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Mobile Suit Gundam Episodes 4-8

Posted on 26 February 2012 by VinnieAve

So, we’re changing the format of the article a little bit this week. Instead of talking about each episode we’re just going to talk about the batch we watched. We covered from episode 4-8 this time around.

Vinnie’s Take

So this week’s batch saw us move from space to earth and gave us the introduction of the Garma Zabi, the first of the Zabi family villains. The high points in this set were the times when Char and Garma and interacting both talking about the Gundam and Char working on his master plan. Meanwhile while we see one of the thing that make the series shine, the antagonist having a real personality (albeit here that are still pretty villainous, but it’s a step in the right direction) we also have some of the weakest parts of the show. Last week I wrote about how this moved the mecha genre from exclusively having super robots to having more realistic robots. Once the show moved to earth it seemed as if the robots got more human in the way they move. This bothers me mostly because I’ve gotten used to Gundams being realistic (I’m also watching Double-Zeta and AGE right now) but this is just part of the transition in the genre.

DM’s Take

I’m of two minds regarding Amuro. For one, he has kind of been a dick. However 2, is that I am really enjoying how realistic his portrayal is.  Seriously. He is a teenager thrown into war with all the violence and responsibility therein.

Red Comet is fast becoming a villain I love.  He’ll screw you over. He will screw his comrades over, his followers, and anyone he needs to.  AND YOU WILL LOVE HIM FOR IT

I am fast getting tired of all the I outrank you this is insubordination! Can we just acknowledge that these fold know more than you already?

I wasn’t happy with Amuro’s explanation of why the Gundam is so good.  If it is because of that reason then it really does not need him, does it?

My final thought on this batch: Civilians are idiots.

Gundam Video of the Week

Four men who sing the themes of other shows since the Gundam theme, almost a little off key.

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Being a Better Geek: Mobile Suit Gundam Week 1

Posted on 17 February 2012 by VinnieAve

While DM went with a show that is popular and a major part of modern Scifi dialouge, I am picking a show that is significantly older and not very popular with American anime fans but is one of the supremely important anime, this is Mobile Suit Gundam.

Up to its release in 1979, the mecha genre was based around so-called super robots, with heroes yelling attack names and meglonaical villians, think Mazinger Z or Voltron. Gundam is the first of the so-called real robot shows, the robot is a tool with a purpose. That is not to say that some of the elements of super robots are not here but this show was the game changer. A good example of a real-robot show that people in America should recognize is Macross, which become the first part of the Robotech.

Similar to Firefly, this show was not successful first time around, it had its order cut, howful with the release of plastic models the show grew in popularity so much so that the 43 episodes were recut in to three films (if you don’t have the time or dedication to watch the show, watch these, also they removed a lot of the super robot elements that were present), a few years later they made a sequel series and the franchise has lived on since.

Now, for me this was the Gundam series that made me into a Gundam fan, unlike many who fell in love with Gundam Wing, which had aired the previous year on Toonami. I had watched Wing but I really watched MSG and loved it until it stopped airing after 9/11 (this was right at the end of the series, so the point where ships are crashing and people are being killed with a beam through the back of the head), CN tried a few years later by putting it in a worse spot and got through less episodes. However, now is the time for every to see this show, Bandai Entertainment has re-released the show in two sets and for the first time both language tracks. So in light of these facts Mobile Suit Gundam is the second entry in the All Geeks Considered continuing column, Being a Better Geek.

So you get an idea of the show, this is what I saw back in 2001, as an ad for this show:

Episode 1- Gundam Rising
DM’s Take
The intro was hokey as I thought it would be. There is not much more to say about that. The suspension of disbelief that watching this show will require is going to be enormous but I think I may be up to the challenge. MSG is said to have its battle suits based on the novel Starship Troopers but I think they are pulling more than battle suit tech from the book. The very atmosphere of a war torn universe and martial law seems to match the novel well. We get some character introductions in the pilot, including Amuro Ray. Some general thoughts on the pilot… The action sequences were strong and appreciated. The dubbing and animation synched up nicely and contributed to a general sense of tension. The technology seems ridiculous. How did Earth develop such advanced technology without Zeon being aware of it? And exactly how user friendly is a Gundam Suit? I do not care if Amuro is a techie, it is like saying your local technogeek could go and pilot a stealth jet. In any case, it was an all right pilot and I will continue to watch with an open mind.

Vinnie’s Take

 

 

 

 

 

Space Ships Shooting Lasers!

 

 

 

 

 

Ugly Robots, like they would be in reality

 

 

 

 

 

I wonder why this show was cancelled after 9/11 (that’s New York).

 

 

 

 

 

The Cute Mascot, Haro, built by Amuro

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the protagonist, in his underpants, this is first time we see him.

 

 

 

 

 

And Char, with his awesome mask, if you say otherwise, clearly you’re missing the point.

 

 

 

 

 

See giant shells, realism

 

 

 

 

 

Just think if this was made today, you’d have seen her panties.

 

 

 

 

 

The first of many slaps, in this case it was slap a women out of hysteria, oh 1979 Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

The Gundam activates

 

 

 

 

 

The Zaku’s pilot is dead.

 

 

 

 

 

And that was an aimed kill shot, remember this is a kids show.

 

 

 

 

 

His reaction to killing, in actuality I hope this is at least a little realistic

Episode Two- Destroy Gundam

DM’s take

We have part two of the pilot here.  Amuro continues to assist Earth forces in the Gundam Suit, although they begin to get suspicious of exactly who is piloting quickly.  We have what I suspect is a recurring villain in enemy pilot Char.  I would say that the two episodes together make for a stronger story and I suspect that was what was intended when originally aired.

Vinnie’s Take

 

 

 

 

 

How do you seal breaches to the colony? With huge amounts of bubble gum.

 

 

 

 

 

Kai gets slapped for the first time, this time for being a coward. Good job, Sayla.

 

 

 

 

 

For a man who wears a mask he reveals his face pretty early in the show

 

 

 

 

 

Could these blond people who dress in pink be related?

 

 

 

 

 

Char’s Custom Zaku II, notice the red color and badass spike on the head.

Episode Three: Vote to Attack

DM’s takes

I am just going to say it: Earth Federation Forces are pretty hard up if 10 year olds are voting whether to attack or not. We start getting additional character development in this episode as well as an idea of how the civilians are fairing on the military ship, White Base. Amuro has taken his posting as the Gundam pilot seriously and studies up on its manual while forgoing silly things like food, rest and showering. I think that at this point the thing that is most hindering my enjoyment is lack of any stand-out characters.  With any luck that will change soon.

Vinnie’s Take:

 

 

 

 

 

Our characters are now getting their uniforms and remember cadets are colored coded for your convenience, boys in blue and girls and in pink.

 

 

 

 

 

Zeon, the home of cock-eyed, mustachioed supply ship captains.

People often ask, why would an engineer build a robot with legs, this is the reason.

That’s all for this week, see you next time.

 

 

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