I don't think the mask is some kind of mind altering device. That's an (I would argue cheap) element of mask tropes that Tomino never uses. The mask has always been a metaphor in Tomino's story, and it's not implausible that Luin is just expressing a very different side of himself with the mask on. Plus, it makes far more sense if the nice Luin we saw at the start of the series really was the actual "mask" that Luin wore in life.gunform1010 wrote:SpoilerShowI'm having a little problem though- so Luin recognized Bellri but wasn't surprised or anything? He didn't even make an note of it except after he got back in.
Luin probably put two and two together really early on. They know Bellri is with the Megafauna, and that he can pilot the Gundam. Creepy Colonel probably knows what's going on with Bellri, his mom, and the Megafauna as well, and Bellri came back to Capital with his mom and the Megafauna to try to negotiate something. That information probably wasn't missed by Luin either. Plus he's fought with the G-Self several times now, and he probably trained with Bellri. He has all the information he would need. I think the fact that he doesn't care that it's Bellri speaks volumes about his character and ambitions, and I think the little cheap shot he drops about Bellri in this episode raises the strong possibility that he never actually liked him in the first place.