Distributor: Bandai, streams legally on Crunchy Roll and on Youtube
No. of Episodes: 50 (note: this anime is divided into two separate seasons, each 25 episodes long.
Suggested Age: 13+
My Rating: 9/10
Summary: In the near future, an anti-terrorist group called Celestial Being has been formed to combat terrorism. In the first season, see the team begin its efforts. The second season is set five years after the first. In the second season, Celestial Being has a new enemy: the Innovators. The Innovators wish to use terrorism to bring about a new humanity, one that will submit to them.
Review: This is one of my favorite Gundam cartoons. What I really like about the Gundam franchise is that it’s more than just giant robots. It is, and always has been, a social commentary. In every series in the franchise, we are always presented this question: Do the ends justify the means? In this case, can you use terrorism to combat terrorism?
Two of the most interesting members of Celestial Being are Setsuna F. Seiei and Lockon Stratos. Setsuna is a former child soldier who had it drilled into their head that the war was approved by God and if he defected, he would be disobeying God. This causes him to become an atheist, believing that a just God would not condone killing. I found this justified and I liked that they did not use this as a way to attack religion overall. In fact, it almost reminds me of how Islamic terrorists have used their religion to justify killing.
Lockon Stratos is just plain cool. I like how he can step into a battle completely unfazed by what is going on arouind him.
Both season’s villains are quite intriguing. The main villain in season one is Sanchez, who uses war as a means to line his pockets. In season 2, we meet the Innovators, who can manipulate brainwaves, causing people to become their pawns.
The animation is top-notch, especially on the battles, which are awesome. All in all, if you like Gundam cartoons, you should check this out.
Sub/Dub: I was only able to watch the dub, but I liked it.
Music/Score: The music for Gundam is always great. I liked the first, second, and fourth openings, and the second and fourth closing.
Violence: (7/10) Lots of robot battles and we do see the causalities of the battles.
Nudity: (1/10) The fourth opening has silhouetted nudity.
Religion: (1/10) As I stated one of the members of Celestial Being is an atheist.
Related Media: This is a spinoff of the Gundam franchise and is independent of the others in the franchise.