Just below the surface
This Gundam continues to frighten me, in a good way. It is constantly trying to sell you a school adventure with heart, but if you’re paying attention, it’s hard to ignore that there is something ethically vile below the surface. As sweet and heartwarming as Suletta’s naivety and positivity are now, you get the feeling that she’s going to have to change or else.
How that change takes place and how soon it could take place is up for debate, but there’s no doubt in my mind that it will, and when it does it’s going to hit hard. I at least feel good that when it does happen, Guel and maybe even Jeturk house will be on her side. In this episode, we see him completely dumped and evicted from his family’s house, and realistically, Earth house is the only place he can go, as given that he fought Grassley and Peil’s pilot, they won’t likely be accepting of him.
The other Elan Ceres
I hope that what I think is implied happened to Elan, didn’t actually happen to him as Elan has quickly become my favorite character. At least…the concept of Elan is my favorite character. As we discover this episode, the real Elan Ceres is a rich douchebag who has power in Peil technologies. The Elan we’ve known since the start of the series is a surrogate. What that means exactly isn’t clear, but it appears the original Elan allows people with the GUND system implanted into them, to borrow his face in favor of the promise of citizenship.
As we know from the prologue though, this isn’t a promise he has to fulfill often. While the GUND system allows people to pilot Gundams, it also accelerates them to their death, as we see with Suletta’s father and other Gundam pilots. Peil Technologies is also revealed to have a council similar to the Bene Gessirit of Frank Herbert’s Dune. We also learn that the Elan we know is the fourth iteration of the original Eran’s surrogates.
Legacy of Vanadis
The witch of Peil finally has a name. Belmeria Winston seems to have not only a connection to the Vanadis institute but to Elnora Samaya as well. Which, given the nature of Gundams in this universe, it’s only natural that Peil Technologies’ appropriated Gundam would have to have an expert from Vanadis. I am worried about Prospera/Elnora becoming an antagonist though. The Elnora Samaya we saw in the prologue was a mother that loved her daughter. She wept and was in great despair the moment she saw Eri bonded with the Lfrith. To see the woman now, who’s cheering about her daughter going into battle and activating the Gundam’s powers, is a complete heel-turn for the character.
Pharact Versus Aerial
Vindication feels so good! As I said last week, the enhanced person/GUND system seems to be this iteration of Gundam’s Newtype phenomenon. I’ll admit, a random Deus ex machina that helps Suletta win is a bit of a cop-out, but seeing the new version of a Newtype reaction was exactly what I’ve been hoping for all series. This of course means that when it comes to Gundam antics, the series is only getting started. Overall, Gundam the Witch From Mercury episode 6 gets a 10/10