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Old 06-04-2016, 11:12 AM
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Speaking of Try, there's apparently going to be another season in August?
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Old 06-04-2016, 12:48 PM
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I... Don't think so? I haven't seen anything that would imply a full-on sequel. There has been some more nebulous 'new special footage' that will air on TV though.



It honestly sounds like they'll just incorporate OVA material or something into a rerun broadcast. Brodacasting in August also doesn't fit the mold of a new TV show either; with the whole seasonal broadcasting schedule, a new season would typically start in July or October. I really do wish though that there would be a new show, if only so that there's something not-IBO to watch for Gundam. My understanding however, is that the Sunrise studio responsible for GBF is handling IBO though...
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Old 06-14-2016, 01:28 AM
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I finished up Build Fighters a little bit ago. At the end, it was a very OK show. It had a number of problems that weren't all that bad, and its infectious enthusiasm for Gunpla and Gundam in general kept everything hunky-dory. The finale however, missed a golden opportunity to have the giant 1:1 RX-78-2 statue piloted by somebody in their silly little assault on A Baoa Qu.

And since then, I've moved onto Try, and I'm enjoying this even more. Various places around the internet (including here!) has led me to believe that Try is the worse show, and so far (10 episodes in) it's been better than the original GBF in just about every conceivable way. At the top of the list, are:
  • The 3v3 fight format, which allows for far more interesting battles, and keeps more characters directly engaged in the plot versus being bystanders.
  • The fact that Try allows its female characters to be integral to the show and equal partners/adversaries in fights rather than being relegated to literal cheerleaders or damsels in distress. (This is huge for me.)
  • Limiting the tournament age range to under-20; it never made much sense in the original where middle schoolers were going up against grizzled vets.
  • The ejection of stupid and predictable plavsky particle mystery nonsense.
  • All of the characters are more likable and have a fun interpersonal dynamic; it's like watching the Gundam Team from ZZ.
  • Creating a new cast and sidelining the old; something I've always enjoyed with Gundam. (I like that Zeta is about Kamille and not Amuro, and in turn ZZ is about Judau.)
  • Doing a better job in general of ironing out the rules to Gunpla Battles and making them seem less arbitrary.

Sure, some of this could change going forward, but so far so good. I'm very happy I gave this show a chance against my first instincts, and thanks to those of you who encouraged me to do so.
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Old 06-14-2016, 10:35 AM
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Yeah, you'll be pleased to know that having finished all of Try I still agree with most of those points. I've got some affection for the old characters, but Try improves the formula in a lot of ways. The gender stuff is far from perfect but it ain't bad for Gundam, for sure. And some of the old cast show up, but they never eclipse the new cast, which is great (this is where we side-eye Seed Destiny a lot).

It also doesn't hurt that the G-Gundam tropes are a perfect fit for this show.
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Old 06-14-2016, 09:22 PM
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I just got tired of it by the end because the main character was a total brick. Never changed or expressed any personality beyond his resolute-karate-boy schtick, overshadowed his teammates while they were actually growing and learning from their mistakes, and won every dang fight with the same strategy -- use an escalating series of trump-card Shonen Finishing Moves until the other guy finally loses.

That last point is the most damning, considering the fights are the main draw of a tournament series. The first series also leaned on finishing moves, but they usually came after battles filled with trickery, upsets, or at least surprising gimmicks. All this kid does is punch people and inspire his friends. It's a tolerable routine, until you realize it's the only one the writers gave him. He's shonen spackle, but the show spends so much time and attention on him, at the expense of his supporting cast and any fight he isn't in.

Between that and a deeply boring crop of antagonists in the last half of the series, I was disappointed with how the series turned out. There's some good stuff in there, but it's all in spite of the show's inanimate object of a main character.
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Old 06-14-2016, 11:09 PM
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I liked the first Build Fighters, but thought Try was terrible for exactly the reasons stated above.
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Old 06-15-2016, 01:28 AM
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That's an interesting take Zodar, but so far none of that bothers me. All those 'problems' I feel existed in GBF to begin with, but exchange special shounen punches with beam-spam. And maybe I'm wrong, but Sekai is literally just "what if we made Reiji the MC?" Which is fine by me. I thought GBF was incredibly predictable, with regards to how fights were going to go down, and which ones the MC-duo were going to win or lose, but that's just me being genre-savy. I don't really mind knowing where the destination is so long as the trip to get there is good, and most of the battles are fun, simply by merit of going "o0o0o0o0o, look at how they painted that Turn-A!" or "I recognize that Rising Gundam!" and watching them do shit and provide pretty good mecha-porn. And so far, even if the fights end with a super-punch, I feel like getting to that point has been more than interesting enough, because it's involved Sekai trying to find a way to close the distance gap with his opponents. Maybe all that changes later, I dunno. But 10 episodes in, it's a blast.
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Old 06-15-2016, 07:07 AM
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The only decent fight in the whole run of Try is the one with Crossbone Gundam. I wish the show would have had the balls to eliminate the obvious "rival" team right then and there.

Build Fighters was predictable, but Try is on another level entirely. There are zero surprises.
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Old 06-22-2016, 03:17 PM
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Build Fighters was predictable, but Try is on another level entirely. There are zero surprises.
I'm not gonna argue that Try isn't predictable, because it totally is. I just don't think it's any more predictable than GBF was. I can see someone thinking so because with a sequel, you've seen all the same tricks with an immediate and obvious point of reference. But GBF relies on the same long list of shounen/anime tropes, and if you're genre savvy enough, it's just as obvious. Like, GBF is a god damned tournament. Those always go the same way. And the MC's primary rival, the obvious Char-clone, there was no way he wouldn't be the final boss.

These kinds of shows are a dime a dozen. After a certain point, if you sign on, you ought to know what you're getting into, and it certainly isn't because you want to watch something original or surprising. In fact, I initially wrote this show off for exactly that purpose. But I sat down with it because on top of just being a giant Gundam fan, I'd recently gotten into Gunpla. And just from a gunpla enthusiast's perspective, the show was amazing. And even if the plot beats are all predictable AF, all the building tricks/mods and mechs they pull out are a nonstop parade of interesting and unexpected fun.

Anyways, only about 5 episodes left in Try. I'm gonna be sad when it's all over. IMO, Try is to GBF as Zeta is to 0079. To me, that's a really good thing.
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Old 06-29-2016, 09:26 AM
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Gundam Thunderbolt is a treat. I like to think the creators looked to Macross Plus for inspiration -- same episode length, a close focus on two rivals clashing in untested prototypes, an emphasis on transcending the body through military machinery, and diegetic music as the emotional crux of the whole thing.

It doesn't tap into the sublime quite as often or as well as Plus. For one thing, while the direction is quite good, there's nobody onboard who can pace & direct the hell out of a scene like Watanabe, so there are a few key emotional moments that fall a little flat. And there's no emotional catharsis like Plus's waiting at the end; this is a story about two men losing their physical humanity to win a desperate, miserable struggle, while the same thing happens to the metaphorical humanity of everyone around them.

I'd still call it my favorite Gundam production since Turn-A. The choice to rely on largely diegetic jazz & doo-wop for the OST was a daring one, and makes some scenes a bit jarring to native english speakers, but there are a few moments where they're really able to pull it off. The four-episode format means the storytelling is as brisk & breathless as any 80s OVA; while this means the series' many deaths come and go too quickly to have much emotional impact, this also means there isn't a moment wasted through Thunderbolt's runtime. And of course, the animation is gorgeous and egregious-CG-free. Check it out.
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Old 07-07-2016, 05:18 PM
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I dunno how comfortable I am saying Thunderbolt pulls from Macross Plus for inspiration. There's definitely a number of stylistic parallels, but a number of them stem from typical anime convention (4 episode OVA series* is - or was - very industry standard) or are lifted directly from its source material. The acid jazz and soundtrack is a plot point of the manga, and that comes from the mangaka's personal proclivities. And while the direction is good, and I consider the director obviously talented, it helps that the source material he gets to work with is essentially a very lavish storyboard that does a lot of the heavy lifting for him. Yasuo Ohtagaki's stories might get weird after a while, but that man can really illustrate a mean manga and kill it on an initial premise. I enjoyed G-Reco more, but it's absolutely a franchise high point in the last 20 years.

*I wish that Thunderbolt pulled more from Macross Plus, because while they're both 4 episodes, Macross Plus was essentially twice the length. Each episode of Thunderbolt was ~18 minutes long; Plus was ~36. Thunderbolt, IMO, desperately needed the pace to slow down a little, to expand on certain scenes, or to let certain moments breathe. It was the same problem that G-Reco had to a lesser extent - cramming too much into a smaller space.
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Old 07-11-2016, 07:57 AM
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I've been Gundaming like a mother this summer.

BAD LIGHTNING GUNDAM REVIEWS PEW PEW PEW:

- Gundam 0079: Hella good hella fresh! This is a show that never once let me down, by far the best Gundam thing I've seen thus far. I love that the action is predicated on the dire straits of the White Base, it really helps add tension. You feel a lack of resources and the improved, amateurish nature of the crew better in '79 than any other season. The crew actually feels strapped for resources. Also, I love that they make more non pilots take on a more prominent role and switch pilots around more often. Also Lieutenant Slegger is an MVP. Also Char is the greatest Best

- Gundam: Thunderbolt: It was pretty good

- Gundam Stardust Memory: It was pretty good.

- Zeta Gundam: Char is still the greatest Best. Quattro's mullet is the best part of the show. I love his redemption arc and he makes a great mentor. The show itself was a real drag. The melodrama was ridonk and the characters constantly did things and acted in ways that made no sense for a real human person. They felt like vehicles for DRAMA rather than human characters. I grew to like Kaamile by the end at least, even though he is the worlds number one bitch boy. Robot designs were great but the fights were a huge downgrade from '79. Jerid and Kaamile repeated plot points like gangbusters. Jerid was insufferable, and the worst Bad Guy Character That We Follow A Lot that I've seen in Gundam. Also the cast was way too big and handled very poorly.

- ZZ Gundam: ANIME JA NAI! This was much better than Zeta and a huge breath of fresh air. The comedy was gold and I loved the constant slapstick jokes. This season actually handled my big boy Bright well, too, which is extra bango. Judau is my favourite protagonist so far and perhaps best of all the fights became good again, they did a great job of bringing Judau's personality into his ZZ piloting. They cut down on the SADBOY URGH UCK DRAMA a bunch which is some more bingo on my bongo.

- Unicorn Gundam: The big melodrama returns ft. Banagher who is The Most Insufferable. I don't want to watch a show starring X from Mega Man X7. The animation is gorgeous, but the plot doesn't really, like, make sense sometimes? It's basically typical Gundam shit distilled into 7 episodes. Very dramatic, very dumb, politics that don't make sense, etc.

- Victory Gundam: Yo the good stuff returns. The fights are at their peak of creativity and just straight solid action, every fight does something cool. Uso is absolutely the boys, not Judau level but I just like that he's ridiculously competent for a 13 year old. The beginning and middle of the show are super good and though it falls apart a bit at the end it gets wrapped up (Mostly) nicely. Cronicle has a sweet name and is a great character, I like that they kind of do a rival fake out and switch Chronicle with Katejina as Uso's main rival. Is good. The Zanscare Empire has some of the dopest robot designs in the series. Motorcycles? Bugs? Skeletons? Hell yes.

One question. Where did Tomache go? He gets no resolution, and he just literally disappears!

- G-Gundam: I'm on episode 10.

Fuckinnnnnnnn

Hellllllllllll

Yesssssssssss

Very glad that Canada gets some accurate and sensitive representation. I too am a lumberjack, see.

There was also an 08th MS Team and a War in the Pocket, which were both real bangers but I don't feel like talking about them. F-91, too.
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Old 07-22-2016, 02:20 AM
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Galadrome, I've been meaning to respond to this!

It warms my heart that you enjoyed 0079. I'm surprised you liked 0083, given the other opinions you've had on the franchise so far.

We might actually scuffle though IRL if we started talking about Zeta! I think I can understand a lot of your frustrations with the show actually, but a lot of those issues either didn't bother me, or they felt like they were doing something interesting that I really appreciated but maybe you didn't pick up on or didn't care about?

ZZ is best G.

I'm actually kinda curious if omitting Char's Counterattack was intentional commentary, or if you just forgot to list it? Because as important as it is to the Universal Century, it was actually kind of a boring movie IMO.

I will go beyond your assertion that Unicorn's plot doesn't make sense by simply stating that it doesn't have a plot, period.

I find it kind of a bummer that you didn't want to talk about F91, though I don't blame you for cutting short your commentary. Was Gundam: Star Wars good? Bad?

What was the top three moments in G Gundam for you? Mine was:
3: The entire sequence where the Shining Gundam transfers its data to the God Gundam, which takes out the Master Gundam in the Guyana Highlands and bounces off the fighting ring in outer space to catapult across the finish line in Hong Kong.[

2: Master Asia's final battle.

1: Domon & Rain riding off into the sunset on Fuunsaiki.


Look forwards to you getting through Wing so you can move onto X and Turn-A!
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Old 07-22-2016, 02:30 AM
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I need some help from some of you more knowledgeable peoples. I plan on watching through SEED & Destiny sometime soon. No, you can't stop me. But you can help guide me towards the least masochistic path in front of me. Do I watch the original DVD version of the show? Or do I go the HD Remaster route? I'm naturally inclined to go HD, but I vaguely remember hearing a lot of complaints about the HD Remaster. Things like cropped/stretched images, bad upscaling, ugly redraws, and changed/altered scenes. Does my memory fail me? Or are the issues with the remaster negative enough to send me back to the DVD versions? I'd normally just watch both, but I'm probably going to struggle just watching these once to begin with.
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Old 07-22-2016, 08:30 AM
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I vaguely remember most of the bigger changes being in Destiny to bring it in line with the OVA version's ending. But it was a fairly cheapo "remaster", yeah. When I did my big Gundam runthrough, I did the DVD runs of SEED/Destiny + watched the end of the 3rd Destiny OVA for the changed ending.
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:44 AM
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Galadrome, I've been meaning to respond to this!

It warms my heart that you enjoyed 0079. I'm surprised you liked 0083, given the other opinions you've had on the franchise so far.

We might actually scuffle though IRL if we started talking about Zeta! I think I can understand a lot of your frustrations with the show actually, but a lot of those issues either didn't bother me, or they felt like they were doing something interesting that I really appreciated but maybe you didn't pick up on or didn't care about?

ZZ is best G.

I'm actually kinda curious if omitting Char's Counterattack was intentional commentary, or if you just forgot to list it? Because as important as it is to the Universal Century, it was actually kind of a boring movie IMO.

I will go beyond your assertion that Unicorn's plot doesn't make sense by simply stating that it doesn't have a plot, period.

I find it kind of a bummer that you didn't want to talk about F91, though I don't blame you for cutting short your commentary. Was Gundam: Star Wars good? Bad?

What was the top three moments in G Gundam for you? Mine was:
3: The entire sequence where the Shining Gundam transfers its data to the God Gundam, which takes out the Master Gundam in the Guyana Highlands and bounces off the fighting ring in outer space to catapult across the finish line in Hong Kong.[

2: Master Asia's final battle.

1: Domon & Rain riding off into the sunset on Fuunsaiki.


Look forwards to you getting through Wing so you can move onto X and Turn-A!
SOME CHAR'S COUNTERATTACK SPOILERS:

I forgot about big daddies counterattack, actually, but yeah it had a ton of problems and, while the ending was kinda awesome, it was also not what I had in mind. NuGundam is my favourite UC Gundam, which is nice. Hathaway and Quess are so mishandled and bungled it's hard to talk about them, same with forgettable new Cyber Newtype dude. As much as I don't like straight "fan service" movies it would've been a lot better if they focused on pre-existing characters. Hathaway could've been fine, for example, if they didn't just make him useless and then accidentally kill Chan. Chan is the secret MVP of the movie, she kills more named characters than anyone else (Or ties with Amuro, can't remember) which is hysterical. The movie drops a ton of subplots, like forgetting that Murai needs some kind of resolution or at least something. And I feel the film should've addressed what Sayla's been doing, but it never went there, either. The action was really solid.

Yeah, 0083 has my favourite first half of any Gundam series. It totally falls apart by the end, I even had to look at supplemental material to grasp what actually happened with Operation Stardust. Like, the climax is among the worst in all of Gundam. Lt. Burning, however, is IMO the second best written character in the series that I've seen. Rather than just being a generic drill sergeant/super mentor he has elements of both and shows aspects of human-ness in ways that most Gundam characters don't. Most characters in Gundam (In anime/anything in general, honestly) feel like they do things to advance plot or create drama. They're motivations are there but they don't feel like a human making human decisions. Burning, however, does and moreover he does the whole series. Char, the other best character, doesn't always seem like an actual human but in some ways I think that's a strength. Also, 0083 is Top Gundam and has the best opening theme which is always great.

G-Gundam Top Moments:

- Master Asia's death actually made me cry, haha. The whole fight was great and them being master + student on the coast one last time was too much for me. Ignited my fighting spirit big time.
- Anything with Chibodee Crocket but I'll give it to his clown episode. This is bizarre, but I found his character extremely relatable. More so than any other Gundam character, in fact. We have similar beliefs in terms the American Dream and we both came from poverty. Similarly, it was through my body and strength that I've achieved my dreams thus far and he's in the same boat so 10/10. Plus, Gundam Maxter is the coolest Gundam (Cowboy/Football Player/Boxer/Surfer = Hell to the yes America). So, seeing his burning spirit and watching him beat up a clown was fucking awesome.
- Not a moment, but I really enjoyed that the first half of the show was about the Power of Friendship and the second half was about the Power of LOVE.



F-91 was good! But I don't remember too, too much anymore. Too much Gundam.

War in the Pocket is probably the best Gundam OVA. Bernie Wiseman is my Dad.
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Old 08-25-2016, 02:12 AM
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The Build Fighters Try OVA hinted at earlier happened. If you hated Try, nothing here will change your mind. It's more Try. There's a few tributes to the original GBF but nothing substantial. I loved it. Most of y'all will probably hate it. It's free to watch on youtube:



Gundam Unicorn Re: 0096 is still Unicorn. It's been a very serviceable way to rewatch the OVAs. I think there's only like 2 or 3 episodes left? Doesn't look like we'll get any substancial added scenes at this rate. It's been fun though. And the OP & EDs have been fantastic, especially these second ones.




By the by - it's baffling that they'd make a brand new OP, then only show it for one episode. It's a shame because it was really good, but you get the feeling that it was only there to bridge the gap between OVA6 and 7 with more grace than a hard cut.


I finished watching Gundam X about a week ago. It's been more than a pleasant surprise with how good it was. It's just a shame that it got cut short; it would have been fun to explore the setting and character development for an additional cour. But all things considered, I think they handled the "rushed" ending very well (contrary to how it's been sold to me all my life - further cementing my opinion that I'll never listen to the consensus of Gundam fans ever again). Easily my second favorite AU, only narrowly behind G. It's actually been funny to watch on the heels of IBO, because this show did a lot of the things IBO wanted to do, but far far far more successfully 20 years ago.
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I can't wait for build fighter. I'm currently on Turn-A Gundam and loving it.
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Old 08-27-2016, 08:45 PM
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Turn-A is so amazing. I hope you've managed to find an HD source, it looks sooooo good in 1080p. It's the last Gundam show made with traditional hand-painted cells, so its HD remastering looks gorgeous. Apparently, Rightstuf recently announced they're distributing the blurays for this show soon too? That can't come soon enough. It's nice to see they've gotten Zeta and ZZ out on bluray domestically not too long ago as well.

Galadrome, I think you said in the other thread that you skipped X on accident? I hope you go back to it at some point, it's a really good show. At the very least, it'll make for a good palate cleanser for the glut of bad 00s Gundam that you've got to look forward to (SEED, 00, Evolve, IGLOO) before you get to GBF.
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Watched the Build Fighter Try OVA, it was reasonably fun for being about what you'd expect. Nice to have at least a teensy bit of epilogue for a few chars from the first series, even if it was really obvious. Also did you catch the Gundam BEARbatos?

As for Turn A, I still haven't cracked the DVD set I got from RightStuf, so at this point I'm holding off to see what their terms are for trade-up to BluRay. Silly JP licensing and their overpowering fear of reverse-importing (if perhaps justified, due to local sky-high pricing).
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Watched the Build Fighter Try OVA, it was reasonably fun for being about what you'd expect. Nice to have at least a teensy bit of epilogue for a few chars from the first series, even if it was really obvious. Also did you catch the Gundam BEARbatos?
Yeah, and being rocket-powered was pretty great. The Gyancelot was also a rad as hell suit. I will likely be buying one. And as stupid as Try can get, I had a big dumb smile on my face during scenes like this:



I used to think maybe we'd get a new season of Try, especially since they bothered to commission a new song for just this OVA. But given how OP Fumina's new Plavsky power gate system is though, I have serious doubts now.

Also also, time has to flow differently in this parallel dimension, because otherwise it's just super creepy.

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As for Turn A, I still haven't cracked the DVD set I got from RightStuf, so at this point I'm holding off to see what their terms are for trade-up to BluRay. Silly JP licensing and their overpowering fear of reverse-importing (if perhaps justified, due to local sky-high pricing).
I still don't know why they decided to release *just* the DVDs when they did, when the Blurays were there and waiting to be brought over too. I wonder if it was just a market test? Gundam historically hasn't sold great on the domestic market, and neither has anime w/o a dub either. Glad to hear they're offering a trade-up program though; you don't often see companies doing the decent thing like that.
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My understanding (which could be wrong) was that the JP Turn-A BluRays were fairly new, so the licensors didn't want to be undercut by reverse imports of a cheaper US BluRay release in the same time frame. RightStuf meanwhile wanted to get some Turn A release out the door so they settled for the DVDs at first.
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Gunpla has me re-watching War in the Pocket. My second time through. I guess I don't find it that entertaining, but i really appreciate the way it deglamorizes war.
I always compare this one to 08th MS team, for some reason. I feel like 08th tries to do a REAL robot military thing, more than any other Gundam I've seen. I totally loved it when I was 12 for it's REALNESS, but now I think it's kinda silly whereas 0080 is more like a REAL drama thing that I think holds up in the REALNESS a little better because it glossed over the mech details and focused more on the outcome of using giant killing machines. The focus on children juxtaposed with all the violence/war is sorta off-putting( I was gonna say it's unique, but i guess Grave of the Fireflies came out a year before this, wonder if there's influence? actually maybe it's a p. common theme in Japanese media?)...and all the fighting is more chaotic than cool or stylish,well, the kampfer sequence is cool up to a point. I didn't realize Haruhiko Mikimoto did the character designs, until the last ep, thinking "those eyes look familiar..." Overall it's a lot better than I remember! I like it.
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08th MS Team has too many nods to orthodoxy (wacky drunk doctor, fiery naked chick, &c) to go all out on real robot guerilla warfare. The first three minutes of Patlabor 2 blow its combat out of the water
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08th is a 12-year-old's idea of "gritty war drama" in the same way that Wing is an 8-year-old's idea of the same. Close, but too many bevelled edges.

0080's MS scenes have the biggest impact in the franchise, to me, because the camera tends towards a civilian eye level, as opposed to a mobile suit's. Really lends them scale & weight, especially when the show focuses on their aftermath.
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I really appreciate 0080 now, much more as an adult. It's properly antiwar and refuses to glorify it like a Gundam ought be. It's thoughtful. It fits into the Universal Century in a way that isn't obtrusive or flaunts lore. But a lot of its best attributes, other Gundam things do better. The whole "war from the ground/civilian perspective" is handled waaayyyyy better in the beginning of F91. And mook-suits struggling in futility is choreographed better in 08th MS Team. And the silent tragedy of hamburgers wasn't as affecting to me as say, some of the more poignant deaths in the mainline shows, where we were afforded much more time to build a character up and enjoy their presence. It still handled all that very tastefully though, which is rare in Gundam spinoffs/AUs. I'm real glad I gave this OVA a second shot years later. It held up to scrutiny and time much better than 0083 did.
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That reminds me I need to check f91 out. as much as I enjoy UC gundam, I've only seen 0079, 08th,0080,0083 and Zeta. I really love some of f91's designs.
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Old 09-04-2016, 06:21 AM
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F91 gets a bad rep for its admittedly hurried pace and at times abrupt scene transitions. Those are things that didn't bother me much, but the only big criticism that I personally think amounts to anything is the shame of wasted potential. There's clearly a lot of really interesting ideas that got left on the chopping room floor, condensing a concept designed for a TV show into a single feature film, and it really would have been great to see the setting and supporting cast explored more. But as it is, it's still a pretty straight forward story that manages to feature and explore its main characters far better than CCA before it. It's also great that its leads Arno and Cecily are such immensely likable characters. Oh, and the film is drop dead gorgeous. Also, brace yourself for the mountain of Star Wars pastiches. Also, man is the Babylonian/Sumerian iconography in this film fresh as hell.

RE: 0096 has only one episode left. The show's editors are going to have to figure out a way to stretch out 15 minutes of content left in the show into 24 minutes of broadcasting material. This week's episode missed a prime opportunity to pad the show out some more in an easy but interesting and meaningful way by expanding Full Frontal & Banagher's Excellent Adventure. They could have thrown in another few minutes of them exploring the UC Timeline to great affect, showing Zeta, ZZ, F91, Victory, and Turn-A references but I guess that would have necessitated animating something new.
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0The first three minutes of Patlabor 2 blow its combat out of the water
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I didn't realize Haruhiko Mikimoto did the character designs, until the last ep, thinking "those eyes look familiar..."
The promo art makes it more obvious:

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