I almost forgot I was blogging this.
O Captain! My Captain!
I really liked what they did with this guy. Banagher started out hating him, but eventually came to respect him during their trek through the desert.
They had an interesting conversation in the cave during their trip. The gist of it was that the spacenoids and earthlings have different systems born in different places, which will inevitably come into conflict. But this is rather silly. The spacenoids come from Earth, after all. And their system of government is the oldest form their is: an autocracy. One of its variants developed in the early 20th century, fascism, to be specific.
The scene where Banagher first gets thrown against the wall and then kicks the captain in the balls and starts stomping on his face was great. Banagher has been wandering around sulking the entire episode, and then this happens. He has some potential after all! I especially liked how Banagher still retains his immense respect for the captain as he beats him up. And also how the crew doesn’t want to stop him. It doesn’t detract from my love for the captain either: his yelling at Banagher about what war is like was just what that kid needed.
Banagher does squander my goodwill quite quickly, of course, by starting to lecture. This is one thing about these kinds of characters that never ceases to annoy me. Ten seconds ago, you were a pathetic loser, Banagher. And now you think you’ve figured out the meaning of life, and know more than the guy who just taught you everything? Get off your high horse already.
His whole discussion with Loni was especially ridiculous. This girl just destroyed an entire city, and you’re trying to reason with her? Perhaps I would care more if her total screen time up to this point had totaled more than thirty seconds. As it is, it’s just ridiculous. Banagher gets naked and she’s convinced immediately. Right. They exchanged a sum total of two sentences and now they have a deep bond that transcends spacetime.
- Terrible music choice for the opening sequence. I like violins and choral pieces, but it doesn’t really work in the middle of a Gundam fight.
- Bright! Bright! Bright!
- DO NOT WANT.