back with the series that I’m slowly growing to like more and more, Gundam AGE. Sure, at first, I was largely disappointed (mostly that it wasn’t Gundam 00), but I’ve slowly grown to get over it and take AGE for what it is, a series that should be graded by it’s own rubric. While the character designs still scream “CHILDREN’S COLORING BOOK!!!”, and the generally mechanics (of everything, really) still bother me, I’m definitely getting into the plot.
Especially now that they’ve stumbled upon the UE mothership. But first, a new character, Wolf Enneacle, or simply, “The White Wolf”. An veteran pilot of the Mobile Suit Grand Prix Race, he joined the Federation Armed Forces after defeating everyone he raced against. Being the arrogant prick that he is, he sets his sights on a new prize, Flit’s Gundam. Wolf challenges Flit to a mock battle, winner takes the Gundam. Hesitant at first, Flit agrees after Emily starts egging Wolf on, secretly, she hopes Flit will lose the Gundam, stop all this soldier stuff, and leave the Diva with her and Dique.
To battle they go, after moving to a safe distance away from the Diva, Wolf and Flit commence their space-aged paintball fight…rather childish in practice, but they did stumble onto the UE mothership which has somehow evaded both radar and optical sensors. A short fight for dear life starts, with Flit and Wolf essentially defenseless with their (for all intensive purposes) paintball guns. Thanks to Wolf’s tactics, Flit is allowed to go back to the Diva, where he picks up the DODS rifle and heads back to help Wolf.
Upon returning, (big surprise) Flit is essentially useless, so Wolf has to take the DODS rifle and explode a few meteorites so he and Flit can make their getaway, but they also lose track of the UE ship. I guess this episode was to show Flit’s imperfections and unease at battle, but, first off, why is a 10-year-old taking on a Grand Prix champ? Second, what will Flit choose to do when he figures out Emily’s true intentions for backing the fight? One more annoying character in this medley of oddballs, for once, it’s not a compliment. Grudeck seems to know something about the UE that has yet to be revealed to everyone else, so I’m interested in what the next episode has in store.