[No spoilers here]
I’m pretty much a Gundam fan. I totally buy into the whole thing: the toys, the significance in otaku culture, the inside jokes, and whole tradition. I haven’t seen all of the franchise (nor have read the manga and novels, nor have played all the video games), but I almost always welcome the idea of consuming more of it.
My first contact with Gundam is when my younger brother bought gunpla of Zeon suits: a Zaku from War in the Pocket, Char’s Gelgoog from First Gundam, and Quess Paraya’s Jagd-Doga from Char’s Counterattack. I had no idea how these suits fit in the narrative, but they were cool-looking robots. My first real significant contact with Gundam is through a Super Famicom game: Gundam Wing Endless Duel (1996). Man, I loved this game.
However, I had only seen Mobile Suit Wing Gundam in spurts when it aired on local TV (dubbed), and I couldn’t get into it at all, partly due I thought because I never properly saw the first few episodes. So, over a decade later I gave it a good try. I’ve had a good record of enjoying shows that I dropped in the past, which includes a whole lot of Gundam shows, and most recently Eureka SeveN. I felt confident that I’d get something good out of Wing. After all, it is a ‘gateway’ gundam for an entire generation of fans, especially in North America.
However, after 4 episodes. I dropped it again.
I dunno man, those 4 episodes seem so terrible to me. The first episode turned me off, but I watched 3 more just to confirm if how I felt would stay. Remember that I had every intention of enjoying this, to remember love if you will, for the video game and all the fun times with the OST. It’s just not working for me.
I take comfort in this advice:
[…] And really there’s no great obligation on fans to like the whole franchise.
When Gundam 00 came out it was compared to Wing and it was obvious to me immediately. However I really believe Gundam 00 is a vast improvement over this (except that Releena Peacecraft >>> Marina Ismail). There’s a lot of Gundam media out there. I’ll need a real compelling reason beyond satisfying a completist’s urges to finish this instead of watching more of the other, perhaps better shows in the franchise.
Lost Classics article on Gundam Wing Endless Duel [->]
Hell yeah I’m a Gundam fan [->]
In B4 “Ur a UCfag/oldfag” [->]
Completist’s urges — I mean this in the context of otaku behaviors I described here [->]
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing is a timeless piece of anime (Kiriska 2009/06/19)
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is terrible (Kiriska 2009/06/18)
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