We've already seen what some of the upcoming mechs for Gundam AGE's second generation look like, and with Frit's final battle beginning this week, it's about time to look ahead a bit to see what Gundam Age will offer once the middle arc of the story, the second generation, starts off.
|Left: Asemu Asuno (son); Right: Flit Asuno (father)|
At age 17, Asemu will be the oldest of AGE's three protagonists. The first several episodes of the Generation 2 story will take place in a Military Academy (naturally, Asemu's "dream" is to pilot a Gundam like is father, Frit). Most of the (new) supporting cast will be drawn from Asemu's classmates.
So Frit and Emily get married! Oddly, the character art thus far unveiled seems to be missing several key Generation 1 characters--Grodek, Yuri and Woolf are all conspicuous for their absence, among others. Does this mean they won't survive the time-skip? Maybe, maybe not.
We don't know too much about the main cast at this point. The two key side characters will be Zehato and Romarie. Romarie fits into the "school idol" archetype--the school beauty who is absurdly popular with everyone--and is the heroine of Generation 2 (and, therefore, the most likely love interest for Asemu). Zehato, on the other hand (despite having a character design very, very similar to Woolf's) fits into the "mysterious transfer student" archetype.
In the first few episodes, we'll be introduced to Asemu and his classmates, who are members of the school's "mobile suit club." They live in a peaceful colony, which would seem to imply that, after the events of Generation 1, the UE are believed to have been defeated or wiped out. The days of cheery school hijinks are brought to an abrupt end when (surprising everyone) the UE attack the colony. True to form, Asemu will hop in the stylish AGE-2 Gundam to repel their assault.
|The AGE-2 Double Barret|
Similar to the AGE-1, the AGE-2 Gundam will have different "types." With more modern designs than AGE-1 variants, the AGE-2 promises to look quite incredible once it's animated. So far, we've seen two of the three variants--the regular AGE-2 Gundam (pictured below) which seems to emphasize speed and mobility; the AGE-2 Double Barret (pictured above) which seems to emphasize versatile ranged attacks and firepower. Going by the pattern, it's highly probable that the third AGE-2 variant will be a melee-focused machine, similar to 00's Exia.
Presumably, all three AGE-2 variants will be able to transform into a mobile-armor form like the normal AGE-1.
|From left to right: Vargas, Marcus, Arisa, Millais|
I, for one, am greatly anticipating the battle between Flit and Decil (and, of course, poor doomed Yurin) in the coming weeks. Hopefully, we'll learn just enough about the Unknown Enemy to make their return 25 years later even more impressive than their (somewhat lackluster) initial appearance.
UPDATE: we've got information on the cast as well as a plethora of images from the first episode and opening on the Gen2 arc.
Takuya Eguchi as Asemu Asuno
Hiroshi Kamiya as Zehaato
Kana Hanazawa as Romarie
Takehito Koyasu as Arugureasu (Big Ring officer)*
Kazuhiko Inoue as Flit Asuno
Shintarou Oohata as Dique Gunhale (Diva's mechanic)
Yu Shimamura as Millais Alloy (Diva's captain)
Daisuke Ono as Woolf (Diva's mobile suit team commander)
Ami Koshimizu as Ariisa (MS team member)
Koji Yusa as Oburaito (MS team member)
Daisuke Sakaguchi as Max (MS team member)
*Note: "Big Ring" is the name of the Earth Federation headquarters in AGE.