My apologies in advance, this post is not going to be very readable. I actually doubt that there’s a lot of value here. Those of you who haven’t seen Mobile Suit Victory Gundam let it be enough that I don’t recommend it. The content of the post after the jump is full of spoilers.
It’s also going to be more or less the real-time log of my experience of the last six episodes of the show. This is my third attempt to watch V, starting in earnest in mid-2009. It took me almost 2 years to finish, which is indicative of my inability to connect with the show. For those who do not wish to inflict the horror of the rest of the post on themselves, here’s the tl;dr version:
Despite likable characters, an interesting setting and milieu (and within the Universal Century), a rather dark and violently grim story and elements, a great wealth of violent battles, and the direction of the franchise creator Tomino Yoshiyuki, I do not recommend Mobile Suit Victory Gundam.
The villains are comical (especially near the end, oh god), the misogyny is through the roof, the mechanical designs are mostly ugly, the battles are wild and poorly thought-out (and rife with all sorts of annoying habits), and Tomino Yoshiyuki’s propensity to put out LOLTOMINO is in fine fettle.
With that out of the way, on to my descent into Tomino’s hell.
Episode 51 (finale)
And so ends my tortuous journey through V Gundam. I really can’t say I enjoyed it, despite it being Mechafetish’s (the co-founder of We Remember Love and the person who really got me into Gundam) most favorite show in the franchise, as well as enjoying such high regard among mecha fans in general.
I can’t even say I love to hate it, the way I do for the SEED franchise. It’s a matter of elevated expectations meets the LOLTOMINO grinder, of what I feel that I should find awesome but instead see mostly wastefulness. And being such an involved fan of the franchise, I can no longer be indifferent to any of its shows. I’m going to feel strongly either way. In any case, I feel that I need a long break from what’s left of my Gundam backlog.
Good thing I have Unicorn to look forward to the next 2 years.