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Gundam SEED After Phase: In the Valley of the Stars

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Summary

With the war over, Kira, Athrun and Lacus settle down in the Marshall Islands with Malchio and his orphans. As the children play in the house, Lacus prepares dinner. On the news, the Earth Alliance and ZAFT hold peace talks to discuss the defensive power of both nations. Cagalli and Athrun fly in on a Heli to have dinner and discuss events. She says that Orb was ravaged during the war, and its people understand the foolishness of fighting and how precious peace is. She says, however, that there are countries that don’t understand that. Lacus says both sides must lower their weapons to reach peace, and Cagalli says everyone knows they should be doing that. In a PLANT, Yzak and Dearka continue their work for ZAFT. After dinner, Kira walks out to the shore and is joined by Athrun. Kira thinks about his last battle with Rau and wonders why he is still alive. Athrun says he wonders about the same thing, and he thinks them being alive is a chance to make up for things. Elsewhere, Murrue has a drink by herself and imagines that Mu is with her. Sai types at his computer, and Andy works with Kisaka and Erica. Miriallia sits alone staring at a picture of Tolle. Cagalli tells Lacus that going out into a battlefield suited her well. Lacus tells Cagalli that they may not yet know what they are supposed to do. She is about to say something more, but the children interrupt her to watch the shooting stars in the sky. Kira and Athrun walk away from the shore and return to the cabin.

Commentary

Well, usually once the last episode of a TV series airs, that’s the end of the story. With SEED, however, the ending was rather abrupt. This five minute epilogue appears on the final Japanese DVD after episode 50. It’s quite short and doesn’t really do anything on its own, so there’s no point in watching it by itself. Watch episode 50, then see this for the extra footage of what happened to the characters. It would have been nice if this special could have been a bit longer, or if it had at least shown some more characters doing things. Perhaps the final word on SEED hasn’t been written yet.

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Gundam SEED Info


Director:
Mitsuo Fukuda

Writer(s):
Chiaki Morosawa
Hiroyuki Yoshino
Hiroshi Ohnogi
Shigeru Morita
Akinori Endo
Yuuichi Nomura
Akemi Omode

Mechanical Designer(s):
Kunio Okawara
Kimitoshi Yamane
Junichi Akutsu

Character Designer:
Hisashi Hirai

Musical Composer:
Toshihiko Sahashi

Airdates (Original):
Japan 10.05.2002 – 09.27.2003
U.S. 04.17.2004 – 04.15.2005

Airdates (HD Remaster):
Japan 01.xx.2012 – 11.xx.2012

Video Release (SE):
Japan 08.27.2004 – 10.22.2004
U.S. 07.11.2005 – 11.22.2005

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