The Witch from Mercury Season 2 – 9.0/10
With the second half of The Witch from Mercury now concluded, I can now confidently say that this season of Gundam, was truly Gundam. This right here will be your spoiler warning. I will be covering some details following the conclusion of episode 12, so if you haven’t watched the anime yet, I’d watch that first. If you are looking for the review first half, check that out here. I’ll also touch a few minor spoilers in this review for the second half. I will be discussing the ending as well, so be warned. So, with all that said, let’s begin.
With the thrilling conclusion of The Witch from Mercury in sight, what a ride it was. Gone was the slice-of-life high school adventures of Suletta, and instead it is replaced with war. With a great story, wonderful fights, and a satisfying ending, the second half of The Witch from Mercury was a great conclusion to the story.
Coming off the high of episode 12 was different. For those of you that forgot what happened, Suletta, piloting the Aerial, reaches Miorine. Right before Miorine is shot, Suletta creates a nice human pancake with the assailant. I think my favourite part about the start of the second part is that we get to see the repercussions of this action. On one hand, Miorine is relieved that Suletta saved her and her father’s life, but on the other, Suletta just killed someone right in front of her face. And the worst part was that Suletta had shown no remorse for killing someone, being completely unfazed.
This part was particularly great because it establishes a few things about Suletta’s character. Right from the beginning, most people watching could tell that something was up with her, and this situation brings everything to light. Suletta has this almost naïve and childlike innocence to her. After some gentle coaxing from her mother, Suletta follows what she says to a T. After the incident, Miorine naturally responds by avoiding Suletta. For once, we see a natural reaction to trauma, which I think was the perfect way to start the second part.
Now, that’s not all. Aside from a great start, The Witch from Mercury continues this momentum. This is when we start getting into the dark themes that Gundam typically explores. With war on the horizon, it was great seeing how the protagonists and the side characters react to the events. This part of the season also features the wonderful mecha battles that Gundam is known for too. With the tensions rising between all the factions, I liked learning about how everything fit into the puzzle in the grand scheme of things. It was also really satisfying seeing the consequences of some of the actions from the first part. Slowly, the mysteries foreshadowed in the beginning were being brought to light.
The middle of the season was solid as well. With some great character development and plot twists, I was hooked. I easily tuned in every week, since I wanted to know what happened next. The middle of the season was great because it also started playing into the politics between the Earth and Space. In most Gundam series, the main conflict was always between these two factions, so now seeing it realized in this season was satisfying.
But I think the part I didn’t really like was the ending. Now, don’t get me wrong, the final confrontation between Suletta and her mother was great. I loved how Suletta’s development gets fully realized when she stands up to her mother. This part itself, I didn’t have a problem with. However, the fight between Benerit Group and the Space Alliance felt a bit rushed. I personally thought there would be a bigger fight with more action once a giant space laser was fired.
Now, when the space laser was stopped by this series’ version Newtype understanding, it was interesting. From a thematic point of view, it makes sense when Suletta is able to reach permet scores higher than anyone else, that Suletta is able to use the data storm to cease all combat. Even though this was the case, I’m still disappointed we didn’t get a bigger fight at the end of the series.
Along side that part of the ending, I’m also a bit disappointed the this series decided to do a time skip of three years. Although the ending was heartwarming, seeing that Suletta and Miorine were able to be married and whatnot, I’m sad that we didn’t get to see their wedding, since this was a huge part of the whole show. The other disappointing thing about the time skip is that the ending felt a bit rushed. There seemed to be a few plot threads that never got their conclusion, and the time skip ruins that chance to explore those missing points. Now, it’s not impossible to review those points, but I feel like the ending could have been a bit more refined.
When it comes to the characters of this anime, they were solid overall. After the first part, most of the side characters got some development and became way more interesting. I won’t get into specifics, since I feel like this part of the show was satisfying to experience. As such, it would make more sense if you watch the anime to see these developments. Now the beauty of their development is that I ended up caring for most of the supporting cast. At the end of the show, we got to see what happened to each character, and since they got developed properly throughout the show, it was satisfying seeing where they ended up. For some of them, it gave them a bittersweet end that I don’t I would feel if I didn’t care about them more.
Overall, The Witch from Mercury was a great series to watch. The second part does begin to feel more like a true Gundam show, which combined with a fun story and great cast, it was a pleasure to follow each week. Although I think the ending was a bit rushed, the end result was still heartwarming, which made me happy for the characters. If you’re a fan of Gundam, then give this show a shot.