Deus Ex Gundam
And here on the left, you’ll see the first Gundam episode that’s disappointed me this season. Or maybe disappointed is too strong a word. I still loved this fight and Shaddiq’s character development don’t get me wrong, but that Deus Ex Machina can only be described as one thing…an asspull. Still, we should start from the beginning.
The episode picks up where we last left off, Shaddiq has made a play for GUND-ARM INC by changing the school’s rules, which that no student company can be started unless a concept is proven. Seeing as mass-produced Gundams still kill people, there’s no way that the company can remain viable. So, Miorine does what Miorine does best. Force Suletta into a duel with Grassley’s entire house, so as not only to make a power play but also to turn Shaddiq’s tactics against him. From this episode, I can feel the ending of the show already. Miorine and Suletta are going to end up in contention. Though if that happens this cour or the next is up for debate.
I would like to say that this episode has made me more sympathetic to Prospera. These last two episodes have made me have a lot of contempt for the woman, but the fact that she sheds a tear at her daughter unlocking Aerial’s power shows that Elnora is still in there somewhere. For whatever reason, she feels like she has to do this. She has to let her daughter unlock the Aerial’s full capability; she has to let her daughter beat the ability that killed her husband. For all her smiles and background manipulations for every power-play, she’s made, underneath that is a woman that had to watch and still has to watch her way too young and naïve, daughter, wielding a weapon of unprecedented destruction and power.
Harem Versus Earthian
I won’t speak too much about Shaddiq’s harem as I already previously announced my uncomfortableness with a middle eastern coded character having a harem of women. As far as personalities they are pretty generic for Gundam characters with Harems. The sporty one, the flirty one, the formal right-hand woman, and the stoic but caring one. I love that we get the backstory on Till and learn that he’s got the instincts to be a pilot, even if he prefers mechanics. I’m absolutely giddy at the fact, that it wasn’t Suletta’s win this time but the team’s. Chuchu, Ojelo, Till, and everyone else came through to bring forth the victory.
Nika The Betrayer
Everyone that is, except Nika. Gundam always has a snake. There is always a betrayer that sells everyone out for their benefit. I just hoped it wouldn’t have been Nika. Though I do wonder, is it because she has a crush on Shaddiq and wants to be a part of his circle? Or does she have another motive? Shaddiq is adopted into Grassley of course, so maybe both of them being from Earth is some form of a shared bond. Or what’s more likely, maybe it’s just more of Shaddiq’s charm and manipulation. Either way, Gundam The Witch From Mercury Episode 9 gets an 8/10