The God That is Possibility: Gundam Unicorn 01

[NO SPOILERS]

When Gundam was first forced down my throatI first started watching Gundam, I was unilaterally dissatisfied. I have come a long way since, and have seen many of the shows in the franchise and am very much fond of the franchise as a whole. My love and fondness is tested and proven by many of the things that still bug me about the whole thing. Some major, some minor, but the net result is that Gundam never really fulfilled its possibility given the immense library it has.

Not to say it doesn’t have its moments. Such moments can be sublime, as far as I’m concerned. But for the most part there are lots and lots of things that I must work hard to rationalize and apologize for. Without doing so I will fail to enjoy myself watching the shows. It’s beyond mere suspension of disbelief, but I don’t know what to call it.

A lot of it may have to do with the creation, and direction of Tomino Yoshiyuki, but it’s beyond that. The possibility of Gundam is that it is the finest expression of robot anime. It’s that awesome a possibility. For some people, it may be already that. If that is the case then the expectations for robot anime may indeed be so low. I think there is MUCH more to see and do, not just thematically but also in terms of execution of the most exciting aspect of robot anime: combat.

On both counts, in Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn episode 01 the possibility is being realized.

A more particular and thorough post on this episode will follow in the next few days, but for now I am in the mood for long-winded talk on what Gundam means for me, and how Unicorn reveals itself to me as a rich vein of fulfillment. If fan service can be moving and understated all at once, then I’ve experienced it here.

In 0079, 0080, and Z we are presented with variably grim and dark themes revolving around war and violence. The experience can be immersive and surprising, especially how stark and remorseless it gets. While some, heavy-handedness can occur even in non-Tomino works, the darkness in the shows occur to me remarkably weightless — not like without substance, but more like numbing in how far it goes. The meaning of the deaths are left for me to make much of, despite the lecturing and pontificating throughout the shows.

How Gundam Unicorn’s first episode felt, by use of depth of field (the colony looks both claustrophobia-inducing and forbiddingly vast at the same time), and by the musical score, heavy. There’s gravity to the whole experience. I really felt the dreadful onset of an inevitable war. The betrayals and counter-betrayals of organized humanity felt even more meaningful, standing on the shoulders of series upon series where the machinery of (military/political) organizations discount their morals and scruples for victory, however petty.

The high-school age characters, behave in their environments in notes that are the kind of perfect triviality. I don’t have the vocabulary to distinguish it, only that it feels so far from say the first episodes of, Mobile Suit Gundam SeeD, Code Geass, and Macross Frontier. The other examples have this strange and at times contrived levity: offhand mentions of homework, student council duties, test results rankings… In Unicorn you get a lecture (admittedly standard device for exposition) and a field trip setting. This allows for behavioral and relationship conflicts to play out without feeling too ‘slice of lifey.’

When the litany of names are called out by the ‘jilted’ would-be love interest, dead classmates all from stray beam weapon fire, it felt like home, only more beautiful than I remembered it. War is hell.

The current head of the Vist Foundation (Cardeas Vist) saw it fit to lecture the captain of the Neo Zeon remnants. It was a thorough lecture that served as a rather effective exposition of the themes of the Universal Century narrative, going through the history of the Federation vs. Zeon conflicts — through 0079 and past Char’s Counterattack. It was interesting, how the captain tried not to look bored, how he gave the chairman his polite attention through the long speech. It made for a calibrating dynamic for me — I needn’t be bored by this, because this impressive man is toughing it out.

I particularly enjoyed how the cards were revealed: they will not open the mysterious ‘Laplace’s Box’ if their ideals are petty or limited to ‘reviving Zeon.’ They are to be given the key, and the key is Gundam, the Unicorn Gundam is presented as the God of Possibility: a creature from a medieval tapestry. It’s delicious fantasy, to have the titular robot exist within the narrative at a highly mythological level.

Possibility itself is held up as a God. More exciting than hope, and more powerful too, possibility is what inspires — what captures our imagination. Possibility is hype. Possibility is anticipation, expectation far from the cusp of fulfillment and yet never lacking of confidence that it will be realized. Possibility is just about the most awesome thing there is — it is in the realm of the future. For all my rhetoric of ‘remembering love’ it is ultimately a love weighed down by the gravity of history. What’s truly exciting is what’s ahead, the eternal becoming.

Gundam tells the same story over and over: The Earth is threatened by a Malthusian cataclysm. Resources become scarce, nationalism fails in that it fosters conflict. Newtype powers are really about authentic communication without misunderstanding and conflict. Oldtypes fail in that they only see NT powers for its military application — powerful NT = ‘ace pilot.’ Oldtype souls are weighed down by the Earth’s gravity, and are never truly free to embrace the future that is space. There are those who will take these ideals too far, and there will be heroes who will fight them.

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn is poised to do the same, and some would see this as a failure — how the franchise itself is weighed down by the gravity of its own mass, and refuse to commit to the future (as represented by non-UC/alternate continuity shows). I see differently. I am not content with how the franchise has told the above stories over and over. I think there are many failures, as much as I love the respective shows — I find myself far from satisfied. I love the franchise so much that I want to see the stories fulfill their possibility. Unicorn may just be it!

There is something to be said about perfecting the telling of the story, and the Universal Century is for me, still the best continuity to do it. Is the possibility of perfection better than perfection itself? Not knowing perfection, I think yes. The symbol of the unicorn, is wonderfully fitting. It’s a promise — that this time, funnels make more sense in how they behave in combat; that the show remembers that mobile suits have nuclear engines; there is a Gundam without LOLTOMINO; that a dramatic story can be delivered straight and be taken seriously despite and because there are giant robots in it, no apologies necessary.

For all the little nods this episode gave to the Universal Century’s rich history, it is forward-looking. It posits itself as the fulfillment of the hopes of humanity in coming to space, in leaving the Earth; the possibility of robot anime as an expression of high fantasy, and substantial and fulfilling entertainment.

After 30 years of trying, Gundam might just pull it off. Give me more.

Further Reading

Here is a history via blog posts, of my love affair with Gundam. I think it’s fair to say that I demand more from Gundam as robot anime than from any other show or franchise. This too, is love.
Tsundere for Gundam [->]
Before I knew it, I became a fanboy [->]
I love the Universal Century [->]
Learning to live with LOLTOMINO [->]
While I’m nowhere as critical of the franchise (particularly Mobile Suit Z Gundam) as Ningyo, there’s a lot of good things in his analysis of what Unicorn did well in relation to older Gundam shows (Ningyo 2010/02/21)

About ghostlightning

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56 Responses to The God That is Possibility: Gundam Unicorn 01

  1. Crusader says:

    I still have serious doubts about newtypes communicating without misunderstanding being the wonder that it is made out to be, and even if they understand they will not always agree. It’s not as if Quess got along fine with all of Neo Zeon’s newtype loonies nor were Char and Amuro unwilling to fight each other and kill each other’s comrades. It comes off as Zeonic propaganda of the worst sort, a newtype is merely a human with 3G capabilities (with shitty data plans I might add) always connected but more than capable of degenerating into internet behaviors such as being a loli-con in the case of Char. The presence of a communications network inhabited by many is no panacea by any stretch of the imagination.

    Oldtypes may be weighed down by gravity but Newtypes have let their minds escape through their ears and fail to comprehend how fragile a colony is compared to a planet.

    Ah well at least many high school kids were killed preventing an overabundance of angst, now THAT is really LOLTOMINO without Tomino. As for this heretical God of Possibility unless it can throw its severed arm and make it’s opponent’s face explode on impact it is no God…

    As for the mecah, GODDAMN ZEKES and their funnel spam, the fucking tosser. Ah well still the Feddies fought bravely and skillfully especially that unknown one in the Stark Jegan.

    • I won’t draw definitive conclusions, particularly on Zeon/NT ‘politics.’ I judge neither side for their righteousness, as their value to me is that of being elements of a fascinating narrative and not as characters ‘to believe in.’

      You did notice how wonderful the grunts performed, albeit they’re probably a crack unit of Londo Bell. That said, for nameless pilots they were a joy to see in combat. This is how I always wanted to see mobile suits fighting each other! More on the delicious action in a succeeding post with Mechafetish.

      • Crusader says:

        I have many nice things to say about the Unknown Feddies and how they had fought skillfully and superbly despite the presence of 24 funnels…

        GODDAMN ZEKES can’t even wipe their own asses without funnels.

        • LOL Zeke hate is fail, why hate such an ineffective bunch of losers? But then again, the same can be said about the TITANS. That’s what makes Gundam so awesome — always two sides of variable EPIC FAIL fighting about high-minded concepts of evolution and/or freedom or what not.

          And in the midst of all this, are interesting soldiers in big robots smashing each other.

          • Crusader says:

            Simple because they insist on being losers that drag other people into their own little shit storm. They are like warmongeres what hide behind people that don’t want to play, and have the gall to claim that they are some how furthering the cause of all of these so called spacenoids.

            Take his Marida for instance, when push came to shove she went right into the colony to start her fight. Even then with all the crossfire she saved 0 while the Feddies saved 3.

            The TITANS at least had Yazan and he was honest about who and what he was. Unlike Zekes who spray perfumed words on their shitty Zeke nature.

          • mechafetish says:

            Sure, she should have left the colony to engage the entire force in open space while leaving her superior who was INSIDE the colony to be captured. I’m neither a Zeon or Feddie fan, but it seems to me, on a per mobile suit basis, it was the feddies that didn’t do their part in saving civilians.

          • Crusader says:

            And that then exonerates the Zekes? Bullshit man she couldn’t have done a damn thing for her captain while in that overgrown funnel carrier. If she wanted to create a diversion she could have done it outside just as well instead she goaded them into the colony. The results speak for themselves the Feddies Saved 3 to Marida’s 0. Also if Marida were a good pilot then surely sho could have been a better shot and not hit that reactor…

          • mechafetish says:

            We are not trying to exonerate the Zekes. Why, did the Zeon kill your pet puppy?

            Both sides acted in their best interests and in the most efficient means possible given their resources. As the Feddie commander, I wouldn’t wait for the Zekes to come out with God knows what superweapon they are obtaining from the Vist foundation. He made a call to endanger the lives of civilians to prevent a percieved threat. Did the Feddies look like they had orders to protect civiliian life? NO! The 3 lives they saved were a matter of serendipity more than anything else.

            On the other hand, why would I, Marida, engage the entire Federation force in medium range combat in open space? Obviously I dont want to die either. I will face them inside the colony where the close quarters will force them to engage me on small groups and in close range combat.

            The Feddies were awesome. The Zekes were awesome. But none of them were heroes.

          • Crusader says:

            I would be much more forgiving to Marida, a funnel spammer though she may be if she did moralize over what she was doing. She chose the battleground it was a little late to start having regrets, the principle blame lies with her. She did do the smart thing but not the right thing.

            The Feddies didn’t have to save anyone related to Anaheim Electronics, after all they were profiteers… What you call serendipity, I call initiative he didn’t have to escort them out he went above and beyond the call of duty to escort them out. If it were me I’d just point them to the next shelter and tell them to run like hell.

          • mechafetish says:

            Oh. Jeezus! You want to have a Gundam 00 emo moment in the middle of the awesomeness that is Unicorn, so we can say she is a good person, when in fact I made no representations that she was? Yes she did the smart thing. That’s all that matters.

            So the Federation not being concerned or obligated to save AE personnel is “right”?! Your conception of right is frighteningly skewed.

          • Crusader says:

            Oops my mistake I meant didn’t have a moment of moralizing to show that she was decent.

            Let me be clear The Feddies get credit for not choosing the inside of the colony to be a battleground, the wanted to play outside, Marida didn’t want to come out and play and tragedy ensued. The get bonus points for even bothering to save 3 whose leaders were in their minds colluding with the Zekes. Neither side was obligated to care, but Marida pretended to care when the Feddies actually cared enough to go out of their way to save three, one of whom was you know who…

            Both were wrong, but the Zekes were more wrong they simply weren’t nearly as close to being in the right.

            The Zekes use dirty tricks like your local miscreants that I know as Abu Sayyaf. Would you prefer to leave them to do their work for fear of having people getting in the crossfire or do you go in and dig them out and deliver whatever brand of justice your country has decided is suitable for them?

          • You mean Zekes are terrorists amirite? Yeah I can imagine they are. But I don’t see how Marida pretended to care? This is actually interesting.

            If anything, I supposed she just wanted the mission to be done with. The Londo Bell entered the colony headed toward where Audrey is (and her ‘master’), it makes sense to me how she would want to head there to stop the LB advance.

            I don’t see this choice informed by a desire to/callousness towards civilian casualties; at least not yet. I can’t make conclusions about her characterizations after just one episode.

          • mechafetish says:

            “Let me be clear The Feddies get credit for not choosing the inside of the colony to be a battleground, the wanted to play outside,”

            – Oh? So they deployed terrestrial mobile suits at the onset because it was supposed to be a space battle only? In fact these were the first suits deployed.

            “Marida didn’t want to come out and play and tragedy ensued.”

            – Again, you have already acknowledged that this was the correct thing to do. She was overwhelmingly outgunned and would most certainly have died.

            “The get bonus points for even bothering to save 3 whose leaders were in their minds colluding with the Zekes.”

            “Neither side was obligated to care, but Marida pretended to care when the Feddies actually cared enough to go out of their way to save three, one of whom was you know who…”

            – WTF?! When was there even a hint that she cared?

            “Both were wrong, but the Zekes were more wrong they simply weren’t nearly as close to being in the right.”

            – “There are 2 currents of thought in human history. The thought that there are things preferable to human life, and the thought that there is nothing more important than human life. War happens due to the former and peace vindicates the latter.” Both sides are championing artificial social aggregates whose contribution to human well being are dubious at best. Neither is even remotely close to being right.

            “The Zekes use dirty tricks like your local miscreants that I know as Abu Sayyaf. Would you prefer to leave them to do their work for fear of having people getting in the crossfire or do you go in and dig them out and deliver whatever brand of justice your country has decided is suitable for them?”

            – This argument is meaningless. since I am a member of the Philippine government in good standing, of course I want the Abu Sayyaf to be brought to justice. But neither I, nor you are in the same position in this instance. Given that the results of the conflict have no direct relation to our well being, we are able to (at least in my case) argue dispassionately over the concepts of efficiency, decision making and yes, “rightness”.

          • Crusader says:

            The Feddies Tanks were there to insert commandos had things gone to their plan it would have been a commando strike. They tried to be surgical, they failed, sadly.

            I don’t think Marida was grimacing to improve her smile certainly not when she did so every time something bad happened. Maybe it’s nothing maybe it is something.

            To be dispassionate about something means to not care, you can’t be dispassionate and have a stake in something. I would think you would like to have a stable government that didn’t have to spend all that money to fight those people think of what better uses that money could have gone to. Think about it your local baddies and the Zeke think the same they both do terrible things for their “war of independence.” At least the Feddies built infrastructure and the Jupiter Energy Fleet. The Zekes in contrast robbed their own people of their homes for the sake of a gigantic laser. You might be conflicted on which side is preferable, but I have my answer.

          • mechafetish says:

            “The Feddies Tanks were there to insert commandos had things gone to their plan it would have been a commando strike. They tried to be surgical, they failed, sadly.”

            – That does not mean “they wanted to play outside” as you so optimistically put it. They were at the doors with their cannons trained on the colony. These are not the actions of someone who wants to “play outside”.

            “I don’t think Marida was grimacing to improve her smile certainly not when she did so every time something bad happened. Maybe it’s nothing maybe it is something.”

            – It was probably nothing.

            “To be dispassionate about something means to not care, you can’t be dispassionate and have a stake in something. I would think you would like to have a stable government that didn’t have to spend all that money to fight those people think of what better uses that money could have gone to. Think about it your local baddies and the Zeke think the same they both do terrible things for their “war of independence.””

            – Precisely. Thats why I am NOT dispassionate about the war with the Abu Sayyaf. Because I do have a stake.

            “At least the Feddies built infrastructure and the Jupiter Energy Fleet. The Zekes in contrast robbed their own people of their homes for the sake of a gigantic laser. You might be conflicted on which side is preferable, but I have my answer.”

            – It’s nice that you have picked a side to root for. In my case, I think I will wit a little longer to judge instead of letting my decision be colored by things these people and their ancestors did almost 100 years ago.

            In any case, we have drifted so far from the point alread. Now, with finality:

            1. Gundam Unicorn has shown us the best mooks Gundam has ever seen.
            2. Marida went up against A LOT of them and won. This is partially because of superior hardware(hence she is not as awesome as Norris), but she also displayed excellent piloting skills and the use of funnels does not detract from this in any way.

            This is my opinion but this will most likely bear out under the scrutiny of statistical analysis whereas yours will probably crumble.

            Good day sir.

          • YOU MEAN YAZAN THE JUNK COLLECTOR AMIRITE?

            Seriously, your hate is disproportionate. I don’t think any of the factions in Gundam truly had righteousness on their side; save the very young like Uso, and the very innocent like Loran (among pilots). Certainly very few among the Zeon can claim this, not even cogs in the machine like Norris Packard, nor Bernie Wiseman.

            From what you say, you value authentic evil (being true to one’s evil nature) as opposed to hypocrisy. I can get behind that, no problem — though I won’t waste my time hating on characters, much less factions.

            That JEWDOUGH though, I think I hate him outright and without hesitation (not for anything else but his outright lameness as a lead character).

          • Crusader says:

            Remember this you remember love, I remember hate. To me Zekes would be much less annoying if the stopped trying to pretend that they are the heroes. They chose a path that prohibited coexistence they start wars, the Feddies finish them. The TITANS would not have been possible until Delaz and Gato had their NICE IDEA and pave the way for wicked men after killing people with another colony drop.

            If a guy picks a fight why should I sympathize when he gets his ass kicked? Moreover why should I demand nothing less than the utter defeat of someone who picks a fight to drive home the lesson to not start shit?

          • Sure man, but all this is for me, AWESOME ENTERTAINMENT in the form of robot anime. I like how awesomely fail so many people and factions are in Gundam. Hate is fun too, no problem.

            LOL Gato, he didn’t even know about the drop. He was the haunted, guilty pawn of Delaz’ ambitions for Zeon.

  2. sadakups says:

    I still haven’t grasped the idea since I watched this around 1 this morning, but I have to say that it wasn’t spared from the usual mecha cliches. There’s the teenage pilot, the sudden colony attack, and the almost keys-in-the-ignition (I say almost because Vist was there in the Gundam Unicorn before he gave it to Banagher).

    But yes, I do feel the same idea in Unicorn when it comes to the main idea of the plot. I mean, it has been done so many times at least in UC Gundam series, so I’m not really expecting something unique out of this, but hey, a new Gundam show is still something.

    • First of all, tropes are not cliches.

      Second, my thesis here is that Unicorn is the best shot at telling the Gundam story as finest as it possibly can. Therefore, the elements that make Gundam what it is, is necessarily featured. Well, not just featured, but showcased.

      Re-orient yourself in watching this show, both as a continuation of the Universal Century continuity, and as a meta re-telling of the Gundam master narrative. If you’re looking for something ‘new,’ what you’ll find here is new approaches to the execution of Gundam trademarks.

    • IKnight says:

      I would point you towards moments like Cardeas’s line (usual provisos about speedsubbing apply) to ‘Audrey’, ‘There’s no need for you to introduce yourself’, and Banagher’s classmate’s claim to be able to ‘tell the whole story until Char’s counter-attack in two minutes’. I think Unicorn thinks that repeating the same material and re-using the same (or similar) characters are virtues. It might be right.

      Also, NOTHING TO PURU ABOUT.

  3. Wow way to kill the positive mood I had going for this episode outright. Okay not really, but I find myself wondering how after that the first blog I article I see on it can still have that all to familiar negative tinge that seems to surround all Gundam entries.

    • Or am I supposed to take this as a parallel to what is talked about in the show by Cardeas. Now I’m confused and think you might have just pulled one over on me there for a second you dirty rascal you.

    • Negative? How can you possibly read this post as negative? I said I see Gundam as the champion, the apotheosis of robot anime, and that Unicorn is possibly the fulfillment of that promise!

      • I guess I just feel that it’s already fulfilled it’s promise multiple times on a non-metaphysical level and that there are few regrets as far as I am concerned. It’s looking more to me like Gundam UC is going to be a deconstruction of the Universal Century so raising the spectre of rehashing and worrying about cliches and such would have been the furthest thing from my mind upon finishing up the first episode.

        Although if you’re going all metaphysical and taking a Cardeas idealogy comparison route with this post by suggesting that what we’ve seen of U.C so far has been a deliberate farce and distortion of it’s potential then bravo. *pretends that wasn’t the post he was planning to a certain degree*

        • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn is poised to do the same, and some would see this as a failure — how the franchise itself is weighed down by the gravity of its own mass, and refuse to commit to the future (as represented by non-UC/alternate continuity shows). I see differently. I am not content with how the franchise has told the above stories over and over. I think there are many failures, as much as I love the respective shows — I find myself far from satisfied. I love the franchise so much that I want to see the stories fulfill their possibility. Unicorn may just be it!

          If you think that the promise is already fulfilled, then good for you! That’s your kind of being a fan. It’s the same how I’m rather content with Macross, but see here: my expectations for Macross are lower. I think Gundam is boss, and should be as good as this episode from here on out.

          • Gorilla says:

            I am totally with you on this particular paragraph. For me Universal Century is the perfect setting for Giant Robot anime.
            Unicorn utilized the setting to the fullest with small references to previous events: the explanation of Cardeas Vist about Newtypes and the lecture about Zeonism (I really dig this term), the Zaku in the museum and how old and fascinating it looks to Banagher’s friend. Some may call it continuity porn. I call it having a rich setting/world and using it to give depth to the story.
            The first episode of Unicorn was awesome. It has given me enough motivation to finish ZZ.

          • Thanks man, but let me warn you, I marathoned ZZ in preparation for Unicorn. It is unilaterally shitty: http://twitter.com/#search?q=ghostlightning%2BGundam%20ZZ

            Also, continuity porn = remembering love.

          • donkangoljones says:

            Agreed, ZZ is shit falling from a shit storm on boats already filled with shit. Nothing could motivate me to finish ZZ except pure mortal stubborness.

  4. DonKangolJones says:

    Thought I’d try by the post, fresh off my Gundam high. So hopefully I don’t “fag out” on you. I tried to get that out of the way in my own little post.

    I share your excitement for the possibilities of this new Gundam series. I just think I do it in a different way. When it comes to Tomino’s UC works. I’m perfectly satisfied with what I was given, minus ZZ of course. Sure Gundam 0079 the series, pushed the crappy toys a little too hard, Zeta had those damn kids & Katz (ptooie!), double Zeta was mostly vomit on paper, and Char’s Counterattack was plagued by Quess x Hathaway ‘tardedness. But the main themes, morals and logic was conveyed well enough for me to fall in love the meta-series. If they rewrote out some of that bullsh*t I mentioned I’d be happy, but I’ll live with it. What I hope from Gundam Unicorn isn’t necessarily progression, but perfection of a tread formula. When it comes to progression, I’m hanging my hopes on the 00 movie.

    What I’m hoping for is a series that is Zeta dark, not Victory dark, that’s taking it too far. And hopefully it will be without some of the LOLTOMINO moments that at times were fun, but for the most part knocked me right out of my satisfied mood. This first episode avoided that mostly. Now I’m just hoping I can start liking or relating to this new Newtype protagonist.

    • The things you mentioned as minuses I all agree with, and among other things are precisely why I don’t think Gundam is truly excellent.

      It doesn’t mean that I don’t love the shows! I do, but I want something even better, and Unicorn may just be the thing, and this excites me to no end.

      • Expectations of improvement are actually a pretty good thing to have. Nowadays people don’t seem to expect to much out of their anime, but hopefully Unicorn will give the people who see it a chance to believe and hope for something better.

  5. Shin says:

    Sorry to barge in. While I enjoyed this one episode a lot, it’s difficult for newfags like myself to really appreciate the storyline since references were made to events that took place in the other titles before this. Almost makes me curious enough to want to check out them out. The only character I knew they were talking about, other than Amuro and Char was Bright, only because of that famous brightslap.gif

  6. DK Eternity says:

    At last, it has begun.

    It’s been a long while since I first started watching Gundam, and I have never been truly satisfied with the shows I’ve watched. I mean, I do like the shows (except for a few of them like ZZ, SeeD and Destiny), but I always have this feeling that Gundam could do more, that it could be better. That is why I am always excited whenever I watch a new Gundam show.

    I don’t expect to see Gundam UC do something different or give me something new (that is something I would expect from the AU shows), but I am hoping that this one will take the old formula and improve on it, and maybe even perfect it.

    Episode 1 was a great start, and I’m looking forward to see just what Gundam UC will do.

    • There we go, someone who gets what I’m trying to say to a T. Watch out for how great this first ep is in doing the little things, details that really get us fired up. The post should be up in a few days. Thanks!

  7. Ningyo says:

    So you’re right on my page, GL. A toast to this fulfilling our dreams. I think most of us are arriving at this conclusion as well, that the series won’t innovate, but perfect.
    But then again, considering how series’ pilots are more often than not the best we’ll ever see, it might be more appropriate to touch wood.

    I just thought of something though. With how mobile suits’ heads are never pointed towards the earth and how they always points toward the same direction, right-side up, isn’t it the producers that are held down by gravity?

    Lol, Jewdough. I find the argument above with Marida’s morals misplaced. He’s the real bad guy. Possibility is realist, but I’ll stick to hope. It’s infinitely more romantic.

    • Touching wood… lol, I won’t go there (terrible joke).

      OVAs are different from TV series, pilot wise. There’s a higher chance of balanced quality throughout an OVA than in a TV series. I was just going over Stardust Memory and the 9th, episode is even better than the 1st, though arguably better than the succeeding ones.

      LOL the 3D cockpit view suggests that there are cameras and sensors beyond those on the head of the mobile suit. The head is practically a conceit, just as the whole idea of a giant robot war machine is.

      No monopolies on evil here. The argument above stems from a viewer’s active and obsessive need to villify one faction over another.

    • Skribulous says:

      There’s also a reason why hope is one of the “evils” in Pandora’s Box. Then again, I never considered myself among the “good” guys. Only idealistic.

      Still, like you, I look forward to Unicorn. May it not disappoint.

  8. adaywithoutme says:

    Dammit, you’ve made a compelling argument… I’m gonna have to watch this now, huh?

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  10. Myssa Rei says:

    Don’t you hate it when something like a 15-page MINIMUM academic paper on STEPHANE MALLARME gets in the way?

    While I don’t have that much of a voice in the anime-blog commenting circuit, I guess you can throw me with the folk that loved Unicorn’s first outing in spite of its use of well-worn tropes of the Gundam Megafranchise, but didn’t worry too much about the specific details that governed the show. In my mind, Unicorn was… magical, I dare say. That’s the long and short of it for me.

    Buuuut then again you could just think of everything I say as the ramblings of a 28-year old spinster in Metro Manila. Who also watches anime.

    • Oh no problem. I don’t think there’s one good way to enjoy a show. Some people may be encountering Gundam for the first time through this episode and there’s a whole range of reactions that can be infuriating too. But it’s all good, because I think there are people like us who get that ‘magic,’ in whatever form or degree it manifests.

      Good luck with your paper!

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