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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers Volume 1 Write Up

It’s here!

Here’s a nice comparison shot, Japanese cover on the left, English on the right (in case that wasn’t obvious). The English version is slightly less wide and tall and the dust jacket is the actual cover for the English release. The Japanese version has a dust jacket (which is what you’re looking at) so the English version takes the images from that and not the actual covers on the book–more on that later. I’m so happy they went with “Glory of the Losers” and not “Glory of the Defeated”, idk I just like how it sounds.

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[Great Gundam Wing Rewatch] Episodes 19 & 20

List of previous episodes

Outer space is rejecting humans. And perhaps the earth is telling us we're wrong by pulling us back down towards it.

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[Great Gundam Wing Rewatch] Episodes 17 & 18

Previous Episodes: 1-2, 1x-2x3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16

Are they trying to atone for Heero Yuy’s assassination?

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[Great Gundam Wing Rewatch] An Addendum of Sorts to Episodes 1-2

Addendum: After looking this post over I really want to do it some actual justice and do a full episode write up in addition to what was already posted there. Forgive me if I go over things multiple times (things that are mentioned in that post) I figured it was easier to add on to the thoughts expressed there than just rewrite everything.

Previous Episodes: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16

As always, pictures and spoilers are underneath the cut.

I was enchanted to meet you.

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[Great Gundam Wing Rewatch] Episodes 15-16

Previous Episodes: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14

You can’t forgive yourself for accidentally killing a pacifist.

Screencaps and spoilers under the cut.

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[Great Gundam Wing Rewatch] Episodes 13 & 14

Previous Episodes: Episodes 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12

Technically the GGWR is over but since I annually rewatch the series for canon review anyway, and I’m always up for meta about it, that’s not gonna stop me. Nothing stops me from talking about my main fandom.

There are also screencaps and while they are not gigantic, they will probably take a bit to load so be patient please.

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oops my fingers slipped and I accidentally Gundam Wing meta’d

So I was just trawling through tumblr and I found a gifset of one of my fave Endless Waltz scenes and I reblogged it before looking at the notes. Upon looking at the notes someone wondered why Heero says, “Roger that,” to Mariemaia telling him to show how truly powerless he is instead of his usual “mission accepted” thing and I have two possibilities I’d like to share because this is what I do (obviously).

First let me give the lowdown of the dialogue in this scene:

Heero: Let me confirm. Your shelter shield’s activated?
Dekim: What are you planning?
Heero: Is your shield activated?
Mariemaia: Of course it is. Admit to yourselves just how powerless you are!
Heero: Roger that.

Heero hits the shield that is protecting the bunker Mariemaia, Dekim, and Relena are in.

Now. Why doesn’t Heero say, “Mission accepted”? I suspect for two reasons:
1.) he’s not on a mission since the war is over, this is entirely personal for him and
2.) Heero is being subtly sassy and is basically saying, “lol okay I’m about to prove you wrong.”

Heero in Endless Waltz is different from Heero at the beginning of the TV series, arguably he’s different from how he is in the TV series anyway since he’s had time to reintegrate into society as just your average teenaged boy. Or somewhat average. He takes it upon himself to rescue Relena, which ends up involving him into something much more deeper than some weirdo kidnapping the Vice Foreign Minister Darlian.

Heero doesn’t waste time answering Dekim’s question of what he’s planning and I suspect if Heero said, “I’m going to blow through your shields,” Dekim would stand there and laugh at him and say, “Yeah, okay no you can’t do that, no one can do that!” Dekim thinks that he’s got everything figured out and now Heero is throwing a wrench in his plans. Heero is talking to Mariemaia instead since she’s the one issuing the threat that he’s powerless. And throughout the series, plenty of people have underestimated Heero (and the other pilots) because they’re teenagers. What can teenagers do? Clearly they are like their predecessors and they have no idea how powerful the Gundams are, or at least Mariemaia has no clue.

Dekim Barton of all people should, and in fact he should be aware of Heero’s potential since he was the one who directed Dr J to train him in the first place. Maybe he deemed Heero a failure and is now underestimating him. “Well he didn’t turn into the perfect soldier I wanted for Operation Meteor, he isn’t much of a threat.” Taking ZERO into account, Heero’s pretty fucking deadly and Dekim Barton is a moron for underestimating him.

The shields work fine against ordinary firepower, so they should hold off a Gundam, right? Here’s the thing about Wing Zero though: it’s overpowered as hell. The twin buster rifle isn’t your standard rifle. One shot is enough to do considerable damage and like anything, all things have weak spots. If you distribute the shots the shield will probably hold. Most people can’t shoot in the exact same place twice–but Heero isn’t “most people”.

Heero tearing their shields apart is basically his “fuck you”. To Dekim. To what he stands for. This is a personal thing, not an official thing. He’s not being given a mission directive. He’s being ordered to show how powerless he is.

Heero isn’t powerless. He’s proving them wrong.

Crossposted to my tumblr

[Great Gundam Wing Rewatch] Episodes 11 & 12

Previous Episodes: Episodes 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10

So close to being caught up with the meta I’ve got drafted up \o/ Here we have episodes 11 and 12, where we get to see what the hell’s been going on since Heero’s alleged “death”.

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[Great Gundam Wing Rewatch] Episodes 9 & 10

Previous Episodes: Episodes 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

Oh man, episode ten is feels central and episode nine has Heero in goddamn gym shorts mmm. What a jump from sexy gym shorts to, well, feels.

IN THESE TWO EPISODES the plot thickens more and there will be plenty of tech geekery stats shit and possibly pictures of Heero and Duo in short as fuck gym shorts. That latter point is what you all came here for right? Mmm.

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[Great Gundam Wing Rewatch] Episodes 7 & 8 Meta

Previous Episodes:

Eps 1-2
Eps 3-4
Eps 5-6

We’re up to like, ep 20 now? But I got behind due to RL, and even further behind with my meta, so here’s episodes 7 and 8.

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