Mobile Suit Gundam 00: “Not God, but me, by my own will”

Gundam 00 is fast becoming a vast repertoire of memorable quotes.

Setsuna, in his own atheist ways, has a point with that little speech near the beginning of the episode. Regardless of whether or not you believe in a God, ultimately you are the sole person in charge of you and your actions ((unless you’re a Calvinist, of course). Praying might make you feel better, or help you to encourage yourself to accomplish something, but, in the end, it is up to you, the person, to alter your own reality. Whether that urge to alter reality derives from a secular or spiritual source, it doesn’t really matter–you simply have to grasp reality with your own hands and give it a good smack or two and tell it to shape up. Gundam 00 is an extreme example of reality-altering–budding Aeolia Schenbergs take note, organizing a vast and far-reaching conspiracy to bring about some kind of massive change in the world, such as, oh, say, world peace, usually end in massive failure (because, after all, there is only room for one vast and far-reaching conspiracy in the world, and we filled our allotment with the Illuminati a long time ago, so just go join it)–but this lesson has practical, daily use.

So much for Setsuna-chan’s Phiilosophy Corner. On to the main event.

We have witnessed the deaths of quite a few of the main cast of 00 in this episode. Apparently losing Lockon wasn’t enough torment for Felt, so she had to lose her lesbian lover good friend Christina Sierra as well. Since Patrick isn’t dead, according to official rumors of some kind (the cockpit of his GN-X unit was left intact after the explosion, so he may be shaken a bit, but he’s allegedly alive), Christina is the most impactful death of the episode, and, as such, it got the high-class treatment. Like Lockon’s two-episode “hey he’s going to live! Pranked!” death sequence, Christina looks like she is going to make it through the massive explosion, having lost Lichty, the only man she has ever loved (last-minute just-before-death love interest developments are always harsh), but then, of course, we find that she has a shard of the Ptomemaios wedged in her suit, effectively piercing her and killing her.

I already felt a strong upwelling of moe for Felt, far greater than any previous feeling of moe towards said Felt, when she composed the letter for Lockon and her parents, but when she broke down in tears in the normal suit after the death of her second half, I had to sternly remind myself that, no, you cannot hug an anime character, unless one buys the special limited edition $300 dakimakura and somehow finds a pillow big enough to fit in it, and anyway those things aren’t usually meant, strictly speaking, for “hugging”, so it’s kind of a moot point. At any rate, whatever grip Nena Trinity and her Kugimiya wiles might have on me, Felt is currently the strongest female in the series for me, although, given the wide array of 00’s cast, and their respective developments, that’s saying something, I think. For a character who’s had an almost bit role to date, she’s the strongest supporting character, and I can only hope that they expound on Felt’s moe-ness for the second season.

Hopefully the second season won’t have Alejandro Corner piloting a gigantic mobile armor to kick the tattered remnants of Celestial Being around. Especially not after they’ve found their purpose in existence even stronger than ever before. 25 promises to be a spectacular mid-series conclusion. I want it to be Saturday already. :(

4 Responses to “Mobile Suit Gundam 00: “Not God, but me, by my own will””

  1. 1 Owen S 26 March 2008 at 2:05 am

    Yeah, Saturday is going to be epic.

    There’s been much talk about Saji and Nena are going to take centerstage during the second season, but I was wondering what you think about the potential of the two making it there.

    I mean, we all know Feldt’s practically destined to become a Meister eventually, but I don’t really see Saji doing that. Nena… well, if she doesn’t go around glomping Setsuna, then maybe.

  2. 2 Syaoran Li 26 March 2008 at 3:13 am

    There’re a lot of questions on the air about what will happen on 2nd seaosn, but I guess we’ve to wait until Saturday and saw the conclusion to Alejandro and Setsuna’s fight. The preview isn’t gentle with Celestial Being, so corss your fingers…

  3. 3 OGT 26 March 2008 at 1:12 pm

    >> Owen

    The preview was extremely unkind to Celestial Being. Mizushima’s been talking about “in order for there to be a rebirth, there has to be destruction” so the first half of 00 is the destruction of Celestial Being. The second half will be the rebirth.

    I don’t know if Saji will jump into a Gundam or not–I think he’ll be an antagonist. After all, it was Nena in her Throne Drei that maimed Louise, so I’m assuming he’s now got some kind of anti-Gundam blood running through his veins. I can see him teaming up with, say, Graham, though.

    Then again, I can also see a plotline where part of Nena’s redemption is that Saji/Louise forgive her, or something. But that sounds almost too happy, but if that’s what happens, I won’t complain, as long as it’s well-done, which isn’t a worry for me at all.

  4. 4 Owen S 27 March 2008 at 1:37 am

    Ah, good observation. I agree with that line of reasoning — an anti-Gundam rhetoric would seem most likely for Saji. The redemption part, well, I guess it depends on whether their paths cross eventually and if G00 ever takes that route, but it makes sense. Everyone wants to be forgiven.

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