I’ve been watching the second season of Gundam 00 and am still amazed at how great it is. The first season is the first time I’ve actually sat down to watch an entire Gundam arc. I’ve always wanted to give it a try, but seeing how many episodes there are spread throughout an incredible number of side stories, main chapters, etc.. was intimidating stuff. I didn’t know where to begin, or even if I SHOULD begin. Then Gundam 00 came along and I decided “hey, why not”. It’s a new series, it’s starting off without much baggage, and it’s a celebration of the Gundam phenomenon so I jumped in and have been enjoying the ride so far.
The second season has really kicked things up with recurring characters and situations, especially in seeing many of them turn out as they are four years later. Saji Crossroad has come a long way from being a naive student to having his eyes opened at the conflict between Celestial Being and the new A-Laws. Louise Halevy, his friend, has gotten her hand back somehow and is wrestling with whatever that process has cost her. Seeing her as an A-Law was also a huge surprise. It seems she didn’t waste any time after leaving the hospital.
Seeing Setsuna back in action was fantastic, and seeing Tiera Erde, Halleluja, and Sumeragi, Ian, and the rest of the crew from the last season flex their expertise continued to remind me of why I watch anime, especially now that the odds feel heavily stacked against them. The series really has got it down to the point that it feels Celestial Being is now the underdog instead of the unchallenged interventionists of the first season making it grittier, and the characters are really coming into their own. Far from being your typical “big robot” anime, the military feel and the moral dilemmas, personal struggles, and parallels with our world today are eerily sobering topics to watch in animated form. There’s still plenty of super-technology that pulls everyone’s fat out of the fire flying around, but in between the flames, seeing how human many of the characters can be is what’s drawing me in.
Can’t wait for the next episode.