The series is set in the year 2307 of Anno Domini. As a result of the depletion of fossil fuels, humanity had to search for a new source of power. The power was found in the form of massive arrays of solar power collectors orbiting the Earth, and supported by three orbital elevators, each one serving one of the three "power blocs" on the planet.
With this nearly inexhaustible source of energy benefiting only the major powers and their allies, constant warfare erupts around the globe among minor countries for fuels and energy. Countries that once economically relied on fossil fuels have plunged into poverty. Some even believe that solar energy threatened the "promised land of God". This chaos led to the formation of a private military organization, called Celestial Being, dedicated to eradicating war and uniting humanity through the use of four humanoid machines called Gundams. Mobile Suit Gundam 00 follows four mobile suit pilots termed Gundam Meisters, sided with Celestial Being. The main protagonist is 16-year old Setsuna F Seiei, a quiet, taciturn young man who grew up in the war-torn Kurdish Republic. He pilots the GN-001 Gundam Exia, a high mobility mobile suit effective in melee combat.
Season one has ended up being more of a show-opener rather than a stand-alone series. The overall plot is excellent, and the mecha battles are pretty intense. However, character development was rather insufficient, but I'm hoping that season two will do a better job.
So at the end of this first half, it looks like just Alejandro and maybe Lasse were added to the list of dead characters. On the whole, I think the production staff did a pretty good job of setting us up for the second half of this series with the stuff in the epilogue. It appears a little discerning that in the epilogue, they played the scene where Shirin appears to be leaving Marina (for Kataron), but in the voiceover, it was Nena talking with Wang Liu Mei about the world changing. That left me confused for a moment because of the disconnect between what was going on on-screen and what was being said. At least we now know that Nena is probably serving Wang Liu Mei. The other thing that bothered me was how they incorporated Graham into the episode. His fight with Setsuna was exciting to watch, but it felt really tacked on - like they realized too late that they needed to do something so that they could make Graham the masked character in the second half. It was amplified by how there were only five minutes between when it looked like he died and when he appeared again with the mask. I’m hoping that he’ll get some better character development in the future.
Regardless, I still enjoyed the ending and can’t wait to see the continuation in October.
Celestial Being, a private army dedicated to eradicating war, begins demonstrating the powers of their new "MS-GUNDAM" mobile suits by interrupting the public demonstration of AEU's latest unit, the AEU Enact and by revealing hidden mobile suits in the Space Elevator and by protecting the Human Reform League's Space Elevator, "Tenchu" from being attacked by terrorists when their mobile suits had attempted to launch rockets on the "Tenchu", earning a news appearance from various TV news channels where Celestial Being's goals were publicly stated by Aeolia Schenberg.
The world bodies discusses the possible origins and impact of Celestial Being. The Gundams made their first combat appearance in Ceylon, formerly called Sri Lanka, where Lockon leads the Gundams in taking on the Human Reform League and rebel Sri Lankan forces. Meanwhile, JNN reporter Kinue Crossroad stumbles upon Aeolia Schenberg's origins and Graham Aker ambushes Gundam Exia's pilot Setsuna F. Seiei to sate his curiosity about the Gundams.
Setsuna dispatches Graham with ease, the latter being caught off guard by the advanced technology of the Gundams, while Tieria returns to space with Gundam Virtue. The Union Army creates the Anti-Gundam Investigative Squad with Graham and Billy transfering from the MSWAD as official members. Meanwhile, Celestial Being launches surprise attacks in South Africa, the South American continent over Taribian airspace, formerly in Venezuela and Guyana, and in Ceylon. Setsuna faces off against Colonel Smirnov while conducting an attack against Human Reform League mobile suits. All seems according to Celestial Being's plans as a JNN broadcast reveals various militant factions in North Ireland signing a peace treaty, ending years of fighting between themselves, the British Army and the PSNI.
Colonel Sergei returns to the Human Reform League to head a new squad designated for capturing one of the Gundams, with Soma Peries as his designated subordinate. Encouraged by Celestial Being's anti-conflict actions, the South American nation of Taribia declares its withdrawal from the Union and independence over the control of energy resources, prompting a Union military response and forcing Celestial Being to intervene. In Azadistan (in the territory of Iran), Shirin Bakhtiar explains to First Princess Marina Ismail the conflict is not as simple as it may first seem. Meanwhile, the Anti-Gundam Investigative Squad in Flag Customs engage Gundam Exia in Taribian airspace. Pro-Taribian separatist politicians led by its prime minister are forced to drop their bid for independence after their forces are defeated by the Gundam Meisters, who consider the separatists responsible for the conflict.
Colonel Sergei conducts tests on a new mobile suit built especially for Soma, a bioengineered human. Gundam Kyrios' pilot, Allelujah Haptism, and Soma experience a strange connection brought on by their proximity to each other. This causes Soma to go into a fit of rage who begins to fire shots randomly at the space elevator, severing a section containing civilians. Meanwhile, on board the elevator, Allelujah experiences another side of himself but regains his composure and runs off. Colonel Sergei attempts to help the civilians before they drift past the Breakaway Limit Zone and into Earth's atmosphere but his mobile suit is ill-equipped. Allelujah, piloting the Kyrios, arrives to aid the Colonel and saves civilians, but at the cost of revealing Gundam Dynames' Extreme Long-Range GN Sniper Rifle.
The Republic of Moralia in Southeastern France (present day Principality of Monaco) and a member of the AEU, has placed the armed forces in joint exercise with French-led AEU forces, including Patrick Colasour with more than 100 mobile suits. Marina heads to France to request humanitarian assistance, despite the incomplete status of the AEU's Orbital Elevator. Meanwhile, Celestial Being's Gundam Meisters are led by Sumeragi Noriega and her crew, alongside Wang Liu Mei in disrupting the exercises, taking on both Moralian and AEU mobile suits. Setsuna is surprised when he takes on Ali Al-Saachez, a figure from his past, in a custom-made AEU Enact prototype.
The Gundam Meisters are able to defeat the Moralian Army, despite an earlier attempt by Setsuna to confirm if Ali was in the AEU Enact prototype that he fought with. Their actions forces the Moralian Armed Forces to surrender to the Meisters after the previous state of emergency is declared. While Setsuna is reprimanded by Lockon and Tieria for placing all of Celestial Being in danger for the potential of having their identities exposed, an unknown terrorist group simultaneously bombs various nations as a warning to Celestial Being, threatening more indiscriminate events unless the group disbands.
The Gundam Meisters are sent off to investigate the terrorists responsible for the indiscriminate bombings in the Union, HRL and AEU. In Scotland, Setsuna attempts to capture one of the bombers, but is nearly apprehended by a Scottish Authorised Firearms Officer after firing his pistol; thankfully, Marina Ismail intervenes and in their encounter, Setsuna reveals his identity as a Gundam Meister to Marina and his hatred to Azadistan for waging war on the Kurdish Republic. The Meisters launch attacks against La Eden, a European-based conservative party group, in South America and in the Marshall Islands, with Setsuna nearly taken out by a mobile armor after attacking a La Eden cargo ship, based on information leaked out in the internet network by France's DGSE, Germany's BND and the United State's NRO. Meanwhile, Marina heads to Finland as part of her journey to seek humanitarian aid for Azadistan when she encounters the Exia flying close to her plane.
It is four months since Celestial Being's first intervention and the Gundam Meisters have been involved in over sixty intervention operations. As the world begins to change around them, the crew aboard the Ptolemy and the Gundam Meisters have some time to themselves. Lockon and Ptolemy crew member Feldt Grace reveals Celestial Being and the Meisters have a far older history than it is originally thought. In Azadistan, a United Nations delegation is led by Alejandro Corner, who uses his UN envoy status to meet with Marina and other Azadistani officials. The HRL releases a web of comm detection devices to find the Gundams in space, catching the crew of the Ptolemy off-guard. Ill-prepared for the attack, the Gundams and the crew of the Ptolemy launch an offensive. Sumeragi goes up against Colonel Sergei accompanied by Soma in her Tieren Taozi and a battle ensues around the Solar Satellites System.
The HRL's operation against the Celestial Being continues. Allelujah again becomes disorientated by his proximity to Soma, resulting in the capture of the Kyrios. Tieria arrives to find the captured Kyrios within a transport vessel. As he attempts to destroy the vessel before it escapes, the Virtue is overwhelmed. Meanwhile, Allelujah's other half, Hallelujah, awakens and destroys the transport ship he is in, heading to face Soma and Colonel Sergei, but they escape. The battle ends, though a Pyrrhic victory for both sides, with Tieria revealing one of the Celestial Being's greatest secrets, the Gundam Nadleeh, and the HRL losing many mobile suits in return. With the near capture of Kyrios and Ptolemaios' close escape, Celestial Being is shaken to the core with the majority of its members saddened by the experience.
Allelujah decides to face his past and proposes a mission to destroy the facility where he was "created". Sumeragi accepts and launches the Exia and Dynames to attack South Africa as a diversion while the Kyrios and Virtue assault the HRL colony where the illegal experiments on children are conducted. Flashbacks of Allelujah's turbulent past is shown as he grapples with the decision to open fire on the experimental lab. Celestial Being then leaks information on the experiments to the media, turning it into an international incident and a public relations disaster for the HRL. Sergei becomes aware of the experiments and detains one of the scientists responsible, who also tried to cover it up. Kinue continues her investigation into Aeolia Schenberg, delving deeper into the mysteries surrounding Celestial Being's founder.
An Imam named Massad Rachmadi is kidnapped by an unknown militant group, which leads to riots in the Azadistani populations against the military called in to guard the city. Celestial Being and the Union Army begin to intervene when radical factions in the Azadistani military attack loyalist forces guarding the Solar Antenna to link up with the Orbital Elevator. As Celestial Being and Graham's forces grudgingly face off against rebel Azadistani mobile suits, Setsuna is forced to re-live the events of his traumatic past.
With the whereabouts of Massad Rachmadi unknown, Azadistan falls into a state of civil unrest. Reviewing the previous battle, Lockon reveals the possibility there may be a third force aside from the Union-Azadistan forces and Celestial Being. After Setsuna and the duo of Graham and Billy investigate the possible site of where missiles had been launched by Ali, Setsuna deduces the location of where terrorist forces, led by Ali himself, are located. Setsuna and Lockon, with the assistance of Hong Long, attack the terrorist hideout. Setsuna manages to hold his own against Ali, who escapes from the battle, while Lockon and Hong Long utilizes the distraction to rescue Rachmadi. Deciding to display a show of bravado, Celestial Being authorizes Setsuna to deliver Rachmadi to the Azadistan royal palace with the Exia unarmed. Despite pressure from present Union and Azadistan forces, the hostage release is successful. Marina asks the pilot of Exia if he is truly Setsuna, to which Setsuna vaguely encourages Marina to take up the fight for peace in Azadistan.
With the Ptolemaios undergoing maintenance, the members of Celestial Being take a short day off on Earth. Meanwhile, the Union, AEU, and the HRL holds a secret meeting to discuss plans for "Project G", a joint project of the three groups to try to capture the Gundams. From the public's point of view, it is a joint military exercise by the three groups. Information later comes in that the three armies will converge at a point in the Taklamakan Desert with a high risk of spreading nuclear radiation around the world if careful measures are not taken. Celestial Being decides to intervene, fully knowing the true objective of the enemy's plans and that they are extremely outnumbered and that they may not come out unscathed. Meanwhile, Setsuna takes a short detour to Azadistan to ask and listen to Marina's opinion of why the world is so distorted.
As planned, Celestial Being begins their armed intervention in the Taklamakan Desert against a combined force of nearly a thousand mobile suits from the Union, AEU, and HRL. Immediately upon involving themselves, the four Gundam Meisters are attacked and faces a ruthless bombardment from the allied forces for more than fifteen hours with no food and water. Exhausted and pushed to the limit, the Meisters find themselves pitted against ace pilots sent from the allied forces, with the intent of capturing them. Outnumbered and overwhelmed, the Gundams are one by one disabled and deactivated, until only Setsuna remains. Just as he is about to be finished off by Ali, a mysterious mobile suit, emitting red wing-like GN particles, appears and drives the enemy away.
Three new mobile suits, piloted by the Trinity siblings, appear on the battlefield and reveal themselves as the Gundam Throne Eins, Zwei, and Drei. Caught off-guard by the new Gundams' sudden arrival, the Union, AEU, and HRL forces are decimated and retreats. In order to secure a route of escape, Gundam Throne Drei covers the entire region in GN particles, causing havoc with enemy communications and preventing a counterattack. After escaping from the Taklamakan Desert, the rescued Gundam Meisters are anxious about the new units and disturbed about not knowing of their existence. While world leaders despair at the appearance of the new Gundams, Alejandro Corner attends an anonymous conference with the other Celestial Being "observers" to review their activities and to discuss the acknowledgement of the Thrones. Aboard their spaceship, the Trinity siblings fly to meet the Ptolemaios and the Gundam Meisters.
Celestial Being currently has too much power on their side, with no one to really oppose them. To balance out the plot, it's likely that the Trinity siblings will eventually have to fight Setsuna and company. It’s more a question of when, and I’m willing to bet that it’ll be sooner rather than later. For the short term, the Trinities have yet to meet the crew of the Ptolemios, and we are treated to a sweeping cinematic of the lower Earth as the two spacecraft meet.
The Gundam Throne pilots, Johann, Michael, and Nena Trinity, meet with the crew of the Ptolemaios, and declare themselves as allies working independently of the current Meisters. However, they reveal little information about themselves and their Gundams, leaving the first meeting with strained results. Fortunately, Sumeragi has engineer Ian Vasty secretly inspect the Gundam Thrones. At the Union MSWAD base, Professor Eifman discovers the origin of the Gundams' GN particle technology, but before he can speak of Celestial Being's true intentions, the Gundam Thrones finds out about this and kills him; the base is completely destroyed in the process. Captain Graham and remaining members of the OverFlags soon arrive and engages the Throne Zwei, but the battle is concluded when pilot Howard Mason is killed. The Throne's armed intervention greatly concerns the crew of the Ptolemaios, leaving Setsuna to question whether the Trinity siblings are really Gundam Meisters.
The Gundam Thrones conduct over seven armed interventions, completely destroying military bases around the world. Their aggressive tactics forces Celestial Being observers and the Gundam Meisters aside and out of the forefront of battle. The crew of the Ptolemaios investigates the Thrones and their origins, including the possibility that the supercomputer Veda is hacked by an outsider to acquire the technology behind the GN Drive. On the civilian forefront, Kinue obtains a new lead in her investigation. An unprovoked civilian attack by the Thrones upon a wedding in Spain forces Saji Crossroad to race to Spain after good friend Louise is severely injured from the accident. In another armed intervention upon a Union weapons factory owned by Iris Corporation, the Gundam Throne Eins kills 800 innoncent civilians, infuriating Setsuna as he races off in the Exia to confront the Thrones, on grounds that they are supporting armed conflicts.
As Setsuna attacks the Gundam Thrones, he is assisted by Tieria and Lockon. Tieria reveals the Gundam Nadleeh's Trial System that can disable any mobile suit linked with Veda. However, the Thrones manage to escape after someone hacks Veda to disable the Trial System, while informing Lockon of Setsuna's status as a former child soldier of the terrorist organization KPSA, the ones responsible for the death of Lockon's family. Lockon confronts Setsuna, but his explanation of his past, as well as his conviction to end warfare as a Gundam Meister, defuses the situation. Meanwhile, Louise asks Saji to return to Japan to fulfill his dream as an aerospace engineer and to move on, while Kinue's new lead refers to the president of the corporation constructing linear elevators for the Orbital Elevators. Meanwhile, as Alejandro and Ribbons continue their agenda, the three superpowers, about to surrender before the Gundams, are contacted by a member of Celestial Being to reveal a facility in Antarctica housing 30 GN Drives.
The three superpowers unite to eliminate Celestial Being and form a combined military force under the United Nation's command. Each of the powers receives 10 of 30 new GN-Xs, GN-Drive powered mobile suits manufactured in Antarctica. Meanwhile, Kinue encounters Ali Al Sarshes and upon revealing her knowledge of her leads involvement with the Gundams, she is silenced for digging too deep. Wang Liu Mei throws her support behind the Trinity Siblings and Sumeragi tells Ian to retrieve the G.N. Arms. The Thrones attack an HRL military installation, but are forced to retreat when they are overwhelmed by the HRL's new GN-X squadron. Alejandro reveals his plan to overthrow Celestial Being, with Veda being his main obstacle. Landing in a secret facility on the moon, he and Ribbons accesses the room containing Veda's main supercomputer core.
Saji mourns the loss of his sister. Trinity launch a brief counterattack destroying one GN-X after their compound's location is revealed. The UN Army continues its assault on Celestial Being, attacking the Ptolemaios in space. Alejandro Corner learns that the GN-Xs were created by Laguna Harvey, who is later assassinated. The Meisters' units are out-gunned, and they struggle to defend themselves. During the battle, Alejandro accesses Veda and deactivates the Meisters' GN Drives, leaving them defenseless. However, Sumeragi activates a backup system and every unit except Virtue is able to reactivate. Seeing Tieria's crippled state, Patrick Colasour goes for the killing blow. Lockon manages to intercept the attack, but is severely injured. The battle ends with the UN Army retreating after losing two of their GN-X units, thanks to the timely arrival of the GN Arms. Meanwhile, the governments of the AEU, Union, and HRL consider the mission a success and begin their research into the mass possible reproduction of the GN Drive.
As Lockon recovers from his injuries, the UN Army announces its plan to destroy the Gundams, "Operation Fallen Angel". The HRL's Choubu Squadron continues to harass the exhausted Trinity siblings. Observing on Ptolemaios, the Meisters wonder if they must be destroyed to finally end war. Setsuna rejects this notion, stating that the actions of both the Thrones and the U.N. have only escalated the conflict, not solved it, and that the Gundams should stand for the eradication of armed conflict. Setsuna, wanting to learn the true purpose of the Gundams and following Lockon's suggestion that the HRL's attacks on Team Trinity require armed intervetion on Celetial Being's part, goes down to Earth with Lasse in the GN Arms. Meanwhile, Ali deceives Team Trinity and hijacks Throne Zwei after killing Michael, then destroys Throne Eins killing Johann along with it. Ali prepares to finish off Nena, but Setsuna arrives and engages in melee combat with Ali in the Throne Zwei. On the Moon, Alejandro gains control of Veda and discovers Aeolia in cryostasis. Taking out a golden gun, Alejandro fires repeatedly into the capsule, but his actions set off a system trap. The trap unlocks the 'Trans-Am System' on the four original Gundams, giving them access to the full power and capabilities of their GN Drives. Using the capabilities unlocked by the new system, Setsuna soundly cripples Throne Zwei, forcing Ali to retreat.
The Trans-AM is a system that temporarily removes the 'limiter' on all the true GN Drives connected to the four original Gundam suits. With the limiter deactivated, the GN Drives are capable of operating at their full capabilities. Under normal operation, the GN Drives store large quantities of GN particles while continually generating new energy. When the Trans-Am System is activated, the GN Drives release all their stored energy and particles. The release of these stored particles causes the Gundams' armor to take on a reddish hue and will leave a trail of afterimages as they move. Speed, maneuverability, and weapon power output is increased more than three times during this period. However, this boost in performance is only temporary as once all the released energy and particles dissipate, the GN Drives must replace the spent energy. While the Gundams do not lose power in this recharge state, their performance is considerably less than their standard operating capability.
Aeolia Schenberg originally placed the limiters on the GN Drives because he didn't think it would be necessary to use the Gundams at their full power. However, he had the Trans-Am system installed in the Gundams as a contingency plan in the event that Veda was compromised or Celestial Being's plans were altered.
Nena Trinity mourns the death of her brothers. Alejandro Corner becomes agitated by Aeolia Schenberg's foresight to install the Trans-Am system. Ptolemaios' crew finish repairs to Dynames and pick up another GN Arms. The crew discuss the Trans-Am system, noting that the extreme boost in performance only lasts for a short time and drains GN particles at the process. While returning to Ptolemaios, Setsuna detects a UN assault force approaching the other Meisters. Allelujah and Tieria deploy in their Gundams and commence battle with the GN-X and Ali Al Sarches in Throne Zwei. The Gundams activated their Trans-Am systems and destroys several GN-X, but become overwhelmed when their systems power down. Dynames arrives with its GN Arms system and destroys more GN-X suits and two UN carrier ships, but Throne Zwei destroys the GN Arms. After a vicious battle, Dynames is severely crippled. Making Haro take Dynames back to the ship, Lockon abandons his suit to chase Ali, determined to avenge his family. Using an intact cannon from the GN Arms, Lockon destroys Throne Zwei but a shot from Zwei damaged the cannon. Floating in space, Lockon contemplates that he hates the current state of the world. Before Exia could reach him, the damaged cannon explodes, killing Lockon in the process. As the remains of Dynames approach Ptolemaios, with Haro repeatedly calling Lockon's name, the painful truth starts to dawn on the crew.
Setsuna contemplates his memories of Lockon, who vouched for him when he first became a Meister. Tieria blames Setsuna for Lockon's death, but Sumeragi reminds him that their true enemies are still nearby. Meanwhile, having lost over half their GN-X and the Throne Zwei, Sergei suggests the UN force withdraw. However, UN headquarters reveals that reinforcements are coming and orders a second attack. Back on Ptolemaios, the Gundams undergo repairs and upgrades. Tieria suggesting they destroy all the pseudo-GN Drives so that they can resume their original plan. The rest of the crew contemplate their pasts, but an alarm signals that the UN forces have arrived. Alejandro Corner joins the UN forces in a large, golden Mobile Armor and fires a massive particle cannon at the Ptolemaios, which barely evades the blast. With Kyrios and Nadleeh protecting the ship, Setsuna and Lasse attack Alejandro but can't penetrate his GN Shield. Alejandro continues to fire on Ptolemaios causing massive damage. Tieria activates his Trans-Am system and destroys several GN-X, including Patrick Colasour's GN-X, but suffers extensive damage. A GN-X manages to approach Ptolemaios and fires directly into the bridge resulting in the death of Christina and Lichtendahl. Sumeragi, Ian and Feldt manage to escape in one of Ptolemios' containers. Lasse rams Exia's container into Alejandro's shield and breaks through. Exia and the GN Arms escape the destroyed container and charge back at Alejandro.
Setsuna continues to struggle against Alejandro's weapons and shield. Exia docks with the GN Arms and succeeds in destroying Alejandro's shield, but the GN Arms is destroyed in the process. Meanwhile, Sergei and Soma search for Kyrios. Allelujah wishes to know the meaning of their fight and unites with Hallelujah to face the two GN-Xs. Allelujah destroys Soma's GN-X and cripples Sergei, but does not finish them off when he recognizes Soma as someone from his past. With his mobile armor destroyed, Alejandro emerges in a golden mobile suit. Using Exia's 7 Sword System and Trans-Am, Setsuna bypasses Alejandro's GN Field and defeats him. Alejandro gets a message from Ribbons revealing that Alejandro was a pawn and that Ribbons is the true mastermind, right before Alvatore explodes. Graham then appears in his GN Drive-equipped Flag and engages the weakened Exia. Setsuna and Graham finally reveal themselves to each other and stab each other's suits destroying the GN Flag but only damaging Exia. On Earth, Marina reads a message from Setsuna questioning the current state of the world and how he hoped she'd help him learn the answers. Setsuna lies unconscious as Exia floats in space.
Four years later (A.D. 2312), Saji writes a letter to Louise from space and says he is still waiting for her. He sees a GN particle trail in the distance and recognizes it as a Gundam. The UN has become the Earth Sphere Federation and all countries have disarmed and formed the ESF peacekeeping force. On Celestial Being's asteroid base, Ian talks with Wang Liu Mei about deploying their new Gundams. Liu Mei asks to see the 0 Gundam. The 00 Gundam, which Liu Mei says will change the world, is briefly glimpsed.
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