Just what is the key to ending the war?
After the revelation that Asemu Asuno is still alive and is the leader of the Bisidian Pirates, episode thirty-four takes its time to let the news sink in among the crew members while building up the revelation of what Asemu says become the key to ending the war. Among the many confused is Asemu’s son Kio, who confronts his grandfather about the matter. We see that Kio is able to properly take in what’s going on, especially with how Flit says that Asemu died as a soldier of the Federation. This can be viewed much like how Obi-Wan states that Anakin died and that Darth Vader is not Luke’s father in Star Wars. It works as a good parallel in that the man before Kio now isn’t the son Flit remembers, nor the father Kio ever knew. We also get to see the first real interaction between Obright and Kio. I was hoping he’d take more of a mentoring figure with Kio now that Shanalua is gone, but he’s just given some brief screen time to show that he’s very much the same person he was in the previous arc. On a side note, it’s a nice moment for him to show that he’s still carrying on the feelings of Remi for the Diva.
The second third of the episode deals with the revelation of Asemu’s discovery that is also shown through Zeheart’s new orders from Ezelcant. The key to ending the war is the EXA DB, which contains all the technological and military data from the colony nation wars from hundreds of years ago. The technology contained within it is enough to turn the tide of war in either faction’s way, so searching for it has become of the utmost importance. It’s interesting to note that the current level of technology is inferior to technology contained within in the EXA DB and that this kind of development in the story feels like an Homage to Turn A Gundam in how the future society has regressed, though not to the extreme degree that the Earth faced in it.
The last third of the episode sees the Diva encountering Vagan forces and the debut of the new AGE-3 Orbital. As expected, it’s a high mobility-type, much like the Spallow but with better armament. We also get to see the debut of the Ghiraga’s bits, but in my opinion it was handled rather lazily. Reducing the bits to orbs and streaks of light felt incredibly underwhelming to watch in action and left me rather disappointed. We also get to see Zanald in action for the first time as he pilots his massive mobile suit in the latest operation to take down the Diva and the Gundam. Much like previous Gundam series, the antagonists have shifted focus from destroying the Gundam to capturing them as shown in the latest duel between Zeheart and Kio. It’s during this fight that we see Zanald interfere and leave the episode on quite a big cliffhanger. Just what happens to Kio in the next episode is up to speculation, but things don’t look too good.
Overall, a good episode with a lot of development for the story and some characters with a good cliffhanger, but at the same time there were some bits to it that left me disappointed.
GO Rating: 3.5/5