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Gundam 00 movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer January 29, 2011

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Two words: guilty pleasure.
The story, like the series, was pure confusing hokem, with space aliens thrown in for good measure (I agree with Divine on Random Curiosity, it’s pure Macross). And there are still far too many characters (several terribly redundant).
But this delivered pretty much what you got from the TV series, with better animation and a plot that really did take it ‘to the next level’ — which I guess is what you’d expect the studio to deliver in a blockbuster movie like this. Give the fans what they want after all…
And I am, above all else, a Gundam fan. Despite knowing this is marketable trash, I did love every minute of it. I did get extremely (pointlessly) excited by the shiny new mobile suits, beam-spamming, and deux ex machina, all delivered in SUPERB animation.
It’s awful in so many ways, and yet….
Guilty. Pleasure.
But what the hell does that title mean?
(Also: Giant space flower. WTF)

Gundam 00 second season Ep 1-25 (complete) April 5, 2009

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exia1Another year, another Gundam series finishes its run. Gundam 00 finally ended with the end of its second season last week.I do like the split season idea. Kind of keeps things from getting boring over a 50 episode arc and raises anticipation. This worked well with Code Geass and Gundam 00, so am hoping they do something similar for the new Full Metal Alchemist and whatever new show follows.

So Gundam 00. For me, it was a bit of a mixed bag. Overall, I liked it, but was rather disappointed. It was fun without being very profound, considering it has the usual epic Gundam themes of war, peace and human evolution. It certainly got me more pointlessly excited than any other Gundam series I remember, even if every time it ultimately climaxed in ridiculousness :p Yes, I know it’s one big toy advert and most Gundam series inevitably end with a big confusing fight, but good Gundam, with a proper, engaging story arc and characters (like the original Mobile Suit Gundam, Zeta, or even SEED) can be so great I can’t help but feel disappointed.

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Gundam 00 music March 15, 2009

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Gundam 00 has been exciting, if a little disappointing with its constant deux ex machina plot twists. What I’ve really enjoyed though is the music accompanying it. The OP and ED themes have been outstanding, so I thought I’d write a little to showcase another successful Gundam/JPop collaboration. Videos after the jump. (more…)