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Episode 16: Fumitan Admoss

 

Review by Chris Guanche

January 28, 2016

 

Summary

 

Fumitan recalls a younger Kudelia asking her to share everything she knows about Mars. Kudelia then shows her a physical book called History of Revolution and a specific picture of a young woman with a sword. Fumitan hides in an alley on Dort 3 and recalls how she hated Kudelia's ignorant and honest eyes. At the hotel, Biscuit informs Orga and the others that Fumitan and Kudelia were seen leaving separately, so Mikazuki and Atra run off to find them. Kudelia wants to know the truth from Fumitan about whether she's an agent of Nobliss. Navona and his men continue their march toward the Dort company headquarters, but Navona doesn't want their side to start problems because they're no match for Gjallarhorn. On the Sleipnir, the captain tells Gaelio that colonial unrest will spread and should've been anticipated by the Arianrhod Fleet, the elite unit protecting the Earth Sphere. Fumitan rides an elevator to the Space Port and remembers when she took young Kudelia to a slum in Chryse. Kudelia wanted to give a poor girl candy, and Fumitan told her there was a difference between one-time charity and saving people. Kudelia gave her the candy anyway and was overwhelmed by several poor children and an old man. She then ran off to find Kudelia, who was hiding in an alley. Fumitan then came out and hugged crying Kudelia, who said she was the worst. The union protests result in a shutdown of the Space Port, so Fumitan's elevator returns to the ground level. On the Hammerhead, Naze tells Merribit that they can't pick up Orga and the others due to the Space Port's closure. On top of that, the Arianrhod Fleet and the L7 garrison fleet have been deployed, which makes him wonder what's behind the protests. Amida gives the pilots orders to launch, and Akihiro tests the Alaya-Vijnana System on the remodeled Gundam Gusion Rebake. Takaki criticizes Ride for painting a tag on the Ryusei-Go, but Ride explains it was requested by Shino. Nadi wants them to prepare the Gundam Barbatos for combat even though Mikazuki isn't back yet. Orga's group reforms after failing to find Kudelia, and he thinks Gjallarhorn is up to something by allowing the protests to continue. Two men in black suits harass Fumitan and warn her that she'd better get Kudelia to the right location. A TV news crew reports that security is out in force but hasn't acted yet. Sleipnir's captain says that everything is playing out as planned, with Gjallarhorn sweeping in to take down the dissidents. Navona still has faith that Savarin is working inside the company to start negotiations, but he doesn't know that Savarin has been rebuffed. Several Gjallarhorn Mobile Workers protect the outside of the Dort building while Navona announces his demands. Fumitan wonders what she's doing and is spotted by Kudelia.

 

Kudelia tries to run over to Fumitan and is stopped by a young woman from the union. One of the union members recognizes her, so she's taken over to Navona's pick up truck. The TV reporters don't know who she is, so their producer tells them to follow her. Mikazuki sees Kudelia on TV, so Atra leaves to tell everyone that he found her. Navona and the other union members thank Kudelia for the weapons her proxy provided, and they want her to say something. Gjallarhorn sets off an explosion at the Dort building and uses it as a pretext to attack the protestors. The Mobile Workers destroy the union's Mobile Workers and fire smoke rounds to provide visual cover before their machine guns mow down the protestors. Atra finds Orga's group and tells them that Kudelia is the middle of the commotion. After the smoke clears, Kudelia gets up and is shocked to see so many dead people around her. She cradles the dying young woman in her arms, who says she's glad to die in the arms of the Maiden of the Revolution. The news crew focuses on Kudelia cradling the dead woman, and Fumitan wonders why Kudelia isn't running away yet. A sniper targets Kudelia and fires, but Fumitan steps in at the last moment and takes the bullet. Fumitan uses her body to shield Kudelia, and the sniper escapes. Fumitan bleeds over Kudelia and tells her not to move because they might still be targeting her. Fumitan hands over the necklace and says she's not worthy of it. Fumitan reveals that she deliberately left Kudelia behind in the slums because the poor girl reminded her of how she used to be, and she wanted Kudelia to become bitter. As Fumitan dies, she notes that Kudelia never lost her honest eyes, like the girl in the book. Fumitan's body collapses onto Kudelia just as Mikazuki arrives. The colony shakes as more uprisings break out. Mikazuki pulls Kudelia out from under Fumitan's body and carries her away. Nobliss is annoyed by Fumitan's sudden betrayal and gets a call from McMurdo. McMurdo says that he knows what Nobliss is up to and thinks that Kudelia has more value than Nobliss presumes, so she suggests joining forces. Savarin cries over Navona's body and apologizes for his failure. Kudelia remembers that Fumitan cried over the picture of the girl and said she was like hope itself.

 

Commentary

 

The simmering tensions building up over the last two episodes explode with a brutal massacre that shows Gjallarhorn will stop at nothing to enforce its authority. While Navona and his union people were well-intentioned, the Dort company was never going to seriously negotiate with them. It's a shame that Navona and the union didn't know even until their deaths that they were being played for fools by Nobliss. Does Nobliss actually want to spark a revolution by offering up Kudelia as a sacrificial lamb and making her a martyr, or does he have another purpose? And how will McMurdo fit into all this? Given that this episode is named for Fumitan and multiple death flags were raised last episode, it's absolutely no surprise that she dies. However, I hope her sacrifice will shake Kudelia out her funk about being useless and make her shed her naive ideals. Although he only plays a minor role in this episode, it's good to see that Savarin wants to make up for his mistakes, even though he only succeeds at accomplishing nothing. However, this situation is far from being deflated, with a big Gjallarhorn fleet on its way to quell colonial unrest.

 

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