There is no doubt that this last stretch has been an incredible run. While there is going to be great debate on how well this series finished I can still be happy about watching. The final battle to stop Ribbons and the Innovators was pretty intense. There was just so much going on and you really have to step back and reflect on what happened.
Is interesting to see how the pairings turned out since I made that last post. Clearly Lyle and Anew ended with the girls death. But he still cares about her and will live on until the time he can meet her again. So in a sense that pairing was a success, but itâ€™s just too bad she didnâ€™t survive. Think her death helped to shape Lyleâ€™s actions and even Setsunaâ€™s. Anew dying forced Setsuna to not let the same thing happen to Louise.
In the end Setsuna really just sticks with CB and leaves the pairing stuff to the side. The best chance right now is the late appearance of Feldtâ€™s feelings, but for now heâ€™s more focused on helping the world in his own way. While they had Marina sitting around near the battlefield she really wasnâ€™t important. In the end I think her character was a waste of airtime that could have been given to others. As a true Innovator Setsuna has his own path to follow that doesnâ€™t seem related to Marina. As a person who canâ€™t even hold a gun Marina seems too disconnected from Setsuna. Maybe the joking pairing of SetsunaxGundam is the real winner.
Allelujah and Marie got a nice conclusion. Soma managed to deal with Andrei and put her hatred aside. There was a close call with Marie getting hit with those Gaga units, but she managed to hang in there. Kind of nice seeing them backpacking and living in peace. Might have seen them with CB, but think the two of them deserve a chance to live. Two people who might have thought that fighting was all they could do. Instead they will live peacefully and find the meaning in their lives. Of course Hallelujah being back and Soma probably beneath the surface adds a strange angle to that relationship.
I was worried about Saji and Louise before this last stretch. But they managed to break the cycle of someone getting revenge and then getting killed. Saji was even able to pull the trigger and fire some missiles in order to protect Louise from those Gaga units. It was a close one but they finally got back together. Thankfully the damage done to her body is disappearing. Maybe theyâ€™ll be able to let her regenerate her hand now that its been taken care of. Iâ€™m sure sheâ€™d like to wear the ring Saji got for her on a real finger. Makes sense for the two of them to live peacefully and yet aware of the world. Theyâ€™ve been too entrenched in the fighting to live unaware. Long as Louise hasnâ€™t blown all her families funds she can help people instead of putting money into weapons development. Happy for these two since itâ€™s a fitting end for them.
Anyways the fights for the final battles were great. Hallelujah/Allelujah vs. Hilling was just a beautiful one-sided match. The guy is dangerous, but you canâ€™t help getting caught up in the insanity of Hallelujah. He just fights brutally and doesnâ€™t hold back no matter who his opponent is. Makes sense that he didnâ€™t get much time in the second season. He would have drawn all the attention away from Setsuna and the key issues. I liked Setsuna going against Ribbons for most of the fight. The 0 Gundam and Exia match seemed a little unnecessary despite it being nice to see Exia one more time. It would have been a greater fight if Marina didnâ€™t kill the mood with her background monologue and the children singing. Seriously if they didnâ€™t sound so bad I might not have minded it.
Kind of feel for Tieria in all of this. I was hoping he would decide to get another body and leave Veda to live more like a human. Instead heâ€™s taking the sacrificing route in order to better protect everyone. Of course considering how important Veda is it probably was a good choice. Once they repair the ship â€˜Celestial Beingâ€™ then it will be tough for anyone to get close to Veda again. Feel sorry for Mileina since I think she did like Tieria. Itâ€™s not like heâ€™s dead, but at the same time he isnâ€™t there physically. Always the potential for him to get out if he ever wants to though.
The epilogue was really nice and they tried to focus on many characters before it was over. The world is changing and Celestial Being will be there to watch them. Not that surprised by Patrick being alive, but hard to expect theyâ€™d show it at his wedding to Kati! I guess this proves that persistence can indeed pay off.
Overall this has been one of my favourite shows this season. If you include the first season weâ€™ve had 50 episodes of great anime. There will be people who disagree about how good the series was and some that may label it a failure. But I think this series managed to accomplish what it set out to do.
The characters were nicely developed though some got more than others. Tieria was without a doubt the best developed character with how he changed from that cold figure at the beginning to one who wanted to look out for all of humanity at the end. Setsuna of course grew, became a leader and an Innovator. He has finally realized what he should be doing and how he can help people.
I canâ€™t complain about the fights since they really had some nice ones. At the start Celestial Being was just too powerful, but soon things started to get complicated. Even with the introduction of Trans-Am and Tau Drives the series managed to keep on going. Also the series managed to send a message about understanding and what is needed for humanity to move forward.
This really has been a nice run. After what happened with Destiny I was wondering where this would go. But they managed to take a nice step forward with Gundam 00 and so Iâ€™m confident in the future. Besides it isnâ€™t quite over yet with the movie being announced for 2010. Iâ€™m curious what that will be about and who the enemy will end up being. They have played up the talk about future dialogues with aliens so it might go in that direction.
Regardless Iâ€™m glad to have watched this series and get to share a few of my thoughts on it.