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Old 10-12-2011, 06:22 AM   #2001
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So just watched Eps 1 and 2 of Gundam Unicorn. What incredible mecha action! the story is not bad but I hope it won't be as predictable as it seems to be.
The mecha fights are very very well done. Seems like most of the budget went to them. Everything else was kind of boring, in my opinion. How many more angsty male teenage mecha pilots who question whether or not they should fight do we have to see?
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The mecha fights are very very well done. Seems like most of the budget went to them. Everything else was kind of boring, in my opinion. How many more angsty male teenage mecha pilots who question whether or not they should fight do we have to see?
Complaining about overused tropes in an anime thread is like complaining about water in the sea. Visuals and an interesting twist are all you can hope for 99% of the time.

Though, from your comments, I assume you've not seen many of the Gundam's umpteenbillion spin-offs? If you liked Madoka, you might like Victory Gundam.

That's not a real recommendation. It's such a spiteful show. Everyone dies at the end but most of it is a set up for a much lighter series.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:06 AM   #2003
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Complaining about overused tropes in an anime thread is like complaining about water in the sea. Visuals and an interesting twist are all you can hope for 99% of the time.

Though, from your comments, I assume you've not seen many of the Gundam's umpteenbillion spin-offs? If you liked Madoka, you might like Victory Gundam.

That's not a real recommendation. It's such a spiteful show. Everyone dies at the end but most of it is a set up for a much lighter series.
If you're gonna give me Shinji Akari in a Gundam, at least give him the psychological hang-ups as well. Make it interesting.

I've checked out a lot of Gundam spin-offs, which is probably why I find any new Gundam series boring. Anime is built on a foundation of tropes, but Gundam has to be one of the worst offenders. In my opinion, of course. I like mecha/giant robot shows, but Gundam just isn't for me.

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The angst about war was done way way before EVA man. In the original Gundam. Which sorta started the mecha explosion. Shinji isn't terribly original either, just that the creators dialed it up to 100 (out of 10)
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The angst about war was done way way before EVA man. In the original Gundam. Which sorta started the mecha explosion. Shinji isn't terribly original either, just that the creators dialed it up to 100 (out of 10)
Gundam just seems stale to me anymore. I can understand why the series has its fans, it's just not for me.

Shinji wasn't very original in the beginning, but I'd be hard-pressed to come up with many other characters that have his level of psychosis.
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Yeah no doubt Gundam retreads. It's become old and familiar, that's why I love it.

I enjoyed EVA, but I never warmed to Shinji. Never liked him.
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I've checked out a lot of Gundam spin-offs, which is probably why I find any new Gundam series boring. Anime is built on a foundation of tropes, but Gundam has to be one of the worst offenders. In my opinion, of course. I like mecha/giant robot shows, but Gundam just isn't for me.

I don't mind that it's not for you. That's cool. The thing is, the settings and stories have ranged pretty far. From having chibi versions as children to Samurai in the Sengoku Era to a weird tournament fighter, etc. So the point of what your saying is more of what I find in contention. Just because I'm having a hard time thinking of a series that's had that much variety. The western ones like Wing and Seed were definitely more of the same, but that's such a small portion.

Now, the protagonist in Unicorn is easily one of the biggest offenders though. He's the biggest let down so far. You can clearly see the meddling of conglomerate chairmen in the story's direction. It's a shame, because a more solid story would have really shown off Unicorn's exceptional animation.
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Old 10-12-2011, 01:27 PM   #2008
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Yeah no doubt Gundam retreads. It's become old and familiar, that's why I love it.

I enjoyed EVA, but I never warmed to Shinji. Never liked him.
Sometimes I wonder if that was on purpose. In many mecha series, they try so hard to make the main character/pilot a likeable guy (kind, goofball, heart of gold, etc, etc.) even though he's wielding a 100-ton death machine and killing everything in his path. It's like Shinji was designed to be the antithesis of that stereotype.


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I don't mind that it's not for you. That's cool. The thing is, the settings and stories have ranged pretty far. From having chibi versions as children to Samurai in the Sengoku Era to a weird tournament fighter, etc. So the point of what your saying is more of what I find in contention. Just because I'm having a hard time thinking of a series that's had that much variety. The western ones like Wing and Seed were definitely more of the same, but that's such a small portion.

Now, the protagonist in Unicorn is easily one of the biggest offenders though. He's the biggest let down so far. You can clearly see the meddling of conglomerate chairmen in the story's direction. It's a shame, because a more solid story would have really shown off Unicorn's exceptional animation.
I mis-interpreted what you meant by spin-off. I always figured Gundam shows like 00 and Char's Attack to be "spin-offs." I apologize for my ignorance.

One mecha show that I really enjoyed that seemed to try something different was Zegapain. It did have all the usual tropes, when the big plot-twist reveal came, I was genuinely surprised. Zegapain also featured something that many of the anime shows I've watched did not: a satisfying ending.
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Deus Ex is the new Gundam Piloting.

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Old 10-12-2011, 08:10 PM   #2011
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I'm gonna say this, because it needs to be said.

The best Gundam series, bar none, was Wing.
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I'm gonna say this, because it needs to be said.

The best Gundam series, bar none, was Wing.
Honestly? I thought it was too soap opera and went a bit too unrealistic sci-fi. What I love about Gundam is that it tries to present it's tech in a very grounded manner. At the very least the mechs don't look too stylized, which was the opposite in Wing.
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I'll grant it had its sappy moments. Anything involving Heero and Relena was usually meh. But Trowa Barton had a Gundam made of gatling guns that he did backflips in. It's hard to do backflips on the ground, but in a Gundam? It's controlled by a joystick and three buttons!
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So I haven't paid much attention to anime lately (too much moeblob bullshit imo). As the creator of this thread, is there anything worth watching anymore in anime that's new?
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So I haven't paid much attention to anime lately (too much moeblob bullshit imo). As the creator of this thread, is there anything worth watching anymore in anime that's new?
Not until lucky star season two drops.
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I'm gonna say this, because it needs to be said.

The best Gundam series, bar none, was Wing.
It appealed to me when I was younger, around 10 or so, and I have fond memories. Wanted to go back, watched half the first episode and decided to leave it in the nostalgia vault.

Really, Gundam 00 was a much, much better version of what Wing was trying to accomplish. Better animation, better writing, better set ups, better Gundams. The last one is obviously my preference.
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You're both wrong. The correct answer is 08th MS Team :P
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You're both wrong. The correct answer is 08th MS Team :P
Whatever, G Gundam was the best Gundam. It's so awesome it even stutters its own name.

I wasn't saying 00 was the best, just that it did everything Wing was trying to do, but better.
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Actually, the best Gundam was that one where the mechs were all knights and shit. What was it called?

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I never got into mech shows. Not sure why since I like science fiction.

I mentioned some anime I've watched recently in a post on the previous page. Nobody said a peep about them so I'm not sure if nobody is watching those shows or if nobody feels like posting their thoughts on them.

I still have my eyes out for more good shows but it can be a bit of a chore to wade through all the various series out there.

BTW 1 thing I wanted to ask everyone, which subbers do you prefer using and which ones do you avoid, and why?
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