This episode is quite interesting. It’s a build-up for the huge battle that is coming soon, so there’s a whole bunch of talking and I like talking episodes, as long as it’s not mostly teenage angst.
There are some new characters and background information about the G00 universe being introduced, and also, we have the new OP and ED. I love the new ED! The new OP is fine I guess.
The new OP is “Ash Like Snow” by the brilliant green. I’m not the one translating this.
This entire episode is basically a build-up for a huge joint military exercise between the Union, HRL and AEU. It’s some kind of elaborate plan to get to the Gundams but, if you actually stop to think about it, it’s actually quite contrived and illogical.
Basically they plan to hold the military exercise in the Taklamakan Desert located in northwest China. Apparently it’s the place where China sent all its enriched uranium for storage after solar energy made nuclear power obsolete. This is partially my own conjecture because it’s never actually explained in the episode what “enriched uranium dumping ground” means, since nobody actually dumps enriched uranium in reality, only depleted uranium.
Illogical as it may be, the plan does make for a convenient excuse to send all the familiar characters to China and gather them in one little desert to fight it out with Celestial Being. (Apparently Celestial Being gets owned, according to the preview for the next episode.)
Graham’s Anti-Gundam Investigation Unit finally gets officially activated. The codename is Overflags, which is frankly a stupid name, and its overt operational status is the 8th Independent Tactical Aviation Squadron, a special air unit comprising entirely of Flags. They also get twelve new pilots who are apparently the aces of the various Union aviation units and come from exotic places such as Alaska, Georgia and Illinois. I guess other than the United States, the rest of the Union is pretty much useless.
Also, it seems that elite pilots in the Union get to have their own customized flight patches. Is this true of the modern day USAF? Somehow it sounds terribly silly.
Meanwhile, we are introduced to a new character on the AEU side. Finally, the Europeans get to have someone who is not Patrick to represent them on screen.
Her name is Katie Manekin (or something like that) and she is the commander of the squadron which Patrick belongs to. Also, she bitch slaps Patrick like twice for being late. And he likes it.
And finally, the most shocking revelation of all, Ali Al-Serges is a member of the French Foreign Legion! And a pretty trusted one too! Those French must have some terrible background checks. Anyway, his cover identity is Gerry Biaggi (which is an Italian name I believe?) and he is the commander of the 4th Independent Foreign Cavalry Regiment. He is given some top secret mission orders in preparation for the military exercise, probably to capture the Gundams.
Man, what’s next? The Union President is actually Sumeragi’s father?
Oh and we finally get to see Celestial Being’s secret base. (Or at least part of it.) They have a space dock in an artificial asteroid field near Lagrange L1 point, which is the Lagrange point between Earth and Moon. Apparently, Union built their space colony there and moved a ton of mineral asteroids nearby in order to mine for construction materials.
The new ED is “Friends” by Stephanie. I am translating this. It sounds quite different from her previous songs.
G00 is quality entertainment.