Just finished this.
They cut the scene where Mora runs off from the Jeep and then Keith steps on Nina with the Gelgoog as a 'welcome back' present to Kou, right?
He friendzones her in the novelization, so there's that.
They cut the ending where Gato and Cima survived so all of them went on a roadtrip.
>skilled scholastically but ultimately controlled by extreme emotions
>unable to express her true intent
>cucks her lover with his worst enemy
>expects to be taken back after being unable to get something better
>her "ugly" friend is perfect
I actually think Nina is the most realistic female character in all of Gundam, maybe even mecha.
I still find it interesting/strange just how much people have blown up her role in the finale to make her into a double-agent that makes Cima look like a team player.
She made some bad decisions, there's no denying that. Yeah, it's frustrating as fuck. But to hear some talk about it, you'd think she was the greatest war criminal since Gihren Zabi.
>cucks her lover
Except for the part where she didn't 'choose' Gato. She was just sick and tired of seeing two people she cared about trying to murder each other.
She wasn't choosing Gato, she wanted them both to stop. It just happened that only one of them actually cared to try and shoot the other in that scene.
>fucked up Kou's mission.
Seeing as Kou's 'mission' was to cool his heels back on the La Vie En Rose and await further orders, he already fucked it himself.
Even besides that, the mission was pretty well fucked before she got involved.
The colony was well past the point of no return.
The Solar System failed because Kou was too busy angrily slaughtering the Cima fleet to be bothered trying to keep Gato from fucking up the SS control ship.
The ONLY thing Nina can be said to have fucked up was denying Kou the privilege of killing Gato himself.
And given he dies shortly after anyway, that's kind of a minor point.
Bask does more to fuck up Kou's life and gets no shit for it. What's the dealbreaker here?
He was one of those villains that stayed a villain, but at the same time was a somewhat likable character. He was obviously a bad guy, but he was one of the more respectable villains. He wasn't mustache twirling evil, but rather just some guy trying to give and take for his nation. He reminded me of Darth Vader, but with more character and motivations. He had a lot of courage and guts.
Also, his death was very strange (but heroic) when compared to most other Gundam villains' deaths.
>The Solar System failed because Kou was too busy angrily slaughtering the Cima fleet to be bothered trying to keep Gato from fucking up the SS control ship.
But Bask was the one who fired it too early and forced them to recharge.
Agreed. 90% of Gato's characterization is that he's a skilled pilot and loyal soldier. It's normal to respect someone like that.
He got to die more or less on his own terms, in a way that proved he wasn't a hypocrite. That's pretty good for a Gundam villain.
The reason it pisses people off is the stupid assertion that somehow they had a previous relationship, a notion that is only brought up in the final stretch of the ova, after countless times of hearing hia name and not reacting and having seen him in person when he hijacked the GP02
Dude. IT'S RIGHT FUCKING THERE IN THE ANIME. OVA AND MOVIE.
THE COLONY DROP WAS ALREADY HAPPENING. THE THING WAS PASTTHE POINT OF NO RETURN. THERE'S EVEN A BIG REACTION SCENE FROM EVERYONE AS SAID POINT IS PASSED. NINA'S ACTIONS DID SHIT ALL TO CHANGE THAT SINCE SHE WAS STILL ON THE SHIP AT THE TIME.
The only - ONLY - thing that might have been changed would be Kou shooting Gato in the control room. Which, if you're pissed about that faceless/nameless Salamis crew, okay fine. Otherwise, nothing else is said to be all that lost Nina not letting him have the kill. Gato still dies that day, the colony would still hit Earth, albeit we're not sure where now because its original target is never specified, the Titans still win. About the only possible improvement is MAYBE Kou gets paraded around as a hero. Unless they decide they're still sore about the Albion crew stealing GP-03 at gunpoint and defying orders, in which case it's right back to getting his ass knocked down the ladder.
It's a frustrating move by the writers, but it's a far cry from something like Reccoa assisting in colony gassing.
Which is more a fault of the overall pisspoor writing in the last act. It just seems weird how hung up people get on hating an otherwise benign character for something they will then openly admit is more the product of the writing going to shit in the last act.
It's not even like that was the only bad bit of writing either, as evidenced by how clumsily the conspiracy was played out.