The 3rd arc of Gundam AGE started this week. It was surreal seeing Flit turn from iron-hearted commander to a good-natured grandfather. The goggles are a great touch, furthering the enigmatic image that he possesses in this arc–without seeing his eyes, we can’t really delve his motives. Already my mind is racing with theories: how did Flit end up from a position of power into this comparatively low-key role?
A lesser show would have me raging, but this is Gundam AGE. Gundam AGE has built upon itself from each arc: the 1st one sets up Flit’s motivation to plot the annihilation of the Vagan race. The 2nd arc focuses on the tenuous relationship between Flit and his son Asem, which gives credence to Flit being a caring benefactor for his grandson Kio. It’s as if he’s trying to atone for his absence in Asem’s formative years!
It’s easier to swallow these developments. Flit has always remained a main character throughout Gundam AGE, be it Flit the young pilot, Flit the career soldier, or in the present arc, Flit the badass grandpa. He’s been through a lot: he’s fought wars as a frontline fighter and as a fleet commander, he’s lost people dear to him, people whom he grew up admiring. Yet you can’t let a good man down. Gundam AGE is his story.
We’ve been through two arcs. The third one is the payoff. How will the Vagan invasion of Earth commence? Is there a hidden twist in it? A silver lining? What about the generations we’ve followed since episode one? Will Flit finally complete his life’s work?
I don’t know. For now, I’ll be content with waiting, week after week.
PS: I really like how grunt Federation mech design is influenced by the Gundam’s improvements. 2nd arc had the Titus and Spallow parts, 3rd arc now has transformations!