Must’ve been fun for you, eh?
Yes, Gundam 00 is set to be the Sunrise show of this season that any otaku worth his salt must watch.
The episode started with a nice, detailed narration of the G00 world, comprising of the three main superpowers of the Union, Human Reform League and the AEU, along with the locations of the 3 major orbital elevators, all built on the Equator line at Africa (conspicuously absent from being in any of the three major powers), near Papua New Guinea and South America.
In the aftermath of the declaration by Celestial Being, the whole world is in an uproar due to their motives. Nevertheless, Celestial Being continues on their crusade the 4 Meisters are given their second mission, to stop the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka between the Human Reform government and the Tamil separatists, a conflict that has continued for more than 300 years.
The four Meisters perform the job admirably, but during their return to base, Exia, who’s travelling seperate from the group is confronted by Graham Acre, who claims his heart has been enraptured by the existence of Exia.
Certainly an interesting episode to follow up on the first one, without letting down on the mecha action part. The current main mecha grunts of G00 really remind me of Mechwarrior for some reason, and displaying the contrast of mobility between the Gundams and them makes for a nice comparison power check.
Also, an unexpected but nice touch of putting in the Sri Lankan conflict, which is pretty real issue in the present, presenting it as a continuation from our time to theirs. It does help make the G00 world feel much connected with the real world and certainly did help to increase my interest in it.
Well, the serious points aside, on the lighter side of things, god, I must say Wan Ryuumin (the chuugoku-dress girl) is pretty LOL. Trudging through a tropical jungle in explorer wear but wearing high heels? Now that was just plain LOL. Not to mention, she also magically had a fancy table and tea set appear in the said jungle to drink tea? Her follower must’ve gotten some lessons from Hayate no Gotoku’s Makita and Kunikida. And another thing to note, that in the ED, Setsuna’s seen holding an apple, which really, I believe, is a nice reference to Death Note. Funny also the way he’s posing with that apple reminds me of FMP’s Sousuke with that nonchalant expression of his while eating it.