With a series as well covered as Gundam 00 you can talk about a lot of things. But after seeing episode 18 the one thing that made me think was the status of the pairings. I wonâ€™t deny that I get pulled into the pairings in these shows. At this point really wonder just which ones will get a satisfying conclusion and which ones may be more doomed to tragedy. So will give my take on a few of the key pairings and where they may end up. I have no inside information so really is just my speculations at this point. Still worthwhile to look at the current situation and how the characters have gotten to this point.
Allelujah x Marie â€“ You knew when these two got together so early that there would be trouble ahead. It is just not interesting to watch without an additional problem to overcome. That problem turned out to be the death of Sergei. It was a sad event for people who liked his character and much more so for Marie. Which it was the Soma personality that interacted with him you can see how much she cared about him. The other personalities are part of the main personality. After seeing Sergei killed by her own son it seems that Soma has come out to take the lead in getting revenge. Losing her father figure was probably too much for the kind hearted Marie. Like many people somewhere she wanted revenge and Soma came out to achive that. But now itâ€™s made things difficult with Allelujah who doesnâ€™t want her fighting. Made a promise with Sergei to keep her out of fighting and yet now he is helpless to do anything. Lyle may be right in that he has to understand her feelings right now. Right now fighting with her may be all he can do. But also Allelujah has the responsibility to turn her from revenge. Doing this will only turn her into Andrei who killed to avenge his mother. Think this pair has the best chance of making it since they just have to deal with this. At least they are together with this problem rather than apart.
Saji x Louise â€“ Another pairing that is centred on revenge. Louise is in a tougher position having been seeking revenge for years now. Ever since her family was killed by Nena life has not been the same. Think Saji is right in that she channelled her pain into hate and now her life is devoted to destroying Celestial Being. It has been a long road for these two dating back to the first season. Back then just seemed to represent people living in those kinds of times and now have become main characters. An important piece to their future is the growth of Saji. He started the series with his own hate that was somewhat weaker than Louise. The guy was also focused on what he had lost and how he didnâ€™t want to be connected to the situation. Spent so much time being angry and ignoring what was going on that he played a part in the Kataron situation. Only recently has he focused on what he has to do now. Not the kind of person that will go and pull the trigger to kill others. But now heâ€™s focused on what comes next and trying to help Louise. Even through all thatâ€™s happened they still have feelings for each other. The real issue is on Louiseâ€™s side since she has to deal with Saji being part of Celestial Being. What she hates and the one she loves are now aligned. The example of Andrei who was willing to kill his father for revenge has to be in her mind. Will she turn into Andrei and kill Saji or will she find another way? The next battle wonâ€™t solve everything for the two of them. This kind of struggle will go right to the end of the series. At most the next fight will let Saji see what Louise is like right now and maybe let him plant some doubts in Louiseâ€™s mind about what she is doing. These two have gone from a close pair to fighting on opposite sides. Think they have the potential to turn out alright since they have been through so much. Be just too sad for things to not work out.
Setsuna x Marina â€“ Another pairing that has some history. Initial encounters early in the first season have slowly built something between these two. While Marina was in danger of being shot at the end of episode 18 Iâ€™m not that worried. If she dies it will be in a situation much closer to Setsuna. Since a death like that has a lesser impact if it happens far away. They are two people who want a peaceful world, but have been taking different routes to get there. Marina sings (badly) and Setsuna fights with his Gundam. Perhaps her greatest contribution is showing Setsuna that there is another way to live. Has made Setsuna hesitate on a few occasions, but also shows his difference from Bushido. With that wound contaminated by GN particles and the final battle looming its hard to say how Setsuna will fare. Do think itâ€™s possible that he will retire from the battlefield and end up with Marina in some fashion. Personally not a pairing Iâ€™m that involved with. Just donâ€™t like Marina that much for some reason and so donâ€™t have as much to say about them.
Lyle x Anew â€“ This is the most recent pairing to come into play. I didnâ€™t expect Anew to be the love interest for Lyle when she first showed up. But suppose that they had to introduce someone new for that guy. Feldt just wouldnâ€™t work since it was his brother that she cared about. Their relationship has progressed steadily and hit the high point with saying he loved her in front of the bridge crew. Since things are going so well itâ€™s inevitable that something bad will happen. It was clear from her appearance that she is an Innovator. Now that in itself isnâ€™t a bad thing since Tieria is just as much one. But the real issue is that they are using her to track CB and thus taking away any stealth the group had. But there are questions about what will happen when this is made fully public. Does the girl have a more Innovator like personality hidden? Since the show does love their multiple personalities, it is possible. If one came out and took control that would put yet another pair on opposite sides of the battlefield. Just the fact that she is a tracking device could make things tough for them. Hard to believe Lyle doesnâ€™t at least suspect something. With the whole glowing eyes showing that there is something wrong. The future of these two is more uncertain with her being connected to the main enemies. Besides be a surprise if all the pairings ended happily.
At the end of the day there is potential for a positive conclusion and for tragedy. Just a question of how the writers want it all to work out. Personally wouldnâ€™t mind the pairings turn out alright since there are some likable characters involved. Yet last season had some deaths of main characters. Weâ€™ve already had some deaths with Sergei getting killed by Andrei. But donâ€™t think that will be the end of it all. So will continue to watch the series with interest and yet being aware of how things could go wrong.