Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening
Review by Chris Guanche
March 26, 2005
In the year UC 0079, the Earth Federation and the space-based Principality of Zeon wage a war locked in stalemate. Aboard the assault carrier Pegasus, Lt. Ralv lectures cadets Amuro Ray, Kai Shiden, Ryu Jose, Hayato Kobayashi and Sean Crane about the Core Fighter craft. He then leads them in a training exercise in space. Amuro drifts off course and is yelled at by Ralv. After performing a landing on the ship, Amuro is sent out again to repeat the exercise. Afterwards, Ralv lectures the cadets on the Gundam and Guncannon mobile suits. When Amuro's attention wanders elsewhere, Ralv tries to slap him. Amuro dodges, and Ralv has Ryu and Kai hold Amuro so he can slap him. Elsewhere, Char Aznable's Musai class ship approaches the single colony located at Side 7. Char speaks with his subordinate Dren about how they sighted the Pegasus earlier heading for Side 7. Char realizes that Side 7 must be to location of the Federation's secret Operation V mobile suit development project. He decides to send several Zakus to investigate the colony. Zaku pilots Denim and Gene fly into Side 7 to search for mobile suits. Although the colony is incomplete, Denim spots several Gundams and Guncannons. Although Char sent him on a scouting mission, Denim debates whether he should attack or not. On the other side of the colony, the Pegasus docks in the port. Captain Paolo Cassius is informed of an attack from within the colony and orders several Core Fighters to launch. Denim and Gene blast the Gundam and Guncannon parts and fight off the Federation resistance. Two Core Fighters from the Pegasus attack, but Denim destroys them. Amuro and the other cadets march into Side 7 to assist in the defense. Another Core Fighter is destroyed, and the shrapnel from it hits Sean and kills him. Amuro runs between the Zaku's legs and joins up with everyone near an ele-car. The Zaku blasts them, and Amuro is separated from the others. He spots a Gundam unit on a trailer and runs over to it. He gets into the cockpit and activates the suit, using the vulcan guns to shoot at the Zakus. With no beam rifle, Amuro uses a beam saber to slice Gene's Zaku in half. The attack pierces the Zaku's fusion reactor and sets off an explosion that blasts a hole in the colony wall.
Char worries about the situation inside Side 7 and is informed that Denim is returning alone. He orders missiles to be launched as covering fire and argues with Captain Haman Tramm about getting closer to Side 7. Char reviews Denim's video footage and decides to infiltrate Side 7 with normal suits. Amuro helps in transporting evacuees out of the colony. He receives a call from the Pegasus and is surprised that Ensign Bright Noa is in charge on the subbridge. An attack on the port damaged the bridge and injured Captain Cassius and the senior staff. Warrant Officer Mirai Yashima asks Amuro to transfer a functional Guncannon over to the Pegasus. While towing the Guncannon, Amuro spots his friend Fraw Bow in the crowd of refugees and calls out to her. He asks her where her family is, and she explains that they're dead. Bright calls Amuro and sends him over the Gundam's specs. He also orders Amuro to destroy the remaining mobile suit parts and sends Ryu to help him. At the Gundam test site, Sayla Mass (aka Artesia Som Deikun) thinks about her brother Casval Rem Deikun, who has infiltrated Zeon as Char. She thinks about the death of her father, the revolutionary Zeon Sum Deikun and how she and Casval were raised by Jimba Ral. Sayla destroys all files relating to the Gundam until she spots a man in a red normal suit taking pictures of the wrecked mobile suit. She grabs a gun from a dead soldier and orders Char to put his hands up. He knocks the gun out of her hand and realizes she is Artesia. Amuro approaches with the Gundam, and Char escapes. Amuro picks up Sayla and uses the beam rifle to destroy the remaining parts. Char and his men break out of the colony's port, and Bright has the Pegasus leave port. Char and Denim return to the Musai and sortie in their Zakus. To Amuro's surprise, Char's custom red Zaku moves very quickly and dodges his attacks. Denim reveals his location by transmitting his IFF signal, and Amuro destroys him with the beam rifle. As they fight, Amuro runs out of energy and Char runs out of ammo. Char retreats to the Musai and Amuro returns to the Pegasus as it heads for Luna II.
At Zeon's Earth orbital base California, Garma Zabi receives a message from his friend Char. The message states that Char is trying to send the Pegasus towards California. Garma decides to take the initiative and personally attack with three Gaw carriers. Sayla helps Fraw attend to the wounded and then heads to the bridge to ask Bright how she can help. He assigns her to the communications post, and Ryu calls and asks for instructions. The Musai closes in on them, and Char launches in his Zaku. Amuro immediately launches in the Gundam, followed by Ryu and Kai in their Guncannons. To Char's surprise, Amuro performs better in battle, but he still has trouble hitting Char. Char pulls back when he realizes he is outgunned by Amuro, Ryu and Kai. On the Musai, Dren argues with Tramm about contacting California without Admiral Dozle Zabi's permission. After the battle, Bright holds a meeting with the crew to determine their next move. One option is to turn around and take on the Musai, and the other is to try and avoid California and slingshot around the Earth to reach Luna II. The crew overwhelmingly decides to attack the Musai. As battle preparations begin, a retired ship commander named Jarma Amov offers his help to Bright. Bright places him in charge of guns and tells the gun operators to let Jarma think he is in command. Dren informs Char that Garma is sending three Gaw carriers, and Char comments that Garma is inexperienced. He decides to sortie in his Zaku to help Garma. Char approaches the Pegasus and locks onto the bridge, but Amuro ruins his shot and attacks. Dopp fighters launch from the Gaws and attack the Pegasus. As Amuro and Char fight, the Pegasus destroys two of the Gaws with its mega particle cannons. Garma's damaged carrier begins a suicide run and is destroyed. Char is pleased because it helps his quest for revenge against the Zabis. With the Gaws destroyed, Char retreats and realizes that Dozle won't be happy.
At Luna II, Amuro meets supply captain Matilda Ajan. After talking with Hayato about the Gundam's armor, Amuro calls Fraw to see how she is doing. She tells him about how her family is dead, and Amuro recalls how he was close to her mother Fam. He thought of her as a surrogate mother because his own mother Kamaria had refused to come up to live on Side 7. Amuro tells Fraw that she has to keep it together, but he is suddenly called away to a briefing. At the briefing, the crew is introduced to base commander Wakkein and General Revil. Revil congratulates everyone on their performance at Side 7 against Char. He explains that the Federation has begun rolling out its first mass production mobile suit, the GM. Because the GM is available in limited numbers, Revil says that the Pegasus will play an important role in operations. He gives everyone promotions and explains the concept of Newtypes that he first heard about when held prisoner by the Zeon. According to Zeon Deikun's theory, people's consciousness expands in space and the Newtype is the next evolution of humanity. He says the Zeon probably have their own Newtype Corps under development, and he wants to try the same thing based on the Pegasus' battle record. Later, Sayla thinks about Char and his obsession to kill the Zabis which was driven into him by Jimba. Amuro visits Fraw, and she tells him that she's going to work on Luna II and take care of the orphan children Kikka, Katz and Letz. Amuro tells her that she shouldn't stay on Luna II and should instead continue to study fashion design. Fraw asks Amuro if she can count on him, and she then holds on to his hand and tells him that she loves him.
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