”. Now that Louise is piloting a mobile suit in A-LAWS, it’s only a matter of time before Saji gets his own suit and fights against her. We can only guess at what happened to Louise to get her in this position. It apparently wasn’t just the trauma of a Gundam killing her entire extended family that made her lock up in the fight with Exia; there’s the eye-glowing, and she does start popping pills in a Rau Le Crueset sort of way.

Anyway, that’s it for the first episode, and personally, I can’t wait for the second one. We should learn what happened to most of the characters in the next episode, which means we can get right back to the action~


2 Responses to “Gundam 00 S2 Episode 1 – Second Coming of the Angel [Orange Farm Archive]”

  1. 1 Cookies
    October 10, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    “Setsuna’s angry at him for killing Louise’s family and his big sister, and even grabs his gun, but ends up not shooting him.”.


    Should be Saji. :3

  2. 2 darkslime
    October 10, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Haha, thanks for catching that. Didn’t make much sense otherwise.

    I’m going to save my next post as a draft, then go back an hour later and read it. Maybe that will help. XD

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