“Fly, Gundam!” was directed by Hideyoshi Ojika and Yoshiyuki Tomino and written by Kenichi Matsuzaki. The episode isn’t the strongest, but it does have some good moments.
The premise of the episode is Amuro is tired of fighting so sits out as Garma attacks. From here the crew tries to stand without him as Mr. Bright and Fraw attempt to push him to action so that all won’t be lost. The story unfolds from there.
Here is the assessment of the episode:
The Pros: Mr. Bright – He lays things down to Amuro and hits him since Amuro continues to wine about not wanting to be responsible and to pilot and that he is tired of fighting. Considering that Mr. Bright was once an ensign he doesn’t have time for Amuro’s crap and leaves telling him he’s disappointed and believed that one day Amuro would have been better than the Red Comet. This disappointment is what changes Amuro.
Fraw Bow – Is the other person who forces Amuro to action. If not for her showing that everyone was stepping up, including Kai to do the best they could and he could not, than he wasn’t a man. This is the other thing that pulls him to action and responsibility. She is also jealous of Officer Matilda who Amuro clearly has a crush on.
Garma – Garma has a lot of respect for Amuro in this battle and nearly gets screwed over by Garma when Garma pulls the plug on communication between their ships. He distrusts Char afterwords for good reason. It’s nice to see he isn’t stupid.
Char – Char’s plan to screw over Garma isn’t bad since Garma asked them to just watch unless he asked for help. Char’s ambition is shown to be pretty great in this as well as his manipulations. It’s hard to tie him to the communication going down because no one saw it happen.
Okay: Amuro – His wining is really annoying, I get him being upset but it would have made more sense when White Base 7 was safer and not at the point of getting destroyed by Zeon forces. He realizes that in the end and also hits puberty as Officer Matilda who drops off supplies catches his interest.
Con: Execution – A lot of things here were to obvious, from Char’s betrayal, to Amuro’s stress and giving up. This was a problem with writing as the ideas weren’t bad, just poorly executed.
This episode was okay/good. Not great as it wasn’t very subtle, but still had good moments and clearly showed us that Char is not to be trusted by anyone. Curious to see how next episode goes since it is a Garma centric episode and he is a great character.
Final Score: 7 / 10