Exactly what a witch is
I genuinely cannot stop gushing about this Gundam’s worldbuilding. It’s subtle, it’s neat and it is such an excellent example of a slow burn. They’ve trickled out information while giving the characters room to shine, but seeing all of the puzzle pieces come together is just Chef’s Kiss. There are still plenty of questions left from the prologue, but at least now we’re starting to get a clear idea.
Throughout the series, we’ve heard different characters use the term ‘Witch’. Without much context, it was assumed that Witch was just a nickname or moniker for Cardo Nabo, the original engineer of the Gundam Lfrith. Now though, it would appear that a Witch is an epithet, for any female engineer that utilizes the GUND format in their mobile suit design. Cardo Nabo was the Vanadis Institute’s Witch, in the same way, that Lady Prospera (aka Elnora Samaya) is considered Mercury’s Witch. However, in this episode, we learn that Peil Technologies has a Witch of their own, and she knows Lady Prospera. Not only that, but given the fact that Elan Ceres’ mobile suit is also a Gundam, it’s fair to say that the order Delling gave to murder the Vanadis institute and outlaw Gundams, seems to be a heartless business move rather than careful legislation.
Newtype Enhanced person appears
As is customary with modern Gundam series, the grandeur of the character that was Char Aznable is once again split into two characters. The rival Newtype and the charismatic ace pilot. In this Gundam, those roles appear to be filled by Elan Ceres and Shaddiq Zenelli. This episode focuses on Elan and the fact that he too uses the GUND system we see Suletta’s parents use in the prologue. It also seems that in the years since the attack on the Vanadis Institute, the technology of the GUND format hasn’t changed that much.
Elan seems to suffer some of the same side effects as Suletta’s father. Though, when he tricks Suletta into letting him pilot the Aerial, he muses that the Aerial doesn’t produce the same sensations as his own Gundam, the Pharact. Whether Elan is a forever enemy or a possible Ally though, remains to be seen.
I love Guel Jeturk because, like Vegeta, he started as an enemy but is quickly becoming the series’ best boy. I dislike Guel Jeturk because, like Vegeta, his hot-bloodedness and quick mouth write cheques that his battle prowess can’t cash. Is this entertaining? Absolutely. Does he deserve these back-to-back losses? Maybe. Can I see this becoming tiresome quickly? Yes, I wholeheartedly can. It’s nice when a character shows they’re more than an archetype but not so nice when they’re made to be the punching bag and measuring stick for battle prowess. Guel held the title of the holder before Suletta got there, why is he being made into an imbecile?
Glory to the Pharact
When the information about this new series first started trickling out, the Pharact was the Gundam I was most excited about. Its dark color tones and imposing figure screams ‘evil Gundam’ and that couldn’t be more exciting to me. Not to mention, Pharact’s long-distance battle style is the perfect vehicle for the cold and emotionless Elan Ceres. The only complaint I’ll make about this thing is that it was very much designed as an anti-Aerial. In the same way that characters like Vanitas or Shadow are anti-Sora and anti-Sonic. Overall, I give Gundam the Witch from Mercury Episode 5 a 9/10