Weekly Digest: 3/4/12 – Mobile Suit Gundam AGE, Brave 10, Shakugan no Shana III

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Mobile Suit Gundam AGE – 21

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The dynamic of AGE is definitely more interesting in this second round, with the added elements of the father-son relationship and the enemy now having names and faces – not to mention the hints that Romary (who should be Asemu’s future girl by the laws of Gundam dramatics) appears to have real feelings for Zaeheart.  I’m not going to say the series has suddenly found brilliance, but it’s definitely found a groove that’s more engaging that what we’ve seen up to this point.  I’d like to see a little more subtlety in the way these relationships are portrayed, and not have so much spelled out overtly by the dialogue (Woolf’s commentary while Asemu was in the simulator is a perfect example of the problem I’m referring to here).  But this is broad material to begin with, so I’m not expecting miracles.  I think the spine of the story as it currently exists is sufficiently interesting to carry the show forward from here.

A couple of new characters introduced this week – first, the maintenance mechanic Remi Ruth (Sakura Ayane), in charge of the Genoace II and likely participant in a future romantic side story.  Second, it’s Rody Madorna (Morita Masakazu) son of the first arc’s elite flightsuit designer (this being Gundam, everyone must have a child involved in the plot, apparently) a young man who specializes in trading barbs with his old man and in designing mobile suit combat simulators.  He’s built a rather good one around the data from Flit’s engagements in the AGE I, which gives Asemu an interesting opportunity to symbolically fight his father.  Yes, it’s Oedipal impulses in the Gundam era, and it ties right in to the somewhat heavy-handed but still interesting fundamentals that are driving the second arc of the series.

Brave 10 – 09

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Brave 10 is certainly getting better as it winds towards its conclusion – or whatever will pass for a conclusion in the adaptation,  anyway.  Now that the Ten Braves are assembled we get an idea of Sanada has had mind all along, courtesy of ink print displaying the ten roots that form the nature of all things – surrounding the light and darkness of yin and yang in the center.  What constitutes darkness in Sanada’s mind comes as a surprise to Saizo, but Sanada is proved right by events later in the episode.  The hitch in his plan is that one of his braves is actually a spy, and that’s Ana – though whether she’s working for Tokugawa or someone else isn’t clear yet.  What is clear is that she’s after the secret in Rokuro’e eye, though he manages to thwart her attempt to steal it in rather grisly fashion.

I thought that was a really strong episode overall, maybe the best of the series thus far.  The dramatic tension built steadily for the entirety of the ep and the big reveal about Isanami’s nature was handled quite well.  What still isn’t known is just what Sanada’s ultimate goal is, though one assumes that he’s going to at least try and accomplish it without sacrificing Isanami or sending her back where she came from.  I also wonder what happens now that Ana is off the team – was Sanada wrong about her being one of the ten roots, and if not does he need to replace her?  Or will he try and win her over to the side of good?  “Nine Braves” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

Shakugan no Shana III – 21

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I think a fatigue factor is setting in for me as this final season of “Shana” rumbles along towards its conclusion.  There’s just so much fighting, so much killing, so much talking, so many names to remember and so many plots and plans and rules that sometimes seem to apply only when it’s convenient…  It’s all too relentless.  I think increasingly this is JC Staff throwing everything they can possibly cram into this last battle to please the novel fans.  It’s probably working in that respect, bit for me the series peaked about three or four eps ago and has been steadily backsliding since.

So Sale is the Professor’s son, which is interesting.  Shana’s plan is also interesting – not to destroy Xanadu, but to alter the spell so that it comes with a “no killing humans allowed” clause.  But you know, what I really get from all this is that everybody involved is arrogant – SotF, Yuji, Shana, the Flame Haze – they’re all arrogant, they all think they should impose their will on the universe, and they seem to enjoy the hell out of killing each other – and the Earth Gods – the sum of whose plan is to revenge kill as many crimson denizens as possible for the publicity – are the worst of the bunch.  I’d like to see the annoying lot of them vaporized ASAP, especially the irritating one who whines constantly as she’s massacring crimson denizens.  About the only rooting interest I have at this point is for Johann, who seems to have a plan to use the whole clusterfrick to his own advantage and give himself and Pheles some sort of happy ending – though likely a bittersweet one.  I wish him luck – I’d like to see him hijack the whole process, foil everyone else’s plans and leave them all pissed off.

A quick note on Mouretsu Pirates – I’m going to put this one on hiatus for a bit.  To be honest it’s so clinical I just can’t come up with anything to say about it anymore – I don’t dislike it but it’s hard to write about a series I feel so completely detached from.  If things change I may pick it up again, intermittently or not – we’ll see.

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12 comments

  1. b

    Asemu, you will never be an X-Rounder :(
    I blame Emily's genes 😛

    That part with Romary was surprisingly well done, especially Asemu's shocked face.
    And why is that old guy mechanic still alive after 25 years?
    That aptitude test feels like a force awakening program of the X-Rounders. Shouldn't it be a banned project? Or did Flit allow it?
    Good episode I guess.

    I saw the AGE-1 come out in the preview.
    Flit vs Desil perhaps?

  2. Yet more proof Yurin >>>>>> Emily. But who knows, maybe little Sis is an X-rounder.

    Vargas is probably only about 80 – I'm not that shocked he's alive.

  3. F

    Asemu not being an X-Rounder would actually be an intersting development, and could lead to actual interesting stuff later on.

    So of course, it has no chance of happening.

    This show has the emotional subtlety of a sledhammer, but this episode was at least fairly decent, if again, highly unsubtle.

  4. B

    Yeh if Yurin was Asemu's mum not only would he have been an X-rounder he would also be the number one choice for his love interest's affection. ;P

  5. d

    But then he would not be Asemu.
    @Enzo: It is not because it is Gundam that is why the kid continues the line. It is because this is AgE. As far as I have watched no Gundam series introduces does this.

  6. e

    enzo i actully didnt see any denizen attack flame haze in the last episodes only the 4 gods and flame hazes attack them for no reason the tomogarras even not move just wait for the xanadu creation.where did you see the tomogarras was attack at the last episodes?

  7. E

    This is a show that the watchers were supposed to root for the baddies, and hate the goodies, that's why. I bet nobody in their right mind would cheer for these so called Gods of Earth.
    -The woman was trying to act like cute little girl when she's hundreds year old and a mass killer.
    -The rat face reminds me so much of Suneo from Doraemon, only that he is much more annoying.
    -The old man is the most annoying one. I want to see monsters rape him and shove things up his ass.

    I was shocked that Sale was the crazy professor's son too. Isn't flame haze originate from human? Does this mean professor was a human who was turned into Tomogara? The animator simply threw everything from the novel in and forgotting the essential explanation. Now. Could it that blonde, pointed ear tomogara is Sale's big bro? LOL.

  8. e

    @eternia i will explain you more clear about the proffesor and sale Sale said that he’s an artificial flame haze, a flame haze created by someone else. In episode 16 he says that his reason to go to this battle is because he wants to stop the one who created him from going to Xanadu. And we learned that his creator is Dantalion.the proffesor wanted to create a tomogarra in this experiment but because of mistake in his experiment sale created as flame haze.tell me if it was cleared few things for you.

  9. E

    Thanks… But did you get that from the light novel, or is your interpretation? Yes, Sale said that he is artificial, I kind of forgot that, the characters are too many.

  10. e

    @eternia i learned it from the light novel and when you will see how this show end you will think it is very unexpected ending

  11. A

    Brave 10 still continuing to be a present surprise : )

  12. A

    pleasant*

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