Anime Review: Mobile Suit Gundam AGE – 46 & 47
To say these episodes were a clustered mess is an understatement.
First and foremost, this was the worst episode of the series to me. I honestly did not enjoy a single moment of this episode at all. There are interesting tidbits thrown out here and there, and there is one nicely animated—albeit short—battle sequence between the Leigilis and the AGE-FX, but that is about it for this episode because this was just one big mess. Pacing issues for this series have been growing worse and worse ever since the transition between Asemu’s story to Kio’s, but this episode completely highlights just the amount of trouble the director and writers have gotten into. They’ve overloaded the series with characters that at this point are extremely underdeveloped and are paper thin. You just do not care about these character at all and now they’re being thrown into a desperate situation where you’re coerced into feeling something for them simply because of the situation they find themselves in… and that is cheap, folks, that is cheap.
There is just way too much going on in this episode to actually keep up with and care about. I found myself completely annoyed that this series could have had potential had they actually broken it up into three, separate and individual series instead of experimenting with three protagonists and three generations of cast members in one 50-episode series. I know Gundam has traditionally hovered their series counts at around 50 episodes, but this series should have gone to three seasons of 24-26 episodes to at least make these people seem human and developed, but they didn’t. Watching this episode reminded me of how Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ended off which was to literally attempt to tie up every single loose plot thread within the last three episodes and that was a terrible decision. That was a terrible ending and this series is following SEED in that very bad direction. I know there are fans of SEED out there—I honestly don’t know why if you have good taste—-but this is terrible pacing and writing.
I’m honestly dreading this series’ ending. I’m disheartened with how this episode turned out after how episodes 44 and 45 were great rebounds after the disaster that was the mini-arc involving Girard Spriggan. They honestly could have done without that mini-arc of her character to flesh out the characters we should be caring about now, but they didn’t. There is a death in this episode and the typical Gundam trope of betrayal within the enemy ranks, but it amounted to nothing for me. I am just completely disgusted with this episode.
They throw him in now? Really?
If I thought episode 46 was bad, episode 47 was just as bad if not worse. It very much has the same problems that episode 46 suffered through, but on an even larger scale. As a veteran Gundam fan, I can tell you it is just laced with typical Gundam tropes at every point in this episode and, quite honestly, episode 47 was incredibly dull and predictable because it fails to stand on its own and relies on plot developments that have been done to death in previous Gundam series (and done much better if I might add). This episode literally just blazes along and tries to make you feel something for what’s going on in this war, but it is just so hectic a pace that you end up caring for nothing, and anything this episode makes you feel is forced and not naturally brought about.
That predictability is most apparent in Seric Abis’ death. It was an inevitable outcome considering his relationship with Natora Einus and the fact that the previous character fulfilling his role passed away in the last conflict—that character being Woolf Enneacle. I felt something for Woolf during his death because it meant something to Asemu, but the difference here is that Seric never fully developed beyond being a calming figure for both Natora and Kio. He really wasn’t much of a character to root for. He was a simple soldier with no ideals, no background, nothing to make me identify and feel for him. The only one you feel for in his death is Natora who was put into the situation that would send him to his death, but as for feeling something for Seric I felt nothing. Add in that the series tries to add importance to his death by having the crew of the bridge salute him is rather insulting actually. This is the middle of a battle for the Earth and they stop to salute a fallen comrade when thousands of others have already died prior to Seric Abis. It was just a completely unneeded scene that really doesn’t help this episode.
And if that weren’t bad enough, the episode decides to throw in Lu’s brother Deen into this conflict by fighting—and overwhelmingly losing to—Kio. Once again, this episode tries to ham in emotion for the audience and predictably he dies. There had to be a moment for Kio to question his new found beliefs of saving everyone and it would come at the price of someone he knows, so Deen’s death was completely obvious. Once again, I felt nothing because it is absolutely laughable how poorly the writers of this series have decided to play things out. The new FX Burst mode finally gets activated and it’s just not that impressive. Zeheart seems to be on the verge of becoming an egomaniac in his fanaticism for Ezelcant and this series is just sinking fast.
There was nothing redeeming for me in these past two episodes and I am just not enjoying myself as this series winds down to what will most assuredly be a ridiculous conclusion, which I will more than likely hate. Just three more painful episodes to go sit through.
GO Rating: 1/5 (both episodes)
Less than impressive mode that makes it look like a blue version of Trans-AM Mode mixed in with a giant swiss army knife of beam blades.