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Gundam: The Witch From Mercury Ep. 11: The Witches from Earth

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Summary

Suletta sweeps on the bridge of the GUND-ARM ship as it heads toward Plant Quetta. Martin wonders if they’ll make it, but Belmeria comments that it’s the perfect distance for a practice flight. An emergency alarm sounds in one of the rooms, and Suletta immediately volunteers to investigate. Suletta applies duct tape to a panel and hides when she hears Miorine approaching from down the corridor with Nika and saying that she wants Nika to lead their next project. Later, the ship reaches L4 and docks at Plant Quetta. Belmeria asks for help moving some cargo, and Suletta immediately volunteers but has problems when the strap breaks. Elsewhere, Prospera comments that Quiet Zero is going well, and Delling responds that she brought a Gundam here just to confirm that. Delling addresses her as Prospera, but she says he can also call her Elnora Sayama if he prefers. Prospera notes that in its last duel, the Gundam Aerial reached permet score six. She reaches into her pocket to get something, which causes Rajan to draw his gun on her. Delling calls Rajan off, and Prospera gives him a drive with information about the Gundam Aerial’s network architecture pattern, which will allow Quiet Zero to reach its final stage. On the hijacked Kashtanka, Naji tells the bridge crew that he doesn’t want to hurt them – he just wants to discuss the disparities between Earth and space. Guel asks why they’re piloting Desultors, which despite being outdated Jeturk suits, shouldn’t be easy for terrorists to obtain. Sophie kicks Guel against the wall and shoves her pistol against his forehead, but Naji tells her to stop. The captain tells Naji he can have the ship if he lets them go, but Naji refuses because he needs their help. Naji tells them to go about their work as usual while keeping quiet about what’s going on. Suletta and Lilique set up lunch box distribution on the table and declines to go with Chuchu to take a box to Miorine. Suletta sees there are none left for her, and she instead has a drink alone in the bathroom. Nika asks Miorine what happened between her and Suletta and says that not everyone can be like Miorine. Vim meets with Jeturk and notes that Sarius’ request to press charges for the use of the GUND Format was declined. He asks if Delling was involved in that decision, but Delling deflects by answering that it was Cathedra’s choice. Vim notes that Sarius won’t give up and will try to crush GUND-ARM. Vim suggests they sanction Grassley, and Delling suggests that Vim find his missing son before worrying about Miorine. Vim grabs Delling by the shoulder and says he can’t stand an ex-soldier like Delling butting in from the outside. Bodyguards pull him off Delling, and Delling comments that if something was stolen from him, it’s because he was too weak. Although Delling didn’t take the bait, Vim used the altercation to plant a transmitter on one of his bodyguards. He calls Shaddiq and tells him to begin the operation two hours after he leaves Plant Quetta. However, Shaddiq sends a message to Dawn of Fold to begin immediately. Norea complains to Sophie that she’s spending too much time watching videos of Suletta’s duels. Sophie wonders aloud if she’ll ever have the chance to meet Suletta. On a Dominicus ship, two crewmen talk about Captain Kenanji’s weight, and he butts and tells them he used to be thinner. Kenanji gets a call from the bridge that they’ve detected the Jeturk ship Wormblood on course for the Moon, and Kenanji wonders what it’s doing here.

The GUND-ARM crew wonder where Suletta is, and Miorine is annoyed that she’s not around. Belmeria meets with Prospera to pick up the Gundam Aerial, and Prospera comments that it’s good that GUND medical technology will be developed again. Suletta calls Prospera, and Prospera immediately notices that something is wrong. Suletta explains that she’s scared of everyone and got carried away thinking she was making friends. She says no one trusts her or needs her at all. Prospera asks if anyone told her that, and Suletta answers that no one has, but when she began to think that people saw her this way, everything she used to enjoy was now scary. Prospera tells Suletta that she’s caught up in her worries and tells her to come visit her and the Gundam Aerial. She hangs up when Miorine starts pounding on the door. She then tries to close the door, but Miorine keeps it open and says she heard all of Suletta’s sulking. Miorine is accidentally knocked back while trying to hold the door and starts chasing Suletta through the corridors. Miorine tells Suletta that if she has something to say, she should say it to her face. Suletta runs into a cargo transport area and insists that she has nothing to say. Miorine calls her a liar and keeps chasing until she runs out of stamina. Suletta then turns back, so Miorine grabs onto her. Suletta says that’s dirty, and Miorine calls her stupid for falling for the ruse. Suletta asks if her being stupid is why Miorine won’t rely on her. She says that she’s useless and just a shield for Miorine, and she complains about not having lunch, which Miorine doesn’t even understand. Suletta says she shouldn’t have come back to school and tries to push Miorine away, but Miorine grabs hold and asks Suletta why she’s putting herself down. Miorine asks about Suletta’s motto, and Suletta answers that she can’t do it all the time because moving forward is scary. She repeats the motto to push herself forward and says someone like Miorine wouldn’t understand. Miorine bonks Suletta on the head and yells that she doesn’t know how things used to be for her. Miorine says she was sick of the duels and Delling and wanted to escape to Earth. She softly punches Suletta in the chest and says that things changed only when Suletta became her groom. Suletta apologizes, but Miorine punches her more seriously and says she doesn’t get it. Miorine states that it’s because of Suletta that she no longer wants to run and feels happy now. She then hugs Suletta and asks her not to run away. She tells Suletta to say that she wants to be relied upon, and Suletta obliges. Miorine asks Suletta to stay by her side forever and never lose any duels, which Suletta agrees to. Suletta asks if Miorine is crying, and she responds by hugging harder. Miorine asks if Suletta doesn’t believe her, and Suletta hugs her in return. As the Kashtanka approaches Plant Quetta, Naji tells Olcott they’re within range to use the communication jammers. Olcott’s Desultor team launches and approaches Plant Quetta. The Front Control calls them, but the Desultors deploy the jammers and cut off communication. Sophie then launches in the Lfrith Ur, followed by Norea in the Lfrith Thorn. Miorine thinks that Suletta’s matching keychains are ugly, and suddenly the emergency alarm is sounded. Sabina asks Shaddiq if he’s ok with attacking while Miorine is there, and he answers that she’ll survive if she’s lucky. People aboard the front seek shelter, but Prospera wants to ready the Gundam Aerial Rebuild for launch. Naji tells Sophie and Norea that Delling is in C-block, so they use beam cutting equipment to sever that block from the front. As the block shakes, Vim is furious at Shaddiq’s betrayal. Sophie wants to kill Delling rather than serve as a distraction. Suletta gets up after being knocked out by the blast, and an emergency shutter closes and separates her from Miorine. Sophie flies up to the window and gets excited when she sees Suletta.

Commentary

All roads lead to Plant Quetta, which is revealed to be a massive installation. Prospera talks to Delling about a secretive project known as Quiet Zero, and she’s brazen enough to tell him her real name. What is Quiet Zero, and what about it requires data from the Gundam Aerial? Is Prospera trying to get as close to Delling as possible before exacting revenge? All of these questions are left unanswered, but hopefully will be addressed in the future. It’s sad to see Suletta being so withdrawn from everyone, but it’s not surprising – she had a very lonely childhood as the only kid on Mercury and clearly has none of the social skills that should develop from being around other kids. This results in a humorous chase sequence with Miorine that ends in a heartfelt exchange where Miorine angrily declares how happy she is. I’m glad this rift wasn’t dragged out for too long, and it was good to see Suletta have her misunderstanding corrected. It’s also an odd experience watching Prospera both manipulate and comfort Suletta. The new Gundams are participating in the attack on Plant Quetta, and Sophie’s unstable and reckless attitude definitely has the vibes of Nena Trinity from Gundam 00. I wondered if we would see Kenanji again after the prologue, but I didn’t expect his appearance to be so vastly different. Finally, there is definitely some satisfaction in watching Vim realize that he’s been betrayed in the moment he thought he would succeed.

Overall Rating
4/5

The Witch from Mercury Info

Director:
Hiroshi Kobayashi

Writer:
Ichiro Okouchi

Mechanical Designer(s):
JNTHED
Kanetake Ebikawa
Wataru Inata
Ippei Gyoubu
Kenji Teraoka
Takayuki Yanase

Character Designer(s):
Marie Tagashira
Juri Toida
Hirotoshi Takaya

Musical Composer:
Takashi Ohmama

Format:
? episodes (ongoing)

Airdates:
Japan 10.02.2022 – 01.08.2023 (S1);
04.xx.2023 – xx.xx.2023 (S2)
Streaming 10.02.2022 – 01.08.2023 (S1); 04.xx.2023 – xx.xx.2023 (S2)

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