Rilina also posted on this set of episodes.

After a remarkably slow start-- 25 episodes in which I was moderately caught up by the plot, but didn't really give a damn about any of the characters-- it suddenly made a 180 into sheer awesome. Well worth sitting through the first half!

...I still can't believe the singing pink girl became one of my favorite characters. And without contradicting her apparent passivity early on, either.

Lacus turned out to be the most self-possessed, independent-minded, and sane characters in the entire series. Though presumably some of her material resources came from her father, she's also one of the very few characters who has an independent career and is listened to in her own right, not because of who her father is or because of a military rank: her dueling propaganda broadcast is possible because she's a celebrity who's known and respected for her talent, and it works because what she's saying is so manifestly sensible.

She is a real, believable political activist, convincingly persuasive to both groups and individuals. She exemplifies the strategic principle of waiting for the perfect moment to strike, and then striking with perfect efficiency by using whatever resources are available. Lacus is sheer awesome.

The interactions between Kira, Athrun, Cagalli, Yzak, Dearka, Miri, Natarle, Ramius, La Flaga, and Lacus were intense, moving, and interestingly unpredictable... and yeah, OK, I love them all now. Tori and the little bouncy balls too.

I also enjoyed the moments of unintentional hilarity. Especially the bit in which the three crazy pilots suddenly started shooting at each other, while Athrun and Kira went, "WTF?" And then the lavender screen of death flashed! Their heads spun around! They fled the battlefield, fell from their Gundams, and lay writhing on the floor, begging for their meds drugs! At first I thought that addicting pilots to crazy-making drugs was a stupid impairing of their combat efficiency, but then I considered how prone Gundam pilots are to switching sides, and thought maybe not.

Considering what bad news fathers are on this show-- shooting you, dying on you, lying about your heritage to you, becoming genocidal maniacs, or blowing themselves up before your eyes-- it was so beautifully, cracktastically, and hilariously fitting that Le Creuset is the defective clone of La Flaga's father. Awesomesauce! Also loved his drawer of spare bird masks. I suppose he looks identical to La Flaga? Or else hideously mutated.

I am not sure that I understand the backstory he related. Was Cagalli a natural birth and Kira an incubator baby, but both had the same parents and were born at the same time? So Cagalli is also a Coordinator?

Finally, Flay has still not justified her existence in the series. Surely Le Creuset could have found a courier some easier way?

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*happy sigh* Yay the awesome crack! This series takes all the Gundam tropes, sticks them in the blender, and hits frapee.

Cagalli and Kira are twins, both incubator babies. Kira was genetically engineered to be a Coordinator, Cagalli was not. I think. I haven't seen the sequel series yet (Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny) so if there's a reveal there I don't know about it yet.

Basically, this is the long lost siblings subplot which inevitably shows up in every series. Cagalli got all the brainless parts of Relena's character, Lacus got all the cool parts, to put it another way. I"m still fond of Cagalli, but she was definitely absent the day they were handing out common sense.

Flay's presence, as near as I can tell, is to give the fans someone to hate, and to maximize angst. I'm sure there's something about showing the impact of tragedy in war, since she goes bugnuts after the Bloody Valentine episodes, but really all she ever seems to do is stand there and twist the knife in whoever doesn't get away from her fast enough.

Unintentional hilarity - In the Japanese version, Duo's voice actor is Le Creuset (the Zechs clone). Zech's voice actor is La Flaga. Treize's voice actor is Andrew Waltfield (the Treize Clone). The whole voice actor list is a who's who of people I'll happily sit and read the phone book to me, so the fact that I liked the story on top of that was a bonus. (Athrun's seiyuu also did Gaara in Naruto!)

*rubs hands together with glee* Next, I get you to watch Code Geass! It's Gundam without Gundams! Half the mechs, twice the angst!

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Thanks for the loan of the GWing doujinshi! I'll return it the next time you're in town... and pre-emptively hit you up to bring your SEED doujinshi!

Without spoilers, since I still haven't seen the last disc... what are the popular pairings in the series? Is there any gen?

I am surprised by how much I like many of the possible het pairings, since the ones in Wing were mostly awful.

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Not a problem. Hope you like it!

*Ob disclaimer: haven't seen Destiny, all comments based entirely on my knowledge of Seed alone*

Kira/Athrun is the generic OTP, Yzak/Deakka seems popular, La Flaga/Kira tends to show up in some places.

Athrun/Cagalli, Kira/Lacus, Ramius/La Flaga seem to be the popular het pairings, although I don't think I found any with art that made me happy.

Most of what I've got is either Kira/Athrun or drawn by Nattsu, since Kira/Athrun is my OTP, although I like Athrun/Cagalli almost as much. Which is odd, since on the whole I think Lacus is the much stronger character than Cagalli. But Kira/Lacus as a whole is less appealing to me, probably because he doesn't seem strong enough to really hold his own in a relationship with her. Cagalli and Athrun balance each other more in my mind.

Oh, and then there's the one doujin art book I HAVE to bring down next time - it's mostly Kira/Athrun, all color, has such things as EGL haro's. Some Tanemura Arina fan art in the back as well.

I probably won't be down next until June. Fanime is going to own my weekends until then. :(

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I know nothing of Gundams, but I do have to admire your stellar use of musical theatre quotes up there. Well played. *G*

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I feel like this series has a disproportionately high number of scenes involving people writhing on the floor or on their beds (see: evil pilots (though I feel sorry for them), Le Creuset, Flay).

I thought Cagalli was a natural birth because one scene showed her mother with a stomach bump. But maybe that was just her dress.

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That was some classic writhing Le Creuset did with the bottle of pills and the spare bird mask!

I feel sorry for the evil pilots too. Their lives will clearly be nasty, brutish, and short.

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