Studio: Sunrise (note: the credits also mention Hajime Yadate–who is a pseudonym for the writing staff of Sunrise–and Yoshiyuki Tomino who only created the original Gundam concept. This has actually nothing to do with the original Gundam series. Except for the giant robots, that is)
Distributor: Bandai, also streams legally on Crunchy Roll in Japanese only. It was also one of the earliest anime to air on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block (those were the days, huh?)
Suggested Age: 10+
My Rating: 8/10
Summary: In the distant future, the Oz Federation has oppressed space colonies. Five Gundam pilots–Heero, Duo, Trowa, Quatre, Wu Fei–have teamed up to oppose them.
Review: I am a huge fan of the Gundam franchise, and this is one of the reasons. I love the political intrigue, the dynamics in the characters, and the robot fights. Especially the robot fights.
My favorite characters are Quatre Winner and Duo Maxwell. I like Quatre because he’s actually a pacifist. He believes he fights so others don’t have to. He fights for peace. Duo is the show’s comedy relief. He tends to be the voice of reason in dialog, mostly because he does great snarks.
Because it has nothing to do with Yoshiyuki Tomino original vision, you don’t need to know anything about his version. This is a completely independent work. The story is told in a very clear way. There are no uncertainties about why our heroes are fighting and we get to see how evil the villains really are–this anime really believes in “show, don’t tell”.
There is one major flaw–when I got to the finale, I didn’t really feel a sense of closure. In fact this is the only time I’ve felt no closure from Gundam.
But if you’re new to Gundam and you want to see just why it’s so popular, this is one I’d recommend to you.
Sub/Dub: The dub is okay, but not great.
Music/Score: The show has 2 opening themes, and they’re both awesome. The ending theme…is not. In fact it sucks.
Violence: (5/10)Lots of explosion and some intense fights all throughout the movie, but very little gore.