#GundamAGE ep19: the AGE military is a close knit family… literally! #anime
I’m seriously starting to wonder about the population of the AGE universe. Or maybe it’s just a matter of talented people coming together. Or maybe it’s a matter of the Federation Forces higher ups orchestrating this tight knit group of relatives and close friends. The Asuno family has its finger prints all over this ship. The Gunhale family has two generations stalking the decks. High school friends are on the same ship. The Diva’s captain and mobile suit commander are intimately acquainted, as well. You’d think there’d be a lot of hanky panky and barbecues. But no, this is anime, and more specifically Gundam, there’s gonna be more than a few coincidences.
Gundam AGE doesn’t waste time, though I’m getting used to these unnarrated time skips. Asuno and Romary are fresh out of the military academy and on the decks of the Diva. And Zeheart is getting high fives from his central command for “excemplary work”. Pft! All he did was go to high school for a year and kill a few Feddies.
It is nice seeing a real, though incredibly green unit come together on the Diva. Aside from Woolf and perhaps Orbit, everyone else looks like babies. Fresh meat for the oncoming war. And after watching years of Gundam, I’d honestly be a little worried if I was any of those pilots in those grunt units. Well, we all know Asemu has nothing to worry about.
The AGE-2 finally makes its first official appearance right alongside the formerly useless Dique. I have to admit, a little stubble plus the last name Gunhale goes a long way towards making me not think of him as a useless background character. Hopefully he doesn’t allow the AGE System to do all the heavy lifting if you know what I mean.
Things converge nicely as Zeheart sends out a mobile suit unit to “poke” the Diva and test its capabilities. I suppose it’s a nice change of pace from another colony attack. Though the upcoming results would make me question how wise that order to “poke” would be. Having the “White Wolf” in charge of me would certainly give me some confidence. It’s nice to see him in action in earnest. I’m sure if anyone else had been babysitting there’d be more casualties. They hold off the Veigan units until the AGE-2 finished powdering its nose.
And then Asemu commences to wreck shop. He had a brief moment of insubordination when instead of getting the hell out of the way of the Diva’s self defense weaponry, he shot ahead in a hotshot move that killed two mobile suits in one shot. (“Whew! Nice!”) So maybe he’s a bit of a hot head, but he’ll be alright after a little extra time in his room.
Decent episode overall, and a nice debut for the AGE-2. As usual, the show keeps the narrative compact and relatively brisk. I do question the logic of “poking” the Diva and losing an entire squadron of mobile suits in the process. I think its a bad decision for the new commander, but the show will gloss over this bit of reality and move on, so I had better do so too. I’ll look forward to Zehearts’ debut next week in combat… and possibly the return of one of my favorite characters from the first “age”. Desil. I’m sure he’s become delightfully twisted since his spanking all those years ago.
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