>Amuro is now an adult
>is somehow not evil
what the fuck was Tomino thinking?
Wait till Char's Counterattack. He's not evil, but he is selfish (to a degree) and helps perpetuate the same cycle that created him in the first place, ignoring Quess' need for a strong paternal figure and causing her and Hathaway to enter the same cycle of tragedy that took Lalah's life and caused the enmity between him and Char.
Even in Zeta though, he's too cowed by his fears regarding space to act for a while which is kind of dickish.
Nigga he need to stop Axis from crashing down to Earth. He don't have time to play kiddy romance with a kid who ge jealous when she saw Amuro talking with other girl.
> is explicitly afraid to go to space because he doesn't want to deal with the ghost of Lalah
Yea, I'm sure Amuro's is too busy planning some way to stop that after the fact to do anything with Quess. Like I said, he has suspicions but nothing solid until after Quess has left and certainly no kind of time frame for Char's plans. He has the time for Chan, so he has the time for Quess if he actually gave a shit about her. The point is that he doesn't though. He's nice enough to her when he happens to be around her, but he has no responsibility towards her and doesn't feel like taking up that burden just because she wants him too. So she jumps ship to Char, who doesn't realize that's what she's looking for and instead just sees an annoying girl he can use by manipulating her crush on him.
The effect of which is to cause tension between Quess and Hathaway by putting them on opposite sides and re-creating the relationship between Amuro and Char. They could have understood each other and been friends but the priorities and failures of the adults around them caused them to come in to conflict instead. Amuro isn't really to blame for it, because he was never under any kind of obligation to care for her, but she doesn't see it that way just like Amuro didn't see his father's valid reasons for not being around him at the time - just that he didn't have the father he wanted.
Don't forget this guy.
What was the deal with this bootleg movie, though? Never watched it before.
Dickish as it might seem, he wasn't really obligated to be anything more than just nice to her. The other problem is that Quess doesn't even recognize her search for a father figure as that, she wants a romantic relationship with Amuro/Char.
Well yea, my point was that Amuro wasn't being a bad person by refusing to do it, but to her he was an evil adult and she changed her attitude completely from loving him to hating him and loving Char. She might not have recognized what she was looking for, but Amuro does and he makes it explicit in the final scenes with Char, since he points out that's what she really wanted all along to Char, who is shocked and realizes that that's why he found her annoying.