It’s like this with this show. I’ll cover it as long as it continues to impress me…but the moment I get “scuba divers dread” I am done.
First of all an OG style summary of Episode 0 (which can be seen on Youtube). A group of scientists were testing Gundam technology in an effort to help people, especially ones with disabilities, grow stronger, among other “good for humanity” purposes. The problem was piloting Gundams took a heavy toll on pilots as seen in the climactic battle. The key to victory was a Super Gundam that could help make a breakthrough if given enough time. Elnora, mom of the main heroine, hoped to master its power but the risk was too great so they didn’t go all out. Meanwhile Baron Bad Dad (you’ll see why I call him that soon), a military dude who rose to power and manipulated his way into becoming “Lord of the Space Peeps”, led an anti-Gundam movement. During his big inaugural speech on “Why Gundams and Earth Peeps suck” he sent a (I think) secret assault squad to eliminate the scientists. As this was happening our main heroine Ericht, Eri for short, wanted to celebrate her 4th birthday with Elnora and Papa but they’re all focused on the Super Gundam. Thanks to Doc Granny Eri had a talk with her “imouto” when the assault team attacked. As the above pic showed it didn’t end well for the scientists. Only Elnora and Eri survived.
They survived because Super Gundam resonated with Eri to the horror of Elnora. To protect them Papa sacrificed his life trying in vain to kamikaze the most likely arch nemesis of Eri later on.
Sad but effective tragic origin story. There’s even a most likely yuri couple too.
On to Episode 1.
We joined an older Eri doing her thing with a team when she spotted what appeared to be an astronaut drifting in space. She took her special Gundam (most likely Super Gundam repainted) to the rescue. However…
Miorine, the pretty grouch, didn’t want to be saved. She was trying to escape the Space Academy and head for Earth. We would also learn our heroine went under a new alias, Suletta Mercury. We also learned she and Mama Elnora found refuge on Planet Mercury. So Suletta attended the Space Academy at the behest of her mom but she had never been to a school or around strangers so lots of shy stuttering followed. That was until she saw Miorine again, who told her to take responsibility for ruining her escape back in space. Suletta remembered.
Also they’re on the floor because an out of nowhere duel started and Miorine got Suletta out of harm’s way. The winning pilot was a douche who declared himself Miorine’s suitor due to the rules of the academy made by Baron Bad Dad, Miorine’s father. Basically victors of duels had the authority to get whatever they wanted, or something like that.
Suletta followed Miorine to her special little greenhouse. She took up gardening to honor her late mother. Seeing from Suletta’s lack of knowledge on Earth stuff she figured Mercury was a backwoods planet (more on this later) and helped her a bit. That’s when douche boy ruined the cute moment by trashing the greenhouse and asserting his douchy dominance over his “fiancee”.
Suletta seeing no one stopping douche boy literally spanked him and was like “Respect her authoritah!” and he said “You know who you talkin’ to bitch? The future Lord of the Space Peeps! Victors in duels have power so if you’ve got a problem with me how about we settle it in the ring”. To Miorine’s surprise she accepted.
In a small twist Miorine piloted Super Gundam after helping install the school map app on Suletta’s phone. It didn’t go well for the grumpy one as she had no idea how to pilot her.
Thanks to “friend of lesbian” Suletta snuck into the ring and got the blind tag (headbutt) and was like “Aerial’s MY Imouto. Only I get to pilot her. Now sit on my lap and we’ll kick that dork’s butt”. That’s exactly what they did. During the battle certain viewers realized Aerial was no ordinary mobile suit. I’m only assuming Aerial is Super Gundam by the way. I could be wrong and Elnora has her hidden somewhere back home.
Miorine: Well, you beat him. That makes you the new Holder. My fiancee.
Suletta: WHAT? But I’m a woman!
Miorine: Huh. Mercury must really be a backwoods conservative planet. That stuff is pretty common around here yo.
Confession. I have yet to finish watching Revolutionary Utena. I saw the movie though. Even so I still got Utena vibes from this premiere, which is a good thing so far. You have my interest show. Don’t screw it up.