Gundam 00 Season 1 Ep. 16: Trinity


After pinning the Gundam Exia to the ground, Ali activates the Agrissa‘s plasma field, which electrocutes both Setsuna and his suit. Suddenly, the Agrissa is hit by several shots from above and Ali is forced to eject his Enact from it before it explodes. The Gundam Throne Drei descends over Setsuna, and pilot Nena Trinity asks Setsuna if he’s alive. Nena introduces herself and explains that she’s also a Gundam Meister. Elsewhere, the Hellion squad escorts the captured Gundam Virtue through the desert, and Patrick is sure that he’ll win Kati’s heart now. Suddenly, his Enact is blasted in two by Johann Trinity’s Gundam Throne Eins. Johann blasts the Hellions with his GN launcher and flies off to continue his mission, leaving Tieria to wonder who he is. As Soma escorts the captured Gundam Kyrios, she wonders why Allelujah killed the others of their kind, but her thought is interrupted by a sensation of pressure. Suddenly, Sergei and Soma’s squad comes under attack from the remote GN fangs launched by Michael Trinity’s Gundam Throne Zwei. As several Tierens are destroyed, Sergei and Soma are forced onto the defensive. Johann arrives at his next destination and fires several more blasts from his GN launcher, killing Over Flag pilots Randy and Stuart. As the weapons fire continues, Graham orders everyone to disperse and retreat. Lockon doesn’t recognize the Throne Eins and asks Haro to scan for data, but Haro has nothing. Johann calls Lockon and explains that his siblings are rescuing the other Meisters. Nena calls in to report that her mission is complete, and Johann orders her to spread GN particles to the maximum distance and cover their escape. Nena activates the Throne Drei’s stealth field and covers the sky with red GN particles. Kati is informed that their operation has failed due to the appearance of new Gundams. Graham attempts to call for reinforcements, but communications are cut by Nena’s stealth field. Sergei wonders why Celestial Being never showed off such an ability before, and Patrick attempts to call his base for a pickup. Christina receives an encrypted message from Haro, and Sumeragi is surprised at the news that all four Gundams have escaped. She says to herself that sometimes it’s good for her predictions to be wrong. The leaders of the superpowers are informed that the operation failed because of the new Gundams. As the Meisters head back to their deserted island, Tieria thinks to himself that the new Gundams aren’t in Veda’s plans and wonders what they are.

At school Saji yawns repeatedly and tells Louise that he didn’t get any sleep because he stayed up all night watching a news report on Celestial Being. He asks her if she thinks it isn’t a big deal, and she tells him she’s more worried about upcoming exams. Alejandro attends a meeting of Celestial Being’s Observers, but he’s the only one in the room because the others are broadcasting voice only and are represented by paintings and sculptures. Alejandro asks the other Observers if they intend to acknowledge the new Gundams as part of Celestial Being. One comments that he’s rushing to quickly and that they should re-examine the results of the Meisters and their interventions so far. Alejandro summarizes the interventions, starting with Setsuna’s attack on the Enact unveiling, as well as Allelujah and Tieria stopping the terrorist attack in space. The Trinity siblings review the record as well, and Michael brashly comments that if he were in Taribia, he would’ve beaten up both armies. An Observer mentions that everything went according to Veda’s plans until Allelujah initiated an independent rescue effort, which revealed the Gundam Dynames‘ long-range sniper capabilities to the world. Johann reviews the Moralian incident in which Setsuna revealed himself to Ali, and Michael comments that Setsuna must be crazier than he is. An Observer mentions that Setsuna refused to file a report on the incident. A motion to expel Setsuna was considered, but it didn’t pass because there wasn’t unanimous agreement. The Observers discuss the terrorist actions in response to Celestial Being. Alejandro highlights the HRL’s attack on Celestial Being and their attempt to capture Gundams. The Observers note that during the attack, Allelujah allowed the Gundam Kyrios to be temporarily captured. They also note that he revealed his shield pincer weapon too soon, as did Tieria with the Gundam Nadleeh. At the time, the Observers questioned Sumeragi’s abilities, but as with Setsuna, they couldn’t reach a consensus. One Observer comments that Allelujah could be a problem for them in the future. Michael criticizes the Meisters for not killing every enemy pilot they encounter, but Johann counters that the Meisters are concerned about public opinion. Michael says that they’re too soft and criticizes Setsuna’s actions in Azadistan. With the most recent mission, one Observer mentions that if not for the Thrones, the original Gundams would’ve been captured. Alejandro asks again if they’re going to acknowledge the new Gundams, and the Observers agree. In space, the Trinity warship heads for the rendezvous point with the Ptolemaios.


The last episode ended on a cliffhanger with the appearance of a new Gundam, and this episode picks up from there and shows off the whole trio of new Gundams and their Meisters. Surprisingly, the Meisters didn’t know about this new team, and neither did Sumeragi or most of the Observers. One thing is clear, based on Sumeragi’s reaction: she had expected that the Meisters wouldn’t return alive. From the way things were going, they wouldn’t have, if not for the intervention of the Trinity siblings. They’re a pretty strange bunch: Johann is the oldest and is calm and collected, while Michael seems quite insane and Nena is the cutesy and spunky type. The second half of this episode is pretty much a clip show, but I have to say it’s done much better than in the SEED series. Rather than just wasting time with clips, this episode pretty skillfully uses clips to deliver new information, such as the Observers questioning whether they should expel Sumeragi and Setsuna. The three new Gundams remain a mystery, but some questions will probably be answered when they meet with the original Gundam crew.

Overall Rating

Gundam 00 Info

Seiji Mizushima

Yousuke Kuroda

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kanetake Ebikawa
Takayuki Yanase
Hitoshi Fukuchi
Kenji Teraoka
Naohiro Washio
Kunio Okawara
Seiichi Nakatani

Character Designer(s):
Yun Kouga
Michinori Chiba

Musical Composer:
Kenji Kawai

50 episodes; 3 compilation movies

Japan 10.06.2007 – 03.29.2008 (S1);
10.05.2008 – 03.29.2009 (S2)
U.S. 11.24.2008 – 02.09.2009 (S1);
06.29.2009 – 09.21.2009 (S2)

Video Release (SE):
Japan 10.27.2009 – 02.23.2010
U.S. 09.04.2018


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