The key to ending the war is finally in the hands of the one person who should be allowed to use it: Azrael! Such an upstanding young man will clearly exercise the utmost caution and wisdom. Flay hand delivers it, and this reminds Kira that maybe he wasn’t a great boyfriend. Also, the Vesalius finally goes down in dramatic fashion.
Things are really coming to a head as the Joker decides to confess his motivation to his “twin” brother, and also that Kira kid I guess. Yzak and Dearka finish up their reunion to mutual dissatisfaction, and Natarle’s proving her mettle, despite Azrael’s back seat captaining. Flay’s about to be relevant again! But only for a minute. Also, I’m going to claim that I called the Mu/Rau clone thing, because close enough.
Sometimes, all you need is the right motivation to do something amazing. In Kira’s case, that’s preventing all of his friends from dying painful deaths! Join us in watching a boy become a man, but also a man with some still pretty… well, idealistic ideals. However, he has a giant nuke robot (spoilers!) to help him achieve those goals. Also, the crew of the Archangel parts ways, and Yzak gets a promotion (to his new album, obvo).
Now that the Archangel has finally landed and everyone’s had some time to decompress, everything’s going to go swimmingly, right? Well, Murrue’s getting court-martialed, Kira’s being mopey, and Yzak is smoldering, so it’s pretty much business as usual. Now, if only we could see about getting Dearka some more guards.
The crew of the Archangel, severely understaffed, finally makes ground in Alaska. However, they now have to deal with the fallout of being chased halfway across the solar system while being shot at the entire time. Also, Dearka gets hot and heavy with some of the girls! Spicy!
This one’s still a bit slow, but there’s a fair bit of drama, and a good build up to some Athrangst. Flay gets dropped like she’s hot, and Los Janitores release their first album! Also, Kira gets to reflect on the past, and how to suck less in the future.
Nothing says “finally relaxing after weeks (days?!) of being harried in space by enemy forces” like some smooth sailing over the ocean. Unfortunately, things are not going so smoothly for poor Kira. Don’t worry, though: he won’t have too much time to mope. Captain Beardy Attacks!
One thing this show is good at is making politics interesting. Even SEED's remarkable prowess fails, however, when all it has to work with is bureaucracy. It even did this to itself! The Archangel is docked, and the Case of the Kidnapped Orb Kids is finally handled. How? By pretending they were conscripted! Convenient! Apparently coerced child soldiering is a problem, but voluntarily doing that is fine. Also, Flay is joining the space arm? I wonder if she ever does anything useful in that capacity. (Spoilers: No)