The Earth Forces very subtly declare war on the Orb Union, Cagali’s dad gets ready to defend the beaches, Mu and Marue make out, and we say goodbye to our favorite character.
Kira returns, people are shocked, and Athrun starts to make up his mind! Also, we get a glimpse into the PLANTs’ seed underbelly(ies?) and their secret underlord: Lacus "Shank You With My Silly Collar” Clyne. Yet another mobile suit gets stolen! Now that’s what I call Justice.
Secret Agent Mu-man returns with dire information for the Archangel, just late enough to be useless! The crew, meanwhile, is preparing to take its collective last breath. But what’s this? A bird? A plane? A multi-billion dollar government secret project? That’s right, it’s Kira! All your (white) base are belong to him, as he declares himself a sovereign nation because nukes.
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!
In the aftermath of last episode’s epic battle, everyone’s dealing with the shock and loss. Also Kuzzey’s there. But not everything’s going poorly! New romances are blooming, Mu gets to practice being the impulsive one, and death appears to be only a minor inconvenience!
I don’t have much to say about this one. Both the episode of the show and our episode about it are super dense this time around, and it gets really real! Also, there are some gorgeous fights, regardless of which version you’re watching. Get it!
Finally, after what feels like far too long, we’re at the good part! One of the best fight scenes of the series so far, Athrun and Kira acting like they calmly know the future, and the first of many deaths, the series takes a major turn here.
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.
Previously, on Gundam SEED, we had a clip episode. Thankfully, the HD version skips that and goes right into a second clip episode! Erik Simmons, Applications Sorcery, regales us with the journey of the Archangel thus far.
After some amazing fighter cross-classing, Kira sees the Archangel to Orb, leading to a “surprising” plot twist! Everyone’s pretty tired, even the ZAFT crew, but that’s mostly because Yzak has been dishing sick burns all day. They head off to scheme about how to get some sweet civilian jumpsuits while the Archangel crew negotiate… for their LIVES! And also asylum, I guess.
Teased endlessly by the opening, we finally get some screen time with Athrun and Cagalli interacting! Will the two angst-struck teens be able to survive an entire day alone together? Kira and the Archangel’s crew are determined to find Cagalli, despite Natarl’s strategic objections, and Yzak is getting ready for a command of his own… They grow up so fast.
In this exciting episode, we get to see the strongest weapon in the Strike’s arsenal make a return: knives! Also, the life and death of Captain McBeardo, and some shocked Athrun. More importantly, though: will Cagalli make a kill in a dogfight? There’s only one way to find out!
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!
What’s the best sauce for doner kebab? Batarang! In this episode we get dueling condiments, philosophical rambling from Mr. Burnsides, and a submission to the System’s Funniest Home Videos! Also featured: Dress Up Cagalli! Despite not being action-y, this one’s pretty great, and contains one of the best shirts in existence.
In the greates mic drop of all time, Kira inspires Waltfeld’s fighting spirit, and will accidentally incite the Greater Doner Kebab Incident. Many lives were lost. Also of note are some great call shots with RPGs, one of the most dramatic slaps committed to animation stills, and I guess one of Cagalli’s friends dies or something.
This episode sees the return of Cagalli! Again! We also get Mu about to become James Bond, Kira being angsty and fighty about being angsty, and Flay being… well, Flay. In case it’s not clear, we love Flay Lannister. Also, some tacto-babble with the Desert Dawn sets us up for the next episode as Andrew “Folgers” Waltfeld reluctantly takes arms. Emotions are high even as the Archangel is grounded!
War. War is filled with coffee. And that never changes, even in space! We return to Earth, and begin to deal with the most important subject in human history: teenage relationship drama! Cagalli’s back, Sai’s angsting, Flay’s… being a weirdo and kinda creepy. Also, we get some sweet melee combat, and Kira’s continued use of improvised moves. No Natural could do that sweet flying knee!
Frankly, one of the better contrivances I’ve seen for a clip episodes: the main character is having a fever-induced flashback sequence! Also, the supporting cast is reminiscing or something, I guess. We also get to see the origin of Coordinators, and learn the story of George “Good At Everything” Glenn! More importantly, though, we get an introduction to the most important character in the series: DaCosta!