|Reviews for The Golden Age: Reclamation War|
| Amion the O chapter 67 . 9/7/2013
That was epic, and my opinion of Stella went from tolerant to impressed. She now sits with the likes of Mayrin and of coruse Lacus Clyne. An amazing performance from her, it would have almost been too poetic to have her die, although she still could given what the poor Justicar went through. I question how the Retributor could fall so easily, I think you fudged it a tad bit. Maybe give him a chance to at least scathe the Kratos or blow a couple tentacles. Frost or not Ashino should still be able to do something more. I just hope the Retributor survives, as I happen to love that Gundam, although now I for some reason imagine it with red scales even though I love the green coloring more...*Shrugs*
Frost's emotions were palpable as always, yet somehow the most human and pitiful yet, with obvious horror as he realized at least part if not most of what Stella said was the core of his being. Odd that he forgot about Deathshriek, that isn't like Frost, just shows how upset he was. I admit this was a good conclusion to Nefelheim, if perhaps not Ray, I feel you underused his character and messed it up a bit. None to pleased about the perversions in RW, they're going a bit over the top, especially with Dostanya, although that mad genius' greatest work is about to have its advent in the near future, no doubt. If not...well, no one will be interrupting her now.
| Amion the O chapter 66 . 9/7/2013
Well, Frost royally messed that plan up, along with the misunderstanding between Ray and Mechael. I'm kind of sad the Omega Panzer hasn't gotten more action, but hopefully future chapters will fix that. Maybe. Who knows what Frost might do to it or where he might decide to send it if he has a mind to. Ashino had better hurry.
And Frost is now simply terrifying with his abyssal gates teleporting him around. I hope someone figures out how to counter this before he learns to do more.
| Guest chapter 65 . 9/7/2013
Lain is making his move, I just hope he is not too late. Dostanya is always on top of things it seems. Though having a time altering Grand BALOR that's basically a ticking timebomb before it goes berserk, I do believe she will be getting a serious setback in the future, if perhaps not immediately if the Extended's succeed in their escape.
| Amion the O chapter 64 . 9/6/2013
Poor Master Vamps, calling themselves supersoldiers, though Frost's opinion of them might indeed be a bit higher than Special Snowflake. This was a personally favorite chapter, I don't know if it was the best one in general, but for me it just hits all the right notes and will probably go down as the most enjoyed for a long time, a good mix of plot, action, and development I guess.
First off, the Vamp battle with Lilia was awesome, though she does seem a bit weak in comparison to just about all the foes she faces. Nevertheless she triumphed. Maybe if she Did stop idolizing people who can't help her in situations like this that tend to come up, she'd be better off. I agree with Pyotr, the rocket assisted knee jab was badass. I really love her physical battles on foot, but get her in a MS and she's helpless. It's a lot like Heine I imagine, but you should give her some victories soon against other characters of higher repute.
The piece with Kunai and the growing fleet of space vessels was very good, and I really feel sorry for him because for all his power, his impatience still appears to be his true weakness. I like you gave him that flaw, because in SEED I somehow always got the impression of someone who could get hot-headed about something and do the irrational without planning ahead, such as when he confronted Kira about Flay and ended up getting his arm twisted behind his back. Sadly the repercussions from this could be very bad indeed. I love the picture my mind forms of the Loki and Norn classes, they make me think of the rather alien ZAFT ships, with their turrets and weapons more streamline and organic-like.
Last but not least, the Pretender Fifth finally gets his cameo, and his ability to literally jam Yggdrasil is epic already. And...its a bird! Or at least has wings. If it is a Roc-like figure I'm going to be very angry and yet also slightly amused that I kept asking if there would be a bird Grand Chimera like a Roc, and had you try to dissuade me from that way of thinking. Well, I will wait and see what Typhon's true form looks like.
For some very strange reason, and I can't imagine why, but when I read Yggdrasil thinking that Akira had something to do with awakening the Fourth, I immediately thought of Aoi and her fiery personality. I'm sure you have given hints as to who or what the mysterious Fourth will be, although from the sound of Yggdrasil, it will come after Typhon is slain or at least after it has affected things significantly. That's distressing! At the rate the story is going, that could happen well near the end RW, or in the stories to come after this.
| Amion the O chapter 63 . 9/6/2013
The dream scene with Aoi and Akira were great, especially how they talked about the Deer. Sad to say I don't find the extra Fractal Wings so enticing. It's getting almost redundant. Then again, I should probably just look at them as a battlefield wide weapon like they'll probably be used as, versus something strictly for engaging other groups of mobile suits.
Gorefin took the chapter though with his literal interpretation on Jaws. Simply hilarious...makes you wonder if he was listening in on Joule twins...
| Amion the O chapter 62 . 9/6/2013
This was the most awesome chapter since...well the last awesome chapter where I said this. But who's keeping track of rampant success? I sure ain't. The waste pit. Genius of Frost.
So much to review, so little time before I get kicked off the computer to do yardwork, oh where to start? First, shame on you Noa, shame shame shame, rubbing the finger at you is not good enough to adequately chastise you for taking away Frost's intended Latent powers. Though thankfully he isn't completely unstoppable now.
Mr. Abyss is very powerful and very scary. I'm half attempting to guess that maybe he is the fourth Grand. I don't think or hope so, but just a part of me questions it in this chapter. Some clarification if possible, Maderfole, but is Frost psychically contacting the Black EDEN to form the abyssal gates, or is that just his essence connection somehow? You didn't explain well enough for poor little old me.
Perhaps I was mistaken that the Caller dies, I'll hold off until I reach chapter 79, but it seems that he has the ability to evolve and adapt better than I assumed. His talk of an egg makes me believe that quite possibly, even if he does supposedly die, he will find a way to preserve himself. Death is cheep in this story, after all.
Unless you're Cyprus...*Licks open wound in bitter resentment*
| Amion the O chapter 61 . 9/5/2013
One thing I do admire in Yggdrasil is that it is resolute in its actions. It does not waver or waste time deciding what it will do, it goes about them with honest effort to effect a positive change for everyone's benefit.
I could definitely see Kira attempting to cut down Yggdrasil after killing the Forest Prince, poor Lacus is better off not knowing that for the moment. I loved how Frost turned another of Alex's attempts to humiliate him into a method of physical and mental abuse. The Whestone knows how to sharpen.
| Amion the O chapter 60 . 9/5/2013
And so Ashino finally learns of his brother's return from the abyss. This was probably my favorite chapter, and I'm finding it in my heart to feel sorry for Durandel a little. I mean, for all his reprehensible actions, Jiro is right in saying that he's a better choice. A snobby elitist sure he is, but he isn't Natalia Dostanya of FEAR by any stretch of the imagination. I swear that woman is an evil empress waiting to hatch if she ever got a chance to rule. Djbril too, being the former head honcho of LOGOS and a major Blue Cosmos fanatic.
Always a good chapter with Ashino, Noa, and Meyrin in the picture. I think I enjoy the Retributors than just about any other group, I certaintly hope more focus is given to them in the future.
| Amion the O chapter 59 . 9/5/2013
The ending scene was hilarious, although it didn't quite take away from the solemnity of Cyprus' funeral. A good funeral for one such as him, even if it is a disappointment in his development. At least his death has now spurred Violet forward. I shudder to compare this with Star Wars, but that moment still reminded me a bit of Boba Fett holding Jango's helmet for some reason, only with a thousand tons more emotional weight.
| Amion the O chapter 58 . 9/5/2013
Gorgon did seem a bit stronger than the other two, simply by its terrifying pyrokinetic power. I must question how Kira planned to destroy the mass driver without a helping hoof from a rampaging bioweapon, but all's well that ends well I guess.
| Amion the O chapter 57 . 9/4/2013
Well, I should have seen Cyprus dying, as he exhibited multiple death flags for a while now, but I hoped you wouldn't do this, given he was about to become an Edenite. As far as I can say, he's one of the few characters who went from near top of the my most liked totem pole to most disliked. So instead of doing what Yggdrasil wanted, or fight against its will which could have been quite feasible for someone like him, he does what amounts to suicide and leaves his family behind just to win an argument against an arrogant tree. There is no excusing his actions, they're irreprehensible especially with the last scene of him holding Violet for the first time. Not to get into the deeper issues surrounding it, this is probably the biggest waste of a character I've seen in your stories so far, and definitely the biggest disappointment if perhaps the only real one, barring a few minor quibbles here and there. Unlike those, I will be long in forgetting Cyprus Finch. He will be sorely missed from the assembled cast as the best developed original character, and third best canon, coming in second to Kira and Sai.
On another note...The BALORS are freaking awesome, psychotic monsters of destruction I imagined. Still remind me of Deathsaurer fighting in a city though...but who cares, they are truly abominations, and we heartless readers content in our sofa chairs-*glances around to make sure he's not alone in this*-just love abominations, don't we? so exciting to imagine that blood-thirsty monster killing those helpless people. But damn it if they wouldn't be terrifying in real life, and just as horrible! Cyprus falls, but he has brought down a foe no else could.
| Amion the O chapter 56 . 9/4/2013
And so Cyprus will become an Edenite in all likelihood, but won't be playing Yggdrasil's game. Ultimately I wonder if he is to serve or act as the representative of the mysterious fourth chimera, considering Typhon is supposed to be the pretender fifth, correct? I'm still a little confused on that, but mayhaps things will become more clear after seeing Typhon or the fourth, assuming it isn't it.
I do question why Yggdrasil even needs to lie. Being able to see all possible futures, it should be easy to simply state the truth, since it of all things should know what the true future is, all it needs to ask people for is trust and warn them when an action could lead to greater tragedy. I guess this people if anything can't comprehend the burden of choosing between a future that will ultimately be better, and an immediate action that is right that could lead to consequences. Reminds me of some arguments from LordRevan. Regardless, Yggdrasil may see itself and others might see it as divine, but obviously that is not the case. I don't doubt that Cyprus will visit Garden City though, just not as Yggdrasil's champion.
| Amion the O chapter 55 . 9/3/2013
The tidal wave was a terrific stroke, although in a bit of bad humor I still found it slightly underwhelming compared to what bad tsunamis can do, swamping whole islands and wiping them off the map. Granted, most of those types of disasters only occur rarely, and this was with psychic might alone. I would expect Leviathan to be capable of that with her SEED mode though, without the other Chimera though. So her power does indeed have limitations.
The Exemplar is as impressive as ever, I somehow wish Kunai would reveal who he is to Miri, she and Kira are probably the only three remaining schoolkids left aren't they? Disregarding the Kuzzie or what'shisname. Oh...I mentioned him, we're not supposed to mention him, Bandai said so.
The BALORS are coming from the heavens, I can only imagine the sparks that will fly if they run wild in an already chaotic situation.
| Amion the O chapter 54 . 9/2/2013
This was an excellent chapter, and far more enjoyable than the previous flashback, though I have to say I'm enjoying his flashbacks immensely regardless, something about how nicely you are setting the scene of an early CE before the first Valentine War and all that. I'd not be surprised that Azrael makes an appearance at some point in time. I don't quite know why Cyprus threw up afterwards though. He had the desperation and nerve to kill and then actually cannibalize Eve Mueller, I should think killing what was obviously a crazed murderer would not induce that reaction. Not from someone who had literally spent a good deal of his pre and adolescent years hunting child molesters and killing them. It feels like a strange contradiction that someone of his experience and background simply would not do, especially since he didn't seem to throw up on any previous killing even with the woman who probably had not been trying to anything less than truly care for him. Otherwise, excellent continuation of his past, and I see that the Emerald EDEN is waiting for something at the end when the rest of the fruit arrives, either that's the cause of indigestion or it's going to act at the end.
The BALOR piece was very well done. I liked how it flip-flopped, and it seems poor Serpentine is already in the middle of losing himself, while Cold Hunter has literally taken over her host, and that's actually quite sad in a way. I especially thought the scratching that was Lupin fighting to get back control of her own body to be a very good touch.
| Amion the O chapter 53 . 9/2/2013
Not really feeling much coming from this chapter. Lilia stood up to Frost, but that didn't seem to make sense for her character to me and has left me questioning exactly what she wants. She's started going on about the blade, when before she hasn't from what I've read. When did this become a serious concern for her? I admit I'm becoming confused by Lilia and it's not because she or Frost are confused. This feels more like her whatever it is you want. I'll wait a little longer to pass judgment though.
I don't really care for the GOUHLs or Vamps, so I hope that Frost maims them, though I have this sneaking
suspicion they're going to be slithering around underfood in an annoying and distracting fashion.
Hoora for angst and tearful battlefields! Kira and Kunai are headed for Orb to twist the knife very deeply in ways Frost never quite-well ok they thought it was really Kira snapping and doing all those things, but now they must face the reality that not only has he betrayed them, but he is going to destroy their home and he's brought his new friends-or friend as the case may be-with him. And that friend happens to be a god-like psychic whale. Oh Athrun, Cagalli, you both tried so hard but you know, neither of you quite compare to that level of unique and powerful.