Anime Review: Mobile Suit Gundam AGE – 18
A mini time skip within the time skip… GUNCEPTION.
I’d like to say that I was really surprised with this episode. (Note that I don’t watch episode previews at the end of each episode.) I think it was a great decision to do a mini time skip to fast forward things to Asemu and co.’s graduation ceremony. It’s a positive for me in that the series doesn’t dawdle around and languish in the school setting, and that instead, the series decided to jump start the conflict that looks like it will be escalating quite quickly. Where typically you’d have a battle that forces the separation—which does happen in this episode—there is also that natural separation of going separate paths from their graduation ceremony. I thought it was all tied-in together pretty well.
This episode also featured a short cameo by Woolf Enneacle, although his eyes weren’t shown. We know it’s his older version as he pilots his latest white mobile suit, the G-Bouncer. By the end of the fight between Zeheart and Asemu, his reinforcement helps drive him and the other Vagan mobile suits off. But before that we’re treated to Zeheart’s big reveal to Asemu that he is a Vagan.This wasn’t something I was expecting to happen so quickly, but this will definitely play a factor down the road when they meet on the battlefield of space. With Romary in attendance the trio are now caught up in the ever growing war and with the way things are set up some grade A drama is sure to happen. Knowing that this is Gundam, could Romary suffer the same fate as Yurin in this conflict?
The only downside to this episode is that though I personally didn’t have such a negative outlook on it, some audiences may find that this happened way too quickly at just three episodes into the second phase of the series. Other than that, this was a really good episode that shows Zeheart as someone who truly did bond with the humans of the Earth sphere. How he’ll deal with the idea of killing these people for the ultimate goal of the Vagan when he actually has to go through with it will be something to look forward to.
GO Rating: 3.5/5