- 2012/02/13 Gundam AGE #18 "Graduation day's Battle"
- 2012/02/06 Gundam AGE #17 "Friends, Love and the Mobile Suits"
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2012/02/13 Mon. 08:00 
Missed episode 18? see here (though texts are written in Japanese, you can see what was going on with lots of pics).
This Episode contains lots of hints.
The biggest one is in Asemu's speech. It is a significant contrast to Flit's episode in Minsry.
In the speech, Asemu said that he spent a unforgettable time in the school. That's what we call "adolescence".
Because his life was strongly defined by UE (Vagun), Flit could have only one chance to share his youth with others. Furthermore, Vaguns destroyed and disgraced the chance by killing Yurin.
On the other hand, Asemu could enjoy his youth, and he shared it with a Vagun friend, Zehart.
Though the situation that "friends killing each other" is not so rare in Japanese animation, this contrast is a decisive point of Gundam AGE.
Another point was Zehart's facing of a culture-shock.
In the beginning of this episode 18, Asemu risked his life to rescue his classmate, Rod.
Zehart saw it and shocked. This is only one episode from Asemu's school friendship with Zehart. All other episodes were omitted in Asemu Arc. It means only this tiny episode is important in Zehart's school life. The point is that Zehart is a Martian, where people are not rich enough to care (or help) others. It was fresh for Zehart to know Asemu's way of thinking, "Help others if I can".
Also, in this episode, Zehart imported a new idea, "warrior".
He defined himself as a warrior, that is those who strongly-selfdetermined to fight.
Throughout the AGE series, Gundam and Gundam-handler always carries the idea "savior", the ones who protect people and fight against invader (EXCLUDING human-beings) . This idea is contrasted to "soldier", the ones who fight for the people and fight against enemy (INCLUDING human-beings).
These three ideas' contrast will be a key for Gundam AGE's theme.
Having seen 18 episodes, I found that AGE's concept is completely different to previous Gundams.
It is rather History or Heroic Story than an "ordinary" Gundam series.
Missed episode 18?
category: Gundam AGE (English)
2012/02/06 Mon. 05:07 
His object was to find where Gundam is hidden.
At that time, Asemu's Handmade Mobile Suit (MS) team was facing a championship in Tordir space-colony.
Zehart joined the MS team so as to check Asuno's house and he succeeded finding the hidden AGE-1.
The Vaguns assaulting Asemu's home with their latest MSs at the day of championship.
During the assault, the promised three teens - Asemu, Romalie (Romaly/Romari/Romary) and Zehart - met each other at the very center of the crossfire.
Missed episode 17? see here (though texts are written in Japanese, you can see what was going on with lots of pics).
This episode 17 was aimed at describing how Zehart attracted in the life with Asemu's community.
However, this aim didn't work effectively because both Zehart's feeling and daily life with the club wasn't described so much. Also in the next episode, they'll graduate the school. Therefore, episode 17 is the only chance we see the "friendship" between Zehart and Asemu.
Therefore, we have to make a deep guess.
The attitudes towards human feelings is a big theme of Gundam AGE.
Vagun tends to ignore human's emotion and the people around Diva are good at feeling other's emotion.
The contrast of the attitude was shown through Decil Garrett (the demoniac child), Geela Zoi (the commander of the fortress Ambat), Flit, Groudeck(Grudech) and so on. In this episode 17, Zehart looked over Flit's books, data and family (Though he could find Federation's newest MS, Adel's blueprint).
In episode 17, the point is that Zehart (elite class in Vagun's social hierarchy?) was not used to be with "friendly" earth people. Furthermore, it could be for the first time for him to spend the time with teens in equal position. But this is nothing more than my guess.
Another hint is found in the lyrics of the BGM, "Kimi to Boku ha soko ni ita(At that time, we were there)". I'd like to introduce all the text here.
Airi "Kimi to boku ha soko nii ita"
Arubamu wo mekureba waratteru bokura ga ita, massugu na hitomi de onaji yume wo miteta
(In the memorial album, we were smiling and gazing purely at the same dream)
Doro darake ni nari jikan wo wasureru made sugoshita ano hi ha imamo hikari takusan dayo ne
(Memories of the days we played so much in muddy playground can never be faded)
Kakenukeru jikan no katasumi de bokura dake no houkago ga sunaoni nareta basho nanda oboeteru yo
(We shared ourselves in our after school in flying youth days, I never forget.)
Ano isshun ha hotou nanda. kimi to boku ha soko nii ita. shinjiaeta yo ne uso ja nakute
(The moment was truth. I and you were there. We trusted each other, this is true)
Aa sugiteiku toki omoi hasete..
(Ah, I remembering the passing memories..)
Of course, this lyric can be a love-song between boys and girls, but it can be a theme-song of the friendship between Zehart and Asemu. We can find what the producers wanted to show us from this episode 17. However, because they dind't show Zehart's passion towards the MS championship, this episode seemed to be unbalanced. I am feeling sorry for that.
Another point was X-rounder's resonance. When Asemu and Zehart shook their hands, there was no resonance between them. However, the Gundapedia says Zedas-R (Zehart's MS) was prepared for X-rounders. It would be a point of thinking Asuno Family's relationship.
Missed episode 17?
category: Gundam AGE (English)
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