The Possibility of Being SUPER (Robot) and Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn 03 (Also, an Offering of Sympathies to the Japanese People Affected by the Magnitude 8.9 Earthquake)

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Before anything else, I invite you to join me in offering sympathies to all the families affected by what could be the strongest earthquake that hit Japan. Yesterday an 8.9 magnitude monster ripped Northeastern coast of Japan. The strength was such that the Eastern cities were all shaken up. The real scourge came from the sea, as a 10 meter high tsunami swallowed up airports, farmlands, roads, and cities.

Four hours later the same waves started reaching the shores of the Philippines, luckily only a meter high at this point (due not only to our distance from Japan, but also since we’re south of it we’re facing away from the ocean trench that catapulted the wave into its beastly dimensions. As hardened we are to natural disasters, we are never and nowhere as capable as Japan to respond to such. We are lucky this time.

If you can give more than sympathy to the Japanese people, then do so with my appreciation.

I will discuss something very specific in this post (the first of two I got planned for this episode), but I acknowledge that some reactions to the episode in general may be good to do. I’ll get these out of the way first.

The show just got even better. It’s amazing how it did, but it happened. While I doubt I can say that the fights here are better than the previous episode despite having 2 battles, one of which is a pretty complex set-piece with lots of units involved; much less can I say that the fights exceeded the excellence of the battle within Industrial 7 Colony in the first episode. I can say that the very high standard is maintained, that only Broken Blade currently matches.

What really got me this episode is the work on characterizations. One such character proved to be such a revelation here. You know who. Thematically, there’s a lot interesting things going on as well. Bottom line, the show is exceedingly excellent and it’s amazing how I think it’s still going to get better, that crazy good stuff is yet to come. I won’t be going into much detail on the abovementioned aspects of the show in the post though I’m more than willing to discuss them in the comments. For now I’ll discuss something I feel won’t be taken into account by a casual viewing of the episode: robot thematic meta and the NT-D System.

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Like Broken Blade, Unicorn joins the super/real robot inversion party. The Unicorn is almost like a sentient machine or, a machine with its own purpose that it accomplishes independently from the will of its pilot.

It’s like the God/Devil possibility in Mazinger Z though in execution it’s more like the demon king possession dynamic of Mazinkaiser (OVA ep 02). It’s not that much of a stretch at all really, given the magical powers it unleashed in this episode.

I have never been happier seeing Newtype Powers abused as I’ve seen it in this episode. Gundam has done so much with these magical abilities over the decades. The schtick is to have a machine amplify or channel an inherent NT ability and turn it into some force that either unifies beings or saves something. Z Gundam allowed the user to access the power of dead Newtypes. The Nu Gundam with its psychoframe allowed Amuro to single-Gundamly stop an asteroid from destroying the Earth (a digression: I appreciate how the most powerful Gundam magic isn’t of a Newtype nature –Turn A’s Moonlight Butterfly).

Among villains, however NT powers are entirely weaponized in a very straightforward way: they get to control remote beam weapons (FUNnels). They don’t get to do fruity koombayah stuff like understanding other NT’s completely in a mid-space duel reverie in some naked mind trip. That’s always reserved for the lead male pilot.

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But here in this ep, for all the rhetoric and reference to NT being this evolutionary step to cope with the vastness of space, replete with aforementioned naked space reverie, is the most overwhelming display of NT power, and it’s of pure martial application: the NT-D system of the Gundam Unicorn.

The NewType-Destroy system activates whenever the Gundam is fighting a Newtype. We’ve seen it in the previous episodes wherein the Gundam starts glowing and gets power-ups in terms of speed, and output. It is for all intents and purposes a Universal Century equivalent of Gundam 00’s TRANS AM system for its GN-particle powered mobile suits.

It didn’t however, show in any way how it is an anti-NT system specifically. This episode reveals it, and HOW! Banagher via the Gundam was able to wrest from and fully control from Marida all the Kshatriya’s NT weapons (psycommu controlled funnels). I now realize why the Unicorn doesn’t have funnels of its own despite the Nu Gundam’s success with the Fin Funnel system. It doesn’t need any! The Gundam will always be more than enough for any non-NT mobile weapon, and then it will just dominate NT weapons by using its own funnels against them. Amazing stuff.

The Newtype Destroyer system. If it identifies the enemy as a Newtype, the suit’s limiters are disengaged. It’s a hunting machine that combines the paranormal interface of the psycho-frame abd the power to take control of an enemy’s pycommu weapons.

-Full Frontal

Now this reminds me of my own bewilderment at the lack of funnels on the MSN-06S Sinanju. The Sazabi had funnels, but the Sinanju IIRC is a prototype of the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam. What’s apparent though, is that the Sinanju offers no exploitable weakness for the NT-D. Holy plot convenience Gundam (not a complaint)!

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The Gundam takes over the pilot during NT-D. The first 2 sorties had Banagher pass out in the cockpit. This time however, he retains his senses after beating Marida. I imagine he must be quite lucid to ensure she isn’t killed — a significant thing since I reasonably assume that the NT-D would destroy her if able. More on this later.

Gundam Unicorn fulfills two leitmotif aspirations of the original Gundam, then called the “White Devil” by the Zeon forces in the OYW: it is wholly white (as the Gundam was intended to be before concessions to toy-marketing considerations), and it inherently behaves like a devil. It possesses the pilot; it possesses in part the victims (the funnels); then of course it exists to kill Newtypes.

Daguza Mackle’s amazing character turn in this episode is punctuated by his final words to Banagher. Banagher grew up without a father, but he’s gained two valuable ones in a short amount of time (only to lose them at the moment they can be acknowledged as fulfilling the role). The most personally valuable point in Daguza’s words to Banagher concerns how he needn’t be swallowed by the machine. His heart is what prevents him from becoming a cog in the Gundam (NT-D). Daguza related himself to Banagher as a cog in a giant machine called the Earth Federation, and yet in the end the cog showed heart and became bigger than the role that played him.

The innovation that the original Mobile Suit Gundam show brought is how robots function more as machines of war instead of super heroes powered by what amounts to magical energy and results in magic abilities as what super robot anime presented. In succeeding shows in the Gundam franchise this is consistently compromised by an increasing involvement of magic powers involving not only the pilots but also how the robots work and fight. It’s as if Gundam wants it both ways. The Unicorn Gundam is as close to the original piloted God vs. Devil super robot Mazinger Z as any of its incarnations in the UC and otherwise.

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The RX-0 Unicorn Gundam: God of Possibility, the White Devil.

As Daguza said to Banagher, this Gundam is more than just a hunter of Newtypes, within it is the power to play the role of ending the UC conflict. Banagher may not be a soldier, but his ability and involvement makes it his responsibility now to see things through. To hammer the point further re: the God vs. Devil binary:

Full Frontal sees the RX-0 in terms of the NT-D, the UC project – as a weapon first. Daguza tells Banagher that it is more than a destroyer of Zeon, that it has a transcendent role in the La+ project.

Banagher and the Unicorn will be both, no doubt, but it is obvious to me what is privileged – what is good and heroic. In the end what I’m excited to find out (don’t spoil me) is whether I get a kind of tragedy as a treat (the way Z Gundam was tragic).

In a succeeding post I’ll talk about how this show serves not only as an eulogy for the Universal Century (arguably), but most definitely as an eulogy for the Newtypes. For now I hope you enjoyed my take on the Gundam as a weapon as presented in this episode.

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69 Responses to The Possibility of Being SUPER (Robot) and Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn 03 (Also, an Offering of Sympathies to the Japanese People Affected by the Magnitude 8.9 Earthquake)

  1. vucubcaquix says:

    Argh, haven’t seen Unicorn 03 yet so I’m going to have to ignore the majority of your post. But maybe link to a charity you like?

    • Unfortunately, I don’t really know charities in the West, where most of WRL’s readers come from. You’ll forgive me because even if we do donate and help out here in the developing world, it’s usually for local causes via local agencies.

    • Turambar says:

      Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders both seem like good choices, though the former has a higher upkeep and more of your donations go to maintaining the charity itself than the actual victims.

  2. IAmZim says:

    Interesting perspective on the similarities between Unicorn and Mazinger. If there’s one thing this show is good at, it’s reaching back at old material and re-telling it with newfound vigour and gravity.

    My perceptions of this episode however were sour. Not because it was bad, in fact it still probably has some of the best moments of any Gundam. Daguza’s Death had the kind of shounen passion Go Nagai would be proud of, and Marida’s backstory was surprisingly touching. When I originally heard about that aspect of the story it sounded lurid and unnecessary, but the director managed to make it very emotionally charged, and all we saw was a young girls hand reaching out to people.

    My perceptions of this episode were soured because the first two were so damn good. Whereas each of those felt like their own movie, with a three-act structure, long well written scenes and a score which added gravity to familiar territory, this episode seemed to be in a rush to cover as much of the story as possible, with short choppy scenes, pacing which felt more disjointed and episodic, and even at times poorer use of music. Did we need an insert song drowning out the conversation between Daguza and Banagher? That just reminds me THIS IS AN ANIME.

    The dialogue too became more obvious and Tomino-like in this episode. Did Daguza really need to say “I guess this is what it feels like to be a father” ? The father-son bond was already obvious by that point, even just from the line “I’m coming to get you son.”

    The newtype scenes too just came off as muddled and ridiculous when Full Frontal tried to explain it, though they looked amazing visually. In that regard this episode worked far better when it was showing us stuff, not telling it.

    But the real reason my impression of this episode was soured? The goddamn trailer. I knew EVERYTHING which was going to happen in this episode seeing it. Never watching one of those again.

    On the plus side, the next episode is the one I’ve REALLY been looking forward to. Gotta love earth-arcs in Gundam.

    Anyways, I should probably get my own blog rather than using yours as an excuse to get out my ramblings.

    • Hehe, re the insert song… yeah this IS an anime, and a credit to the medium IMO.

      I think the more serious a work seems, and the tighter its grasp on what it thinks are realer things, the more obvious it seems that it is unreal and very much a product of its medium, genre, etc.

      I am very careful, in my great appreciation for Gundam Unicorn, to not make it seem more than what it is: an exemplary anime OVA series in a tradition of very good anime OVA series within the Gundam franchise (War in the Pocket, Stardust Memory, 08th MS Team). I imagine each of these shows in their respective release dates fulfilled the promise and the possibility of the Gundam anime in varying degrees. Unicorn has a bigger job in the sense that there’s a lot more material in 2009 than in 1989… and so far, so good.

      Well, you CAN start your own blog and I’ll be happy to support you with that… but you can also write here if you’re interested and don’t want to take on ALL the work required to build a readership however small.

      • IAmZim says:

        “yeah this IS an anime, and a credit to the medium IMO.”
        Certainly agree with you there. Unicorn is one of thoserare series I feel I could show to anyone who likes sci-fi, regardless of their experiences with anime.

        The main reason for that is the cinematic nature of the first two episodes, but hey, the third was still pretty damn good, and not something I’d be ashamed to show a non-anime or mecha fan

  3. Only slightly, but the death scenes lost a little impact for me in that I called both of them after one line of dialog from each character.

    “After all, I have a family to protect” – Me, No Name, and my bro: “He’s dead.”

    “I’m a cog in the wheel(or w/e)” – Us: “He’s dead.”

    Totally correct on both accounts! But Daguza’s death with the salute and splatter was easily the coolest death moment this year, possibly of this decade so far.

    The massive battle early in the episode was absolute perfection. I liked it just as much as the fight from episode two because it gave me the certain brand of Gundams fighting that I love best and have never gotten to see so well-done. I’m continually astounded by how UC takes every great element of the Gundam franchise and elevates it to its full potential. This episode even showed how they could do it with the trippy vision scenes. (Me and No Name: “OMG PURU!”) Puru’s grasping hand floating through all of those visions was haunting and very memorable.

    By the way, Banagher carrying Marida into the ship, I immediately yelled at the screen, “HUGGING ROBOTS IN SPAAAAACE!!!”

    • Hehe, the show did lay it thick and waved the death banners like it was some kind of sporting event.

      LOL why am I not surprised at how both you guys jumped on the naked and lolified Marida. Gundam sure knows its database animals. Remember, in the 80s (all the way through ZZ) Newtypes don’t get naked when they do this shit. Hell, this didn’t even happen in the 90s!!!

      It took fucking Flay Allster to go buck in the final episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED to get this trend started (abused by Gundam 00, which had lots of male-only space reverie nudity). Unicorn’s associated flashback montage for Ple 12 is pretty well done indeed.

      As for HUGGING ROBOTS IN SPACE, Unicorn didn’t piss me off because despite the grappling — which happens face-to-face and hand-to-hand as opposed to GLOMPING FROM BEHIND (the favored tactic in Z Gundam), the actual hug by the Gundam to the Kshatriya was after it was pretty much ripped apart Eva Unit-01 style. The grappling in the previous eps was more to effect a non-lethal attack or threat by the respective combatants. When they wanted to really fuck each other up, they didn’t hug.

  4. Stormshrug says:

    Yeah, I’m still mulling over what I saw in UC 3. Probably going to blag about it at some point, once I’ve let my ideas ferment a bit more.

    On the one hand, even though I knew it was coming, I’m not entirely happy with the exponential growth of the Unicorn’s ridiculousness. In Episode 2, two top-tier pilots using simple but effective tactics were able to smack Banagher around easily enough. In Ep. 3… well… Marida got lucky that Banagher is a lousy soldier, and Full Frontal got lucky that there was a red shirt around to take a bullet when dramatically appropriate. Banagher very nearly ended the show early.

    On the other hand, things could very quickly even out, *if the writers want them to*. The Unicorn is a classic piece of counter-tech. It is designed to curbstomp other top-of-the-line Mobile Suits – and the combination of an internalized I-Field and the NT-D work very well for this. But both of these things are very specialized against other pieces of top-line tech – a whole bunch of Oldtypes firing ballistic weapons and missiles could well be more effective against the Unicorn than the Newtype spam that has dominated UC combat since Zeta Gundam. The beam magnum is powerful, but it’s got a tiny clip, even on the most conservative fire mode – it’s designed to wipe out a single enemy in one shot, not fight groups. Alternatively, a Packard or Burning-esque Oldtype ace who relies more on tactics than reflexes would have a considerable edge against the Unicorn, especially given Banagher’s lack of experience.

    But I suspect they’ll just keep sending in Newtypes with increasingly bigger sticks. Both because Zeon (well, Neo-neo-neo-neo-Zeon) seems a bit creatively stagnated at this point, and because it’s easier to have space ideology shouting matches that way.

    • Redshirt was Gelboa and even as early as ep 01 he had a speaking role. In ep 02 he’s been set up for tragedy by having a that great family dinner scene.

      Your tactical considerations are spot-on. The way to fight the Gundam is, to field fast-enough and maneuverable enough weapons (ReZels) in coordinated fight groups while fielding ballistic weapons.

      As for the Sleeves, who don’t have a large fighting force, it makes sense for them to stack more fighting capacity on a per-unit basis… not that they actually match up well with the Federation’s ReZels. The Kshatriya and the Sinanju are rare items that are prizes of war rather than the instant super upgrades/weapons in past shows (Zeong, Neue Ziel, GP-03, whatever the fuck Jerid gets to pilot every arc, FUCK the all the crappy shit in ZZ, and the Alpha Azieru). But hey, the next ep is ripe for a mid-season upgrade so who knows?

  5. WhatSht says:

    The name “White Devil” really fits Unicorn,
    “It possesses the pilot; it possesses in part the victims (the funnels); then of course it exists to kill Newtypes.”
    i have to agree with that, whatsmore, when the unicorn goes NT-D, the “horn” opens up to form the trademark “V” on gundams, that “V” is, blood red and not only “turns” it into a gundam, it turns into a devil(noticed the devilish horn-like V?)

  6. >White Devil

    Great, now I cannot unsee RX-0 being Nanoha.

  7. Whatsht says:

    The original gundam was the first white devil, nanoha was the second, unicorn gundam is the third

  8. Jack says:

    Judging from these comments, I’m glad I never watched the trailer for this episode. Actually, I don’t watch trailers for anything any more, which has served me quite well.

    The Unicorn itself is certainly a delightful super-robot (if we consider such terminology useful, and I suppose to an extent it still is) but that’s certainly no surprise considering how it acted in the previous OAV. It may have got even crazier here but we’ve had mecha semi-controlling the pilot since Zeta so I’m not too surprised.

    In terms of the episode itself, I found it to be good, although I will echo the earlier comment about it being somewhat disjointed.

    As for the actual writing – it hasn’t really changed since episode 1. Which means it’s a step above most Gundam properties (apart from War in the Pocket) but it’s still filled with clunky dialogue, precious little suitably and a traditional Gundam protagonist. This didn’t bother me in the first couple of episodes and I’m still fine it now.

    • I’m lucky in that trailers don’t faze me too much, in that though I’m certain I’ve seen the trailers, they never sink in beyond ZOMG IT’S COMING.

      Yes, as I’ve said while my praise for this show is as exuberant as ever, the context of it is still an appreciation of Unicorn as an OVA in the Gundam franchise. I think it is a credit to the sub-genre more than anything, though it isn’t transcendent of it the way I consider War in the Pocket to be. As robot anime of the kind that takes itself seriously, I delight in it like nothing else.

  9. Philippines says:

    You made me remember Mazinger Z here in your post back from the 70’s. We were the first house in the neighborhood to have the black and white tv and every 5:00 PM, me and my friends would gather in the living room sitting in the cement to watch the hero robot. Let’s all help Japan recover from the tragedy… – Ana

  10. foshizzel says:

    Great post Ghost! very detailed information, I loved the first two Unicorn ovas very nice stuff and not so much laser spam! Which is always a good thing.

    I also enjoy how they are going for a “realistic” view on the mechs especially the Unicorn it’s self! With the pilot not being a big shot pro at the start and passing out after his fights. I think thats a great change from previous Gundam series.

    Gotta watch the 3rd one tonight 😀

  11. Chris says:

    You know, it’s really hard to give Gundam Unicorn the praise it deserves, without slapping it with a bunch of superlatives, but I’ll try my hardest not to. Take it from an individual who’s a perfectionist in VFX, 3D, and animation in general, as well as constantly having the need to over-analyze everything he watches, but Unicorn is quite possibly the best Gundam series I’ve watched, at least three volumes in. Anyway, back in 2009, I saw the film District 9, which featured one of the coolest mechas I ever saw (this story will be relevant to how I came across Gundam Unicorn), and it revived my interest in mecha and robots in general. But one of the things that made D9 so special to me, is the fact that it balanced solid storytelling, an interesting character arc for the protagonist, and quality action sequences. I remember wanting to find a recent mecha anime to watch after seeing that film, which would have reignited an interest in a medium that I had put on the backburner years ago. I wanted to find something that contained those compelling traits of District 9.

    So, after going several months without finding anything riveting (and keep in mind, I had never watched a single Gundam series til’ this), I ended up reading up about Gundam Unicorn in March 2010. It caught my interest and on a blind buy, I was floored by the visuals, from the bright color-palette contrasting the dark shadows of space, to the brilliant animation of the characters and more specifically, the mechas themselves (I honestly believe that Gundam Unicorn is the best digitally animated mecha anime that I have ever watched, I say that with absolutely NO exaggeration). At first, it was hard for me to take in the story and its characters, as I was busy salivating at this visual feast my eyes were greeted with, but after several rewatches, I came to the realization that Gundam Unicorn was what I had been looking for… a mecha anime for ADULTS. It just had that perfect balance of blockbuster action, colorful visuals, excellent weaponry, and a nice, believeable story with likeable characters.

    However, I was a bit disappointed that I wouldn’t have the second volume til’ months later, but it’s understandable, considering that OAVs take longer to produce due to the higher quality of animation. It was during this time gap, that I tried to find other mecha anime’s to fill my desires and I found some solid shows in Macross Frontier, Gurren Lagann, and even old school Votoms, but I kept itching for Gundam. I ended up watching the original Mobile Suit Gundam, Zeta Gundam, ZZ Gundam, Gundam 08th MS Team, and almost every other UC timelined show til’ the second volume of Unicorn dropped. It was also nice to finally have a backstory to certain characters that I could piece together, I.E. Char/Full Frontal and Marida and her Puru clones from ZZ Gundam. Now, as I watched the second volume of Gundam Unicorn, I couldn’t helped but be blown away by the outstanding choreography from the mecha battles… the entire sequence of Full Frontal taking on the Nahel Argama and the Unicorn Gundam, was just breathtaking. A close friend of mine, who makes short action films and is practically an action guru, made one of the best and plausible comments at that time: “The choreography in this series is so good, that even Hollywood action directors could take inspiration from this.” It was at that moment, that I realized I found something really special in Gundam Unicorn… it had finally elevated the metaseries above JUST being an anime, it was becoming a technical achievement for its genre.

    Now, I know those are some very broad and bold claims to make, but I think the action and pacing of those sequences validate those responses. I even remember reading where the producer of Gundam Unicorn made mention that this was the first Gundam series to feature really quick edits and kinetic pacing during the mech battles, to be more specific, the Unicorn/Kshatriya sequence in the opening of the second volume, features very quick editing and frantic pacing, which was said to be very complex and time consuming due to having maintiain a fluid and coherent pace. And that battle is then followed up by the aforemention Sinanju/Nahel Argama/Unicorn battle, which also features moments of quick editing and unique camera angles. If there is one thing I’ve really come to appreciate about the battles in this series, it’s Kazuhiro Furuhashi’s involvement in the choreograpgy, as he brought a newfound style that Gundam has never seen before. His angles and attention to detail is to be appreciated, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise. If you’ve seen Samurai X or Le Chevalier D’Eon, then you know his eye for action is one of his best traits as a director. I hate to keep sounding like a broken record, but I’m telling you, Gundam Unicorn is SQUASHING every other mecha anime that’s out there right now, at least in the mecha battle department… it’s almost not even fair.

    Finally, to stop sucking off the visual quality of this animation, as visuals alone can’t drive a series… I think the story and characters are very solid. One thing I’d really like to single out is female characters, specifically Marida and Mineva/Audrey. How many times in the past have Gundam series weakly integrated female characters into their story? If there’s one pet peeve I have with Gundam collectively, it’s the inability to feature captivating female characters in most of its series. But that’s not the case here, in fact, I’d argue that Marida Cruz is the most interesting character of the series so far. The way they handeled her past in this third volume was so tasteful, touching, and imaginative. They took what could be seen by many as a poor plot device, due to how sexually degrading her past is, and ended up using it as a driving force for her characterization. This is when you know a production studio is attempting to go all out for this series. And as for Mineva, her past is vague when you remove her scenes from ZZ Gundam, which I think makes her motives a bit more interesting, considering her past ties with Char. She may not be AS well written as Marida’s character, but I think Mineva’s bigger payoff won’t be coming til’ later episodes, so I can forgive that for the time being.

    There’s so much more that I’d like to say, but I gotta run… all I know is, I feel like Gundam Unicorn is elevating Gundam above just being a typical mecha-action series. I feel like I’m watching something that has a lot of imagination and integrity behind it, and it’s for those reasons, why I love Gundam Unicorn so damn much. I really, really cannot wait for volume 4… should be a good one.

    • I too, am very careful in contextualizing the high praise I give this show. It’s because I believe that it deserves all of it, that I don’t want it taken out of context and play into the hands of those who are either ignorant of such context, or chomping at the bit to decry the show as overrated.

      Perhaps the most impressive part of the choreography of the mecha battles is how comfortable I am at nitpicking it. I am already quite satisfied at how they address my great concerns with regards to robot combat that I can point out how Full Frontal seems to give Banagher too much time (both to launch from the Nahel Argama, and to activate the NT-D) in that great fight in the second episode.

      As an aside here is how other robot action scenes of the 2010 stack up.

      While I do think that the narrative elements such as characters pull their weight in this show and in much of the Gundam franchise (particularly the Universal Century), it is precisely the visual element that I find valuable, and it is Unicorn that presents the greatest chance to fulfill this great possibility.

      I too, love this show very much already… as is evident in my extensive writing on the show. Watch out for the next post (should publish on the 21st). In the mean time have fun checking out the archives re Unicorn and Gundam in general.

    • Huntsman says:

      @Chris:

      “I hate to keep sounding like a broken record, but I’m telling you, Gundam Unicorn is SQUASHING every other mecha anime that’s out there right now, at least in the mecha battle department… it’s almost not even fair.”

      Almost? Of course it’s not fair. You really shouldn’t compare Unicorn to anything that’s not a movie or OVA and even then only those employing contemporary production techniques, roughly equivalent budgets and, for that matter, adapting a preexisting story would be absolutely fair comparisons.

      Everything else? No, no way.

      I don’t mind your love for Unicorn, no, but there’s no surprise in seeing what is perhaps Sunrise’s most expensive project in terms of money and resources dominate over other series who don’t have even a quarter of the time, money or manpower assigned to them.

      It’s like comparing apples and bananas.

      • I think a fair comparison would be for theatrical features like the Rebuild of Evangelion movies, the Macross Frontier movies, but perhaps the most fitting comparison is with the Broken Blade movies.

        In terms of mecha battles, Gundam Unicorn wins.

        • Chris says:

          Exactly.

          And I also don’t buy the argument that budget is purely the reason why Unicorn is better than every other mecha anime at the moment (again, at least in terms of action sequences). An imaginative director and group of staff members, can use limited resources and still put out a competitive product. But yeah, I probably should have been more specific… as fun as Mazinkaiser SKL is, and Broken Blade is pretty solid, neither of them have the dazzling choreography that Unicorn provides.

          • Yes, budget isn’t everything.

            After all, this garbage exists.

            I don’t have solid figures, but I don’t believe that the referenced film’s budget is hamstrung to a significant degree relative to this discussion of robot battles.

          • Huntsman says:

            I’m not denying that Unicorn has better action sequences than those movies, but I’m simply trying to bring some degree of restraint into the discussion instead of endless praise.

            That “budget isn’t everything” is a statement I can admit at face value but let’s not be too idealistic here. Without, it all of those glorious cinematic ambitions tend to come crashing into the hard reality of physical limitations.

            Dismiss over half of the animators and production staff, give the rest only a few days instead of weeks or months of work between episodes and even the most imaginative directors will not be able to avoid compromises and concessions.

            The result could still be “competitive” under those conditons but it certainly wouldn’t be what Gundam Unicorn is today…even if it’s hard to imagine what a hypothetical Unicorn TV series would look like instead.

          • Huntsman says:

            Aside from what I’ve just said, it’s also true that main creative staff is quite talented and Chris did make a fair point about this. I think it’s important to note the OVA format, budget and production schedule contribute to properly exploiting those talents and allow the creators to make the most out of their own skills. The formula requires a balance between all of its constituent elements in order to produce Unicorn’s resulting excellence.

            But, taken as a whole, many of the animators, designers and other production personnel have also worked on other Sunrise projects (and, if you check, for several different companies too). Why don’t they usually produce mecha battles of the same quality as Unicorn’s? You could say it’s a matter of the director bringing his own experience to the table, but I think he’s only one part of the equation and we cannot forget the rest of it.

      • Chris says:

        Huntsman, I understand and respect what you’re saying and yes, compared to TV series, OAVs get a significantly longer timetable to produce episodes… but again, I’m mainly comparing Unicorn to all mecha anime, so that includes films and other OAVs as well. For instance, as much as I’m enjoying the Evangelion rebuild series… those two films most likely exceed the budget of each Unicorn episode, yet the action sequences just aren’t as good as Unicorn’s (although, to be fair, I never really found Evangelion to be a series that relies on dazzling choreography in the first place). But again, to go back to Mazainkaiser SKL and Break Blade, I like the action in those two series, but I’ll take the action in Unicorn over those two any day of the week… and the Macross Frontier movies even.

        Like I said, I don’t just tag a series with a bunch of superlatives and bold praise for no reason, I’m a very critical and over-analyzing individual, especially when it comes to technical categories… but Unicorn has exceeded all my expectations so far. It’s definitely doing something right.

        Oh, and FYI, I think Unicorn’s director actually has a MAJOR hand in the choreography of this series, he’s already incorporated a lot of his past traits (I.E., his first person POV shots during action scenes, sweeping camera angles, and quick editing). Furuhashi is certainly well-versed when it comes to staging action scenes.

  12. Kaioshin Sama says:

    I’m so glad I can chime in and say great article again after some rough reads here and I’m glad that you and Myssa both are okay along with some of my other friends living in Japan that I’ve checked in with over the past few days. Scary stuff going on this March and I can only hope that we’re through the worst this year has to offer.

    As for the episode, it was great to see Daguza, who I always saw great character potential in, fully realize it. Although in becoming sempai to Banagher it put him into Pineapple Salad territory and like Roy Focker and many sempai’s before he unfortunately had to die to develop another character. The Daguza character reminded me a lot of Barack Ginin from 00 in how both appearance and eventually revealing a softer side to a gruff military exterior before becoming sempai to someone and getting offed. Though that was a character that arguably died way to soon and here I think Daguza left a much bigger and more positive impact on Banagher than Barack ever did on Louise and Andrei Smirnov who just seemed to end up even more fucked up and reckless after his leadership was lost. This will probably be the turning point for Bangaher’s character much like Ryu Jose’s death was for Amuro way back in the original series.

    As the story seemingly shifts to Earth and Dakar things are only going to get more interesting I think. We’re only halfway through this baby, it’s hard to imagine, but it’s true.

    • Chris says:

      Actually, Kaioshin, this is only a rumor, but apparently the OAV series isn’t halfway through and that the six volumes will cover only the first 8 novels, which is leading some to speculate that the big announcement from Sunrise this month, will be a Gundam Unicorn movie to conclude the series.

      Also, the producer of Unicorn came out recently and said the fourth OAV may end up exceeding an hour in runtime, due to the lengthy battle of Dakar and the aftermath of that novel.

    • Daguza probably had one of the bigger moments in Gundam thanks to this episode. The contrast this episode gives him from the previous one is so stark and amazing that it gives a lot of context for his death scene.

      I don’t even remember Barack Ginn until you reminded me, and I watched Gundam 00 S2 twice. I can’t really say I find the comparison a credit to Daguza.

      I think the show needs to make it clearer what exactly is beating the crap out of Banagher’s foes:

      Is it the specs of the RX-0?
      Is it the NT-D?
      Is it the embedded training program in his subconscious?
      Some combination of the above?

      This is important because he has already become the dragon in the cave; he’s practically a UC Gundam version of Star Driver’s Takuto at this point when it comes to his combat prowess (minus of course the over-the-top elements).

      • Kaioshin Sama says:

        I’m not sure I agree with the Takuto/Banagher comparison in terms of combat prowess. Unlike Takuto, Banagher has actually lost a skirmish or two, keeps passing out in the cockpit, and has even been captured by the enemy. Takuto almost lost one battle dead to rights against Heado but activated his plot armor to unlock phase 4 in pure shonen style and turned the tide faster than Zero from Code Geass. :p

  13. KrimzonStriker says:

    Yo ghost, sorry I haven’t checked in lately, and sorry this message is so short. I’ll try to get some more time to discuss but for now I’ll just say I’m glad to hear you’re doing okay and thanks for posting up another great article!

    Now, on to the meat and potatoes. Overall I think that while not as high impact as the first two episodes for the sheer shock and awe value, this episode really shines as you pointed out, in the characterization and overall setup, and I think that may have bled into the fights a bit. In each battle I noticed a much sharper focus on strategic consideration, all the previous engagements were focused on tactical combat and the result of a chaotic war. Here we have clearly defined goals and objectives, highlighted by the callous objectivity of Full Frontal himself, which I attribute to the notable restraint this time around. But in general they got the job done, both in setting up the stories future conflicts and getting me very much hyped for the next.

    But what really got me, was how well-played the subtlety was. Two distinct moments for me was the haunting speech inside Laplace station, mirroring I think the confusion and inner turmoil inside Banagher (and the setting as a whole) at the time but also the promise that could be born of this turmoil as well. And the second was the distinct symbol on the mausoleum Daguza hid in front of, bearing what I thought was dramatic irony in largely resembling the symbol of Zeon. That was poignant for me in its lament of what could have been, and the subsequent knowledge that we could never go back upon being scared by the residue of Sinanju’s energy blade. The goal I think of both these moments was to create a counterpoint to everyone’s personal struggle to that of the greater one threatening to engulf them all in the end.

    • You caught several details that I missed; that detail on the mausoleum is particularly delicious. It’s very consistent I think with the actual content of the box, on the thematic level. For spoiler avoidance I’ll hold off on discussing this further. As with most robot shows there are parallel struggles of the characters as individuals and the sides in the conflict. At this point more or less it’s pretty clear how the conflicts line up. I’m actually fine with the fact that Banagher’s struggle is an external one: previling over the Gundam and the NT-D; to choose being God and not Devil.

      • KrimzonStriker says:

        Well, I make the case of those themes because Banagher’s fate, now tied to that of the Unicorn and the box, are now coming together as a nexus that could shape the world. Avoiding too many spoilers, I suppose I’ll stick the terminology of what the contrast is that I think you’re trying to make. For Banagher it becomes a choice between following through with the La+ system and giving in to the NT-D, two paths that will determine the fate of the Universal Century as it draws closer too its 100th year. Each of these systems and paths were explained eloquently in Daguza and Full Frontals descriptions, respectively. Since you already did a splendid job of Daguza’s speech I’ll focus on the chill I got behind Frontal’s dissembled explanation as to the end goal of the UC Project and the NT-D’s development, with its implication of the total destruction of the possibility that are Newtypes. This in turn is what I believe makes the NT-D the true embodiment of the “White Devil” as you put it, not just to wipe out Zeon physically, but ideologically as well.

        • That’s a great way to put it, and it puts forth a contrasting reading of Full Frontal as nihilistic as opposed to Daguza’s optimism despite his overall behavior as a cog in the EF machine.

  14. IAmZim says:

    Wait…

    Why is the Kshatriya BLEEDING in one of those pictures?

    • I imagine that it’s some kind of oil or motor fluid. Gundam Unicorn here takes a page from Neon Genesis Evangelion in further anthropomorsizing mecha — Evangelion is notable for making its Eva Units have human-like physiology. This plays out when 2 opponents rip each other apart with their bare hands.

      This kind of beastliness and/or monstrosity plays into the theme of the devil in the machine, and specifically for Banagher the Gundam taking over his humanity.

      • MrUnimport says:

        I’d just like to mention here that immortal 08th MS Team shot of Packard impaling the Guntank cockpit and being rewarded with a spurt of black oil as he twists the blade in the “wound” as being perhaps more directly analogous than NGE and its giant-people-as-robots.

        Okay, maybe I just felt like mentioning it. What a shot.

  15. KrimzonStriker says:

    Also ghost, did you get hit by the same sense of nostalgia as I did upon seeing so many of the old Zeon Mobile suits. I can’t believe the MS-21C DRA-C managed to survive all the way from the Delaz Conflict like that… that thing was built from scrap parts for pete’s sake. Seeing so many suits from so many different generations of each conflict was just…. surreal really.

    • Your Zeon-fu exceeds mine! While I had a sense that the suits featured are reminiscent of older models I could not identify them by name. What you did observe ties into how the show is really this intense exercise of celebrating the franchise’s long history.

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  17. vendredi says:

    Finally caught Unicorn 03 (the source I have is likely on a much later release schedule from yours), and colour me also impressed at how the OVA series just continues to improve. By the end of this episode it’s quite clear that Unicorn is definitely a rehash of the classic MSG plot, but boy, what a rehash!

    I think it’s a real testament to the quality of Unicorn that the presentation of the story still feels strong enough to stand on it’s own two feet, rather than getting the feel of “oh look, yet another set-piece battle on re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere.”

    Plus, all the characters feel just “right” – aided in no small part by the attention to detail in small things of how the characters move and even literally breathe. This is most apparent in the little gestures and the overall poise of the Argama’s captain, who in all his movements betrays more than a little self-consciousness, but all the characters have a particular stride, a certain way in which they move that reflects their personality – much more than just a headswap.

    The character animation is a lot more subtle but I’d say it’s as arguably as important as the mecha battles themselves (although I wouldn’t dare say they’re more important). There’s not a single character in Unicorn that I can honestly dislike.

    • Yes indeed.

      And yes, Capt. Otto is a joy to behold. Such nuance in this character, so much stuff presented while saying so little.

      If anything though, the heroic sacrifice to save Full Frontal could’ve been a lot smoother.

  18. Cynthia says:

    When I saw the first episode of Unicorn, the first thought that went through my mind was “this isn’t Gundam… Gundam with those hairstyles is supposed to be older looking, and such beautiful animation just doesn’t feel like Gundam”. Long thought, I know. 😛 But I have to applaud you for single-handedly, with this post, making me want to very much not only rewatch episode 1 but watch all the others and finish this… OAV, I think it’s called? Despite your claims that you prefer animation in fights to characters, you delivered a very beautiful dissection of the characters you loved and how they made the plot that more enjoyable. The way you explained the plot also was brilliant and truly makes me more than ever want to watch the other Gundam series. That being said, do you have a recommendation for which order they should all be viewed in? To avoid confusion, I mean.

    • Thank you for your kind words.

      Being a 30th Anniversary offering, they pulled out all the stops for this one. OVA budgets are a lot bigger, only films have more money. They also take their sweet time to release each episode so the quality really shows. TV shows with their weekly schedules really can’t compare and it’s unfair to do so.

      The characters and story are indeed quite interesting, and what Unicorn contributes is to tie loose ends, smooth out wrinkles, and flesh out the larger saga and its setting. The story and characters are archetypes/tropes from the very beginning of Gundam. You’ll see soon enough that very little is original here which is why I don’t praise it or appreciate it that way. The value is really in the execution and in a franchise as old and rich as Gundam, execution is far, far, far more important than anything else.

      Thus, my love for this show is really how it portrays the mobile suit battles as close to perfection as I could ever imagine it. This is what compels me to watch robot shows, and Gundam delivered on a promise 30 years in the making. Of course I could not come up with this perspective without seeing the entirety of the Universal Century continuity, thus I present you with this guide:

      1. Mobile Suit Gundam (the original movie trilogy) — never mind the TV anime, which will be quite a pain to watch with all its production problems and compromises. Three movies, remastered, and well-animated for its time. With this, you will get the core Gundam story.
      2. Optional: MS Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket — if you like characters and story, this 6-ep OVA is transcendent. I don’t mind it when people say this is the best Gundam show ever.
      3. Optional: MS Gundam 08th MS Team — a 12 ep OVA that is a favorite of many fans. For these people this show is the antithesis of the flashier AU type of Gundam show. You won’t find any of the common tricks and tropes found in AU shows like flamboyant posing and lots of lasers. Instead you find a lot of really cool ground combat, and perhaps the best fight in robot anime history. Also has likeable characters that don’t go too extreme in the traditional Gundam teenage wangst.
      4. Optional: MS Gundam 0083 Stardust Memory — a 13 ep OVA that is a great transition to the official sequel to the original series. Among the shows set in the UC that aren’t Gundam Unicorn, this show has the best mecha battles.
      5. Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam — My most favorite of all the Gundam shows (50 episodes), and is the official sequel to the original series. Lots of crappy battles and action, and in many ways a departure from what made the original series great, BUT, the characters are amazing, the story is intense — a bit smaller and more complicated compared to the first series, but far more grim, far more dark. The ending is to die for.
      6. Mobile Suit ZZ Gundam — do not watch this. This is the only show I truly, truly hate. This will ruin EVERYTHING.
      7. Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack — The film that ends the entire saga of the Universal Century. Looks amazing, and is quite awesome. Gundam Unicorn is a direct sequel of this.

      Gundam Unicorn draws from all of these shows, almost every character in Unicorn is a version of the characters that appear in one of these shows in some form of another. I’ve arranged the shows in the timeline of the narrative. There are other optional shows, but this list contains the important ones. You’ll find that a number of them are in my favorites anime list and you’ll see additional writeups there.

  19. Cynthia says:

    Just leaving another comment because I forgot to check the email notification box in my last post.

  20. Cynthia says:

    You may have heard of Otakuthon? This year, one of the screening rooms at some point had “Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation”. I didn’t get there from the beginning and they were showing it for an hour and a half, but what I did see was very interesting. I’d have to rewatch it to remember more though. But on the topic of Zeta, this reminds me: I’ve heard from someone that Moriguchi Hiroko has a nickname among japanese fans, Gundam-san. Ever heard of this? She has sung the 2nd OP and ED themes for Zeta and the two songs of F91. Incidentally, she has also sung the 2nd season OP and ED themes for YST, Samurai Heart and Be Free, as well as image songs for the series Ano Hi no Photograph and Wild Cat. Don’t look up YouTube videos of Samurai Heart, Be Free and Wild Cat (you’ll find an AMV) if you don’t want spoilers.

    Even on other blogs, I have read good things about War in the Pocket and Stardust Memory. Btw, didn’t you forget F91 and Victory? Oh, and if Char’s Counterattack is the conclusion of the UC saga, how come ANN lists F91 as its sequel?

    From what I’ve seen in Wikipedia of Gundam Unicorn, hasn’t the animated version skipped over one of the manga chapters?

    • F91 and V occur many decades later, and the Zeon are all gone. All in all, a pale shadow of what was grand about the Universal Century.

      The Z Movies are rather awful. Moriguchi Hiroko, yes, she’s amazing and the 2nd OP of Z is my favorite.

      Idk about the Unicorn manga, but the original source material is in novel form.

  21. Cynthia says:

    Oh, I see.

    You mean that what I mentioned having seen at Otakuthon is one of the movies? Well, to be honest, unlike you, I dislike remakes. The Seed movies were different in that they were essentially summaries with added scenes (loved Zips, but frankly could have done without the image of Kira and Fllay having sex >.<), but yeah, generally speaking, remakes do not sit well with me.

    Thanks for the video, btw. I was just gonna mention that she sounds great live. Did you get to listen to any of the songs I linked, btw? 🙂 So according to this video, this song was her debut? I did not know that. Also, I don't know if this song relates to any Gundam series, but I did like Anata to Ita Jikan when I found it on YouTube. Oh, I made a mistake before, apparently what her fans, at least on NicoVideo, called her was Gundam-neesan. Any idea about this?

    Uh well, maybe I’m wrong and it actually was a novel that I meant. Anyway, the numbers had the same titles as each episode, or almost.

    • I haven’t really paid attention to the singers, voice actors, and related performers’ careers so I can’t really verify. She sounds like she hasn’t aged at all, it’s ridiculous!

      Samurai Heart sounds great! Be Free too, only that I can’t really form that much of an affinity with it yet.

      I don’t count compilation movies as remakes, and I generally avoid them. The Original Movie Trilogy of MS Gundam is different in that it cut out so much of what compromised the production — they were forced to make “monster of the week” style concessions to feature toys due to terrible ratings (the TV series was eventually cancelled, but its popularity surged during syndication). The Z Gundam movies are pretty bad compilations in the first 2, and a radical revision in the third — which basically writes out ZZ Gundam from the canon. The movies themselves are not considered canon in the UC timeline.

  22. Cynthia says:

    You’re talking about how she sounds in Samurai Heart and Be Free in comparison with how she sounds in Zeta’s songs? She was still fairly young then. Btw, is this right? According to wiki, she was born in 1968, so that means she was about 17 when she sung Zeta’s songs. And that would make her only 20 when she sung Samurai Heart and Be Free! I don’t really know other songs of hers but there is this interesting video (my upload) where she sung a bunch of songs that aren’t hers. I’ve never seen the original of Rose of Versailles (last part of the video), but it does tickle my memory as something that I caught at least a few episodes of on french TV when I was still very young. I actually prefer her performance to the original singer’s.

    Yes, Samurai Heart has a really nice feel to it. Be Free is lovely but since it’s an ED, it’s harder to identify with it outside of the series. I did submit and translate all YST songs that are on AnimeLyrics though, if you want to get some idea of what it says. You can actually see the video of Be Free since it has no spoilers to the TV series, here. Same is true for the first ED of the series, Faraway. And this is a preview that aired before the series started in Japan (included on the japanese DVDs). As for the first TV series OP, it’s here. The first OP and ED themes, Stardust Eyes and Faraway, were sung by an apparent one-timer named Uranishi Mariko. The third OAV ED (this OAV has no OP) also contains no spoilers, but is sung by Honma Kaori (I think she changed her name since then). She also sings the insert song of the same OAV, the video of which would contains spoilers, so here is the song itself. Voice actors you might recognize from this series are Kusao Takeshi (Rekka no Ryou) who also voiced all incarnations of Trunks in Dragon Ball Z (I like to pretend GT doesn’t exist), and Sasaki Nozomu (Suiko no Shin) who has voiced Yuusuke in Yuu Yuu Hakusho. Sasaki Nozomu was also Mello in Death Note (though I’ve never seen season 2 in japanese myself), a character named Lunan in Gundam ZZ, a character named Hathaway Noah in Char’s Counterattack, and Olba Frost in Gundam X. In Fafner, which I’ve mentioned before, he voices a relatively minor role: a kid named Douma Hiroto who is occasionally seen and has his own scene in one of the episodes. You’ve never seen Fafner before, right?

    I really don’t mind those movies myself. However, about Gundam, I had never heard that the series was canceled. How many episodes was it supposed to be originally then? As you recommended, I do intend to watch the movies, but I will start with the TV series because it came first and I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to watching the original version of anything.

    • I was talking about her live performance in the video I posted where she’s got to be almost 30 years older.

      I haven’t seen Fafner yet, but I’ll get to it someday.

      You can check out Wikipedia for the details about the first season being canceled. I read the Genesis of Gundam manga which is a highly comedic parody of the “history” of Gundam. Read it later when you’ve seen a lot more. Ugh, the TV series is gonna be rough. Good luck!

  23. Cynthia says:

    I didn’t know the video was that recent. I thought it was a recent upload of an older performance, such as near the time the TV series was aired. In any case, she was still very young. Did you see any of the videos I linked, especially Stardust Eyes and Faraway? 🙂

    Have to say, btw, that if you’ve seen Yuu Yuu Hakusho, Sasaki Nozomu’s character in YST, Shin, is a completely different type.

    From what it says on wiki, the TV series was unpopular only at the time of its airing.

    • Sorry I haven’t been able to check the videos out since I’m rather pressed for time. In the video I posted, the previous singer exciting the stage is May’n who is the singing voice of Sheryl Nome from Macross Frontier (broadcast in 2008). This should pretty much tell you how recent this performance is. Again, good luck with Gundam TV.

      • Cynthia says:

        You mean she doesn’t have the same voice actress as her singing voice? Not that I follow Macross Frontier, but I always find such things disappointing.

        No problem on the videos, let me know what you think of them when you get a chance. 🙂

        • At first I felt the same way, but people aren’t as multi-talented as others. Aya Endo is GREAT as Sheryl, but I can’t expect her to sing and light up the stage like May’n.

          • Cynthia says:

            Then why not just have this May’n person be her voice actress to begin with? Usually they pull these kinds of stunts (ie not having the same voice actor and singing voice for a character) in anime english dubs. Tanaka Rie was certainly great as Lacus.

          • It’s because the VA isn’t a good singer and vice versa. But the VA is awesome and perfect for the role and vice versa.

      • Cynthia says:

        Hi again! Since it’s been a while, I was wondering if you might have had time to check the videos I linked before. Btw, if you think you’d enjoy watching the anime, you can download the TV series here and the OAVs here.

        • Thanks, I haven’t had enough time to watch anything much, as work has kept me extremely busy.

          • Cynthia says:

            Well, if you can watch the 1st OP and 1st ED themes videos, they’re about 3 minutes total together, so they won’t take up much of your time. I just don’t recommend watching the 2nd OP video because it does contain huge spoilers.

  24. Cynthia says:

    Btw, I know you’re probably very busy, but have you had any time to check out those videos? 🙂

  25. Cynthia says:

    Hi! Just thought I’d give you a little update. I’ve been watching other series so haven’t gotten to the Gundam TV series til recently, but I’ve just finished 13 episodes of it today. So far it’s pretty good. The first few episodes were kinda rough to get through, but afterwards it became a lot more interesting. It’s interesting to see how Gundam Seed Destiny quite literally ripped off the concept of the Core Splendor from Amuro’s Gundam. So far, Amuro has at times behaved like both Kira and Shin, so it’s hard to get a good feel for his personality yet.

    Just wondering, also, if you’ve had any time to check out the links I had given earlier? Btw, as we were talking of Moriguchi Hiroko, here is a movie that someone uploaded recently, of a more recent performance of hers, of Samurai Heart.

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