“Coming Home” is a telling episode that shows the consequence the war is having on Amuro. It is a powerful episode. It is the 13th episode of Season 1 and was directed by Ryoji Fujihara and written by Hiroyuki Hoshiyama.
The story begins with White Base 7 taking a break and Amuro seeking out his mother. When he arrives at a Federation occupied village and fights the soldiers left there he makes his way to the next village where his mother is. Things unfold from there when Zeon troops arrive from the nearby Zeon base.
Here is assessment of the episode:
The Pros: The War and the Populace – We see in the first village Amuro arrives with drunken Federation soldiers squatting in his house and mocking him as he tries to find his mother. He gets in a fight with them and it is only when villagers step in that he moves on. We see this in the second village when Zeon soldiers arrive and he shoots one of them. His mom is a healer and tries to remind him of the human cost on both sides and that the soldiers may have families of their own. This is too much for Amuro who is at the point where fighting is all he knows.
Amuro – Amuro has been broken down by everything that’s gone on. He’s in a constant sweat thinking of combat and when he’s bullied he fights back, as well as when he fears being discovered by the Zeon soldiers. He isn’t able to stay with him mother because of how much he’s changed and how even though he’s in hell, the combat has given him purpose. We see how much he lives for it too when he gets in his Gundam that Kai drops to take out the Zeon backwater base. For him fighting has become life and he can’t find any peace.
Kamaria – We get to know Kamaria, Amuro’s mother in this and she is a fascinating character. She is a healer and Doctor who just wants the fighting to stop. She has seen what the war has done and tries helping the injured on all sides. The main issue with this that she doesn’t seem to get is Zeon’s desire to conquer…she is right about the human side though and just how costly war is.
Mr. Bright – Commends Amuro for fighting for them and thanks Kamaria for Amuro’s service before Amuro rejoins White Base 7, this is contrasted with his initial anger at Amuro for using supplies and ammunition to take out a backwater base. You can tell he does care about Amuro.
This was an episode I highly recommend, it is one of the best and only downside is the minor characters are nameless. They don’t get the exploration they deserved to truly show the human side that Kamaria is advocating for. Besides that, great episode though.
Final Score: 9.5 / 10