While I don’t think Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is a great show, even within the Gundam franchise; it did many things that I love and a couple of those are what I’m going to remember here. It attempted to re-tell a Gundam story; not the Gundam story — what I mean is that the story it told has the bones of the Gundam narrative.
By that I mean humanity has some kind of need to go to space, that humanity has an evolutionary step to make; how the once fragmented geopolitics condense to form a federation; how mobile suits have become the technological decider of military conflict. Gundam 00 even used a variation of the traditional Gundam deus ex machina — the Newtype power, that in this case almost totally tied every loose end and rescued almost every character in a dire situation.
The Trans-am burst was a near omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent force in the end. It was a high (or low) point in the use of deus ex machina in Gundam shows. In my mind it matches or exceeds the big flying T in space (psycoframe lol, or Tomino’s monogram avatar take your pick) in Char’s Counterattack; and easily eclipses the Newtype Barrier in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. But I digress.
Gundam 00 is a show that I don’t give enough credit for remembering love. It’s not in the wholesale re-use of the themes and types in the Gundam franchise; it’s in the small and big nods, winks, and outright tributes it made to the franchise as a whole, as befits how it finished its broadcast run 30 years after the original television series aired.
It’s a heavy-handed, unsubtle salute — it’s a giant beam weapon salute: Sogetsu Noburo, who is better known as Furuya Tohru who acted Amuro Ray’s voice played the arch villain Ribbons Almark, who in the final duel got to pilot the 0 Gundam which is the splitting image of Amuro’s RX-78-2, the original Gundam.
Setsuna F. Seiei also gets to fight him in my personal favorite suit from the show, the GN-001 Exia. It’s a delicious kind of fanservice.
That was some beam-spam kind of salute! But there’s more. I don’t know if other fans have noticed, but I really enjoyed how the 0 Gundam took Loran Cehack’s pose in the final duel in Turn A Gundam.
A Gundam vs. Gundam fight, the original hero now playing the contemporary villain. It’s delicious. I ate it all up. I may be relatively new to the fandom (a fan for just about a year after watching Gundam shows for just under 2 years), but being older and having a strong appreciation of tradition and remembering love, it’s very easy for me to like things like this despite not having a long-standing relationship with the franchise.
But here’s something any young or old fan can just jump in and like: Gundam is and has never been a strong source of romantic love narratives, so when little side stories like Patric Colassaur and Katie Mannequin’s end in romance and a wedding, it’s very easy to be happy.
Congratulations to the newly wedded couple. Wedding of the year? Easily won I think (who else is even competing?)
Read the massive amount of hate in the comments section of this post (crusader 2009/03/29)
Gundam fans are an entertaining bunch [->]
I’m one of the boys and girls finally [->]
Haven’t seen any Gundam at all? WHY ARE YOU READING THIS POST?!? Read this instead: Find your Gateway Gundam!