A while back I wrote a post entitled “I need a manual for my giant robot” about jumping into the world of Gundam and what my hopes were for it.
I’m happy to announce that I’ve watched the original Mobile Suit Gundam and that the show exceeded my initial, and rather high, expectations and that I was completely taken in by the story and the characters. The character’s humanity, their relationships and the tensions that grew from the intense situations they were forced into drew me more and more into their world.
One thing I noticed, and liked, is that almost every situation in the show, be it sad, happy, funny or action packed, felt natural and genuine. As natural as an anime about giant robots fighting each other can be at least.
What about the robots Gundam it?!!!
For me(and probably most gundam fans), the show’s main attraction was war, humans, humanity and their struggles against each other as the prevailing theme. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge mecha fan and enjoy the idea of heavily armed giant robots locked in mortal combat immensely. The show has tons of robot battles and they are awesome! But that was a secondary attraction, albeit an important one.
The mobile suit battles were quick, intense and, dare I say, realistic?
It’s probably turned into an old trope by now but I seriously like how the producers made the mobile suits appear as what they really are: weapons created by humans to be used against other humans.
Epic space battles make me happy…or sad
There are several massive military battles that take place throughout the show, with each one marking a shift in the story. These are also intense and action-packed and are well-placed within the show. The final battle was especially big and made for a proper ending to the show.
Mobile Suit Gundam is the tip of the proverbial space iceberg
I know and I’m pumped! Like REALLY pumped. I don’t feel intimidated anymore by the massive Gundam universe. My current plan is to watch every Gundam in chronological release order.
Wish me luck.
Note: I believe episode 10 was when I reached that point where I went “I NEED MOAR!!!“ and started watching the show 10 episodes at a time.
Note 2: If my writing and composition seem awful, I apologize. It’s 1:30am where I live and I’m operating in zombie mode.