I have EJU tomorrow morning so I’m going to make this quick, hopefully. Gah, curse man’s need to sleep.

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Gundam 00 episode 6 introduces the European nation of Moralia, new equipments for Gundam Dynames and Exia and a new foe.

Summary

Moralia is a nation founded just 23 years ago in AD 2284. It’s located at modern day France’s Mediterranean coast (around Marseille) and surprisingly it is not part of the Advanced European Union. Although it has just 180 thousand citizens, over four million foreign workers live in the country. This is because the country’s economy is highly dependent on the private military industrial complex. It attracts foreign investments by giving tax breaks to private military companies.

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Of the 4000 plus companies in Moralia, a giant conglomerate called PMC Trust owns over 20 percent of them. PMC Trust is a private military contractor which has its own mercenary army and weapons development programmes. Although they are not part of AEU, Moralia and PMC appear to be heavily involved in AEU’s weapons and space elevator development.

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Presumably due to the lack of large-scale conflicts fuelling its military industry, Moralia’s economy is in recession and the country itself is in a bad state. AEU’s big shots are worried about Moralia collapsing and decide to send in troops under the pretext of a joint military exercise with the Moralian forces and PMC Trust. Celestial Being sees this as a challenge and launches an intervention.

We are introduced to Ali Al-Serges (I’m just guessing the name from the katakana), a mercenary working for PMC who was apparently part of Setsuna’s past in Kurdistan.

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“Hi, I’m Ali.”

PMC, being a private company, is very interested in obtaining the Gundam for its own nefarious purpose (i.e. making money). The people in-charge decide to modify AEU’s latest prototype mobile suit (which they are contracted to develop) and assign Ali to pilot it and bring back a Gundam.

Thoughts

This episode is much better than the last one. Oh sure, everyone loved episode 5’s laughable “character development” and whatever. I prefer the politics and the nitty gritty details instead.

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Interestingly, this guy is apparently the German Chancellor. During the discussion of AEU’s plan to send troops to Moralia, he mentions something along the lines of, “public opinions will prevent my country from sending troops” to which the Angela-lookalike replied, “stop dwelling on something that happened over three centuries ago.” I’m quite sure that she’s referring to World War II. (Or perhaps the guy is British and we’re talking about Operation Iraqi Freedom?)

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Human Enhancement Agency Research Lab

We also learn that Soma has enhancements made to the glial cells in her brain. This allows her to utilize some new form of brain wave (脳量子波) in a manner which is not explained, but probably referring to some sort of extrasensory ability (i.e. Newtype sixth sense).

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PMC Trust’s private army

On another note, I won’t be surprised if PMC Trust is some kind of allusion to the military contractors that are practically running Iraq today. We use words like “private security contractors” as euphemisms for what they really are: mercenaries. With Haliburton‘s power and influence, I don’t doubt its potential to one day break off a chunk of territory from somewhere and form its own sovereign nation…

Screenshots

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“Pwease forgive me?”

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“Pwease give me solar energy?”

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“Pwease accept my feelings?”

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“Pwease give me more airtime?”

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New hairstyle!

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Dynames puts on weight

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Exia’s GN Blades (the swords, not the box)

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Billy x Sumeragi!

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You can hear a million yaoi fangirls cry out in anguish

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Military mission or summer vacation?

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Batman!

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Dual wield!

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Over-compensating for something?

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Everyone wants a piece of Exia

I really have to go to sleep now. *Drops dead*

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