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Episode 21: To the World's End

 

Review by Chris Guanche

May 2, 2017

 

Summary

 

Riddhe dodges the Neo Zeong's fingers, and a controlled Jegan attacks Conroy. Riddhe tells Conroy to fall back, and Full Frontal enters the Neo Zeong's cockpit. He blasts his way through the colony and pushes Riddhe into space. Gael launches in a Silver Bullet and catches Banagher as the Neo Zeong smashes into the habitat. Gael fires missiles and deploys wire-controlled beam sabers, but he's quickly disabled by Full Frontal. Gael tells Banagher that Cardeas had a dream of a future for humanity where the Box had been opened. The Silver Bullet crashes into the mansion, and Gael tells Banagher that he came of his own free will, not a curse. Banagher calls out to the Unicorn Gundam, and its shields open fire on Full Frontal before he can kill Gael. Banagher gets into the cockpit and activates NT-D, using the shields to protect himself. Full Frontal blasts the ground around them, sucking them both into space. Riddhe joins Banagher and opens fire on Full Frontal. The Banshee Norn's NT-D activates, and Riddhe says this light isn't coming from just them, but everyone. Syam wonders what kind of future this will bring and notes that nothing could change because people interpret laws according to their own interests. He thinks there might be some commotion about enforcing the lost article, but the question still remains as to whether Newtypes really exist. Mineva says that Banagher will do what's right, as the representatives of Earth did when they signed the Charter. Syam wants the world to hear the truth of the Box from Mineva. Banagher and Riddhe fire their beam magnums at the Neo Zeong, which absorbs the blasts. They destroy its propellant tanks, and Full Frontal proclaims that he's a vessel containing the will of the people. The Neo Zeong deploys a gold ring that destroys all the weapons of both Gundams. Banagher moves in close and is grabbed by the Neo Zeong's hands. Riddhe attacks from behind and is grabbed by four sub-arms. Banagher breaks free and smashes the Sinanju's arms and the Neo Zeong's front arms. The back arms move over and grab the Unicorn Gundam. The Neo Zeong glows, and Full Frontal states that the miracle is repeating and nothing will change.

 

Banagher sees visions across time, including the Axis Shock, the Battle of A Baoa Qu, the Battle of Solomon and the destruction of the Laplace colony. Full Frontal shows Banagher a vision of the end of time where the universe is dark and lifeless. Because the universe will eventually end, possibility is just an illusion. The Unicorn Gundam's psychoframe turns green, but Full Frontal says that warm light will change nothing. The ghost of Lalah Sune tells Full Frontal that the heat from that light warms the universe, and Char's ghost tells him it's time. Lalah says that Char has left them enough of his thoughts from the time when he was himself. After everything returns to normal, the Neo Zeong and Sinanju crumble away, leaving only the cockpit pod. Full Frontal tells Banagher that it's in his hands now to to as he believes he must. Riddhe appears, and Banagher tells him that Magallanica is being targeted. The voice of Amuro Ray asks the others if they're sure, and Char says to leave it to them. Bright asks Martha if she really intends to fire Gryps 2 with the Nahel Argama in the line of fire, and she notes that sometimes a few must be sacrificed so that many more might live. Alberto disagrees and says that Martha is protecting the Foundation's interests, not the Federation's. Alberto grabs her by her collar, so several guards pull him off her. Bright tells Ronan that he'll become an enemy of the Federation if Ronan proceeds, but Ronan calls his bluff and notes that he's a family man. He asks if Bright wants to drag his children into this, and Bright responds that he wants to be a father his children won't be ashamed of. Ronan inserts his card and initiates the firing sequence, and Alberto reveals that Riddhe is piloting the Banshee Norn. Ronan is shocked and wonders why Riddhe is out there.

 

Commentary

 

The penultimate episode of the TV adaptation is a bit odd this time in the sense that the primary antagonist is removed from the board before the finale. I was never quite satisfied with Full Frontal's end that he just gave up because of the ultimate death of the universe. Mineva had alluded to Full Frontal's creation and programming, and it's a definite flaw that the anime adaptation didn't explain that in any detail. All we ever get is Full Frontal constantly repeating the refrain that he's a mere vessel filled with the desires of the people. As it stands, Full Frontal is just a cypher with no depth beyond what he keeps saying about himself.

 

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