In all honesty, I have to admit this is a decent episode of Gundam 00. It actually managed to engender sympathy for Louise in me and rightly shows the injustice of war via the suffering of innocents. Seriously, Neena isn’t yandere, she’s freaking psycho. The fact that it’s Rie Kugimiya somewhat makes it more… frightening. Oh well, even Houko Kuwashima was in this kind of role before, so it’s not too surprising. But I’ll say, this is going to spawn a whole group of Kugimin character jokes…. imagine Shana in a Gundam.
But really, poor Louise finally gets a real role in the story, other than just being the bitchy girlfriend of wimp Saji. You have to admit, she really didn’t deserve having her whole clan wiped out, plus losing both legs and her left hand. I’m really thankful that they didn’t chicken out on the gruesomeness of war by letting her get away uninjured, or worse… dying (so that she’ll get naked “spiritual” cameos”).
It will be interesting to see how this will impact poor Saji, and possibly define his future role in the series. Or they could just forget about him and get along with the main storyline at last. I find it pretty much a flaw when the fate of a side character is way more interesting than the main characters of the series.