Returning to the pirate’s base, Bellri meets Aida’s strange crew. Meanwhile, the Capital Army sends a task force led by Dellensen to rescue Bellri and eliminate the pirates. There sure is a lot of kidnapping and counter kidnapping in this show.
Oh G-Reco, you’re so entertaining, you have a great design aesthetic, and I genuinely want to enjoy everything you bring to the table. But goddamn it Tomino, your writing and characterization are so damn weird. I’m aware G-Reco is meant to be a more whimsical take on Gundam, but even if this weren’t a Gundam show, I would still be bewildered by everything you do. This week Bellri and co get taken back to the pirate base, where we meet the requisite quirky anime pirates and their giant robots. I suppose I have to give props to the pirates for actually locking up their prisoners instead of letting them waltz around. The ever-pervading sense that G-Reco’s characters don’t act like actual people in any sense of the word is rather distracting. It’s something I’m going to have to accept and get used to. Still kind of annoying I have to either rewatch the episode or look up a summary of G-Reco’s plot every week to make sure I caught every random little plot point that wasn’t explained well enough.
Despite these issues, G-Reco is still a hell of a ride. And while Tomino’s directing is arguably too rapid and erratic for its own good, the visuals remain a treat to look at. Despite the relative lack of animation, the shot composition is excellent.
Additionally, while this isn’t the first time Minovsky interference has prevented an otherwise totally easy to solve situation, it’s kind of ridiculous that Dellensen couldn’t figure out that it was Bellri in the G-Self. It’s a shame, I really like the guy, and this episode solidified him as one of my favorite characters in this show. Between his audacity to be a grunt pilot in a Gundam show and his sense of responsibility, I’m going to be disappointed when Tomino eventually decides to kill him off. Overall though, the plot thankfully seems to be moving forward as the Capital Army mobilizes against its enemies. Whatever happens to Bellri, it seems that the narrative is starting to move forward.
On a side note, while I’m not the biggest fan of the Catsith, I can’t help but love some of the bells and whistles it has. I mean it has kneed-mounted guns? Jesus that’s amazing.