This week’s battle was really fun to watch…the Barbatos ended up being much more capable in space that I initially expected (perhaps it was originally designed for space). The only issue I may have with the episode is that Akihiro basically disappears soon after entering the fight and reappears when everything is over. What exactly happened to him? As another note from this week’s episode, it looks like McGillis is becoming more and more like Char with the way he analyzes the Gundam in combat, so he remains the most likely candidate for the mask.
I guess the journey to Earth has begun. The preview for next week’s episode doesn’t show that much action, so I guess we’re just going to cool down from the battle this week. I’m still pretty curious about the Barbatos…I had thought that the armor was what made it unique and that was the reason why it was no longer being made despite its high performance, but Mikazuki jettisoned the arm plating pretty easily and I can’t imagine the crew would have the resources to replace it if the armor really were special. Also, based on images I’ve seen around of the Gunpla, it looks like Barbatos has a few more weapons other than the mace…looking forward to seeing those in action.
We got a pretty chill episode this week…I suppose everyone was killing time while Tekkadan was becoming more legitimate. Also, there were preparations for the group to go into space…should be fun. We do manage to see a bit of a range of emotions from Mikazuki, though, from his behavior around the girls to his anger when protecting his friends.
Next week, things should get more interesting because everyone is headed to space. I think space battles are probably my favorite part of Gundam series, so I’m really looking forward to how Barbatos adapts. It also looks like Ein might be going into action next week with some new resolve after Crank’s death. I’m not sure if I can decide which enemy is more appropriate in the mask, Ein or McGillis. Ein has the personality and vendetta for it, but McGillis literally just did the classic Char car scene this week…tough choice.
Well, the battle against Crank went pretty much as I guessed from last week. I’m still counting on Ein to get really obsessed with killing Barbatos and donning a mask (even though he doesn’t appear this week). In other news, the kids have taken over the base…I guess CGS (or Tekkadan, I suppose) is the metaphorical ship for this Gundam series as the children try to make their place in the world. That aside, did we ever get any confirmation on where Barbatos came from? It seems like a pretty high-spec mech for these kids to have. This week showed off some sort of piledriver in the spear/mace/lance/thing. Does the Gundam have any other hidden weapons?
I’m assuming things will cool down next week. We still need some time to introduce the characters and develop Mikazuki, right? I’m starting to get more and more curious about where his character development is headed. The fact that they’re laying on his unwavering cold demeanor this early in the series means they must have some big changes planned for him. The easy guess is that Orga is some sort of Kamina character that will leave leadership to Mikazuki when he’s done, but there are plenty of other possibilities.
The battle from the first episode ends pretty quickly this week…running out of fuel was kind of a lame gag to use in my opinion. Other than that, the episode is actually pretty quiet. It seems like the kids are planning to force their independence, though, which may be the event that leads to the typical Gundam series journey (usually involving some sort of ship that is manned by the main characters). As a side note, I want to point out that I was a bit sad that Mikazuki threw his spear like the weapon was intended to be used and it was largely ineffective…why give him a spear?
This week’s episode also gives us an ending song for series…I’m not a huge fan of the song, especially how it starts. Next week’s episode looks to be a fight between Mikazuki and Crank, showing off a bit more of the Gundam’s capabilities. If I had to take a guess, I would say that the likely outcome of the fight would be Crank’s death, leading Ein (the other enemy survivor) to vow revenge against the Gundam…maybe even donning a mask. He seems to fit the bill.
Now, let’s go with some Gundam. This first episode is mostly what we would expect from a first episode of a Gundam series (minus the peaceful colony setting). First, the series introduces tensions between two entities, in this case Mars and Earth (where have we seen this before?). Then, a hopeless battle ensues, displaying the military might of one of the sides (I believe it’s Mars this time), with the Gundam appearing at the last second to save the day.
That being said, there is one noticeable difference in the first episode that has me somewhat hopeful…the main character, Mikazuki Augus, is not the same random kid that stumbles upon the Gundam as with most other series. Instead, we have someone who is no stranger to combat and has already shown proficiency as a pilot before operating the Gundam. Hopefully, that means the first few episodes will focus more on the Gundam’s capabilities rather than watching the kid fumble around as a pilot.
Next week’s episode will likely talk more about the Gundam…I believe the episode’s title, Barbatos, is the name of the Gundam. I’m very curious about the Gundam’s origin and its capabilities. All we’ve seen so far is a lance, which is a strange weapon for a Gundam. It seems to severely lack slashing power. Honestly, it looks like something you would use to joust…does that suggest that the Gundam will eventually get a mount? I’ve been looking forward to watching this show and this first episode makes me want to keep watching so far. Also, the opening song played at the end of the episode sounded pretty good, which is helpful. Who’s with me?