Why are you kids so happy! THIS IS GUNDAM!!!!
|Gundam! I’ve been a little curious about AGE since I saw news of its reveal a few months ago. Jrow, launching!|
|Fufufufu, welcome Gundam fans! I know there are a few lurkers out there that love these long running mecha series; you know who you are! Anyway I know most people have complained about these terrible character designs, but if you love your Gundam, you should at least try this first episode, even if you spend the whole time laughing at Flint and the others. Well time for everyone to hop into their super robots hopefully you enjoy this review, while I tag with Jrow.Plot follows Flint, a young boy, who survives an attack by the evil UE. Before his mother dies she gives him the key to a weapon that he builds later on called Gundam. We jump a few years into the present with a normal day for Flint as he heads to school after hearing reports of some UE activity in the area. After class the UE arrive suddenly and begin to attack the colony, leaving Flint to pilot the Gundam and defend his friends as they retreat for the final assault.|
Flint- “Oh boy! Free barbarque! Oh wait…..damn.”
We begin the fantastic episode with a short flashback from our main hero Flint. His past shows us his mother slowly dying after an attack by the UE. Though, before she bites the dust, his mother gives him a small device that he will need in the future. After that flashback, we see Flint rushing to school with his friend Emily and that damn haro ball is back. Of course it wouldn’t be an actual Gundam series without a haro ball to annoy us but Flint did manage to kick one so HIGH FIVE BRO! We all want to do that so badly. Before Flint arrives at school, he runs into Emily’s grandpa Vargas who is currently testing one of the Gundam’s arms on some bright ass yellow machine. NOT COOL, OLD MAN! Stealing is wrong, but I do like the look of Vargas, who looks like Dr. Light from Megaman…
Whoa! Giant dead space themed Gundam!? Awesome.
Flint- “Take that you damn annoying ball!” Emily- “D’awwwww, he loves to be abused.”
Emily- “No fair, old man, I wanted to steal the Gundam first!”
Once Flint arrives in his class, he tries to warn the teacher about a possible UE attack that he heard on the news. Psssh Flint, kids your age do not watch the damn news; they watch cartoons and play video games! Well the teacher naturally doesn’t listen and just ignores his crazy ideas; however, the colony gets attacked by UE in the area. So who is the crazy one now, teacher? Flint runs off with Emily towards the school to borrow his Gundam. I know it’s shocking that Flint didn’t have to steal a Gundam; for once the main character actually owns a Gundam.
Emily-“You got a catchphrase yet?” Flint-“Something about a hand burning? Still needs work.”
Evil dude- “I hear they have the best cookies here, let’s steal them!”
Emily- “SIT! BAD BOY! Now ROLL OVER…. Please?” Flint- “We’re screwed, yo! RUN!!!”
While Flint powers up the machine, he arrives outside to stare in horror over the destruction left by the UE, but he really has no time to sit and watch as he gets attacked by a few of the UE dragon-looking mecha. Flint rushes at them with NO WEAPONS! What are you thinking, kid?! Well he uses one of his small beam sabers and actually defeats one of the mobile suits. I think it looked more like Flint shivved the suit right in the chest! Wow this kid is kind of hardcore. Flint turns to fight the other suit but it shoots some red beam scanning his Gundam and retreats from the battle. Before anyone can actually celebrate their victory against the UE, the colony is attacked once again, leaving Flint to think over his next brilliant move.
When you turn on the AGE system, it plays this kickass beat.
Flint- “DUDE, NOT COOL! I JUST GOT THIS GUNDAM PAINTED!”
Gundam prison where enemies get shived in the chest, Flint you so gangster.
They went all out this year on the fireworks, oh wait that is not normal right?
Painting reminds me of this song!
Vargas- “This does not look right at all….” Flint-“Back off old dude, unless you want to die….”
Red guy- “LOOK I CAN DO IT TOO! OH GOD, MY LEG IS ON FIRE!!”
Captain-“Ohh this new Gundam series looks fantastic on my big ass monitor.”
Well that wasn’t so bad! I can say I actually managed to enjoy those funky character designs, although the hair still looks a little crazy! Though Shiki will still go down in anime history for having the best oddball hairstyles. The best designed character?! Emily Armond! D’awww that design is really cute and I love her moe voice, I wonder if she will pilot anything in this series; it would be the closest thing to a K-On girl piloting a Gundam or giant robot. The worst designed character, probably is that fat elf looking kid named Dike Ganheiru. Seriously, he looks like a kibler elf especially with his hat. Now the actual design for the Gundam wasn’t so bad, the opening video showed off a few of the random armor upgrades. I loved the red boxing suit, that style brings me back to good old G Gundam designs.
I can’t mention the opening video without talking about that song To Tomorrow by Galileo Galilei, which most of us heard from Anohana. I seriously played that song over and over again; I think it has me addicted. One thing Sunrise does quite well through the many years of Gundam are their opening and ending videos; they pick some great songs. Not to mention all of the BGM music during Flint’s scene while he powered up the AGE for the first time was really fantastic. That ending song and video were nice as well; it sort of gives us a preview of Emily and Flint’s new clothes and I have to say this again Emily WHY ARE YOU SO CUTEEEEE? I liked her new red outfit.
Now for the action, which felt sort of lame to me. I shouldn’t be too shocked because I wasn’t really expecting Flint to be some badass fighter right away. Still I was happy he didn’t cry like a baby for a few hours after killing that UE machine! Unlike past Gundam pilots most needed some serious hugs and love after every dramatic battle. I have a feeling in the back of my mind that the UE are actually aliens or evil space robots! I think that one machine actually scanned Flint’s machine with that red beam, anyone that watches sci-fi TV shows or anime should be able to pick up on that. So what did you think of Gundam AGE? Are you going to follow it to the end or throw it in your DO NOT WANT folder??
Reflecting back on this episode, I came in thinking that Age would play 3rd banana to the ongoing Unicorn and the soon-coming Origin. I would have predicted that I’d watch an episode and see some stuff without it leaving a lasting impression on me. After seeing episode 1, not only am I impressed with AGE’s story potential, it’s gonna easily be my favorite Sunrise show of the Fall season and I’m really hopeful that I can compare this to MSG (Mobile Suit Gundam) by series’ end.
MSG became my favorite a couple years ago in part to its lead character, Amuro Ray. In AGE, Flit has kind of a similar vibe to him and I like how they progress Flit’s character into being the eventual pilot of Gundam by making it a path pre-determined by his parents. Guys like Setsuna, Heero and Kira can have their cool moments, but those guys feel as robotic as the Gundams they piloted. That’s one thing about Amuro I liked so much was that human quality, and it’s something I’m seeing in Flit at this very early stage. I also like his girlfriend Emily and I’m hopeful that her strong inclusion to the ending theme animation is a hint of her being a strong part of Flit’s character development; poor main love interests in Gundam get pushed to the side so much…
As for production, it was pretty sound throughout the episode. Gundam is never without a good musical score, so thumbs up there. Visuals have a style that may initially look a little different and more youthful than a 00 (something more akin to Pokemon), but by about the second scene I got use to it; and of course Gundam looked cool. The opening and ending themes are pretty good (considering Galileo Galilei does a song unlike most Gundam OP themes). While we won’t be continuing blogging this here at Metanorn, I’d like to give a shoutout to my buddy and past MetaVerse guest Amuro who will be keeping up with it over at Anivision. He’s very knowledgeable on Gundam and its many series and universes and will surely have great insight on the series.
A history of moe girls in mobile suits!?
Next week, Flint takes the Gundam out for his first combat mission! Stay tuned for more action!