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12 Days of Anime #3: Zeheart vs. Asemu


I liked Gundam AGE quite a bit overall, but that final arc was pretty shit. No doubt about it. The series struggled to start but hit its stride by the end of Flit’s arc, and then followed with Asemu’s arc, which was pretty damn good the whole way through. Then came Kio’s arc. I don’t want to dwell too much on the negative points of a series I enjoyed so much for so long, but it was quite deflating to see AGE sputter toward such a dumb, irritating conclusion.

But at least something decent happened before the end: Zeheart and Asemu had the opportunity to settle their generation-spanning rivalry. Even though Kio infected Asemu’s mind with his nonsense, Asemu knew he was the only one charged with defeating his lover Zeheart. Perhaps it does not unfold perfectly (this is Kio’s arc, after all, and it is required to take a fat shit on everything), but at least there was enough good sense remaining in the series to realize that this was how it had to end for two of the best characters in the series.

I rooted for Asemu much of the series because he overcame a lot of limitations to become an awesome pilot: No Newtype hax, a father who’s kind of a racist douchebag, and a truly awful haircut. Asemu took advantage of having a kickass mentor and became a cool pilot and later a Gundam piloting pirate. How could you not root for him? But I did feel sorry for Zeheart since he tossed away what would probably have been a pretty happy life with Asemu and his friends to fight for his people and his ideals. Those folks got a pretty raw deal even though Jun Maeda wrote their backstory.

The futility of it all finally catches up to Zeheart at the end. At least he gets a good heart-to-heart with Asemu before he goes out. Asemu x Zeheart forever~~~~~ <3 <3 <3


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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted December 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Don’t you sass the Hitler Youth haircut.

    Also amusing that you posted this today, I just finished my AGE-2 kit earlier. Wow wat a nice robit.

    • Posted December 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

      I’ll sass that haircut all day long!

  2. Posted December 23, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Permalink

    YES. Amidst all the mess that was that last arc, I’m so glad they managed to have at least one great episode, and that it was made so great by giving a beautiful conclusion to the best love story in the series.

    The next best thing I can think of about that arc was how hilariously racist Flit was.

    • Kiseki
      Posted December 24, 2012 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      Not quite related, but Papa Frito was originally orange for some reason.

    • Posted December 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

      Good ol’ Flitler.

  3. Kiseki
    Posted December 24, 2012 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    Man I still have to finish the last like, seven episodes or something, but…

    I remembered the line where Zeheart said that he wanted to settle down and have kids like Asemu did. Yeahhhhh more like with Asemu.

    I’m glad marriage didn’t get in the way of these two being boyfriends in space though.

    • Posted December 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

      Yeah … I can definitely see why you’d be hesitant to finish the series, but I think it’s at least worth it to get up to this, even though the ending is pretty garbage.

  4. Embok
    Posted December 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    I liked Kio’s arc! Sure it was less amazing than Asemu arc and all the characters I wanted to see live died, but it was still good mecha action.

    Flit giving up so easily was a disappointment though.

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