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Episode 2: The Coming of Age Ceremony

 

Review by Chris Guanche

May 30, 2001

 

Summary

 

Guin receives a call from an observatory and tells Michael that the Militia parade will have to be moved up to the same day as the Coming of Age Ceremony because of a possible attack from Galia. Elsewhere, Loran and Sochie practice flying airplanes. Though Loran is good, he doesn't want to join the Militia like Sochie and Miashei. Miashei asks Sochie if her father is ok with her joining the Militia, and she says that she decides her own matters. Sochie feels disappointed about not being able to attend the parade as a member of the Militia because the parade will be held before her Coming of Age Ceremony. Loran takes his bike out and spends the night in the woods, where he accidentally injures himself. The next day, Loran drives the family to the city of Nocis for the parade. While Sochie talks about being a pilot, Kihel wants to skip college and get a career working with Guin in Bostonia Castle. She and her mother prepare for a party that Guin will be holding at Bostonia Castle. Later, the parade begins and officer Yanny Oviess leads the Militia in saluting the leader of the Inglessa fiefdom and Guin. Sochie watches as Miashei flies a Hip Heavy overhead with the rest of the air force. Loran watches it from a rooftop with Fran and Keith and wonders if Dianna Soriel will come to Earth. They all decide that if the Moonrace comes back that they would rather stick with what they are doing now. A banquet is held following the parade, and Guin asks Loran if he wants to work for him in Nocis. Loran thinks Nocis is too big for his taste, so Guin suggests working in Vicinity as an engineer with an old prospector named Sid Munzer. Kihel asks Guin why he keeps calling Loran as "Laura," and Guin says Laura is more suited to him. As Loran prepares for the ceremony, Diran tells him about the stigmata. According to the tradition, there must be six bruises on people's backs because the White Doll's priests had them. Loran asks if that's all he knows, and Diran tells him to concentrate on the ceremony and girls.

 

That night, Sochie, Loran and other children attend the Coming of Age Ceremony. Like Kihel before her, Sochie climbs onto an ancient statue and rides it up to the top of the nearby mountain. At Bostonia Castle, Guin dances with Kihel. He asks if she is interested in the new era, and she tells him that she is but also likes to dance. Guin decides to show her some new technology and takes her to a room filled with wireless communication devices. He tells her that the Moonrace is coming down to Ameria and wants to settle across the Sunbelt Zone of the Midwest. A communication arrives, and the wireless devices begin to overload. Guin calls the Militia and is told that planes are on patrol. At the airfield, Miashei scrambles in the Hip Heavy against her father's wishes. At the mountain, Sid and his assistant Joseph Yaht wonder why people still have such old ceremonies in modern times. Nearby, Loran and Sochie get naked so that they can apply leeches to each other. Loran is freaked out by leeches, and Sochie tells him to hurry up so that they can become adults. As Loran applies the leeches to Sochie's back, he is interrupted by explosions coming from Nocis. A Dianna Counter attack force of Wodom mobile suits led by Pou Aijee attacks Nocis. Miashei investigates with her Hip Heavy, and Pou destroys the attacking Bull Ones, whose firepower is inferior compared to hers. As the children flee the ceremony, the White Doll crumbles and reveals the hidden Turn A Gundam. Loran and Sochie get inside, and the Turn A moves by itself and fires its beam rifle at Pou. Pou is shocked by this because the Dianna Counter intelligence reported that Earth had no mobile suits. She fires back at the Turn A and destroys buildings all over. The Turn A slides down the mountain, and its beam rifle is destroyed by one of Pou's missiles. Loran wonders why it moved by itself, and Sochie notices that Nocis is engulfed in flames.

 

Commentary

 

Now that the characters have been introduced in the first episode, it's time for the story to begin. We know that Loran, Keith and Fran were sent to Earth to investigate it. The reason for that was probably to determine where the Moonrace could live. Two years have passed, and how they have arrived. In standard Tomino form, an attack begins, and an inexperienced young man stumbles upon a Gundam, in this case the odd looking Turn A. Many people believe this series sucks just because of odd mecha design, but I'm personally more interested in story and character development. Mecha designs should not be used to judge an entire series, as they are simply a part of the series and not the main reason to watch a show. I've got to wonder though, what's with all this nudity all over the place? The first episode had quite a bit, and this one had even more. And leeches...ick. For an advanced Victorian-like society, these people sure do have some odd customs.

 

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