So yeah the blog is named after a Macross reference, but I’m a Gundam fanboy too, and part of my fascination for the franchise has to do with the behavior of its fandom. I’m not exactly jumping out my seat to applaud Gundam 00 (though I find the recent episode 20 to be quite good), but I do see a lot of RAEGHAET concerning the show. It’s almost like Code Geass again, where I get to read opinions that make me wonder why the person opining is still watching the show.
But after thinking about it, it can only mean love. Not that hate = love, more like hate isn’t the opposite of love the way indifference is the opposite of both. But how can all this behavior be read as love? We don’t need to look very far; the currently airing second season of Gundam 00 has the best analogue: the lover boy Saji Crossroad.
Saji doesn’t see Louise as she is, only as she is in his imagination.
Fans want Gundam to stay a specific (almost static) way. Innovation will be treated as unwelcome deviation, if it is even given that benefit of the doubt.
[…] much better when it was season 1. At least they had plot-lines in reason, not perfect mind you, but a hell of alot better than this. It seems Gundam has gone from war-drama to “I-will-protect-because-you-are-my-precious-moral-crutch” shounen Naruto clone with mecha
–I haet Naruto
This show is utter crap. Lyle is a little bitch and when someone steps up to do the job he should have done 10 minutes ago, he punches the guy? I seriously hope Lyle ends up like his brother. Setsuna even told the douchebag he was going to take the shot. If Lyle goes rogue the next episode(as seen in the preview with the gun), I hope someone throws him out an airlock.
This season is on par with Seed and the only thing saving it from Destiny levels is the nonuse of reused footage. I mean the fact alone that Anew was too stupid to steal the 00, which was his whole mission, shows the insane amount of stupidity among the Innovators. CB is no better, first they don’t use Anew as a hostage? Then they keep getting pwned by the Innovators who keep getting pwned by 00. I would just like either CB or the Innovators to get some kills against each other without 00 screwing up a good fight. I mean there are only four good mechs in this show it seems, Ribbon’s godly mech(we know he has one), Ali’s mech, Mr. Bushido’s mech, and 00. Oh btw the stupidity with the BENDING energy beam is so high that someone deserves to be slapped. I can’t help but feel this whole show would have been much better if they had ripped the Innovators part out and just made it CB vs A-Laws as this whole thing is just ridiculous. Yes the Lyle speech to Revival was very rapist like and I was just laughing my ass off the whole time.
–Laughing his ass off
suddenly my wild imaginations of Sunrise plundering and pillaging the universe that built much of my anime fandom now looms large, like a haunting spectre that threatens to leap from my swirling, fevered dreams to the world of the living. Little solace I take in the fact that the professed ages of the main cast (32, 24, and 20) might indicate more nuanced storytelling and mature themes befitting of an older audience that grew up with the franchise, capable of appreciating the classic plotlines of past… Oh who am I kidding. It’ll be all hax mobile suits, WTF retconning, and not-so-ambiguously gay underpinnings.–Sunset Guy
Saji is a chauvinist meathead.
Fans hate the fujoshi pandering but demand yuri.
Speaking of yuri versus yaoi. What is with Sunrise? They throw out malelust subtext like candy in a good chunk of animes that they have made (the ones I have watched at least) but when it comes to yuri it’s a no-no?
Saji’s reasoning is fail.
Fan justifications to insist how terrible the show is, episode after episode are well, read on:
The entire second season has a been complete letdown. I’m done now with this series. The innovators blow, ribbons is apparently a complete dumbass. And they killed of andrei THE FRICKING HERO OF THE SOVIET UNION! What was so wrong with the original cast that they had to replace them all with the useless innovators?! Ali’s gotten no screen time which is the biggest crime of all. Not to mention katie wasn’t allowed to use her intellect at all this season either.
You’d figure that the federation would rather use the guys that defeated the gundam previously rather then this crew of idiots…
–SMARTER THAN THE WRITERS, AND JOO
Saji is still useless. He has done nothing so far to even justify the air time they’ve given him. Haro could have taken the 0-Raiser out to Setsuna all by itself. Saji was only there to warm the seat after he pisses his pants.
–SAJI ‘AN HERO’ CROSSROAD
Saji blames Celestial Being, makers of Gundam.
It is officially settled with Nena’s failure to kill Wang that Sunrise cannot kill a character due to a lack of balls and good writing. Sunrise purposefully benched the people who can and would kill Meisters.
–OFFICIAL BANDAI SPOKESPERSON GUY
LOL are you effing kidding me!? Directors at Sunrise hold off on killing characters when the ratings start to plummet because some group of fanboys/girls whine about there favorite characters being killed off. Why do you think we have Lyle instead of a whole new Meister?
Sunrise was actually doing okay for once as far as how a character looked-with the exception of Michael, Soma, and Ribbons-but then they bought in the whole multi-haired colored cast /sigh
–Not a RAECIST
Gundam fans love Gundam, no doubt. They tune in to rage, hate, and whine about 00 every week (Saji is an easy target). But they fail at love, just like Saji Crossroad.
I’m primarily a Gundam fan by conditioning […] from personal experience, Macross fans are much more civil and “normal” than Gundam fans, whose favorite hobby is to troll their own fandom (tee-hee). […]
Am I above all of this? Nah. I’m just like them. I too, find Saji very difficult to love. I wish the Gundams Virtue/Nadleeh and Seravee/Seraphim moved as smoothly as the Dendrobrium Orchis/Stamen. I wish Trans-Am wasn’t just turning pink and becoming faster, and more powerful. I too wish Gundam Meisters would angst only as much as Uraki Kou and turn into MEN OF DESTINY like he did. I too wish for more yuri subtext (though I’m not as bothered by all the gayness among the male characters).
So we’re weirdly hypocritical and fail at loving Gundam. We’re probably really upset at Saji because he reminds us so much of ourselves – if we really think about it (I was 20 years old once too). But of course there are exceptions and I’d like to think I’m friends with them. I do not justify, condone, promote, condemn, nor judge this behavior. It is what it is. It’s great that Gundam has as many fans as it does. It truly is. I do resolve that I complain much less and get better at remembering love, and if the upcoming new Gundam series does deliver a lead character my age (32), then Gundam does love me back as well.
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