Four years have past since the final battle between Celestial Being and the UN Forces. Humanity, having established the Earth Sphere Federation, forms an independent security preservation force, Arrows, separate from the formal Federation army to further unify nations and the will of mankind. But the reality was the inhumane oppression of misuse of powers, doctrines, and ideologies in the name of unity.
Saji Crossroad has followed the path to becoming a space engineer to keep a promise to Louise Halevy, who is compelled to become involved in Federation government reform and joined Arrows as a mobile suit pilot during the four-year gap.
Meanwhile, Setsuna F. Seiei, surviving the final battle four years ago, saw the future of the world that had been changed by Celestial Being. With the defeat of guardian Alejandro Corner, he dreamed of a peaceful world without conflict. But before his own eyes, was the reality of the continuing strain on peace: the oppression caused by Arrows. He decides once more to fight with Gundam, the power with the potential to change the world...
That is the preview for the second season. It looks very promising, and I expect Sunrise to deliever very well. I especially am intrigued by the roles some of the characters will play, and the new 00 Gundam also will likely serve a major role. I will post summaries of the episodes here, along with some opinions of mine (which are underneath the screenshots).
The second season made for a suitable sequel to the Gundam 00 universe. It had an excellent plot, realistic characters and of course, awesome Mobile Suits. While being far from a 'perfect' anime, the series itself delivered spectacularly with respect to the role of characters, and as always, by having excellent mobile suit combat sequences. The ending is somewhat of a cliffhanger, but that is easily compensated for by the promise of a movie.
Throughout the entire season, one aspect stood out the most. Saji's character development was well executed: being a young naiveté in the early episodes, his desire to atone for his own sins eventually grow to an understanding of the meaning of 'fight', and as such, he begins serving as the pilot to 0 Raiser. However, some elements were resolved a la deus ex machina: that is, the Trans-Am burst. While it was clear that GN particles now had supernatural powers, it made the denoucement a little weaker than it otherwise might have been. Finally, the final fight was a very interesting symbol for the past and future. I've personally never heard of a downgrade during the final fight before, which is another example of how Gundam 00 has constantly broken the norms. Despite some characters being present simply to occupy plot elements, the character development was one such element that made Gundam 00 unique. The overall plot was actually very complex, exploring real-world political, social and economic issues (actually, most Gundam series do this, but 00 is distinctly post-9/11).
As my parting remarks, Gundam 00 was, taken together (both seasons) an incredible anime that was worth the time spent watching, as well as the time I spent in discussion with friends about the series. Gundam 00 does indeed have some flaws (weaker character development, the tendency to rely on deus ex machina to justify the outcome of a situtation), but aside from that, it is a very-well executed anime. Aside from the usual elements I usually judge an anime by (namely, plot, character development, art, voice-acting and music), one of the defining points about 00 was the incredibly complex themes, motifs and symbols that were present in the series. 00 also raised difficult questions about the matter of differing perspectives and goals, all of which merit further discussion. Simply put, Gundam 00 is an excellent series, highly recommended for both Gundam fans and anyone looking for a good story.
The Earth Sphere Federation's independent security preservation force "Arrows", has been suppressing an opposition force called "Kataron", using inhuman tactics and extermination. Saji Crossroad has been working as an engineer on the "Proud" Colony, a space station under construction. When a coworker is discovered to belong to Kataron, Saji is arrested under false charges by Arrows and pressed into forced labor. Kataron forces mounts a rescue, but Arrows mobile suits appear with orders to exterminate the rescuers and all station personnel to cover up Arrows' forced labor operation. Setsuna F Seiei, infiltrates the colony during the battle and rescues Saji. Setsuna then engages the Arrows suits in Exia. Still damaged from its battle four years prior, Exia is no match for Arrows' new "Ahead" mobile suit. Setsuna is saved at the last moment by the appearance of Tieria in his new Selavee Gundam. Brought back to Celestial Being's new mothership, Ptolemios II, Setsuna is confronted by Saji who now knows Setsuna's identity as a Meister. Once again joining Celestial Being, Setsuna returns to Earth to recruit Lyle Dylandy as the new "Lockon Stratos".
After entrusting Lyle Dylandy with top secret information pertaining to Celestial Being's activities, Setsuna leaves to confront Sumeragi Lee Noriega. Sumeragi, consumed with guilt over the countless lives lost during the organization's military interventions four years earlier, has found refuge in Bill Katagiri's apartment and worsened her drinking problem. While contemplating the Gundams' reappearance, Marina Ismail is arrested by A-LAWS and imprisoned. Saji Crossroad is given access to Celestial Being's database and learns about the existence of the Throne Gundams. Wan Liu Mei, believing change can be obtaining by initiating and fueling conflicts, leaks information to both Ribbons and Celestial Being. As A-LAWS forces mount an attack on Celestial Being's ship, Tieria ventures out alone in Seravee to confront them. Setsuna, accompanied by Lyle and Sumeragi, witnesses the confrontation and boards the '00' Gundam, despite Ian's protests. Managing to activate '00's Trans-Am System, Setsuna defeats the A-LAWS' forces, forcing them to retreat. Sumeragi is reunited with the crew, who are shocked when 'Lockon' also appears.
Celestial Being descends to Earth to launch a raid on a Human Reform League-run prison complex in order to rescue Allelujah Haptism and Marina Ismail, but must fight against A-LAWs forces that have been deployed to back up the HRL forces in the area. With information from Lockon, Kataron guerrillas joins the raid to rescue their captured comrades. Setsuna.F.Seiei and Teria Erde launch in the 00 and Seravee, while Lockon (Lyle) pilots the Cherudium for the first time managing to destroy a enemey unit even though it was his first battle, Setsuna manages to get into the building while the Seravee covers 00, Setsuna frees Alleljah before procceding to free Marina. Before escaping the complex in the Arios Gundam, Allelujah encounters Soma Peries and reveals her real name: Marie Parfacy. With Allelujah freed, he pilots Arios suprising the enemy reinforcements with a new Gundam on the field: the Arios displays its power quickly destroying several enemy units. Setsuna then brings Marina back to the Ptolemaios 2.
Marina speaks to Setsuna, Tieria, Ian and Lasse, thanking them for saving her while making a request for them to be bring her back to Azadistan when Tieria refused at first. On the way to Azadistan, the Ptolemaios 2 is attacked by an A-LAWs navy ship in an ambush and has deployed underwater mobile armor 'Trilobyte' to eliminate the ship. Setsuna, Lockon, Tieria and Allelujah have managed to defeat them, bringing the fight to the surface before Soma and The Masked Man intercepted Setsuna and Allelujah with their customized Aheads. Kataron mobile suits arrive just in time to drive back the A-LAWs ship. Marina and Shirin are then reunited. Meanwhile, Billy has been recruited as an A-LAWs MS development chief owing to his grudge with Sumeragi.
When the Meisters land at the damaged Katharon base, they are greeted with accusations and mistrust. Sumeragi faints after recalling a failed mission that resulted in the death of her lover Emilio, leaving the crew of the Ptolemaios 2 to protect themselves from another attack from the A-LAWs - with Allelujah and Setsuna facing off against Soma and Mr. Bushido respectively again. A guilt ridden Saji, found and brought back to the Ptolemaios 2 by Tieria, decides to help defend the ship as a gunner, hesitantly and unwittingly firing at a GN-X III piloted by Louise Halevy.
To break his stalemate against Mr. Bushido, Setsuna takes an extreme risk by activating the 00 Gundam's Trans-am system in order to win. Soma's Ahead and the Arios are shot down and declared MIA as the Ptolemaios 2 is forced to retreat. Stranded and forced to face each other outside their mobile suits, Soma suffers mental attacks and reverts to her Marie personality from Allelujah's presence. Upon finding them, Sergei eventually decides to let them go and the two are rescued by Lockon. Meanwhile, Marina and Katharon learn the Federation intends to reorganize the Middle East and has dissolved all nations including Azadistan.
Tieria has his encounter with Regene, who tells him about VEDA and Aeolia. In a party with A-LAWs and Earth Federation officials, Tieria and Setsuna go undercover when Ribbons meets Tieria in a dance before telling the Gundam Meister privately that he had access to VEDA. Tieria finds out that he was supposed to be killed several years ago as part of aeolia's plan, and this force him to pull out a gun on ribbons, and a new renegade stops Tieria. Tieria and Setsuna retreat after the former was attacked with the latter being exposed by Billy as part of Celestial Being. Ali ambushes the two as they retreat in their Gundams.
Setsuna and Tieria face off against Ali Al-Saachez’s Arche Gundam, but are sorely outmatched until Allelujah and Lockon arrive and drive off the Arche. Lockon learns the circumstances behind his brother's death and his motivations for fighting for Celestial Being. The Ptolemaios II move to return into space and the A-LAWs work to intercept them; the Ptolemaios' success forces Commander Homer Katagiri to accept the help of the Innovators to prevent any more sacrifices. Moments later, Sumeragi finds out that the A-LAW's captain know who she really is. In the end, Setsuna gets a new mobile armer which is said to "make the double 0 invincible".
Surviving Katharon guerrillas, including Shirin and Marina, go to negotiate with the Sairu Kingdom, the only country in the Middle East with considerable military power to oppose the A-Laws. Meanwhile, Sumeragi leads Celestial Being in returning back to their asteroid base, where Setsuna retrieves the 0-Riser. A subsequent test run of combining 00 Gundam's twin drive system with its Trans-Am system reveals the true potential of the unit. The A-Laws also begin tests on a new orbital weapon, the Momento Mori, and fires a particle beam on the Sairu Kingdom's capital. Due to 00's awesome particle emissions, Allelujah's Hallelujah personality returns and Marie senses that Sergei is in trouble.
Katharon guerrillas hold a meeting after the Memento Mori is fired at the Sairu Kingdom and begins to plan an attack to destroy the superweapon. Tieria, after witnessing the devastation, decides to tell his Celestial Being comrades about the Innovators. A-Laws forces led by Kati launch an attack on Celestial Being's asteroid base, killing some of the non-combat personnel. Setsuna fights Patrick and Tieria faces off against Bring while Lockon and Allelujah provide assistance to the evacuation ships trying to flee the fighting. Saji finds an injured Ian, who tells him about the 0-Raiser and how it has the power to save everyone when combined with the 00. Deciding to help Setsuna defeat the A-Laws, he pilots the 0-Raiser and combines with the 00, forming 00-Raiser, to defeat Barrack's Ahead. After Setsuna activates the Trans-Am system, he enters into a psyscape where Saji and Louise confront each other as they are shocked when they find out that they're on opposite sides of the fighting.
00 Raiser's increased Trans-Am rate enables it to outclass and outmaneuver the Innovators' mobile suits, forcing them to flee in escape pods as their suits are destroyed. In the aftermath of the battle, Ribbons orders Revival Revival and Bring Stabity to capture the 00 Gundam as Saji, Louise, and Setsuna come to terms with discovering that Saji and Louise are now on opposing sides. When the Katharon forces attempts to destroy the Memento Mori, the superweapon fires in space and annihilates the majority of their fleet.
Katharon's offensive against the Memento Mori superweapon goes poorly, with A-Laws' superior units both nullifying the resistance's missile attacks and decimating their obsolete mobile suits. 00-Raiser's timely arrival saves the fleet from being completely wiped out as Setsuna single-handedly takes on the A-Laws forces and a new Gadessa, piloted by Healing Care. The Ptolemaios 2 approaches the Memento Mori head-on in its blind spot, but is soon forced into the path of the laser's firing path; however, the ship miraculously survives the attack by using Arios' Trans-Am to dodge, and ensures its safety with Cherudim's new Shield Bit system. Thanks to Nena Trinity's leaked information, Tieria's Buster Cannon and a precise hit from Lockon Stratos exploits a weakness in the Memento Mori and destroys the superweapon, taking Arba Lindt's life in the process.
After the Memento Mori's destruction, the Ptolemaios 2 is forced to descend to Earth. Separated from his comrades, Setsuna is lured by Ali Al-Saachez into a meeting with Ribbons, who reveals that he was responsible for saving Setsuna's life as the 0 Gundam's pilot and influencing Veda to ensure Setsuna would become the Exia's pilot. However, Ribbons now intends to claim the 00 Gundam as his own and has arranged for Al-Saachez to kill Setsuna. In a heated battle between the two, Setsuna manages to destroy the Arche Gundam with the 00 Raiser's Trans-Am system, but is unable to kill Ali himself when he hears Marina singing with the Katharon children. Meanwhile, the Ptolemaios 2 is attacked by the Innovators and in the ensuing battle, Tieria reveals the Seraphim Gundam hidden in Seravee and decisively defeats Bring Stabity. In the meantime, tensions between the A-Laws and the Federation Army continue to rise to the point of an emerging coup d'etat.
With assistance and supplies from Katharon, the Ptolemaios 2 is able to continue with her repairs in the mountainous region. However they are unable to proceed with their plan to break through the siege laid by the Federation, without the currently missing Setsuna and the 00 Gundam. In the meantime, a wounded Setsuna managed to fight off Ali Al-Saachez, but is forced to get medical help at Katharon's Suille base. There a surprised and worried Marina tended to his wound. The Ptolemaios 2 is forced onto the defensive by an overwhelming number of A-Laws mobile suits, and is surprised when the opposition, on the verge of victory, suddenly ceases their successful offensive and retreats. They learn later that a coup d'etat has occurred at the Africa elevator, led by Sergei Smirnov's old friend Hank Hercule. Setsuna, once learning the news, journeys to the elevator despite still being injured. Upon his arrival, Setsuna is confronted by Mr Bushido and his new machine. Although Setsuna has no interest in fighting him, Bushido forces the situation to a head when he demonstrates the Masurao's secret ability: Trans-Am.
A-Laws attempts to retake the Africa Tower using assault automatons to kill both the rogue troops and civilian hostages alike, although the Innovators continue to manipulate the information released to the public in order to conceal the A-Laws' brutality. Meanwhile, Setsuna is locked into a heated battle with Mr. Bushido and his Masurao. Their battle is interrupted with the arrival of the Ptolemaios 2 and the remaining Gundam Meisters. After analyzing the unusual redeployment of Federation troops around the elevator, Sumeragi and Kati both realize, to their horror, that they are anticipating that the elevator will collapse soon and that A-Laws is planning on completely destroying the Africa Elevator. A renewed Memento Mori superweapon is then shown preparing to fire at the orbital space elevator.
Despite the best efforts of the 00-Raiser to destroy the Memento Mori, the beam fired from the badly damaged satellite weapon was still sufficient to severely damage the elevator; pieces of falling structure begin devastating the surface below. The Gundams' efforts to destroy the falling debris were helped by the combined efforts of Marie's GN Archer, Katharon, the Federation army and Kati`s forces, after a desperate plea for cooperation was broadcast by Sumeragi from the Ptolemaios 2. Sergei was later killed by Andrei, who thought that he was in league with Hercules, the coup d'état leader, while Marie was too late to intervene and screams out his name in grief.
Four months after the destruction of the orbital elevator in Africa, the world is a different place. The AEU's elevator solar system is restored; Katharon is low on fighting strength and are being systematically hunted down; the Federation grants the A-Laws complete control over the entire military. Tieria suggests to the Ptolemy crew that this time they should carry out a mission to take back Veda. And for that purpose, Sumeragi designs a plan centered around capturing an Innovator. Meanwhile, Regene gives Wang the coordinates to Veda's core.
In the course of the Ptolemaios II' encounter with an A-Laws task force, Revive is captured after his encounter with Tieria. Saji and Louise meet in battle, the two being transported to an alternate reality. While Sumeragi and the Meisters interrogate Revival, Anew reveals her allegiance to be with the Innovators and declares the hijacking of the Ptolemaios II due to Revive's presence after shooting her pistol at Lasse. Wang and Hong Long try to leave Ribbon's hideout, only for their ship to be shotdown by Nena with Gundam Throne Drei.
After shooting Lasse and taking Mileina Vashti hostage, Anew works with Revive to steal the 00 Gundam and the 0-Raiser for Ribbons. However, Anew is unable to steal 00 when Setsuna and Lockon catch up to her, while Revive is forced to give up the 0-Raiser when he is outwitted. They manage to escape, and while Lyle resolves to defeat Anew, Setsuna assures him that he will shoot Anew instead if the situation calls for it. When Revive, Anew, and Healing Care return with new machines, along with Louise in her new Regnant mobile armour, Celestial Being must defend itself without the 00-Raiser. Lyle risks the near destruction of the Cherudim to get through to Anew and appears to succeed, but is caught off guard when Ribbons takes control of Anew. As she prepares to strike him down, Setsuna appears and shoots her as he promised. In a GN particle induced vision, Lockon and Anew share one final moment together before Anew's suit explodes and kills her. Back on the Ptolemaios II, Lockon takes out his feelings on Setsuna before collapsing in grief.
Setsuna and Saji head out to Lagrange 5 to locate Wang Liu Mei, who has. along with Hong Long, miraculously survived the attack by Gundam Throne Drei. Nena intercepts the pair and shoots Hong Long, who sacrifices himself to allow Wang Liu Mei to escape. Liu Mei encounters Setsuna, and after giving him the coordinates to VEDA, is killed by Nena as she tries to escape. Mr. Bushido takes the unmanned 00 Raiser hostage, revealing his identity as Graham Aker to Setsuna, and relinquishes the mobile suit only when Setsuna agrees to a duel against him. Louise, who had accompanied Graham, appears in her Regnant and kills Nena, finally avenging the deaths of her family and relatives. In the course of the duel, Graham and Setsuna appear to each other in an alternate reality due to the presence of GN particles. Here, Setsuna reveals his revelation: Aeolia Schenberg created the GN Drives and Celestial Being for the sole purpose of preparing all of humanity for innovation.
The duel between Setsuna and Graham ends with Setsuna emerging victorious. However, he chooses not to finish Graham off and leaves. Setsuna and the others soon review Wang Liu Mei's information and determine that a fierce battle against A-Laws will ensue as they journey to Veda's core at L2. For this battle, Arthur Goodman has assembled a fleet of 21 ships and 108 units to crush Celestial Being once and for all. Initially, A-Laws is met with heavy resistance from Celestial Being in the form of new weapon upgrades for their Gundams. However, with GN particle disruptors forming an anti-GN particle cloud across the battlefield, the effectiveness of Gundams' beam weapons is reduced greatly. A-Laws soon breaks through their defense and only an intervention by Katharon at the last second saves the Ptolemaios from destruction. Furthermore, in a reversal of fortune, the coup d'etat forces under the command of Kati Mannequin and led by Patrick Colasour attack and the A-Laws fleet is thrown into disarray. Soon after, Goodman is killed when his flagship is shot down by the 00 Raiser. Meanwhile, Ribbons intervenes in Regene's plans by reading his thoughts, but ends up taking a bullet to the head. With Ribbons seemingly dead, Regene prepares to put his own plans into motion.
After dealing with Regene Regetta's treachery by having Ali-Al Saachez shoot him, Ribbons Almark reveals his massive colony ship, which he claims is the place where Aeolia Schenberg created Veda, the original GN Drives, and the Innovators. The colony fires a massive particle cannon and destroys most of A-Laws fighting combatants. Celestial Being launches an assault on the Innovator's colony ship and are countered by an army of Bring Stabity and Devine Nova clones, all piloting Trans-Am equipped kamikaze units. In the ensuing battle, Patrick Colasour sacrifices himself to defend Kati's ship and the Seravee is completely disabled by Healing Care and Revive Revival in their newly Trans-Am equipped suits. In the meantime, Setsuna and Saji confront Louise and Andrei; after disabling Andrei's Ahead, Setsuna moves in on the Regnant and Saji contacts Louise. The Ptolemaios II manages to enter the colony under cover from the Arios and GN Archer, but the ship is quickly infiltrated by hordes of automatons. Lockon fights a losing battle against Ali-Al Saachez in his rebuilt Arche Gundam, while Soma's GN Archer runs out of particles and is hit by an Innovator kamikaze. Sumeragi takes a gun and heads out to face the automatons swarming the Ptolemy, but is shocked to find they were accompanied by Billy Katagiri, the supplier of the Innovators' Trans-Am systems, who then pulls a gun on Sumeragi. Inside Veda's core, Ribbons is shocked that Tieria managed to survive Seravee's near-destruction and is now facing him, to which Tieria then pulls a gun on Ribbons.
The battle between 00 Raiser and the Regnant ends when a Gaga attacks, destroying the Regnant. Subsequently, Setsuna tells Saji to take Louise somewhere safe. In Veda's core, Ribbons refuses to accept that he is only an imitation of the Innovator ideal and shoots Tieria. However, Tieria uploads his mind into Veda and, along with Regene Regetta, fuses with it. Tieria then activates the Trial System of Seraphim and effectively halting all of the GN Tau Drive equipped mobile suits. During the battle between Setsuna and Revive and Healing, Setsuna hears the other Meisters and Ptolemaios II crew and realizes that are close to death. In order to save them, a hidden onboard feature, the Trans-Am Burst, activates forcing Revive and Healing to retreat when the system's GN particles disrupt their quantum brainwaves. Afterwards, Setsuna enters Veda's core to find Tieria dead and no sign of Ribbons. Meanwhile, Lyle finally gains the upper hand in his battle against Ali Al-Saachez and finishes off the Arche Gundam. When Ali escapes, Lyle pursues him and shoots him with Anew and Neil in mind. Ribbons, refusing to let his plans fall apart, reveals his own mobile suit and takes out the Seraphim before facing Setsuna in the 00 Raiser.
During the final confronation between Ribbons and Setsuna, the 00 Raiser is heavily damaged by Ribbons. The other Innovators mount an attack on 00 Raiser, but assistance from the other Meisters even the odds. In the ensuing chaos, Allehujah and Hallehujah work together to defeat Hilling Care. Lockon brings himself to the verge of destruction, manages to kill Revive Revival. Eventually, Ribbons and Setsuna damage each other to the point where neither one can continue fighting. However, Ribbons manages to steal one of the 00's GN Drives, which was 0 Gundam's, and places it in the abandoned O Gundam. Setsuna, in turn, takes the other GN Drive, which was Exia's, and installs it into the rebuilt Exia. The battle continues, culimating when Ribbons and Setsuna simutaneously run through each other with their swords Once the dust settles, Setsuna emerges the victor. In the epilogue, the Federation undergoes reforms as its new president disbands A-Laws and pushes for better global peace; Saji and Louise rekindle their relationship; Allelujah and Marie have left Celestial Being to search for the meaning of their existence; Andrei Smirnov stays in the military to preserve peace like his father and mother; Patrick Colasour takes Kati Mannequin's hand in marriage; Klaus and Shirin work as politicians in the Federation Assembly; Marina returns with the children to lead a rebuilt Azadistan; Graham Aker is seen visiting Billy Katagiri in his office; Lockon and Setsuna leave with Celestial Being for what is presumably Jupiter and Tieria merges with Veda to watch over the world.