Gundam Wing: Episode 29 - The Heroine of the Battlefield
I always like this scene. It’s a weird mix of humor, seriousness, and other emotions all rolled into one. This scene is remembered a lot for the pineapple Heero’s using to play with dogs, but there’s a lot more to it and that’s what really makes me adore it.
A lot of what makes me adore it is the fact that Quatre is really contemplating how useful ‘kindness’ is in a war. And throughout these episodes (especially this one and the ones preceding it after Quatre’s Zero experience) is that Quatre is having a personal battle about his kindness and his dedication to the cause. He wants both, but at the same time, the emotions are so taxing. And it becomes obvious during this time that he views Heero as sort of ‘calm in the storm’ for him. And a lot of character growth and development happens for both characters between these episodes.
Going on a tangent, back on subject…
So when Heero is mentioning that the dogs can sense kindness (and thus seem naturally attracted to Quatre), Quatre asks Heero if kindness is necessary to fighting in a war.
Heero doesn’t sugar coat it either, up front stating that it doesn’t have a place in combat if you are acting truly efficient. But then Heero adds that it’s ‘probably’ something you need the rest of the time. The fact that he states ‘probably’ in a sentence that shouldn’t require the word at all is pretty telling of his feelings about the matter.
But its a sweet moment that Heero clarifies further to Quatre that they aren’t fighting. Meaning Quatre should feel free to express his true nature and his kindness. He understands that Quatre likely feels guilty and is lost in his thoughts about whether or not kindness is something even worth having when it leads you to make hasty decisions and/or mistakes, that lead to pain and heartache.
And the smile at the end is one of Quatre’s ways of taking a step towards accepting that thought and that he can continue being a good soldier and keeping his kindness intact; without compromising himself.