Mobile Suit Gundam AGE – 02

Nora’s structure has been compromised by the UE attack, and will be destroyed in six hours. Commander Bruzar orders the new battleship Diva to extract Nora’s core, where everyone has evacuated. His deputy Grodek captures the Diva’s Captain Dian at gunpoint – witnessed by Emily and Dique, who tag along – and takes command. Meanwhile, Flit escapes to space with Yurin, a girl he rescued from the streets. Vargas activates the AGE system, which fabricates a rifle Flit uses to take out a UE, but more are on the way and the clock is ticking on Nora…

Gundam tends to take its time with long, drawn out arcs with a single underlying objective: in this case, saving the people of Nora before its destruction. Naturally, there’s a clash of military command, and the hero, Flit, first meets Yurin, the girl who perhaps completes the triangle with him and Emily. Again, We’re a bit amazed this kid not only built Gundam, but the AGE system as well, but the show is adamant about it, so fine, whatever. He’s Einstein, Edison and Tesla all wrapped up and topped with green hair. We’re talking almost unapproachable/unrelatable genius here…they’ll have to eventually humanize him a little more.

Our main beef with this episode, which is otherwise quite exciting and action-packed (though not as exciting and action-packed as Last Exile’s debut) is another Gundam trope: The massive space colony that is utterly incapable of defending itself, or even evacuating its population in a timely fashion. This is just horrible planning. It clearly took years to build something as huge as Nora…during its construction, didn’t anyone ever ask, is it really such a good idea to pack thousands of innocent civilians into such a fragile metal tube in space? UE or no UE, it just seems shortsighted.


Rating: 3

Mobile Suit Gundam AGE – 01

Flint Asuno is a boy genius building a new mobile suit called Gundam, using plans his mother gave him before she died in an attack on their home colony fourteen years ago. That same enemy – known only as UE – launches a surprise attack on his new home, Nora, and the city’s defenses are inadequate. He launches in Gundam, and is able to defeat one of the UE mobile suits threatening him, his friend Emily, and her uncle Vargas, but the UE regroup and press their attack on the city.

Having seen 00, Seed, Seed Destiny, and Unicorn, we consider ourselves more than a little familiar with Gundam tropes, and this new Age series has yet to distinguish itself after its debut. It dutifully follows a lot of those tried(tired?)-and-true Gundam conventions: genius kid with a traumatic past, with a goal to save the world, and a space colony surprise attack. Haro hopping around. The UE aren’t very interesting as enemies yet; unless Flint cracks one open to reveal a dead pilot, they come off as mindless automatons killing and destroying indiscriminately.

Our favorite Gundam series of the ones we’ve seen is Seed, which was darker and grittier than the Gundams that followed. This looks like the cleanest, most sterile one yet. Flint and is sickly-cute friend Emily look more like elves than humans, and Vargas and their friend Dique are extremely stylized. However, this series does promise a multigenerational story, with Flint just the first of those generations. That may be the trump card that eventually sets Age apart from previous Gundams. But so far, it’s been-there, done-that.


Rating: 3