If you came directly to this page you may want to go read my review of the first season before this one.
Synopsis: 2312 A.D. Four years have passed since the final battle between Celestial Being and the UN Forces. Humanity, after having established the Earth Sphere Federation, forms an independent security force, Arrows, separate from the formal Federation army to further unify nations and the will of mankind. But the reality is the inhumane oppression of anti-government powers, doctrines, and ideologies in the name of unity. Setsuna F. Seiei, after surviving the battle four years ago, has decided to once again fight with his Gundam.
The Second season of Gundam 00 picks up four years after the ending in the first season. What has happened now is that after Celestial Beings interventions most of the Earth nations has come together and formed a new group called the Earth Sphere Federation. With this new federation they also created a new ûber great team with peacekeeping in mind called the A-team A-Laws. A-Laws main task was to destroy terrorism and to keep the rogue nations who are not a part of the alliance in check. IM not really amazed that A-Laws turns into the enemy and Celestial Being is once again force to return with their famous disciplinary code of conduct named Gundam.
What i find amazing with the second season is that it is overflowing with constant action that manages to excite for a remarkable length of time aslong as Ribbons Almark is not on the screen as he must be the most boring villain i have ever seen. Atleast there was never a dull moment when Ali Al-Saachez was on the move. Just like the first season the story seem tacked on and repetitive from the first season and i could describe it in this way. Angst teenagers find some excuse to blow things up. World peace, protection of the civilians, revenge, whatever. They board super-special-awesome robots and start blowing things apart. Then, somebody betrays them and the enemy gets their special technology, levels-up and blows thing apart. The heroes are about to lose but in the nick of time, they gain another level-up, which saves them and they continue to blow things apart. Then, the enemy levels-up again and blows things apart again. And so on, and so on… There is not strategy at all in battles, despite the great efforts of trying to fool the viewer that there is. Half an episode is spent on explaining strategies and battle plans when in practice it is just throwing a million lasers and missiles and blowing the enemy forces apart. It is just the mecha with the latest power-up that wins. Even when the enemy catches up to the heroes, they grow stronger out of the blue, thus they never lose. So, no real suspense or surprises here. The heroes are undefeatable, unless they are betrayed. Something that happens every 15 episodes but they are too stupid to see it coming.
one of the biggest logical gaps that has been on my mind since season one is the idea that Celestial Being’s two hundred-year old technology can be superior to that of current-day armies. How is this even possible ? especially since Celestial Being itself seems to have a very poor understanding of the machines they’re making use of. Instead, they are reliant on a supercomputer and the notes and secret power-ups passed down to them by a dead man. All of the questions I had from the first season surrounding the organization’s conception and survival over the last two centuries remain unanswered for the most part, but the most frustrating thing was not knowing the ultimate purpose of CB until the series’ finale.
For the characters there is little to none character development except for one Person. Setsuna matured a little but during the second season and did not look so childish and robot-like like he did in the first season and I actually liked him this time around. The second season carves out his character and will transform him into one of the most admirable Gundam protagonis in recent years. Rather than instilling the pacifist streak in Setsuna, Sunrise made a good decision in having Marina(when i say this my mind went to Gundam Wing, Heero and Relena) around to balance things out.
But all is not bad. As with season one i will give the show credit at the animation department as it is amazing most of the times with visually impressive real robot fight scenes. The mecha are awesome, the battles are spectacular, and the environments are crisp and detailed. the uniforms and the mecha do look imposing. The changes in the second season are just minor aesthetic details. Everyone got himself a new set of cloths, mecha upgrades, and the battles got more grand-scaled. Otherwise, the two seasons are identical in animation.
As with the animation i will once again say that The music is great and has some very good j-pop. I generally remember the opening and ending themes which in my book means that they are good. As i really liked ‘Ash Like Snow’ we now get some new and good music from the first opening which is called ‘Hakanaku mo Towa no Kanashi’ by UVERworld which is a r’n’b-styled ‘Trust You’ by Yuna Itou.
As for the enjoyment of the series. It began in a serious and interesting way. Trying to stop violence through force and dealing with the gray political interests of global superpowers gave the feeling that the series would delve deep into social-political issues, while leaving aside the usual silliness of good versus evil. Yet it is very pleasing for a mecha series. The story could be presented a lot better and the characters could be a lot less stupid. It will sure please the masses but then there is the minority who will bitch at it.