Mobile Suit Gundam User Reviews

Mobile Suit Gundam is an anime series in the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise
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Not perfect, but Gundam is a decent classic mecha anime! Reviewed by Dream on Feb. 25, 2011. Dream has written 119 reviews. His/her last review was for InuYasha: The Final Act. 282 out of 296 users recommend his reviews. 4 out of 4 users found this review helpful.
I've been meaning to see this series for quite a while now considering many folks consider it one of the major mecha titles that brought about ongoing plot and character developments instead of a "monster of the day" approach. For the most part, Gundam does do a decent job at doing just that as it explores how war effects the crew aboard the White Base. Many of the crew aboard are young civilians who find themselves forced into engaging the Zeon s in battle and not used to the regular life-or-death situations faced by soldiers fighting a war. It is also not afraid to show the harsh realities of said war as characters among both sides are shown dying in battle (including civilians at some points), Zeon spies infiltrating the Federation, the White Base dealing with supply shortages and heavy damage to their ship, the planning of battle strategies and regularly overcoming increasingly difficult battle conditions. A number of the show's characters even get a decent amount of fleshing out with plans of their own that they have behind the scenes, their internal pressures they face as a result of the war and wondering if it is even worth fighting out. This depth also extends to those among the Zeons to show that some of the soldiers are not so heartless compared to their leaders and that even said leaders have their redeemable traits beyond trying to create a dictatorship on Earth.

All isn't perfect with the show as there are a number of major issues I noticed with its plotting and characters. I won't fault the visuals being outdated as an issue considering how old the show is, though it is apparent at points that there are some animation errors and reused animated frames, such as the mobile suits being launched from White Base. While characters like Amuro and Char get their moments of focus and depth, others that would appear prominent influences on the characters like Frau Bou for Amuro do not get as much focus. The show also has its moments of shoddy plot developments as it did not really hint to the coming of Newtypes that are introduced later in the series, some plot developments are hardly explored such as the fate of Amuro's father and some filler episodes that felt out of place with the realities of war that Amuro and the White Base crew would deal with. A number of episodes also felt a bit episodic at the start of the show as the White Base crew deal with a threat from the Zeons in each episode and manage to overcome said threat by the end of it.

Overall, Mobile Suit Gundam has its fair share of both positives and negatives when it came to being an early mecha title with ongoing plot developments. While the show does do well with exploring the effects war has on the populace and the young, inexperienced crew aboard the White Base, it also has some shoddy plot developments and has a bit too much of an episodic feel during a number of its earlier episodes. Still if you are a fan of mecha and/ or older anime titles, then Mobile Suit Gundam is a definite watch as it does do a decent job of keeping you interested in how the crew aboard White Base will fare against the Zeons.
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