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Gundam 00 Movie Review

Posted: January 25, 2011 in anime, review
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What? Two updates in two days? Really? Is the world coming to an end? It’s not even 2012 yet!

I had been a Gundam virgin until just two years ago, having never watched any of the older series. Seeing the PVs for Gundam 00, I was hooked. The action was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. And now, 2 years later, I can finally end my 00 experience the way it was intended: with an action packed movie. Only basic spoilers ahead.

It was a dangerous gamble on Sunrise’s side to include aliens as the source of conflict in this movie. For a series most renowned for its human vs. human politics, it gave us a light in how a united humanity would face aliens if worst came to worst. Of course, this whole scheme is under a layer of symbolism of Gainax variety, if aliens being formless and only communicated through mutual understanding is any indication. You can substitute those aliens for anything or anyone alien to you or to your country and all that bullshit, but you can draw these connections yourself after watching it anyway.

Still don't know what the trailblazer is...

I don’t want to criticize Sunrise for including a moral message in their work, but doing it this blatantly is never the best way to give moral messages. Smearing it across your face, if anything, makes you apprehensive about actually agreeing with the results the movie gives us. The series was already about eradicating war from the planet; we get it already.

Even though the execution of said morals is rather sloppy, Sunrise does what it does best to win our hearts back: action. The CGI is outright amazing, and while trying to combine that CGI with 2D artwork does get a little awkward at times, it is easily overshadowed by the artistic prowess shown in the movie. The color palette at 720p and 1080p promises you a visual ecstasy, and the flower part at the end can only be called beautiful. Without giving too much away, Sunrise never fails to display their magnificent artisticity.. artistry.. artisanness? Whatever that is.

Previous sentence makes as much sense as this translation.

The plot falls short of good, if it is what you are looking forward to. Waging war against aliens have been done already, and too much time is spent on useless characters. Louise’s boyfriend gets so much screentime that you’d expect him to be useful at some point, but no, he is intent on fixing some things that nobody cares about. All the intriguing political aspects are left to “hey let’s attack the aliens and hope we win!” and counting on Celestal Being to do that. Reusing already established characters doesn’t need too much skill when all that happens is Setsuna achieving God-mode.

The BGM is virtually non-existant. The music are not memorable in any way, and the attempt at relieving the tension in mid-fight with a cheerful song is a sad at best. The ending song was also out-of-place, not in the mood of concluding at all. At least the characters still retain their voice actors, and all the gunshots and special effects make Sunrise justice.

If anything, the enjoyment you get while you sit back and relax is worth your time. It doesn’t involve you going on an intellectual journey to understand the movie or what it symbolizes. If you just sit back and enjoy the action scenes and the rather crappy ending, you will see that it isn’t half bad after all.

And subs. Go with gSS. Although the fabulous subs at the beginning sequence might scare you off, you can always turn to the “boring subtitles” by choosing it from Haali Media Splitter. I find it hilarious.


Winter Anime 2010/2011

Posted: November 30, 2010 in anime

As the end of the November draws near, and as I visibly fail the NaNoWriMo challenge due to certain mishaps but mainly to procrastinating, I set myself some goals that I expect myself accomplishing in the new season. I rarely do, but one can only dream.

But that has nothing to do with the following chart:

This chart, created by Neregate, gives a sneak-peek of the anime coming in the following season. I guess I can use that to tie the rest of the post to the bit on the up. Fortunately for me, there is little in store for me to get excited, as I still haven’t even finished the anime of the last season (I still haven’t finished Ah! My Goddess which I started over 4 years ago, but that’s beside the point). I’ll get around to watching them.

Must watch: Freezing

Looks promising: IS, Gosick, Rio – Rainbow Gate, Soukyuu no Fafner: Heaven and Earth

Many OVAs and OADs this time around, most I haven’t even finished their anime. Roberta’s Blood Trail is still ongoing, we’ll see what the spring holds.

A side of this blog that I’ve managed to neglect, anime is (don’t have a reason for the Yoda voice, came out like that). Alas, as per usual, I have a very satisfactory reason:

…Crap, can’t even think of a placeholder reason for that. Shows how much I think about these blog posts, eh?

Anyway, the real reason is that I haven’t been watching any of them recently. The latest anime I’ve watched is Highschool of the Dead, which ended quite a while ago, and while I have seen random episodes of the ~100 series I’ve started but not yet finished, I’ve yet to come across one that will get my attention long enough for me to watch more that two episodes at a time. As an act of apology (or rather, the only way to continue this piece of writing with a coherent structure), I’ll give you what I deem is the worthwhile anime of the Fall season (it’s still Fall, right?):

Bakuman: A top-notch comedy featuring two school-mates and their quest for manga publishing, if not the eventual love for one of them. The drawing style irks me from time to time, yet the comedy more than makes up for it. A must watch for any aspiring mangaka, or to anyone really.

The World God Only Knows: If you’ve liked Code Geass or Death Note, and are familiar with the concept of galge (the Japanese games where the aim is to seduce or rather win the heart of one of the heroines), you’re in for a treat. The main character is a legend in the community of galge, in a concept akin to a romantic comedy with some ecchi thrown in, and you are able to see as he wins the real people’s hearts one by one. Warning: watch it only if you like the concept.

Index 2: Can’t bother with the full title. It’s the third installation on the Academy City storyline, and the direct sequel to the original Index anime. Obviously has less emphasis on our tsundere Railgun as she already got her own anime, and continues the main storyline. Relatively action-packed and a fun watch, there’s no reason not to watch it, unless of course you’re like me and continue putting off downloading it even when you’re bored to death.

Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai: The English title being “My Little Sister Can’t be This Cute”, it’s about your average protagonist and his pretty sister, the latter which has an undying love for eroge, the 18+ version of the galge we talked about a few lines up. Prepare for a significant amount of ecchi and comedy based on that kind.

MM!: The tales of a masochistic protagonist and a girl who tries to fix his problem but end up regularly beating him, much to his delight. Hilarity ensues.

Yosuga no Sora: Easily one of the most mindfuck anime I’ve ever seen. 5 episodes in, I’ve yet to understand what’s going on. I have no idea as to why I included this anime in this mini-list. Whatever. Warning: 18+, beware the sex and nudity.