Kio must be suffering from Stockholm syndrome.
Kio’s stay in Second Moon continues as it becomes ever so apparent that he’s suffering from Stockholm Syndrome. All kidding aside, Kio does seem to be adjusting to life on Second Moon living among the Vagan at Lord Ezelcant’s mansion. We see once again how conflicted he is in this war now that he has seen the living conditions of the Vagan people and all the suffering they’ve had to go through. This is once again shown through the young Vagan girl, Lu, who Kio decides to help by bartering his cooperation in exchange for medicine to help ease Lu’s disease symptoms.
The rest of the first half sees Kio and Lu enjoying time together. It’s quite obvious that she has a crush on Kio despite him acting completely oblivious to it. Their friendship develops as Lu is able to finally smile and enjoy life and seeing her this way with her future diary, this is all sure to have a profound impact on Kio as the series progresses and he comes into conflict with his vengeance driven grand father.
The other half of this episode focuses in on the rescue of Kio by Asemu and his Bisidian pirates. Here’s where I have an issue with this episode. As Zanald returned to Second Moon with Kio, it was clearly shown that Second Moon was guarded by a vast military force. Yet when Asemu and his ship close the distance, no defense forces are to be found at all. Throw in the slow response time of the garrison forces and the rescue operation seems to have gone way too smoothly. They could explain this as part of Ezelcant’s plan to return Kio to the Earthers to share what he’s seen, but that would be something shown in the next episode.
As for this episode, the effort put up by the Vagans to secure Kio and the Gundam AGE-3 are pathetic and poor to the point they throw out the first two Vagan mobile suits seen in the series against Asemu’s Dark Hound.
Episode thirty-eight does end on a high note with an emotional punch as Kio discovers that Lu has passed away. Despite the medication to slow her symptoms, her time ran out and she passed away. This is yet another death of someone who deeply affected Kio shifting his perspective of the war that was narrowed by his grandfather and his memories of her will help change the direction the war is going in. On a final note, Kio and Asemu escape Second Moon only to encounter the new Vagan Gundam. Who is piloting it and just what is it capable of? Episode thirty-nine will be one to anticipate and as for episode thirty-eight, it was a good watch thanks to the time spent with Kio and Lu.
GO Rating: 3.5/5
The Vagan Gundam makes its appearance.