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Gundam Wing

A ultra mega popular science fiction anime series and the second interation of the Gundma franchise

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Gundam Fillibuster is more like it

  • Jul 5, 2010
When the anime boom hit in the late 90s, this was the first series to get major airtime on cable and it proved to be a hit and bring more Gundam shows over from Japan.  Sadly when those shows hit they didn't last so long since they weren't quite like this show, when the reverse was true, THIS show wasn't like those.

What do I mean, well lets look at it this way:

This show has no major character death, no feel of genuine peril of any characters and is full of completely one sided battles where the protagonists are never in real danger and tension is thin.  It's full of pretty boys, pretty girls and even pretty badguys.  The suits are flashy but it's all for nothing.  Almost any of the other Gundam shows have the complete opposite and much better for it.

The show is an alternate universe adventure from the other Gundam shows where 5 young, conditioned pilots go to Earth and fight the Earth's military on behalf of the colonies they come from.

Seriously, the suits the heroes fly are big, loaded with firepower or offensive weapons and are armored to the point that it's like an old bronze sword attacking an Abrahams tank.  It's not happening.  The bad guys can have the hero outnumbered 100 to 1 and the hero always wins.

Well are the characters any good?  No.  Save for one, they're suicidal little creeps who are maudlin, melancholy or snobish, sitting against walls with their arms folded and eyes closed espousing the war.  The most popular character in the show is taken as an expy from another Gundam Show.

Half the show is war speeches and efforts, characters whether in classrooms, the battlefield or ANYWHERE go on and on and on and on with their talking about the war and philosophy.  The best part is when one of the pilots, the most screwed up of the bunch is delivering one, and the TEACHER even tells him to shut up.

The show is even inconsistent.  The series has a European kingdom that practices pacifism and thus have no military BUT the Gundam pilots DO intervene on their behalf to fight badguys.  Must not be committed completely to that ideal huh?  At least the kingdom and it's school has some nice nonviolent activities like....fencing.

Not enough?  Well I told you that 100 to 1, 1 still wins right cause they have the supperior tech?  Well put that 1 in one of the enemies suits (which happens a couple of times) and the 1 STILL WINS.  None of these pilots display any kind of expert piloting skills or tactics (the pilot of the Heavyarms, a mini gun loaded mech's tactic is to stand in ONE spot and shoot and shoot till his ammo runs out)  and the good guys STILL WIN.

Heres the worst part, the show is so padded out with it's pretentious talk and cookie cutter action, that when my friend recorded this for me on TV years ago, he left a gap on the tape where I missed episodes and didn't watch the ones that followed and went right to the next tape to watch those episodes and heres the kicker.  I didn't miss anything important and I must have missed a good 3 to 5 episodes.

If you don't belive that this show is shallow, do this, watch the entire 6 episode run of War in the Pocket, and then the entire Wing series.  If the minimalist effort that is WITP creates the emotional responce that it should and you get nothing out of Wing, you should see my point.

I used to love this show, being my first exposure to the series of Mobile Suit, but once I saw the older and better shows (but at times were still talky) I never looked back on this show.  Even as I watched the show as a fan, no one episode stood out from another since they all felt so the same and I guess I fell in love with the idea of the show.  Thankfully when I started seeing the older shows like Mobile Suit Gundam, 08th MS team and War in the Pocket, that love was passed on.  Sadly all the warrior therapy was passed on also.
Gundam Fillibuster is more like it

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July 05, 2010
wow! I saw several episodes of Mobile Suit but I haven't even heard of this one until you reviewed it. I guess there was a good reason why LOL! Thanks for the great review! By the way, not sure if you know but we do have an anime community here too.Thanks for the warning...I am staying so far away from this one. Have you seen Neon Genesis Evangelion and Robotech?  
July 05, 2010
It's not a TERRIBLE show, but the only other show I've seen that I would reccamend less is G Gundam, which I didn't see all of and I hear got a lot better. There is way too much talk and like I said it's all to make it sound smarter then it is. I have not seen Robotech and I've seen a little NGE and admittedly I think it's overrated from what I saw and for what people say about it. When I heard the creator of the show say allegedally that "The show is still ahead of it's time" I knew to stay away.
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Quick Tip by . July 05, 2010
Alternate continuity Gundam tale about guerilla warfare on Earth with 5 young pilots of industructable robot suits. Full of speeches and war efforts to make the show more intellectually refined then it is and it can feel long and drawn out.
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Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, known in Japan as New Mobile Report Gundam Wing  Shin Kidō Senki Gandamu Uingu, is an anime series in the mecha genre, and is one of the alternate universe Gundam series, taking place in the After Colony timeline. It is the second alternate universe in the Gundam media franchise, following Mobile Fighter G Gundam. The plot centers around a war between Earth and its colonies in space; however, in contrast to the Universal Century continuity, the Gundam pilots of Gundam Wing are more closely allied to each other than they are to any particular side in the conflict unfolding around them.

The series aired across Japan on the terrestrial TV Asahi network. The series ran for forty-nine half-hour episodes, beginning on April 7, 1995 and ending on March 29, 1996. Masashi Ikeda was the overall director of the series. Katsuyuki Sumizawa (Yoroiden Samurai Troopers) wrote the scenario for the series and was one of three official script-writers, along with Akemi Omode and Katsuhiko Chiba. Ikeda wrote one script himself and one with Omode and one with Sumizawa. Toshifumi Kawase also wrote three scripts in the latter part of the first half of the series. Kow Otani composed the music. The series was loosely based on the original 1979 series, Mobile Suit Gundam, created by Yoshiyuki Tomino and Hajime Yatate. Gundam Wing was among the first series in the Gundam franchise (not including OVAs) to be dubbed in English and was aired on Cartoon Network in the United...

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